Activision Blizzard insiders are saying that Overwatch 2 is coming much sooner than the community once believed.
According to a report by Dexerto which includes a discussion with a source within the company, Blizzard is prioritizing the release Overwatch 2 with the goal of getting it to market as soon as possible. This comes after Overwatch leaker Metro stated that the game was potentially being pushed back to 2023.
Another source clarified that the current release target for Overwatch 2 is the second quarter of 2022, between April 1 and June 30. No exact date was announced, but that’s a much more optimistic projection than what fans were hearing earlier.
“We’re more than aware we need to get it out. So the word is the dev team has been told to lock in the features the game has, get it fixed, and get it shipped. We’re looking to get it out before the summer of 2022,” the source told Dexerto.
The release of Overwatch 2 is quite important for Blizzard. The date will also impact the schedule of the Overwatch League since they don’t want to switch versions of the game in the middle of the season.
As Activision Blizzard battles a lawsuit alleging rampant sexual discrimination and sexual harassment, getting Overwatch 2 out the door is important. Overwatch’s player count has been steadily declining, in large part due to a lack of significant updates to the game as developers put their effort into Overwatch 2.
To many fans of Overwatch, the sequel doesn’t look different enough to warrant a second purchase. Especially because a lot of content will also be coming to the first game. Despite that, it’s very unlikely that Overwatch 2 will be free. It’s not a DLC and is being treated like a true sequel by Blizzard.
Overwatch 2 will feature a full PvE campaign and single-player hero missions, which will ideally provide enough new content to justify a second purchase. Meanwhile, new heroes and cosmetics will also be coming to the first title.
Overwatch 2 will have all of the heroes that are playable in the first game. It will also be getting more heroes, as confirmed by Blizzard. The only new hero that the Overwatch community knows of at this point, however, is Sojourn, an intense DPS hero with a railgun.
No, Overwatch is not dead. Overwatch has lost players over the years but it’s still a popular title to play and watch on Twitch. Blizzard recently revealed that Overwatch has 10 million players a month. While this is lower than their 35 million-per-month count four years ago, Overwatch is far from dead.