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Overwatch 2: PVP portion launches in October as a free-to-play game

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Overwatch 2 has a release date: On October 4th, the PVP part will appear as a free-to-play game in Early Access, as Blizzard surprisingly announced during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase for Summer Game Fest 2022. A new trailer features a new heroine, new visuals, new maps, and more.

Early Access three years after announcement

Overwatch 2 was announced for the first time at Blizzcon 2019, which was held as a presence event before the corona pandemic. At that time, the developers gave it to understand that the Overwatch team wanted to focus entirely on the development of the sequel from now on; work on the first part has been scaled down to maintenance level. A lot of time has passed since then. In the meantime, both the longtime game director and spiritual father of Overwatch Jeff Kaplan and two Blizzard presidents have vacated the field. The sexism scandal from last summer was almost forgotten when Microsoft announced the multi-billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard in January 2022.

Free to play with crossplay and crossprogression

In April 2022 there was a surprising beta test phase, at the end of which Blizzard announced that more information about Overwatch 2 would follow soon. The publisher kept his word. On October 4th, 2022, the PVP portion of Overwatch 2 will be released in Early Access for consoles and PC – free of charge, regardless of whether players previously owned Overwatch 1 or not. However, players who own Overwatch 1 before June 23, 2022 and log into Overwatch 2 by December 6, 2022 will have access to a Founder’s Pack, which includes two epic skins, a profile icon, and a “surprise gift“ should contain.

The paid PVE part will be submitted at a date that is not yet known. Blizzard also announces that Overwatch 2 will offer crossplay and crosssaves or crossprogression on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Series S and X, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Some more news can be found in a trailer. First up is a new tank heroine, the Junker Queen, who has long been considered a potential future heroine in the community. In addition, some characters were shown for the first time in their new look, and new skins are celebrating their premiere. Blizzard has not presented any completely new maps, but the other locations that have already been announced have been shown again.

Reveal event on June 16th

Blizzard is promising detailed information on all of this for a “Reveal Event” on June 16, 2022, which will be broadcast on YouTube at 7:00 p.m., for example. Then the developer would also like to comment on the concrete implementation of the live service model for the first time, give an outlook on seasonal content and talk about the next phase of the closed beta.

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