In their latest developer update video, Overwatch 2 game director, Aaron Keller, and executive producer, Jared Neuss, relayed the news that the originally planned major PvE experience coming to the game has been canceled. Originally, the PvE content consisted of a campaign, co-op activities, and skill trees for every hero. This decision also follows the news that the game will be getting remnants of the original plan in the live service roadmap.
Why Blizzard Canceled the Overwatch 2 PvE Campaign
The decision for Blizzard to cancel the initially intended experience comes from the fact that they originally planned to have this content launch with Overwatch 2 itself. They discussed the reasoning behind it and they looked disappointed when talking about it. When they shifted the launch to be only the new PvP experience, they started working more on the content for PvE post-launch. But its development was not making timely progress.
However, for players who still want some remnants of the originally intended experience they’re in luck. Some parts, such as story missions and events, will be making their way over the course of the lifespan of Overwatch 2. It does not seem like the story missions will be a limited-time event, similar to the PvE game modes in the original game. But details on how many of these are coming. As well as how deep the experience will be is still up in the air.
Despite still promising to deliver on some of the original vision for the PvE content. This is disappointing and may not be enough for those who were very excited about the campaign, skill trees, and the co-op missions, myself included. If you would like to watch the full stream, you can find it here. Alongside more minute details of stuff to come to the game in the future, such as when you can expect Hero Mastery.