Overwatch 2's PvE has been cancelled. I spoke to Blizzard about it. https://t.co/PJh4c5PNNY— Tamoor Hussain (@tamoorh) May 16, 2023
If you didn't know already, Blizzard is cancelling Overwatch 2's previously announced PvE Hero Mode. If you want a great summary of the history of this mode and what led to Blizzard cancelling it, might I recommend Tamoor's AMAZING reporting on about this topic on GameSpot. Unsurprisingly, as is the case with modern multiplayer-focused games, the reaction to this news has been mixed and all over the place. There are those that view this announcement as a reflection of what they perceive as the game being in a bad state and the cancellation of the PvE mode is a blow because they find the current content provided in the game's multiplayer modes lacking. On the other hand, there some that are celebrating this cancellation as they felt this particular PvE mode never made sense, was drawing development resources from the core game which needs to make a pivot, and its cancellation means more attention can be put into the current multiplayer modes.
It is worth noting that Jared Neuss, the game's Executive Producer, had to clarify that Overwatch 2 fans should still expect to see PvE in the future, but continuing to dedicate time to the PvP modes AND a PvE Hero Mode proved to be too much for the team behind the game.
I've seen speculation that the changes to PvE scope on Overwatch 2 are related to Blizzard's RTO policy. For the record, that isn't true.— Jared Neuss (@OhReallyJared) May 17, 2023
Managing PvE and PvP development simultaneously has been a challenge for the team for years. It's a less exciting headline but it's reality.
A clarification that I wanted to make is that, while we made the decision to cut Hero Mode + Talents, we have a lot of great PvE content coming this year.— Jared Neuss (@OhReallyJared) May 17, 2023
Big story missions, new cinematics, co-op events and single player Hero Mastery missions are all on the way. https://t.co/8aGvlBqVR0
With all that in mind, did the Hero Mode make sense to you and was it a feature you wanted to check out? Are people upset by this announcement rightfully angry or are they lamenting the loss of something for the sake of it?
If there is one thing I would add, and this is a point some have already shared, but if you're Blizzard and you knew one of the promised features and modes to the game were a work in progress, why kill Overwatch for a game still in progress? Why not keep Overwatch 1 active until Overwatch 2's feature set justifies sunsetting?