With a latest trailer at this yr’s Xbox Video games Showcase, and now an entire devoted reveal occasion, it’s been a busy week of Overwatch 2 information. There’s a lot new information in regards to the Blizzard shooter sequel that it may be fairly exhausting to soak up suddenly. That’s why we’ve distilled all the brand new particulars we’ve learnt right here so you may simply see all that you must know:
1. Overwatch 2’s PvP is launching in early entry on October 4th and can be free-to-play.
2. A Beta will even be launching on each PC and consoles on June twenty eighth, with sign-ups beginning June sixteenth.
3. A brand new hero – Junker Queen – and a brand new map – Rio de Janeiro – will each be playable within the upcoming Beta.
Overwatch 2 PvP Beta Screenshots
4. Crossplay and cross-progression can be accessible from launch in Overwatch 2.
5. Loot bins will not exist in Overwatch, as a substitute being changed by seasonal battle passes. Every of those passes can have each free and premium rewards.
6. Weekly challenges will cycle out and in to supply additional XP boosts and a faster solution to climb the battle passes.
7. A retailer will even be accessible alongside the battle cross system.
8. Every of those seasons will final 9 weeks and be themed.
9. Each season will carry with it both a brand new hero, map, or mode.
10. A brand new hero will be part of Overwatch 2 each different season, which means each 18 weeks. That’s an identical cadence to when Overwatch first launched in 2016.
11. Three new heroes will be part of Overwatch 2 at launch – the harm hero Sojourn, just lately revealed Junker Queen tank, and a at the moment unidentified assist character.
12. Recreation director Aaron Keller advised us that clues are within the reveal video. A turquoise spirit fox operating in the direction of a Torii gate is seen briefly within the reveal video. Might this be a capability of this mysterious assist character?
13. Junker Queen’s origin story was revealed in a punk-infused animation that charted her rise to ruler of the lawless Junkertown.
14. She’s armed with an axe in a single hand and a shotgun within the different, setting her up as an aggressive closer-quarters tank with assaults that drain enemies’ well being and restore hers.
15. Her fast melee is not only a punch, however an assault that may inflict a wound on an enemy.
16. Her secondary fireplace is a throwable knife named Gracie that lodges into enemies and may then be recalled, dragging enemies in the direction of her.
17. She additionally has a capability known as Commanding Shout, that enhances the velocity and armor of teammates round her.
18. Junker Queen’s final known as Rampage, which creates a whirlwind of magnetised steel, dealing harm to any who stand in her path and stopping them from therapeutic for a brief time frame.
19. Different new heroes that can be part of the roster are a mixture of ones we’ve beforehand seen glimpses of in story content material and others we’ve by no means heard of.
20. Six new maps will even be included at launch. These look set to incorporate places resembling Rome, New York, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Monaco and Portugal.
21. The reveal occasion gave us our first have a look at the Portugal map, full with classical structure and trademark Overwatch sci-fi touches. It’s one other map for the brand new Push mode.
22. Greater than 30 new skins can be added to the cosmetics pool on October 4th additionally. Together with a model new “mythic” pores and skin.
23. Mythic skins are a brand new beauty which can be a degree larger than legendary. They’re individually customisable and we’re proven a cyberpunk-looking Genji pores and skin in the course of the reveal occasion.
Overwatch 2 – Xbox and Bethesda Video games Showcase 2022
24. New beauty gadgets resembling weapon charms and participant banners will even be accessible.
25. Beforehand current maps have been tweaked to accommodate the sport’s shift to 5v5 from 6v6. These tweaks embrace modifications to items of canopy or shifting a door from the place it was once.
26. All maps have additionally gone by a makeover with new lighting and shadows leading to a worldwide glow-up, and the choice to now play some maps at each day and night time time.
27. Ambient sound has been recorded from actual world places to offer their respective Overwatch 2 map’s an additional layer of authenticity.
28. Overwatch 2’s Aggressive Mode is being revamped in Aggressive 2.0, which incorporates reworked scoreboards and the power to see a extra detailed breakdown of your efficiency after every match.
29. Aggressive talent scores will not be offered as exhausting numbers, however as a substitute gamers can be positioned in smaller tiers inside broader ranks relying on their efficiency degree.
30. Overwatch 2 will assist residence theatre and Dolby Atmos setups, in addition to benefit from 3D audio options on console.
31. New voice strains and conversations have been recorded between the entire heroes. In complete, 25,000 voice strains have been written for Overwatch 2.
32. Season 2 will start on December 6 and features a new tank hero, new map, 30+ skins, a brand new mythic pores and skin and battle cross.
33. All through 2023, new seasons will arrive alongside new heroes, maps and modes, over 100 skins and the arrival of Overwatch 2’s PvE.
34. PvE maps will arrive as seasonal content material and transfer the story of Overwatch ahead.
35. The story centres across the return of Null Sector and members of the Authentic Overwatch workforce requiring assist from the youthful era.
And that’s the whole lot new that we’ve realized about Overwatch 2 this week. You’ll want to follow IGN for normal updates on the sequel forward of its launch on October 4th 2022.
Simon Cardy completely can not wait to get misplaced on this sport once more. Comply with him on Twitter at @CardySimon.