Overwatch 2 - All You Need To Know
Overwatch 2 was announced in November 2019. Since then, we have been eagerly waiting to get our hands on the new game. It seems that the wait is finally coming to an end, with the game launching on the 4th of October, 2022. To give you a heads up on what to expect, here is our take on everything you need to know about Overwatch 2.
Free To Play, Cross Platform, & Cross Progression
The first and probably the most notable change with Overwatch 2 is that the game will use a free-to-play model. This shift makes sense, given the current industry standards. Almost every popular game these days is free to play, which helps it in becoming way more accessible.
Speaking of accessibility, Overwatch 2 will also be cross-platform, which means no matter what platform your friends have, they will be able to play Overwatch 2 with you. In other words, if you play on a PC and a couple of your friends play on the PS5 and the Xbox, you all will be able to play Overwatch 2 together.
Overwatch 2 will also have support for cross-progression, which means no matter what platform you have, your progress on Overwatch 2 will remain the same. In other words, if you play Season One on a PS5 and then switch over to PC for the next season, all the skins, other cosmetic items, and progression will get carried over to PC.
No More Loot Boxes
Another huge change coming to the Overwatch franchise is the removal of loot boxes. Overwatch 2 will get a brand new in-game currency called Overwatch coins. These overwatch coins will be used for purchasing items from the shop, the premium battle pass, and more.
Every week the shop will offer featured cosmetic items, with a new theme each season. The shop will also feature a “Just for You” section, where the items will be personalized based on your gameplay.
New Cosmetic Items
Overwatch 2 is loaded with new cosmetic item types, including the Mythic-Tier Skins, name cards, souvenirs, weapon charms, emotes, victory poses, sprays, player icons, and tons more.
Mythic Skin is a brand new tier of skins going beyond the legendary skin tier. Mythic Skins are designed to look extra special, with tons of layers of customizability, including color schemes and patterns.
9 Week Season System
Overwatch 2 will be shifting to a seasonal service-based model, with a new season coming to the game every nine weeks. Each season will come with new content. Right after Season Two, we will either get a new map or a new hero in alternating seasons. In other words, if we get a new hero in Season Three, we will get a new map in Season Four. Each season, we will also get a new Battlepass with a unique theme.
With Season One, the game will launch with three new heroes, six new maps, over 30 new skins, and a new Mythic Skin for Genji. All this and a lot more are a part of the launch content.
For Season Two, the game will be getting a brand new map, a Tank hero, over 30 new skins, a Mythic Skin, and a brand new Battle Pass.
Firstly, three brand new heroes will get launched with Season One of Overwatch, which includes Junker Queen, Sojourn, and Kiriko. Junker Queen and Sojourn will be unlocked automatically for all players in Season One. Players who owned the original Overwatch will get instant access to Kiriko. However, they will need to log in to the game before the end of Season Two to unlock Kiriko this way.
Players that did not own the previous Overwatch will have to unlock Kiriko, and other new heroes (besides Junker Queen and Sojourn), using the new hero unlocking system. With this new system, players will have to progress through the battle pass and reach the 55 tier or purchase the premium battle pass for instant access to the new heroes.
Some players might not play the game enough to reach tier 55 on the battle pass, and some might join Overwatch 2 in later seasons. Overwatch 2 will have special new challenges that players can complete to unlock heroes from previous seasons. Or, they can also purchase them directly from the shop using Overwatch Coins.
With Overwatch 2, the devs are planning on focusing much more on balancing the existing heroes for 5v5 PvP. Also, once a new hero gets added to the game, they won’t become a part of competitive ranked play right away. Instead, there will be a delay of several weeks. In this time, players will get a chance to test the new heroes, and the devs will get a chance to make some balance changes if needed.
New Maps and Game Modes
Overwatch 2 launches with five new maps, including Circuit Royal, Colosseo, Midtown, New Queen Street, and Paraiso. A new push map set in Portugal, Esperanca, will also be added to the game at the start of Season One. These maps will be available to all players.
All of the popular Overwatch game modes will be available in Overwatch 2. The game will be heavily focused on PvE as well. There will be a dedicated PvE game mode launching somewhere in 2023. Content for the PvE game mode will be added to the game in chunks as a part of the seasonal content.
Battle Pass System
There will be two types of unlockable tiers in the Battle Pass for Overwatch 2. The Battle Pass will have a total of 80 tiers. Some will be free, and others will only get unlocked after you purchase the premium Battle Pass. There will also be eight additional prestige tiers. You can unlock them after completing the first 80 tiers of the Battle Pass.
Free Battle Pass
With the free Battle pass, players will be able to unlock items from 20 of the 80 tiers, which means 20 free rewards. For season one, these rewards will include 2 Epic Skins, 1 Weapon Charm, 2 Souvenirs, 1 Highlight Intro, and 14 additional items like emotes, victory poses, name cards, sprays, players icons, and more.
On top of that, players can also gain access to the eight prestige tiers after completing the entire Battle Pass. For Season One, the prestige tiers will include eight hero titles that players can equip on their name cards.
Premium Battle Pass
With the premium Battle Pass, players will get the rewards from all 80 tiers, which means 60 additional rewards. The premium battle pass is also the only way to get the all-new Mythic-tier skin, which for season one is the Cyber Demon Genji Mythic skin.
Along with that, purchasing the premium battle will grant instant access to the new hero for that season. The price for the premium battle pass is 1000 Overwatch coins, which is equivalent to 10 USD.
Battle Pass Progression
The Battle Pass progression for Overwatch 2 will work similarly to how it works in other games like Apex Legends and Fortnite. To progress through the tiers, all you have to do is play the game. You can also complete daily and weekly challenges for a higher XP boost.
The progression for the premium Battle Pass will be faster by 20% because of the 20% XP boost you get by purchasing the premium Battle Pass. The progression for the prestige tiers will take a bit longer than regular tiers.
This is everything we know about Overwatch 2. To get the full experience of everything new about Overwatch 2, you will have to play the game yourselves. However, there is not much waiting left to do, so get ready for its official launch.