Overwatch 2 is set to launch as a free-to-play title, and Blizzard plans to run through the reveal during an upcoming livestream. Here's what you need to know.
Announced as part of the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase yesterday evening, Blizzard has revealed that the upcoming Overwatch 2 will be a free-to-play, Live Service title. Alongside that, the studio also revealed that the game will be launching in early access on Oct. 4, 2022.
Of course, this wasn't the only exciting announcement for Overwatch 2. Blizzard revealed that new Hero, Junkqueen, would be joining the roster, with more new Heroes set to be added. A deeper look into the future of Overwatch 2 is set for an upcoming livestream — here's everything you need to know.
The Overwatch 2 Reveal Event livestream will be taking place on June 16, 2022 at 10 a.m. PT.
Fans will be able to tune into the event live via the official Overwatch YouTube channel.
#Overwatch2 arrives October 4. 🎮 Free to Play Live Service🍁 New heroes, maps and modes👑 New Tank: Junkerqueen Learn more during the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event livestream 📆 June 16🕙 10 AM PT.👀 https://t.co/lDzhS3hMKq pic.twitter.com/u9RYJZl0hu
Given that the game is going down the free-to-play path, it's safe to assume that a few changes to its formula will likely be at hand. Players will likely need to brace themselves for more microtransactions, possibly in the form of a Battle Pass or more premium content.
As part of yesterday's announcement, Blizzard revealed that a Founder's Pack will be available for existing Overwatch players. This pack will give players access to an exclusive Founder's Icon, two Epic skins: General Doomfist and Jester Sombra, and more. This pack is only available for those who own Overwatch prior to June 23, 2022.
As for how players earn and unlock content such as Heroes throughout the game, it's still unclear — though Thursday's livestream will no doubt shed more light on the matter.
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