Free-to-Play Overwatch 2 in October

Blizzard announces Overwatch 2 will launch as a free-to-play game on October 4th. The news is accompanied by details about Junker Queen, a new hero that will join the battle at that time. There will be a live reveal event on YouTube on June 16th if you want to head over now and start spamming the chat. In the meantime, here's a Free to Play Trailer and more on launch plans for the multiplayer first-person shooter sequel:
At launch, players will have an opportunity to get their hands on the newest tank hero to join the roster, the ruthless Australian-born ruler of Junkertown: the Junker Queen. More details on the Junker Queen, Overwatch 2’s live service model and seasonal content plan, and the upcoming phase of the game’s closed beta testing will be shared during the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event livestream on YouTube.com/PlayOverwatch or Twitch.tv/PlayOverwatch this Thursday, June 16, at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

The Junker Queen is the second new hero revealed for Overwatch 2, and the franchise’s 34th hero overall, following Sojourn—a high-mobility and railgun-wielding former Overwatch captain with cybernetic capabilities. New and iconic international locations will also arrive in-game at launch, from the snowy New Queen Street in Toronto to the bustle of Midtown Manhattan. Overwatch 2 additionally introduces the new Push game mode, a symmetrical map type where teams battle to take control and advance a centrally-located robot deeper into enemy territory than the opposing team.
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Overon wrote on Jun 13, 2022, 09:56:
I personally cannot wait to see what kind of predatory monetization this game will get now that it's free to play. How much of Diablo Immortal will rub off into this "live service" game. I for one cringe whenever I hear "live service."

It's a battlepass for cosmetics.
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I personally cannot wait to see what kind of predatory monetization this game will get now that it's free to play. How much of Diablo Immortal will rub off into this "live service" game. I for one cringe whenever I hear "live service."
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DarkCntry wrote on Jun 12, 2022, 15:59:
So honestly, Immortal's reception has probably very little, if any, impact on this title. I think the bigger impact are just Acti/Blizz's current situations and the overall current iteration of Overwatch.
All based on the assumption Activision isn't about to change the current PvP monetization model, and has been completely up front on all aspects of PvE monetization and progression.

Which is a pretty big if.
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Balancing 34 heroes is an impossible task. Even with the simplification of 5vs5, OW2 will still be the fastest 'rock-paper-scissors' shooter out there. I suggest making the competitive seasons shorter (say 4 weeks) and disabling heroes during that time. It will clean up the gameplay, make the meta more clear, and force players to occasionally NOT play their main heroes.
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Titus wrote on Jun 12, 2022, 15:11:
Great timing now the enthousiastic reception of Diablo Immortal must have driven expectations for other F2P Blizzard games to unknown heights..
Most everyone already knew that the PVP aspect of Overwatch 2 was going to be free...as well as how they intend on monetizing it via the PVE version and looboxes.

So honestly, Immortal's reception has probably very little, if any, impact on this title. I think the bigger impact are just Acti/Blizz's current situations and the overall current iteration of Overwatch.
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Great timing now the enthousiastic reception of Diablo Immortal must have driven expectations for other F2P Blizzard games to unknown heights..
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