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Overwatch 2 Launches in Early Access as a Free-to-Play Game on October 4

Overwatch 2 Launches in Early Access as a Free-to-Play Game on October 4 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 June 2022 / 1,106 Views

Blizzard Entertainment announced Overwatch 2 will launch in Early Access as a free-to-play game for the PlayStation 5Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo SwitchPlayStation 4Xbox One, and PC on October 4.

"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 Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra.

"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."

View the release date reveal trailer below:

Read the latest details on the game below:

eaturing a new five-versus-five multiplayer format with cross-platform play and cross-platform progression, Overwatch 2‘s player-versus-player experience is designed to offer incredible and fresh competitive gameplay with a new, free-to-play model and major game updates such as new heroes, hero reworks, maps, modes, and premium cosmetics.

At launch, players will have an opportunity to get their hands on the newest tank hero to join the roster, the ruthless Australian-born ruler of Junkertown: the Junker Queen. More details on the Junker Queen, Overwatch 2‘s live service model and seasonal content plan, and the upcoming phase of the game’s closed beta testing will be shared during the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event livestream on YouTube.com/PlayOverwatch or Twitch.tv/PlayOverwatch this Thursday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

The Junker Queen is the second new hero revealed for Overwatch 2, and the franchise’s 34th hero overall, following Sojourn—a high-mobility and railgun-wielding former Overwatch captain with cybernetic capabilities. New and iconic international locations will also arrive in-game at launch, from the snowy New Queen Street in Toronto to the bustle of Midtown Manhattan. Overwatch 2 additionally introduces the new Push game mode, a symmetrical map type where teams battle to take control and advance a centrally-located robot deeper into enemy territory than the opposing team.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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7 Comments
UnderwaterFunktown (on 13 June 2022)

Mostly just interested in the campaign and I guess that's still a ways off.

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Paatar UnderwaterFunktown (on 13 June 2022)

Yup. That and PVE were decoupled from PVP so that they could get PVP out sooner, which was the smarter decision.

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Alistair (on 13 June 2022)

This "release date reveal" was pretty great! Blizzard has the best art direction in the games industry.

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Chrizum (on 12 June 2022)

Nice, more predatory p2w/gambling shit from Blizzard.

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The Fury (on 12 June 2022)

F2P? Didn't expect that. Hope their monetisation strategy isn't too heavy. EDIT: Wait, the PvE is going to be paid and the MP free? and guessing due to the fact we've hardly seen any of it since, the PvE won't launch with this.

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Alistair The Fury (on 13 June 2022)

Same as Halo Infinite

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Paatar The Fury (on 13 June 2022)

They announced months ago that they were decoupling the PVE from PVP so that they could get the PVP out sooner

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