Overwatch 2 was released on Tuesday (04) as the direct sequel to Blizzard Entertainment’s popular multiplayer shooter. However, the title brings a new proposition to the original, offering an unprecedented format in the franchise, with new characters, maps and game modes in 5v5 duels restructured gameplay.
It is also worth noting that the new proposal brings crossplay and Cross progress between different platforms. Overwatch 2 is available on all devices that the first game was released on, such as PlayStation 5 (PS5), Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, via Battle.net. Here are five things you need to know about the new game:
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Overwatch 2 will feature a Rio de Janeiro map courtesy of Koxinia Graffiti — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard
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1. A radical change in the sentence
Overwatch 2’s main change from the first game is its offering. In the first Overwatch, producer Blizzard envisioned a game in which users paid only once and were entitled to all subsequent updates. The sequel will be free-to-play and more akin to the so-called “Game as a Service” (Gaas), or Game as a Service, format in which content is offered for free in 9-week seasons, but in-game profits are earned through microtransactions. Overwatch 2 will even have its own virtual currency: “Overwatch Coins”, earned in-game or purchased with real money.
Overwatch 2 is launching with a new free-to-play model with microtransactions and battle passes — Photo: Playback/Microsoft Store
This change in proposition can become a disadvantage for the player who may need to spend more money to enjoy the game. It should be remembered that this was a recurring customer complaint with the company’s other name, Diablo Immortal, for mobile devices. Overwatch 2 will also completely replace the first game through an update, so it will be impossible to enjoy the game world without this format.
Overwatch 2 matches will take place in new locations through redesigned maps to offer players a better experience. These include confirmed locations such as Circuit Royal (Monte Carlo), Paraiso (Rio de Janeiro), Esperança (Lisbon), Midtown (New York), Colosseo (Rome) and New Queen Street (Toronto, Canada). The new map in Rio de Janeiro promises to be the biggest ever created for the game, with colorful streets and landmarks like Bar do Peixuxa and Clube Sinestesia de Lucio. Some maps will be targeted for specific match types, while others will support more than one mode.
One of Overwatch 2’s new maps features battles in Paraiso in Rio de Janeiro — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard
The main difference in Overwatch 2’s gameplay is the shift from six-man squads to only five-man squads, with only one tank-type hero. Character classes like Winston and Orissa are known for being more resistant to damage and protecting the weakest when moving around the map. With this change, some characters have their class moved to tank, while others have gained new abilities to better fulfill their role in the team.
Overwatch 2 brings gameplay changes with one less tank on the team and changes to some characters — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard Entertainment
Perhaps the biggest news in Overwatch 2 is not only the presence of PvP (player vs player) multiplayer, which was already successful in the original game, but also new PvE (player vs environment) modes, which are not available at launch, but will arrive from there in 2023. This co-op Missions will put players on the same team as in Overwatch’s special events, and villains like the Null Sector, Talon, and other threats.
Users will also be able to unlock new skills through a progression system. While no hero quests will be available, Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride PvE event will feature several new features.
Overwatch 2 still won’t have its new PvE content at launch, but the joint event Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride marks its return.
5. Renewed season pass
Under the new free-to-play model, Overwatch 2 will have a Battle Pass, just like Fortnite and the like, with a free option available to everyone and a Premium version paid for 1000 Overwatch Coins (R$46, currently). The pass will have 80 levels to complete and new heroes will be unlocked at level 55, while the Premium pass will unlock them immediately.
At the end of the season, if users have not received a new hero, they will be able to receive it in special challenges or buy it directly from the store with their Overwatch coins. The developers have made sure that it will always be possible to unlock new heroes with the Battle Pass.
The new Overwatch 2 Battle Passes have a free option where you need to unlock new heroes and a paid option that unlocks them immediately — Photo: Handout/Blizzard Entertainment
At launch, Overwatch 2 will bring users 3 new heroes: Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko, the latter of which will be unlocked with a Battle Pass. Sojourn (Damage) is a former Overwatch captain who can slide and deal a lot of damage with her beam weapon fire. The cadet queen (tank) is a character who has already been in the story as the leader of the cadets and can increase the energy and speed of allies around her. Kiriko (support) is a ninja kitsune with the spirit of a fox, like a genji version focused on healing allies.
Overwatch 2 launches with 3 new heroes, including Kiriko, who can be unlocked with a Battle Pass — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard Entertainment
7. Game modes and new Push
Most of the classic modes from the first Overwatch will return, such as Control, Escort, Hybrid, Capture the Flag, Elimination, Deathmatch, and Team Deathmatch. However, Assault will be removed from Competitive and Quick Play lists and will only be available in custom matches. The highlight is the new Advance mode (Push), in which players fight to control Clive the robot. In this mode, the goal is to keep control of the robot as long as possible to bring the barricade to the enemy base.
The highlight of Overwatch 2 is the new Advance mode (Push), in which it is necessary to secure control of the robot Clive — Photo: Disclosure / Blizzard Entertainment