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Overwatch 2 goes free-to-play on 4 October

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Overwatch 2 will launch with a new free-to-play model from 4 October, Activision Blizzard has today announced.

“Featuring a new five-versus-five multiplayer format with cross-platform play and cross-platform progression, Overwatch 2’s PvP experience is designed to offer incredible and fresh competitive gameplay with a new, free-to-play model and major game updates such as new heroes, hero reworks, maps, modes, and premium cosmetics,” the publisher said in a press release.

Moreover, the title will feature a new playable character in the form of the Junker Queen.

“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,” Activision Blizzard continued.

“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.”

Take a new look at Overwatch 2 below. The title heads to Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and Switch on 4 October 2022.

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