Overwatch is one of Blizzard’s most successful games in recent times. Initially, it came out in May 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, and after more than six years, it is finally getting a sequel.
The prequel required players to buy the game to play, but not anymore for Overwatch 2. Everyone who owns a Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch can just download the game for free and start playing.
So what’s new with Overwatch 2? The game is moving to a seasonal model where Blizzard plans to deliver new content to the game every nine weeks.
There’s a new Free and Premium Battle Passes. Free players will still get to unlock the new heroes, but Premium players have access to new heroes instantly, premium cosmetic items, and Battle Pass EXP boost for the entire season.
There will be three new heroes, Kiriko, Junker Queen, and Sojourn. In total, Overwatch 2 will have a roster of 35 heroes at launch.
The 6v6 PVP of Overwatch 1 is no more, as Blizzard has replaced it with 5v5 PVP instead. Blizzard said the reason for the change was:
This change in team composition will allow every player to have more individual impact than ever before and will transform tank heroes into aggressive bruisers who pack raw, game-changing power in each of their kits.
There will be six new maps, Circuit Royale, Colosseo, Midtown, New Queen Street, Paraíso, and Esperança. Also, there’s a new game mode, Push, where you have to escort a robot across the map to enemy spawn point or get it as far away as possible before the time limit ends.
As you can see from the image above, Malaysia players will have to wait until tomorrow before you can start blasting your opponents away. Make sure you have some space left in your system as the game will take about 30GB of storage for consoles and about 50GB for PC.
Of course, with the launch of Overwatch 2, the prequel game is no longer playable, as Blizzard has shut it down. If you want to learn more about Overwatch 2, you can go to the game’s page.