Overwatch 2 finally has a launch date. Plus, Blizzard’s oft-delayed sequel to its popular hero shooter will support cross-platform play and progression when it arrives on October 4.
Before you get too excited, note that this is an early access release date; not all planned content will be available right away. During launch, the game will feature “dynamic new PvP content,” with no word on the PvE story mode just yet.
A major change coming to Ovewatch 2 is the shift to a free-to-play model, giving anyone access to the game’s PvP mode even if they don’t own a copy of the original Overwatch. Game progression will carry across supported platforms too, including the PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox and PlayStation.
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Other changes include new maps, improved graphics, and a new ping system. At least two new heroes are confirmed to join the Overwatch roster at launch.
Blizzard will discuss the game’s live service model and seasonal content on a reveal event that’s scheduled for June 17 at 1:00A< (UTC+8) on Twitch and YouTube.