PVE meaning has mystified many fans, particularly in the wake of Kotaku's report about a second Overwatch title in development at Blizzard. Jason Schreier, the reporter, elaborated on Twitter that the game known internally at Blizzard as Overwatch 2 would be PVE, but what does that mean?
On Overwatch 2 - I don't know if that'll be the final name, but that's what everyone at Blizzard calls it. I do know that it's mostly (maybe all?) about PVE - easy to imagine it combining with OW1's PVP in some way— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) June 6, 2019
PVE Meaning: What Does PVE Mean?
PVE is an initialism that stands for "Player vs. Environment." It describes a game where players compete not against each other, but against the environment in the game. Think most single player games, or the raids in MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft — players fight against AI controlled enemies instead of other humans.
Games can often bridge the gap in small ways. In Overwatch, the Archives events are typically PVE rather than PVP, and in League of Legends small PVE elements such as mobs contribute to the larger PVP approach.
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