During the Xbox + Bethesda Games Showcase, Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch 2 is launching in early access on October 4, on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Overwatch 2 doesn’t stray too far from the original: two teams of five players each compete in first-person shooter matches with a variety of heroes and classes. Overwatch 2 adds a little bit of everything: new heroes, new maps, new modes, and yes, new premium cosmetics and loot boxes.
One big difference is that Overwatch 2 will be free-to-play, and supported by microtransactions (the original also had loot boxes, but players still had to purchase the game).
The sequel will also include a full PvE co-op mode. But that’s being developed separately from the standard PvP, and most likely won’t be included in this early access version.
The release date announcement also revealed the second new hero to join the roster: Junker Queen. The 34th hero hails from the Mad Max-inspired Australia, and wields an axe. She, along with cybernetic warrior Sojourn, will be exclusive to Overwatch 2.
“We can’t wait to roll out the beginning of 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, president, Blizzard Entertainment. “This is the beginning of an always-on and always-evolving era for the franchise, and a recommitment to serving players with frequent and substantial updates planned well into the future to keep Overwatch 2 fresh and fun for many years to come.”
If you own the original game (before June 23) you’re eligible to receive the Founder’s Pack, which will include two epic skins, a founder’s icon, and a “surprise gift,” when Overwatch 2 releases.
Overwatch is rated T for Teen.