Rumored just before the full showcase, the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase revealed that Overwatch 2 is coming on October 4 as a free-to-play title.
Free-to-play? Yes, you read that right. What it’ll mean for the overall monetization of the game is something we’ll have to find out more about, possibly on the upcoming June 16 Overwatch showcase.
“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,” said Mike Ybarra, President of Blizzard Entertainment. “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.”
Watch – Overwatch 2 Free to Play Trailer
We were also introduced to a new hero making her way to the game. Here’s an overview of The Junker Queen:
The Junker Queen is the second new hero revealed for Overwatch 2, and the franchise’s 34th hero overall, following Sojourn—a high-mobility and railgun-wielding former Overwatch captain with cybernetic capabilities. 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.
Overwatch 2 is coming Early Access on October 4 and will release as a free-to-play title for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC.