Overwatch 2, the sequel to Blizzard’s class-based hero shooter, is finally here. The game removes one tank from PVP gameplay and adds a new battle pass system to the game.
Eventually, the game will also feature new story missions, though those won’t be coming until next year.
First announced at BlizzCon 2019, the game represents a big shift for the series. The sequel fully commits to a live-service, free-to-play model where the game continually receives new content.
In the form of seasonal content with new heroes, new maps, and major balance patches each season, this model is an attempt by Blizzard to fulfill the original promise of Overwatch.
However, “Bastion” removed from Overwatch 2
Before you jump in, note that the hero Bastion has been temporarily taken out of the game due to a game-breaking bug that gave him an overpowered ultimate ability.
Torbjorn is also removed from competitive play while the developers fix a bug that allowed him two uses of a single-use ability. The heroes are expected to be available again once the bugs are fixed.
How to download Overwatch 2
Similarly, if you own the original Overwatch, the sequel is available to you as an update (admittedly a very large update — about 50GB on PC and 30GB on console), which means you don’t need to download a separate game.
Just go to the game, check for updates, and the Overwatch 2 update should begin to download immediately.
New players can also download the game by searching for Overwatch 2 on Battle.net or the Nintendo, PlayStation, or Xbox online stores.
How to set up SMS protect
You can enable SMS Protect by logging into your Battle.net account, going to Account Details > Phone Number, and entering your phone number.
Click Continue and you’ll receive a verification code via text. Enter the code and your account will be verified.
Is Overwatch 2 free-to-play?
Of course, Overwatch 2 is free to download and play.
You can acquire the season one premium battle pass for 1,000 credits (a $10 purchase), and buy cosmetics in the shop with that same currency.
If you’ve bought the Watchpoint Pack (available on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch), you’ll automatically unlock the premium battle pass and receive some legendary skins and 2,000 credits — enough for two more premium battle passes.
Overwatch 2 release time
The game was launched on Oct. 4, and servers came online around 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT. It’s available on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.