When Overwatch 2 was revealed, one of the biggest selling points was the game’s new PvE campaign mode. A different way to enjoy your favorite characters, the mode was supposed to be released alongside the game. Instead, it was delayed to being a post-launch update.
Now, months after the game’s launch, the Overwatch 2 PvE mode still isn’t available, but it is coming. A decision that the company still views as the “right call”.
In an interview with NME, Overwatch 2 Game Director Aaron Keller says that as difficult as it was to delay it, it was necessary.
“We found ourselves in a position where we couldn’t release all of the content that we were building for Overwatch 2 until the campaign was finished,” he said, adding that the development of the campaign was going “slower than we wanted to.”
When Exactly Is The Overwatch 2 PvE Campaign Coming?
Keller says that the co-op campaign will be rolled out later this year. As far as how it’s released, he says that the company is “still finalising” those details.
“We couldn’t release all of the content that we were building for Overwatch 2 until the campaign was finished,” he said “We found ourselves saying ‘we’re going to keep withholding content from our players so we can release everything together with our original strategy – the campaign – or we’re going to have to change the way that we think about releasing the game.'”
While Blizzard is working on how to roll out the Overwatch 2 PvE mode, it seems clear that it won’t be an all-at-once launch. Instead, the campaign will be released in parts for players based on the tease from the game’s latest roadmap from October which clearly states that PvE begins in 2023. One then has to wonder if the mode will be an ever-expanding one throughout the lifecycle of Overwatch 2.