A recent Q&A with Blizzard has shed some light regarding the story of Overwatch 2.
The interview with PlayStation Blog touched on storytelling in the sequel compared to the first game, with lead writer Michael Chu explaining,
“There are two things that immediately come to mind. With story missions, we’ll have a more traditional way to tell a story in the Overwatch universe: a complete story with beginning, middle, and end. In addition, we’ve finally moved the story forward after Winston’s recall, and we hope to continue to push events into the future in the stories to come.”
Assistant Game Director Aaron Keller added,
“Overwatch 2 also gives us the opportunity on the tech side to tell more story. The maps are almost 2X larger than regular Overwatch maps. They’ve also got way more advanced technology to show dynamic weather, lightning, explosions, and more. We like to say that our maps are almost another character in helping with Overwatch 2 storytelling. Each Story Mission will come with an intro cinematic and outro cinematic as well. We’ve partnered with our teammates in the Story and Franchise team to help build out many cinematics for story missions, which we think will be a major treat for our players.”
Additional details shared include teasing new heroes, hero mechanics, and that current Overwatch 1 players will be able to play with Overwatch 2 players in competitive play.