Activision Blizzard has confirmed Overwatch 2, which can be an “at all times on, at all times evolving” free-to-play sport when it launches into early entry on 4th October, can be ditching its predecessor’s lootboxes in favour of a seasonal battle move and in-game retailer.
That information was shared throughout an prolonged Overwatch 2 livestream this night, primarily centered on the sport’s live-service mannequin and seasonal content material plan – the latter of which, based on Overwatch 2’s sport director Aaron Keller, will allow Blizzard to ship new content material to gamers on a extra “frequent and constant” foundation in comparison with the unique sport.
Every season will final 9 weeks and alternately add a brand new hero then a brand new map. That is just a little totally different for season 1, nevertheless, with Blizzard promising three new heroes, six new maps, the brand new Push sport mode, weekly challenges, 30+ new skins, and a brand new mythic pores and skin when issues get underway on 4th October in tandem with Overwatch 2’s early entry launch.
Launch day will introduce Sojourn, Junker Queen, and a brand new assist hero to be revealed at a later date, whereas new maps will embody Midtown, Portugal, and different “iconic places” from across the globe. Overwatch 1 content material will even return within the type of revamped heroes, PvP maps, and “fan-favourite” modes.
As for cosmetics, which kind the center of Overwatch 2’s free-to-play monetisation mannequin, these could be unlocked through the brand new seasonal battle move or bought by way of the in-game retailer. Count on to see the likes of weapon charms, banners, and skins (together with new mythic skins, described as the subsequent tier above legendary), all of which, Blizzard notes, can be utilized on any platform no matter the place they’re earned, because of cross-progression and cross-play.
Overwatch 2’s second season arrives on sixth December and guarantees a brand new tank hero, a brand new map, 30+ new skins, a brand new mythic pores and skin, and a brand new battle move, and that fundamental launch framework will proceed into 2023. Subsequent 12 months will see the introduction of two extra assist heroes, plus one other tank, and can be when Overwatch 2’s much-touted PvE will lastly arrive, giving gamers the possibility to expertise the sport’s ongoing lore first-hand.
Previous to all that, Overwatch 2’s second closed beta will launch for PC and consoles on twenty eighth June, debuting the brand new Rio map and new axe-wielding tank hero Junker Queen, who acquired an prolonged introductory cinematic throughout at this time’s livestream. Signal-up at the moment are dwell for these wishing to participate.
At present’s Overwatch 2 replace arrives on the identical day Activision Blizzard – following virtually a 12 months of surprising allegations it fostered an organization tradition the place sexual harassment, assault, and inappropriate behaviour have been capable of thrive – introduced it had investigated itself and determined there was “no widespread harassment, or systemic harassment” on the firm.
It additionally insisted there was “no proof to recommend that Activision Blizzard senior executives ever deliberately ignored or tried to downplay the cases of gender harassment that occurred and have been reported”, regardless of a damning Wall Avenue Journal report in November claiming Bobby Kotick had been conscious of the allegations of sexual misconduct and mistreatment of feminine workers throughout many components of the corporate “for years”, however had didn’t act on them or inform the board of administrators and executives the whole lot he knew.