A BlizzCon 2019 demo guide obtained by ESPN intimates Blizzard may be planning to unveil Overwatch 2 at its upcoming event next week and reports "PvE" features will be playable for attendees at the show.
To be fair, a successor to Blizzard's incredibly successful shooter isn't all that unexpected - the franchise has spawned a number of spin-off projects already, so a sequel certainly makes sense - but ESPN reports the upcoming BlizzCon show will see a number of revelations, including a new logo, maps, modes, and "PvE features", and both the PvE story and a new game mode are "expected to be available to play for BlizzCon attendees this weekend".
"Notably, the Overwatch logo now has a small orange '2' indexed in the top right corner," ESPN reported. "Hero talents and in-game items are coming to Overwatch 2 PvE, and one of the missions will be a four-player story experience set in Rio de Janeiro, as opposed to the 6v6 gameplay in the original Overwatch.
"While much of the focus will be on story and narrative elements, Overwatch will see its first new mode since the game was released in beta in 2015, with 'Push' set to be unveiled alongside Assault, Control, Escort, Hybrid. Push will be set on a new map based in 'Toronto', according to the document."
It's also reported the Overwatch development team "has made significant efforts to appease concerns from the Overwatch community, including implementing 2/2/2 role lock and role queue into the game" and we'll find out more about Overwatch's next hero, Echo.
Blizzard did not respond to ESPN's request for comment.
BlizzCon takes place next weekend across Friday 1st November and Saturday 2nd at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, USA.