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    Overwatch 2 Releases Free-To-Play On October 4th

    This week, Blizzard devs shared something near and dear to the team’s hearts—Overwatch is back! Overwatch 2 releases for free on October 4, and they have revealed an in-depth roadmap on what players can expect, plus so much more.

    Read on for a full recap of all the information they have revealed, which can also be found here. They have also announced the next Beta, which includes consoles, so click here for an FAQ or go to their registration site.

    Overwatch 2 is releasing on Oct. 4 as a free-to-play live game, and the devs like to explain exactly what that means for players. Overwatch 2 will have seasonal updates on a regular cadence and a Battle Pass that will feature new content including new heroes, game modes, maps, cosmetics, and more! The devs will also be outlining Seasons One and Two and plans extending into 2023 with a roadmap for the game. 

    A free-to-play, live experience

    Making Overwatch 2 free-to-play is a natural step forward for their game and their players. Overwatch, even since its debut, has always been a social game, and the community has always had the most fun when we come together. Free-to-play removes the barrier to entry, allowing anyone, anywhere to jump into the game, group up with friends, or find people to play with online. Along with this shift to free-to-play, the devs will be adding cross-progression, enabling everyone to play, progress, and access their unlocked content seamlessly across all game platforms.

    There will be no Loot Boxes in Overwatch 2. Instead, the modernized live service will give our players the power to shape their own experiences. Players can acquire the items they want directly through the Battle Pass and an all-new and consistently updated in-game shop. The team will create and deliver seasonal content every nine weeks to ensure there’s always something fresh and exciting waiting for everyone.

    Roadmap and seasons

    On the roadmap below, you can find the short-term plans for Season One and Season Two, as well as their long-term goals to grow and develop the game into 2023 and beyond. Players can expect to see a new hero every other season, with elements like new maps and game modes in the seasons between.

    Season One will feature Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced support hero, as well as the new 5v5 PvP experience, reworked heroes, new maps and modes, and more. They are also releasing a reimagined competitive experience that was created to give players more tools to improve gameplay and feel a sense of progression in competitive play. Players will have more of an impact on individual matches with the shift to 5v5, and there will be additional systems in place to help you discern your contributions per match. More details on the competitive overhaul will be shared soon!

    Season Two will introduce a new tank hero, map, and a collection of unique skins, including a new Mythic skin. As we move into 2023, the devs will move the story of Overwatch forward with the release of their new PvE gameplay which will release seasonably beginning next year, along with more new heroes, maps, and game modes. They can’t wait to share more information closer to release! 

    A living, ever-evolving game 

    The team has always believed that Overwatch, at its core, should be a living game. Overwatch stands for inclusivity, open-mindedness, and community. These pillars led to the change in their strategy to deliver new heroes, maps, and modes on a frequent basis because they believe this is what’s best for the players. 

    They are bringing the game to more people than ever before and expanding the world of Overwatch in a way that has everyone more excited than ever! 

    There are incredible times ahead of us, and the team can’t wait to share them with you. 

    Watch the full reveal event below:

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