Overwatch 2 is coming out in October as a free-to-play title

The switch to a free-to-play model is just one of the several changes to Overwatch 2 from the original Overwatch.

The highly anticipated Overwatch sequel finally has a release date and it's much sooner than expected.

Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 might not be getting an official PS5 and Xbox Series S/X version until much later on.

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At the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, Microsoft revealed that Overwatch 2 will roll out as a free-to-play title on October 4. Unfortunately, the October launch for the best-selling hero-based shooter by Blizzard is an "Early Access", meant to give audiences a taste of the full version's PvP component as well as its newest heroes: Sojourn and Junker Queen.

Overwatch 2 will change plenty from the original squad-based paid title. For starters, the sequel to Overwatch 2 will bring at least two new maps and a new game mode, as revealed earlier this year. Several hero reworks are also expected for Overwatch 2 as well as the new five-versus-five team composition that was confirmed last year.

Unfortunately, Blizzard did not divulge when Overwatch 2's PvE component will arrive. Most likely, it won't be available for at least a year, close to or after the full version of the sequel comes out.

What do you think of Overwatch 2's free-to-play model? Do you think it will benefit the game in the long run?

In addition to the release date, we also got official proof that Junker Queen is the next hero headed to Overwatch 2 alongside Sojourn. From what we've seen of the new hero, she'll be a new bruiser that packs a wallop with her shotgun and a large, two-handed axe to boot. Of course, if you've kept up with your Overwatch lore, you'll know who Junker Queen is. Heroes like Junkrat and Roadhog have talked about her in their dialogue and she appeared in the Wrecking Ball origin story video.

Not to mention, it's hard to miss Junker Queen when she's the literal ruler of Junkertown, and, by extension, the Scrapyard.

Fans can expect to see more of the 34th hero on June 16 for a new Overwatch event.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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