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Overwatch 2 gets release date, goes free to play, announces new hero

Published: 18:52, 12 June 2022
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Overwatch 2 - Junker Queen
Overwatch 2 - Junker Queen

Blizzard revealed a lot during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase, including the release date for Overwatch 2, monetisation change and a new hero.

After all those years of content draught in Overwatch and news draught regarding Overwatch 2 , Blizzard finally went all out and announced three pieces of huge news.

First, there is the new hero, Junker Queen , who currently has no name other than the aforementioned nickname. You may remember her being referenced in several hero voice lines and the cinematic featuring an inconspicuous duo trying to be conspicuous.

Besides the hero announcement, Blizzard also stated the game is converting to free to play, which makes sense since all the existing Overwatch players would get the PvP parts for free anyway. It also goes in hand with previous rumours that monetisation will shift to a battle pass system and will likely diminish the role or completely abandon the loot boxes.

Last, but by no means the least, is the announcement that Overwatch 2 is going into Early Access on October 4, 2022, meaning it's pretty much the release date for the game, with the possibility of bugs and imbalances along the way.

If someone told me I would be worried about loot boxes going away from a video game, I would call them crazy but Overwatch's case is unique. 

It features what is possibly the fairest implementation of loot boxes in any game since simply playing could easily get you all the cosmetics you might want due to the failsafe systems that undermine the predatory aspects of RNG. In any case, let's hope the battle pass isn't grindier than the boxes were.

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