Overwatch 2 Might Be Coming in 2020
Blizzard announced Overwatch 2 during Blizzcon 2019. Although, the developer didn't give us any notion of when the game is going to be releasing.
The first Overwatch was announced in 2014 and came out in 2016, so one might think that the sequel should come out two years later as well, in 2021. However, Overwatch was built from the ground up, while Overwatch 2 has that foundation to build upon already.
We may not have to speculate at all, though, as the Brazilian PlayStation social media team got a little bit ahead of themselves earlier this week.
They tweeted out that Overwatch 2 would be releasing on the ps4 in 2020, before promptly deleting the tweet. Users were quick to screenshot the announcement, however, so they can't cover up the mistake quietly.
Media outlet Voxel was the first to report on this, and apparently, the tweet also linked to an article that was full of new information.
That being said, Overwatch 2 did have a playable demo at Blizzcon, where game director Jeff Kaplan claimed that the game was still in an early build, so take a 2020 release date with a pinch of salt.
Personally, I would not rule out the possibility that this was leaked on purpose.
It's not an unheard-of marketing tactic in the gaming industry, and many big releases have had social media leaks that were promptly deleted.
It creates buzz, gets outlets reporting, and gets people talking, and that's precisely what this has done. Overwatch 2 soared to the top of the gaming news world, and no doubt put it at the forefront of many player's minds.
Of course, it may have just been an honest mistake. In that case, I pity the poor social media manager that is going to have to deal with the blowback from this.
Another thing that makes me think this may be legit is how Blizzard has maintained radio silence on the leak.
The company has not commented, put out a press release, tweeted, or otherwise. If this was just a hoax, why would Blizzard not tell us?
They may see the value in the speculation it has created and have decided to wait and capitalize on it, or it may be a real leak, and the team is currently discussing what to do.
If it is real, I think that we should be a little bit worried. Granted, it's been almost four years since the release of the first one, but is that enough time to develop a sequel properly? I'm not so sure.
Although, four years can be a lot of time for the right team, even if they were still developing content for the first Overwatch at the same time. So maybe the game is further along than we’ve been led to believe.
Either way, there's no doubt that the game is only around the corner, whether it be 2020 or 2021. When it comes, all we can do is hope that it is up to scratch.