The BlizzConline 2021 panel on Overwatch 2 revealed that Sojourn is indeed coming to the sequel, but it also revealed that she’s become developers’ “favorite” hero.
Sojourn was one of the many topics that Blizzard developers talked about during the Behind-the-Scenes of Overwatch 2 panel. While they didn’t share too much about this highly-anticipated character, developers offered just enough to make fans excited about her arrival.
The BlizzCon panel didn’t reveal Sojourn’s abilities or kit, but players did learn that she will be using a rail gun. This essentially confirms that she will be a powerful DPS hero, as many in the community already speculated. This comes despite the game having an overabundance of DPS heroes, and a limited number of tanks and supports.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan noted that Sojourn’s weapon is all about precision. If a player has great accuracy, they will be rewarded with Sojourn’s weapon “ripping through” enemies. From the brief footage of her rail gun in action, it appears that there are two ways to fire Sojourn’s weapon. She’ll have a weaker, faster attack and then the powerful, slow shots that seem to be quite destructive in the right hands.
The team discussed how many heroes were designed for the purpose of adding specific types of weapons, with Widowmaker being designed around her sniper rifle and Pharah’s foundation being her rocket launcher. Players can most likely expect Sojourn’s abilities to revolve around this devastating accuracy and mid-ranged action.
The BlizzCon showcase also showed off stunning new maps, including Italy and New York City. Developers also discussed how using new technology has allowed them to make the game feel more immersive. Players will be able to hear the difference in audio when a weapon is fired in a tight space versus open space and will feel their weapon’s power whenever they make a shot.
Overwatch 2 developers have also completely revamped the hero progression system in their Hero Missions. Over hundreds of unique missions, players will be able to build up their favorite hero’s skill tree. Each hero appears to have three to choose from and customize.
Overwatch 2 does not have an estimated release date at this time. Blizzard stated earlier this year that Overwatch 2 won’t be coming out in 2021. While this disappointed many fans, the amount of new content that’s being added to Overwatch 2 has many thinking that the game will be worth the wait.