This week, we shared one thing close to and pricey to the workforce’s hearts—Overwatch is again! Overwatch 2 releases without cost on October 4, and we’ve revealed an in-depth roadmap on what gamers can count on, plus a lot extra. Read on for a full recap of all the data we’ve revealed, which may also be discovered right here. We’ve additionally introduced the following Beta, which incorporates consoles, so click on right here for an FAQ or go to our registration web site.
- Press Kit
- OW2 Team Reveal Event Livestream VOD:
Overwatch 2 is releasing on Oct. 4 as a free-to-play dwell sport, and we’d like to elucidate precisely what which means for our gamers. Overwatch 2 can have seasonal updates on a daily cadence and a Battle Pass that may characteristic new content material together with new heroes, sport modes, maps, cosmetics, and extra! We’ll even be outlining Seasons One and Two and plans extending into 2023 with a roadmap for the sport.
A free-to-play, dwell expertise
Making Overwatch 2 free-to-play is a pure step ahead for our sport and our gamers. Overwatch, even since its debut, has at all times been a social sport, and our neighborhood has at all times had essentially the most enjoyable once we come collectively. Free-to-play removes the barrier to entry, permitting anybody, wherever to leap into the sport, group up with buddies, or discover folks to play with on-line. Along with this shift to free-to-play, we’ll be including cross-progression, enabling everybody to play, progress, and entry their unlocked content material seamlessly throughout all sport platforms.
There will likely be no Loot Boxes in Overwatch 2. Instead, the modernized dwell service will give our gamers the facility to form their very own experiences. Players can purchase the objects they need straight by means of the Battle Pass and an all-new and persistently up to date in-game store. Our workforce will create and ship seasonal content material each 9 weeks to make sure there’s at all times one thing recent and thrilling ready for everybody.
Roadmap and seasons
On the roadmap under, you could find our short-term plans for Season One and Season Two, in addition to our long-term objectives to develop and develop the sport into 2023 and past. Players can count on to see a brand new hero each different season, with components like new maps and sport modes within the seasons between.
Season One will characteristic Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced help hero, in addition to the brand new 5v5 PvP expertise, reworked heroes, new maps and modes, and extra. We’re additionally releasing a reimagined aggressive expertise that was created to offer gamers extra instruments to enhance gameplay and really feel a way of development in aggressive play. Players can have extra of an impression on particular person matches with the shift to 5v5, and there will likely be further methods in place that can assist you discern your contributions per match. More particulars on the aggressive overhaul will likely be shared quickly!
Season Two will introduce a brand new tank hero, map, and a group of distinctive skins, together with a brand new Mythic pores and skin. As we transfer into 2023, we’ll transfer the story of Overwatch ahead with the discharge of our new PvE gameplay which is able to launch seasonably starting subsequent 12 months, together with extra new heroes, maps, and sport modes. We can’t wait to share extra data nearer to launch!
A dwelling, ever-evolving sport
We’ve at all times believed that Overwatch, at its core, needs to be a dwelling sport. Overwatch stands for inclusivity, open-mindedness, and neighborhood. These pillars led to the change in our technique to ship new heroes, maps, and modes on a frequent foundation as a result of we consider that is what’s finest for our gamers.