Overwatch 2, the sequel to Activision Blizzard’s hit hero shooter Overwatch, is finally launching in October after first being announced in 2019. One major change is the shift to five-on-five matches in PVP, and Blizzard is also adding new characters, including Overwatch’s first Black female hero. The PVP multiplayer will be available in early access on October 4th and will be free to play. The PVE portion will be released at a later date.
Catch up on The Verge’s coverage of the game right here.
With the arrival of season 2, Overwatch 2 developers are lowering the level at which the new hero is acquired.
We’re getting new maps, a new hero, a new game event, and lots of new skins, including a mythic Junker Queen skin that is incredibly sexy.
- RThe “Zeus” skin for Junker Queen is the star of the Overwatch 2, season two trailer.
tl;dr — Sojourn’s getting a sniper nerf, Blizzard World is back in the rotation, and logging in before the end of S1 unlocks either all three new characters for Overwatch 1 players, or two of the three new heroes new players.
But if you’re waiting for Zeus Junker Queen, that’s coming as part of an Olympus LTM available from January 5th until January 19th.
After a brief hiatus from the game, Mei’s back, along with a host of other hero tweaks and bug fixes.
Ramattra’s ability to shape-shift makes him a tank, the likes of which Overwatch 2 has never seen before.
Mei is being temporarily disabled to address a glitch with her Ice Wall ability
Glitches resulted in the heroes being taken removed from certain game modes or disabled completely
Blizzard took the game’s servers down twice on Thursday to fix some issues, and it will do so once again on Friday to patch things up.
Blizzard shared the cinematic during TwitchCon 2022
If you planned to play Thursday night, you might want to do something else
Second verse, same as the first
Overwatch 2 will feature a new onboarding experience, require valid phone numbers to play, and will monitor abusive voice chats.
And days after the 35th hero was revealed
Blizzard’s taking down the servers in preparation for Overwatch 2
Heroes are now gated behind battle pass progression. Here’s why that might not suck.
New tweets suggest you’ll have to earn them via play or pay
Starting today, you can merge your Overwatch accounts to share progression and in-game cosmetics
Blizzard revealed in a Reddit AMA that the two games will merge on October 4th
Overwatch 2 is going free-to-play, ditching loot boxes, and committing to a more consistent content schedule
As the game transitions to a free-to-play, seasonal content model, the controversial loot award system will be replaced with an in-game shop
You can sign up beginning June 16th
It launches on October 4th
Blizzard also announced an Overwatch 2 event for June
Overwatch League commissioner Sean Miller shares his thoughts on what a new game will do for the League
Watching Overwatch 2 streamers on Twitch can get you beta access