Overwatch 2 release date – beta access, new heroes, and more

With the second beta over, here's everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2 release date, including new modes, heroes, and more

Overwatch 2 release date: Winston standing alongside Echo, Mercy, Tracer, Reinhardt, and Brigitte

When is the Overwatch 2 release date? Initially revealed back at BlizzCon 2019, Overwatch 2 has gone through a rocky development period. While the devs wanted to keep the fans in the loop in regards to Overwatch 2 updates, the departure of game director Jeff Kaplan, among other developments at Blizzard put a temporary stop to this.

In March 2022, Blizzard announced their plans to decouple the PvP features of the FPS game from the PvE systems. This change makes it possible to get Overwatch 2’s PvP multiplayer modes into the hands of players right away. With the Overwatch 2 release date only a few months away, there’s plenty to look forward to as more features are unveiled.

Overwatch 2 Release Date

The Overwatch 2 release date is October 4, 2022. This only applies to the PvP side of the game. It’s currently unknown when the Overwatch 2 PvE content is going to launch.

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Overwatch 2 Beta

The first Overwatch 2 beta ran from April 26 until May 17, giving players a chance to try out Soujourn for the first time. The second Overwatch 2 beta ran from June 28 until July 18, showing off the tank hero, Junker Queen.

Overwatch 2 Multiplayer Modes

The first snippet of PvP gameplay we’ve gotten is the new Push mode. It works a lot like the traditional Escort mode and tasks one team with moving a payload from one point to the next. The other team, meanwhile, have to stop the other team from progressing. The main difference here is that the payload has a robot to do the moving for you, so you don’t need to play around having teammates on the payload. The mode will feature in Quickplay and Competitive.

Overwatch 2 release date: Sojourn firing her arm cannon at an enemy off screen

Overwatch 2 Heroes

Sojourn is one of the newest Overwatch 2 heroes – as one of the original Overwatch members, she’s familiar with the main cast of characters and is capable of dealing plenty of damage. She comes equipped with a rapid-firing energy rifle and a railgun that has the potential to rip enemies to shreds when fully charged up.

Junker Queen is the latest tank hero to be added to the game. Unlike most Tanks, Junker Queen spends a lot of her time on the offensive, dealing plenty of damage to quickly heal herself using her passive ability, Adrenaline Rush.

Overwatch 2 maps

We’ll also be getting a collection of new maps. There may be more, but there are currently six confirmed Overwatch 2 maps, and they are based on Toronto, Gothenburg, Monte Carlo, Rome, New York City, and Rio De Janerio.

Overwatch 2 story

We’ve only caught a glimpse of Overwatch 2’s story so far, but there are a few things we can gather. Overwatch 1’s story typically focuses on the collapse of Overwatch, often looking back at what happened to the freedom fighters and the Omnic Crisis, which was a rebellion by robots against their human creators. This time, however, it appears the story looks forward to the second Omnic Crisis and the potential reunion of Overwatch.

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Overwatch 2 trailer

Alongside the Behind the Scenes video, we have been treated to two trailers on Overwatch 2’s announcement; a story trailer, and the gameplay trailer above, which gives us a quick tease of the game’s new Push mode alongside the player customisation available in Hero Missions.

Overwatch 2 Battle Pass

Instead of using Overwatch’s infamous loot box system, instead, the developers have switched over the battle pass system which is now utilised in a number of popular games. Overwattch 2 features a free track and a premium track to unlock exclusive items,

And there you have it, everything we know about Blizzard’s next team-based shooter – from a speculative Overwatch 2 release date window, to what modes you’ll be queuing into.