Activision Blizzard said Sunday that Overwatch 2 will begin “in early access” on October 4th. At the very least, the PVP portions will be. It will also be free to play, which is a significant difference from the original Overwatch, which was a paid title. It will be available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox One S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.
“We can’t wait to launch the Overwatch 2 experience on October 4 and introduce an exciting new competitive vision, featuring amazing new content and a reimagining of the iconic heroes, maps, and gameplay that made the original game so compelling,” said Mike Ybarra, Blizzard’s president, in a statement. “With regular and large updates planned long into the future to keep Overwatch 2 new and entertaining for many years to come, this is the beginning of an always-on and always-evolving era for the series, and a recommitment to servicing players.”
Junker Queen, described as “a high-mobility and railgun-wielding former Overwatch captain with cybernetic powers” by Blizzard, is the second new hero for Overwatch 2.
In only a few days, the business hopes to disclose more about Overwatch 2 in a “reveal event” livestream, which you can watch on June 16th at 1PM ET.
Blizzard initially announced Overwatch 2 in 2019, but it has just recently started showing off the game in earnest, including with a closed beta. The game’s PVP and PVE components are being developed separately by the business. While the PVP section will be released on October 4, no date has been set for the PVE portion.
Microsoft is scheduled to buy Activision Blizzard for about $70 billion, however the transaction isn’t likely to finish until the company’s fiscal year 2023, which starts in July.