Overwatch 2 Launches in October And Will Be Free to Play: Activision Blizzard announced on Sunday during the Microsoft Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase that the free-to-play version of Overwatch 2 will be released on October 4 of this year. The launch of the hero-based shooter in October is being referred to as an “early access” release for the player-versus-player component of Overwatch 2, and it will add at least two new heroes to the roster of those available in Overwatch. These heroes are Sojourn and Junker Queen.
Along with a variety of hero reworks that have been in beta testing since the beginning of 2022, the sequel to Overwatch will also arrive with at least two new maps (one set in New York City and one set in Toronto), a new game style called Push, and a new map named Push. The new five-versus-five team composition, which has been tested and is now used in the Overwatch League, will also be introduced with the release of Overwatch 2.
Blizzard has not disclosed a release date for the mission-based PvE component that is still in the process of being developed for Overwatch 2.
In the announcement clip that Blizzard released, the company also displayed new character designs and cosmetics for elements of the cast. These new character designs and cosmetics included previously undisclosed adjustments to D.Va and Symmetra. Blizzard has stated that it intends to unveil additional information regarding Overwatch 2 on June 16 during a separate stream.
When it first becomes available in October, Overwatch 2 will be playable on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Play across platforms will be possible, and players will be able to progress across platforms.