Overwatch 2 PvP gets early access release date, goes free-to-play

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Overwatch 2 will be entering early access that has a release date of October 4, 2022. On that date, players will be able to put the game’s PvP mode to the test. In addition, the game will be going free-to-play, representing a very different business model for Blizzard (or Activision for that matter).

While that’s exciting news for people who are reluctant to shell out a full box price fee to try the game, it likely means that Overwatch 2 will require some new additions and revisions to its business model. Nothing has been said on that matter, but I suppose we can expect some kind of Season Pass or le gasp, microtransactions.

A bigger concern is how this affects the acquisition or unlocking of heroes. In the first Overwatch, every hero released post-launch was free, but that equation may change when the game is free-to-play. Of course, that’s just speculation on our part. Another thing with a big question mark is the game’s plans for narrative content or campaign.

After the release date reveal, we were also introduced to a new hero, the Junker Queen. She’s the second new hero after Sojourn. The Junker Queen was previously alluded to in the original Overwatch, but I’ll admit that I didn’t expect them to be added to the game. We’ll likely get a full breakdown of their kit in the coming months.

Overwatch 2 release date

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019. The game’s PvP and PvE components are to be released separately. The game has also changed from the first Overwatch to feature team comps of 5v5 instead of 6v6, with a lower requirement for the number of tanks per team.

Again, Overwatch 2 has an early access release date of October 4, 2022. It is being developed by Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, which was recently acquired by Microsoft for nearly $70 billion. The acquisition was hoped to bring some much needed adjustments to the company’s toxic work culture, but instead the mega publisher has continued to foster hostility towards its employees.