Overwatch 2’s PvE content scrapped as devs are denied bonuses for the first time, report claims

Overwatch 2’s PvE Content Development Reportedly Scrapped

Recent reports from Bloomberg suggest that Overwatch 2’s PvE content has been abandoned. The company has decided to focus on PvP gameplay instead, citing poor sales of previous PvE missions.

Management Divide Over Bonuses at Blizzard

Blizzard and parent company Activision have had a longstanding dispute over bonuses, with Blizzard traditionally sharing bonuses company-wide to encourage innovation and experimentation. However, former Activision boss Bobby Kotich argued that bonuses should only go to those behind the most profitable products.

Shift in Bonus Policy for Overwatch 2 Developers

Overwatch 2 developers were informed in August 2023 that they would not be receiving bonuses due to the sequel’s performance. This marks a significant policy change as bonuses are now tied to the performance of specific franchises, rather than the overall company performance.

Major Changes and Revitalization for Overwatch 2

Activision Blizzard has announced major changes to Overwatch 2 as part of a revitalization effort. The focus is on making PvP gameplay more enjoyable and rewarding for players, along with providing greater transparency in-game.

Updates to Competitive Play and Hero Introductions

The Overwatch 2 team has acknowledged player feedback regarding competitive play and has plans to introduce significant updates to enhance the competitive experience. Additionally, Blizzard will be making heroes free and immediately available to all players starting in Season 10.

Activision Blizzard Quality Assurance Workers Unionize

Recently, 600 Activision Blizzard quality assurance (QA) workers have voted to unionize, marking a significant development in the gaming industry workforce.