Overwatch 2 Early Access Release Date Is Announced; It Will Be Free-to-Play

Since early this year, Activision Blizzard has worked on the next version of its wildly successful online multiplayer game, Overwatch. It published the game’s beta version and even scheduled a special Overwatch 2 event on June 16th. Now, ahead of that, the company has announced an early access launch date for Overwatch 2 and other key facts about the game. Continue reading to learn more!

Details about Overwatch 2 have been revealed

According to an official press release from Activision Blizzard, Overwatch 2 will be released in early access on October 4th. It will be available on Windows PC, Xbox Series X/ S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch platforms, along with “dynamic new PvP content.”

Furthermore, the firm said that, unlike its predecessor, the upcoming Overwatch 2 game would be free-to-play and include new competitive gameplay and substantial game enhancements.

Blizzard also revealed a new hero for the game dubbed The Junker Queen, in addition to disclosing the debut date for the game’s early access program. After Sojourn, she is the second new Overwatch 2 hero to be introduced. 

According to the corporation, the new hero is described as “a high-mobility, railgun-wielding former Overwatch captain with cybernetic powers,” according to the corporation.

Overwatch 2 will also include ‘new and famous foreign settings,’ such as Toronto’s icy New Queen Street and the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan,’ according to the studio. 

Furthermore, the new game will include a new Push game option, in which players compete to push a centrally-located robot farther into enemy territory than the opposing side.

“We can’t wait to launch the Overwatch 2 experience on October 4th and present an exciting new competitive vision, complete with incredible new content and a redesign of the classic characters, maps, and gameplay that made the first game so engaging,” says Blizzard. In a statement, Blizzard Entertainment President Mike Ybarra said, “This is the beginning of an always-on, 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.”

In this week’s special event, Activision Blizzard will announce additional details about Overwatch 2, including new characters like Sojourn and The Junker Queen, new maps, and more. So stay tuned for further information, and let us know what you think about Overwatch 2 in the comments section below.