We’re winding down the last of our day sans Overwatch. Overwatch 2 will replace the original game with a fresh look and a controversial battle pass when it launches on October 4 for free.
Reworked heroes, new maps, and a new mode are just some of the ways in which the game’s team-based tactics have been altered from the original, though we’re still not entirely persuaded that these changes are for the better.
Everything is free, but you can spend $40 on the Watchpoint Pack to unlock certain cosmetic items, 2,000 Overwatch Coins (the new premium currency), and the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass, which includes the new support hero Kiriko (opens in the new tab).
One of the most divisive aspects of Overwatch 2 is the way heroes are unlocked (opens in a new tab). Despite being confirmed for 2019, Overwatch 2 will not have a PvE component until 2020.
Blizzard has promised a whole skill tree system and radically different powers outside of PvP, but these features will have to wait.
But the player-versus-player mode has been enhanced with three new heroes: Sojourn (damage), Junker Queen (tank), and Kiriko (support).
Both the battle pass and the in-game store provide new cosmetic items, such as the Mythic Cyber Demon Genji skin, which adds the option to alter the appearance of Genji’s armor.
Blizzard has announced that every nine weeks, players may expect a new season (and corresponding themed battle passes) (opens in new tab).
Season 2 will introduce a brand new tank hero, and subsequent seasons will alternate between introducing new maps and introducing new heroes.
Multiplayer Options in Overwatch 2
The new Push mode is the first taste of competitive play we’ve had thus far. Similar to the standard Escort mode, this one gives one group the responsibility of transporting a payload from one location to another.
Meanwhile, the opposite side must impede the first’s advancement. The primary difference here is that the payload is equipped with a robot that will do all of the transport for you; your teammates are not necessary.
Both Quickplay and Competitive will make use of the mode.
Release Date of Overwatch 2
#Overwatch2 arrives Oct 4!
Check the map to see exactly what time you get to drop into the action. pic.twitter.com/oQZJjAb4bB
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 1, 2022
The Overwatch servers have been taken offline for scheduled maintenance that will last for the next 27 hours.
In conjunction with the release of OW2 on all platforms, the servers will once again be accessible. Let’s take a look at when everything is going to be released in every region on every system.
October 4, 2022
- 12:00 pm
- PDT3:00 pm
- EST8:00 pm
- BST9:00 pm
- CET11:00 pm GST
October 5, 2022
- 12:30 am
- IST4:00 am
- JST5:00 am AEST
The game will be available for purchase on Battle.net for the Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
It’ll work with other games, allow you to bring your skins and other progress from the original game, and more.
When will Overwatch 2 be available for early access?
Nope. The game’s beta and alpha phases are ended, so you’ll have to wait for a few more days.
(Blizzard is dubbing the launching of Overwatch 2 an “early access” release, although this seems to be a label aimed to underline its in-development state and the fact that the PvE single-player and cooperative side of the sequel is not ready for launch.)
Action in Overwatch 2
New elements for the latest Overwatch game have been gradually released over the course of several years.
To name just one example, the game features a “talents” progression system that lets players increase the strength and utility of their heroes as they embark on cooperative adventures together.
Many players have been hoping for an approach similar to Heroes of the Storm.
The above trailer also gives us a glimpse at the gameplay that will be available in these co-op scenarios, with players apparently teaming up to take on waves of Omnics.
While we have seen glimpses of new maps and heroes in the teasers, it appears that the primary gameplay of Overwatch will remain mostly unaltered from its original release.
Battles between five-player teams, with regular tank swaps
The confirmation of 5v5 matches is one of the most divisive aspects of the game. It’s a major shift away from the 2-2-2 split that’s formed the foundation of the game for years, and it was just revealed on May 20.
This means that there will be a total of two characters capable of dealing with damage, two heroes capable of providing assistance, and one tank.
Since tanks like Winston now have an alternative firing that allows them to charge a blast that may be shot at the range, this indicates that the tank role is changing.
Check out this handy reference for information on all upcoming tank modifications.
Teaser for Overwatch 2 Trailer
Overwatch 2’s announcement was accompanied by a Behind Scenes film and two trailers: a story teaser and the gameplay clip above, which gives us a small glimpse of the game’s new Push mode and the player customization options available in Hero Missions.