Overwatch 2 Ditches Loot Boxes, PvP Roadmap Promises New Heroes and Maps Regularly



Following its appearance at the Xbox/Bethesda showcase earlier this week, Blizzard has now detailed Overwatch 2 as part of its own dedicated event. This includes its plans for the PvP mode to launch later this year, the removal of loot boxes, a roadmap for upcoming post-launch content – including new PvE content – and more.

As previously announced, the PvP component of Overwatch 2 will release on October 4, 2022 as a free-to-play game. This will kick off Season 1, which will feature all previously confirmed content – the move to 5v5, new characters Sojourn and Junker Queen (who were featured in a new cinematic video you can watch below), the new Push game mode, major balance changes – but also some other new additions. One of them is an as yet unrevealed support character, along with a new customizable skin rarity – Mythic – and a battle pass. (You can read more about Mythic skins and all the new changes in our interview with Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller.)

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The addition of Seasonal Battle Passes is a major turning point for Overwatch, as it will coincide with Blizzard’s discontinuation of loot boxes. While this is how cosmetics and rewards have been distributed throughout Overwatch’s life, the new game does away with them altogether in favor of both battle passes and an in-game store. which you can purchase content directly. Keller told GameSpot, “By losing them and moving to a store for Overwatch 2, it gives players real agency and choice to seek out what they want to have in the game.”

Overwatch 2 will have a new season every nine weeks (each with its own battle pass), with every other season introducing a new hero, which translates to one every four to five months. Seasons that don’t add a new character will instead have other types of content, like maps and game modes. This also signals a major change for the future of Overwatch, given that the irregular cadence major content updates has long been a sticking point with the community.

Season 2 will launch on December 6 and will feature a tank hero, map, and more skins, including another Mythic skin. In 2023 we will have the long-awaited PvE mode, the details of which remain scarce.

Overwatch 2 will feature cross-progression, allowing players to bounce between platforms in the game and continue to progress and use all of their unlocks. A new beta is coming June 28.

All of these announcements come as Activision Blizzard faces lawsuits and allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination. Microsoft is also in the process of trying to acquire the publisher, which would bring not only Overwatch and Diablo under the Xbox banner, but also Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and other franchises.

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