E3 is right around the corner, which means that there will be some big surprises for us in the gaming community. Among those announcements? Quite possibly a story-driven Overwatch campaign and Diablo 4, although recent chatter in the industry suggests that we may need to wait until the fall for BlizzCon (November 1).
Sources close to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier have indicated that rather than adding a PVE campaign to the existing Overwatch game, a brand new game would instead need to be built to handle the expectations of what an Overwatch PVE game would look like. Basically, the existing engine and tools used to make the current Overwatch are not meant to house a PVE environment, so in comes the sequel, possibly.
Personally, I find Overwatch to be a difficult title to get a handle on PVP. Let me be frank- I such at Overwatch. But I find the character design, the maps and mechanics, to all be beautiful. I always figured I would have a heck of a lot more fun, were there more PVE type game modes such as the Junkenstein Halloween Terror events. With the possibility of an all-PVE game in the universe of Overwatch, I certainly find myself considering a lot more investment in the franchises.
The Overwatch sequel has been compared to valve’s ‘left 4 dead’ franchise, to give you an idea of what to expect.
As for Diablo 4, the same reports from Schreier also state that the first-person Starcraft shooter was cancelled so that Blizzard employees could focus all their attention on the next installment in the Diablo franchise (and the alleged PVE Overwatch sequel).
Blizzard provided a statement in regards to Schreier’s recent inquiry into these two titles, though it doesn’t indicate really anything, which you can read over on his post on Kotaku.com here.