Overwatch 2 follows live-service trend with battle pass, in-game store, and seasons - The Verge
During a pretaped reveal event, Blizzard revealed a substantial amount of information regarding its plans for Overwatch 2 and what to expect when the game launches on October 4th.
Overwatch 2 season is in full swing. Over the weekend, Blizzard revealed that Overwatch 2’s next closed beta will take place June 28th, that game will launch free-to-play on October 4th, and it unveiled Junker Queen, the game’s 34th hero.
In a 35-minute video today, Blizzard showed off the biggest update on the game yet. And, as a part of this Overwatch 2-palooza, The Verge was able to talk to the game’s developers about what all the news means for fans.
Overwatch’s esteem has diminished of late, in part because of its developer and because right after Overwatch 2 was announced, content updates for Overwatch prime fell off a steep cliff.
Echo, the game’s most recent playable hero, went live in 2020 and Kanezaka, the game’s newest map, was released in January 2021. Outside of new skins, small challenge events that allow players to unlock cosmetics, and the same rotating cast of seasonal events (ala Lúcioball), there’s been nothing meatier than “just hold on, OW2 is coming” for 17 months.
The developers understand this, and game director Aaron Keller reassured fans during the Overwatch 2 announcement video that the days of waiting and wondering “when will my Overwatch content come back from the war” are over.