If you’re an Overwatch fan then you’ll be delighted to hear that Overwatch 2, will be launching on October 4 with a free-to-play model. Players will be able to join and take part in a Overwatch 2’s persistent, always-evolving live service game on Windows PC and Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5, and Nintendo Switch consoles.
Overwatch 2 will release in just a few short months and in addition to a new PvP experience, heroes, and maps, players will also be introduced to a new free-to-play model. Blizzard believes that Overwatch 2 and the upcoming changes will be be a can’t miss opportunity that is unrivaled since the launch of Overwatch.
Behind the plan to migrate to a free-to-play model is the ideology that the game should be shared with everyone, as the fervent Overwatch community is a major selling point to the game. That’s why the shift to free-to-play has been made to allow more people to join in on the fun by removing the cost of entry. According to the recent announcement post, one common theme throughout the entirety of the reveal was a focus on the community and inclusion.
“At its core, we believe the game is a social experience that should be shared with everyone.
… Inclusion is a strong driving force for this decision; when we stick together and work as a team, there's nothing that can stand in our way.”
-Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch 2 Launch Announcement
As a thank you to current players, an Overwatch 2 Founder’s Pack will be free to all current Overwatch players. If you’re excited for Overwatch 2 and don’t want to miss out on this free Founder’s Pack, you have until June 23rd, at 11:00 AM PDT to purchase the original game, and you must log in to redeem the pack in Overwatch prior to the release on October 4th, or logging into Overwatch 2 no later than December 5th, 2022.
More information is headed our way, as another Overwatch 2 reveal event is planned for June 16th at 10AM PDT over on the PlayOverwatch YouTube and Twitch Channels. Definitely tune in and learn about the exciting changes coming to the Overwatch universe!