Overwatch 2 is arguably one of the gaming world’s most highly anticipated games, and while recent world events have undoubtedly had an impact on the game’s development — and likely led to the game’s frequent delays — the game is still firmly high on the agenda at Blizzard HQ.
Overwatch still stands as one of the most played games on the planet, and while it’s no where near the heights it reached in 2016 and 2017, it still has a passionate returning community of gamers across all platforms, including console. Further, given the game established itself as a popculture icon almost immediately upon its release, it’s safe to say that Overwatch 2 will dominate charts and gaming media once it does eventually release to the masses.
We’ve seen a host of new updates about the game, the most recent unveiling plans to shift the game to a 5v5 model and doing away with one of the two Tank slots in role queue. This would certainly change the fundamental way in which Overwatch is played, but Blizzard isn’t stopping there in evolving how the Overwatch 2 experience plays out for gamers.
A recently posted Overwatch 2 job posting suggests Blizzard is working on not only expanding the cosmetic rewards available in the game, but potentially adding a new array of offerings for players to unlock as they progress through the game.
Cosmetic rewards are a well-liked and much-talked about feature in Overwatch and amongst the community. They range across sprays, skins, voice lines, emotes, victory poses and highlight intros, and can be unlocked a variety of ways during events, leveling up, and completing seasonable objectives (like competing in a Competitive season).
The job listing is looking for a “Game Producer, Characters Cosmetics”, who will “rive the development of cosmetic content & technology for Overwatch & Overwatch 2.”
Interestingly, the job ad lists that person will help with “the development of new cosmetic reward types”, suggesting some new cosmetic rewards could be on the agent for Overwatch 2. This wouldn’t be that surprising given the game’s shifted focus to PvE, which would surely open the door to a whole new range of rewards not currently possible in Overwatch.
Ovwerwatch 2 is still in development, with fans hopeful a second Blizzcon for the year will take place in November, and be used to showcase a near-finished game ahead of a beta release and subsequent full game release. Given the job listing for cosmetics, this may suggest that focus has shifted away from gameplay and that Blizzard is now adding the finishing touches to a game that is in many a gamer’s most wanted list for the next 12 months.