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Overwatch 2 will be free and has an early access release date

Monitor 2 will launch “in early access” on October 4, Activision Blizzard announced on Sunday. At least the PVP parts will. And in a major change it will be free to play – the original Surveillance was a paid title. It will be released on PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

“We look forward to deploying the start of the Monitor 2 on October 4 and introduce an exciting new competitive vision, featuring incredible new content and a reimagining of the iconic heroes, maps and gameplay that made the original game so compelling,” Blizzard President Mike Ybarra said in a statement. Press. “It’s the start of an ever-growing and ever-evolving era for the franchise, and a new commitment to serving players with frequent and substantial updates planned for the future to keep Overwatch 2 fresh and fun for many years to come. years to come.”

Blizzard also introduced the second new hero for Monitor 2Junker Queen, whom the company describes as “a high-mobility, railgun-wielding former Surveillance captain with cybernetic abilities.

The company plans to share more about Monitor 2 in a “reveal the event” livestream that’s just days away — you can watch it June 16 at 1 p.m. ET.

Blizzard first announced Monitor 2 in 2019, but it only really started showing the game in earnest in the last few months, including with a closed beta. The company has split the development of the PVP and PVE parts of the game. While the PVP element will be available on October 4, we still don’t know when the PVE part will be available.

Microsoft is set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal worth nearly $70 billion, though the acquisition isn’t expected to close until Microsoft’s 2023 fiscal year, which begins in July.


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