Blizzard is scrapping its plans for Overwatch 2’s Hero Mode. The company promised the arrival of that co-op PvE mode when announcing the game in 2019. Instead, the studio will focus on its live service roadmap, which other co -opcontent state.
Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller confirmed in a live stream that the Hero Mode has been dropped. Keller reports that Blizzard is “unable to deliver on the original vision for PvE.” In an interview with Gamespot says the director that Blizzard is “still committed to PvE,” but that such game modes are delivered in a different way than initially discussed.
Blizzard shifts its focus to the live service aspects of Overwatch 2. In a new roadmap, the company reports that the first story missions for the game will appear later this year. Such co-op missions will become available in the game’s sixth season. That season should start in mid-August. Two new heroes are also planned for this year.
Hero Mode was supposed to be a co-op mode with a focus on PvE in which players collectively fight against computer-controlled enemies. Hero mode missions would always be available and replayable. The mode had to be equipped with a progression system with talent trees, with which players could make their characters permanently stronger. Blizzard was already talking about that mode when Overwatch 2 was announced in 2019. The game was released in early access last year.