- Overwatch 2 was supposed to have a full PvE mode, but it was canceled and only story missions were released.
- A talented fan has created UI concepts for the scrapped PvE mode, showcasing features like a shop with skin options and objectives on maps. While great, seeing the concepts were a sad reminder of what could have been for fans.
- The cancelation of PvE was a controversial decision, and players hope that Blizzard will reconsider and bring back the mode in the future.
A talented Overwatch 2 fan has created UI concepts for a full PvE mode that will never come to be. Overwatch 2 has several modes, with Quick Play and Competitive Play being the most popular, but it was supposed to have a full PvE mode as well.
For Overwatch 2 players who sometimes want to step apart from competitive modes, there’s the Arcade, which features different modes in rotation, and special ones during seasonal and limited-time events. But something that promised to radically change Overwatch 2 was the arrival of PvE mode, shown for the first time at BlizzCon 2019. While players got really excited, the idea didn’t become a reality, and last year Blizzard surprised players with the cancelation of Overwatch 2‘s PvE mode.Now showing what it could have been, a talented Overwatch 2 fan has created a project bringing back the scrapped feature.
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Reddit user roastedtuna has created impressive UI concepts for an Overwatch 2 PvE. The first screen shows the shop with skin options for Tracer and weapons to buy and equip on Mei, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Zarya. The next screen shows Tracer on the King’s Row map with a list of objectives in the right-hand corner. The third shows the character selection with a series of details such as artifacts to equip, an image of the selected hero, and their talents and skills. Finally, the player shared one last screen with a list of missions, one of which details the objectives and potential rewards.
Incredible UI Concept Imagines an Overwatch 2 PvE Mode
Redditors were impressed with the OP’s design and gave it high praise. Many remembered with sadness the cancelation of PvE, one of the most criticized decisions in the shooter’s history. One comment, in particular, lamented the missed opportunity of the game never getting skill trees, one of the many discarded features of Overwatch 2‘s PvE. As well as being a piece of content highly anticipated by the Overwatch 2 community, the PvE mode would have been the first step toward making Blizzard’s game feel more like the scrapped MMO Project Titan.
According to Executive Producer Jared Neuss, the cancelation of PvE was a change of approach due to the original idea “not being realistic.” Without it, what players saw instead was the controversial release of Overwatch 2 PvE missions that are locked behind a paywall. Now, Overwatch 2 players can only hope Blizzard one day goes back on its decision, imagining what the PvE could have been through fan art like this in the meantime.
- October 4, 2022