Thursday, June 16, 2022
Blizzard Entertainment has held an Overwatch 2 reveal event today, offering a glut of new info on the game ahead of its launch as a free-to-play game this October. Among the details shared is a roadmap for Overwatch 2's first two seasons, as well as confirmation that the sequel will be doing away with Loot Boxes.
Seasonal updates “on a regular cadence” are planned for Overwatch 2, alongside a Battle Pass with new heroes, modes, maps, cosmetics, and other content, while Seasons One and Two will take the game into 2023. With the sequel going free-to-play, Blizzard will also be adding cross-progression, while items you want can be earned directly via the Battle Pass and a “consistently updated” in-game shop. Loot Boxes are no more.
As for the game's seasons, Season One will launch with Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced support hero, as well as a new 5v5 PvP mode, reworked heroes, new maps, modes, and more. A "reimagined" competitive experience is also in the offing, with additional systems to better discern the contributions you've made during a match. Season Two will then add a new tank hero, map, and collection of unique skins.
These include a new Mythic skin. Meanwhile, the strategy for delivering new heroes, maps, and modes to Overwatch will see them added on a more frequent basis, because, according to Blizzard, it's “[what] we believe this is what’s best for our players”. You can find out loads more in the reveal event trailers below, which offer a game overview, a look at how PvP is being reimagined, a deep dive into Junker Queen, and more.
Overwatch 2 will be arriving as an early access free-to-play title on 4th October, while the beta will be available from 28th June. You can register to take part here.
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