Overwatch 2 Launches as a Free-To-Play Game in Early Access This October

Overwatch 2 Launches as a Free-To-Play Game in Early Access This October

Matt Lorrigan

Overwatch 2 will be a free-to-play title when it launches in October, Blizzard has announced.

The hero shooter series will be leaving its premium priced days behind, and launching as a free to play title later this year. Alongside new gameplay, we also got a look at Overwatch 2's brand new hero, Junker Queen. The Australian-born ruler of Junkertown will be the newest tank hero to join the Overwatch world.

Blizzard will be revealing more information about Overwatch 2's live-service model, seasonal content plan, and the closed beta testing during an Overwatch 2 Reveal Event on 16th June 2022 at 18:00 BST / 10:00 PT.

“We can't wait to roll out the beginning of the Overwatch 2 experience on October 4 and introduce an exciting new competitive vision, featuring a reimagining of the iconic heroes, maps, and gameplay that made the original game so compelling,” said Blizzard president Mike Ybarra. “This is the beginning of an always-on and always-evolving era for the franchise, and a recommitment to serving players with frequent and substantial updates planned well into the future to keep Overwatch 2 fresh and fun for many years to come.”

Overwatch 2 is launching in early access on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on 4th October 2022. You can check out the new trailer down below.

  • So much for releasing next year, eh Matt? But I am excited for this DLC to finally come out
  • Dante had been waiting for months for this moment..

    Nice to see it's free to play because I probably wouldn't pay for it this time around.
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