Overwatch 2’s director explains why its big PvE mode was cancelled

Screenshot from Overwatch 2’s Battle for Olympus event featuring several heroes engaged in a team fight.
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Game director Aaron Keller published a blog in which he apologized for the seemingly sudden cancellation of a portion of Overwatch 2’s PvE content. The blog also shared some detail about the origins of Overwatch PvE, the shifting vision for the content, and why the team decided to axe it.

Earlier this week, in a developer livestream that shared the rest of Overwatch 2’s 2023 roadmap, Keller and executive producer Jared Neuss made the shocking announcement that highly anticipated Hero Mode — one part of the game’s PvE content — had been scrapped.

Hero Mode was essentially a single-player version of Overwatch. Keller described it as a “game mode that allowed players to upgrade individual heroes through talent trees, providing a deeply…

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