Overwatch 2 release update: Did you spot the charming Apex Legends reference?

Overwatch 2 was announced at BlizzCon 2019 over the weekend, though it appears therelease datefor the game is still pretty far away.

The sequel to the popular hero shooter will launch with some bonus new features – including long-awaited additions such as a campaign-led Story mode, and PvE Hero Missions.

The PvP side of things is getting an update, too. Jeff Kaplan told viewers at BlizzCon that the new mode, Push, will be coming to the game when it launches (whenever that may be).

Push is effectively a ‘tug-of-war’ game mode that sees both teams fight over control of a robot that pushes two barriers back and forth across the map. The robot will push towards the enemy team if you’re ‘escorting’ it, and will push back against you if the enemy team is keeping is company.

The star of this new mode is a currently untitled robot that will be the crux of any match. WE on’t know a lot about the cheerful computer just yet, but already we’re seeing the Blizzard team pack it with personality.

One clip has emerged online in which the robot seems to make a pretty specific reference to Apex Legends’ Pathfinder character –another robot with a cheerful disposition.

The new Overwatch robot says: “Who is ready to push? I am!” – a statement that is clearly referencing Pathfinder’s “Who’s ready to fly on a zipline? I am!” voice line.

It’s a nice way of Blizzard paying tribute to 201’s most surprising announcement, and shows that just because two in-game characters are similar, that’s nothing to be bashful about.

Check out the voice line (and the assumed inspiration for it) below

PushBot (that’s what we’re calling it for now) is the highlight of what seems to be a pretty inventive new game type.

You can expect Push to introduce some difficult skirmishes to the PvP portion of the game, too.

During the Overwatch2 BlizzCon panel, assistant game director Aaron Keller described the mode as "really flanky," and mentioned how players are going to have to get creative with how they intercept the robot on its path through the new maps being introduced for the mode.

Overwatch fans will be able to bring over all their cosmetics and progress from the first game into the new title, and the sequel will add multiple new playable heroes to the ever-growing roster, too.

Don’t expect to hear about a release date any time soon, though. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

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