Overwatch 2 fans have been starved of teasers but that will end soon. Here’s when Blizzard is set to announce more about its upcoming sequel.
Blizzard Entertainment’s impending release of Overwatch 2 will be the single biggest change the 2016 hero-shooter has received in its history. Since its release, the title has become one of the world’s most popular esports franchises, securing a spot next to behemoths like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends. Even so, Blizzard’s plans for the sequel have remained murky, especially any information about Overwatch 2‘s release date.
The follow-up was revealed to be a mix of all-new Overwatch characters and new multiplayer modes, most notably a more fleshed out co-op experience where players face-off against hordes of computer-controlled enemies as part of a campaign. Overwatch 2 will also introduce cosmetic changes and new skills to classic characters, like Tracer and Lucio. It will be a World of Warcraft-style expansion that builds on top of Overwatch‘s success by widening its borders past purely player-versus-player game modes.
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Since Overwatch 2‘s announcement at BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard has been extremely secretive about the status of its next big release. The company has published little in the way of teasers for the title, but diehards of the series recently received a morsel of what the game will have to offer as well as an encouraging message from Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan about its progress. Here’s when Overwatch 2 is scheduled to be released.
When Blizzard May Announce An Overwatch 2 Release Date
Currently, Overwatch 2 doesn’t have a firm release date, but Kaplan recently revealed when Blizzard will be announcing updates for the sequel and even teased a new map in a developer update video the company published in mid-December 2020. The developer stated that while Overwatch 2 still has “a ways to go” before it’s fully released, gamers have a date to look forward to for news about the upcoming release.
Kaplan unveiled that Blizzard will have something to share about Overwatch 2 during BlizzConline 2021, which will take place between February 19 and 20. This will be the first time in the event’s 16-year history that it will be held exclusively online due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it will hopefully give Overwatch fans the update they’ve been waiting for: a release date window for Overwatch 2 and potentially a playable demo or beta.
Kaplan’s statement made it seem like Overwatch 2 might still have at least a year of development to go before it’s ready for a final release, but that doesn’t mean gamers won’t be able to test it out. Blizzard gave BlizzCon 2019 attendees the opportunity to test a handful of Overwatch 2 game modes in an exclusive demo of the game at the event. That included a couple of co-op levels, a new PvP mode called “Push,” and it let players take a peak at the character progression Overwatch 2 will incorporate into its player-versus-environment modes. These additions will be completely complementary to the original game and players won’t need Overwatch 2 to continue playing the classic PvP mode.
Many portions of the game already seemed fully developed, which means Blizzard might launch a full-fledged beta for Overwatch 2 come February 19, or at least another demo fans can jump into. The Overwatch team already supports a “Public Test Realm” where it offers PC-players the ability to try new characters and balance changes to the game early. Overwatch 2 might receive its own PTR that player will be able to sign up for following BlizzCon 2021.
That being said, since it still isn’t ready for a final release, Blizzard might not give players an exact Overwatch 2 release date but instead offer a broad release window. Long-time fans of the game might still need to wait longer for the sequel’s full launch, but some kind of playable demo or beta seems very likely based on the progress the company had already made back in 2019.
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