Blizzard has confirmed that Overwatch 2 will not feature loot boxes, a significant change from its predecessor that allowed players to pay cash to unlock cosmetics for customizing the appearances of Tracer, D.Va, and the rest of the franchise’s colorful roster of heroes. Overwatch 2 will instead grant items through a Battle Pass and an “all-new and consistently updated” in-game shop, Blizzard explained during today’s nearly 45-minute-long reveal event, which also saw the release of the sequel’s earliest content roadmaps, detailing what players can expect in its first and second seasons. The game will be released on October 4 as a free-to-play, live experience for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch platforms.
Season One will feature Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced support hero, as well as the new 5v5 PvP experience, reworked heroes, new maps and modes, and more. We’re also releasing a reimagined competitive experience that was created to give players more tools to improve gameplay and feel a sense of progression in competitive play. Players will have more of an impact on individual matches with the shift to 5v5, and there will be additional systems in place to help you discern your contributions per match. More details on the competitive overhaul will be shared soon!
Season Two will introduce a new tank hero, map, and a collection of unique skins. We‘ll also move the story forward with the release of the new PvE experience in 2023, along with more new heroes, maps, and game modes. We can’t wait to share more information closer to release!