The next chapter in the team-based shooter series has been “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.”
To launch in early access with “dynamic new PVP content,” the new five-versus-five multiplayer format will support both cross-platform play and cross-platform progression. From launch, you will also be able to play as the new latest tank hero to join the roster – the ruthless Australian-born ruler of Junkertown: the Junker Queen.
The publisher has promised to share more about the Junker Queen, Overwatch 2’s live service model and seasonal content plan, and the upcoming phase of the game’s closed beta testing in the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event live stream, which will broadcast at 10am PDT on Thursday 16th June 2022.
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.
“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,” enthuses 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.”
Overwatch 2 will release at retail and digitally on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide on 4th October 2022.