Seasonal updates every nine weeks
During the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event this morning, Blizzard elaborated (somewhat!) on its free-to-play launch and what’s in the content pipeline for this live-service sequel.
If you’ve been waiting to hear more about PvE, welp, that wasn’t the focus of today’s stream — and the new story missions won’t be playable until 2023 — but we’ve got a roadmap for PvP and confirmation that loot boxes are out and a battle pass format is in.
Coming off of Overwatch 1, the team’s main goal is to try and deliver content on a “frequent and consistent basis,” according to game director Aaron Keller.
Currently, they’re committing to free game updates every nine weeks.
As you can see from this roadmap, Season 1 of Overwatch 2 will be out on October 4 with three new heroes — Sojourn, Junker Junker Queen, and a new support hero, who Blizzard teased with a snippet of footage featuring a spirit fox. I’ll also be the debut of Push mode, six new maps, and more than 30 character skins, including a new Mythic tier of skins.
The first example of a Mythic skin was a cool Cyber Demon skin for Genji with customization elements like tattoos, masks, and colors. I’m… intrigued! And also worried about how much Mythic skins will cost (whether that’s actual money or time invested).
Other new cosmetics, like banners and weapon charms, will help pad out the battle pass. One example was a cute little frosted donut keychain.
Crucially, with all of this new Stuff for players to stockpile, Blizzard said that if you earn something on console, PC, or in Overwatch 1, you can use it in Overwatch 2. In other words, there’s cross-platform progression, which is definitely something they had to deliver. That said, the first Overwatch 2 battle pass won’t be ready until Season 2 starts on December 6. After all this time, the launch — well, the “rollout,” really — sure seems gradual.
As for Overwatch 2 PvE, we got a few gameplay glimpses of Null Sector’s return and some fairly open-ended developer quotes about the team’s ambitions.
“With PvE, we have an opportunity to go a step further, to go deeper into diverse storytelling in ways that we really just haven’t been able to before,” said Keller. It’ll be delivered starting in 2023 “through the live service,” just like the PvP content. The team plans to show off (more of) where the characters are from in these PvE “experiences.”
A new map, Rio, and Junker Queen, will be playable in the Overwatch 2 beta on PC and consoles starting on June 28. Beta sign-ups will be available today.
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