Overwatch 2 will be free to play and will be available in early access

Overwatch 2 will be free to play and will be available in early access

Activision Blizzard announced Sunday that Overwatch 2 will be released “in early access” on October 4th. At least the PVP aspects will be. It will also be free to play, which is a significant change from the original Overwatch, which was a paid title. It will be available for the PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

“We can’t wait to launch 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, Blizzard’s president, in a press release. “This is the start of the franchise’s always-on, always-evolving era, 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.”

Blizzard also revealed Junker Queen, the second new Overwatch hero, as “a high-mobility and railgun-wielding former Overwatch captain with cybernetic capabilities.”

The company intends to reveal more about Overwatch 2 in a “reveal event” livestream that will take place in just a few days, on June 16th at 1PM ET.

Blizzard first announced Overwatch 2 in 2019, but it has only recently begun to show the game in earnest, including with a closed beta. The company has divided the development of the game’s PVP and PVE components. While the PVP component will be available on October 4, we do not yet know when the PVE component will be available.

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Microsoft is set to buy Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion, though the deal isn’t expected to close until Microsoft’s fiscal year 2023, which begins in July.

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