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Overwatch 2: What You Need to Know About Blizzard's Hit Sequel

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Overwatch 2: What You Need to Know About Blizzard's Hit Sequel
Overwatch League Grand Finals 2019 at Wells Fargo Center. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment/AFP

We are slowly approaching the update of Overwatch fans have so desperately been waiting for. Graphical updates and structural changes are just around the corner, and gamers will soon rejoice at re-exploring their favorite title in Overwatch 2.

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Price Tag

Abilities will not be the only feature getting an update; the core gameplay of Overwatch will be altered considering the game is moving to a 5v5 setup. It seems like the gameplay experience will be a lot different in Overwatch 2, and these factors could certainly affect the price tag.

With that said, Blizzard has failed to reveal how they plan to distribute the new content. We already know Overwatch & Overwatch 2 users will have the ability to play in the same lobbies; therefore, it’s obvious the multiplayer section of the game will be completely free if you have already purchased Overwatch.

Overwatch League Grand Finals 2019 at Wells Fargo Center, Pennsylvania. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment/AFP

So, it remains a foggy subject when attempting to understand what players will be paying for when purchasing Overwatch 2. Blizzard has its priorities laying with Overwatch’s PvE aspect in the second game, and the graphical revamp could also be exclusive for Overwatch 2 owners.

While the price tag is still a mystery for the best betting sites, we should assume that you will need to purchase Overwatch 2 to unlock additional content.

Watch the Overwatch 2 Cinematic Trailer

The Overwatch community have bickered over the PvP altercations arriving in Overwatch 2. The reduction to five players and just one tank per team has given concern to many competitors and casual players alike.

But let us not forget one of the most desirable aspects of Overwatch – the story and its beautiful graphical transitions.

If you have not already witnessed the incredible 8-minute announcement trailer, go ahead and watch it.

Hero Updates and More Maps

Who isn’t excited for the plethora of significant Hero updates? Developers announced many Hero updates; however, don’t get yourself worked up on what’s been visualized thus far – the finality of these hero updates will continue to be played with constantly.

As such, the tweak on Mei gives a drastic change to her Endothermic Blaster’s left-click, still slowing and causing damage to the opponent but no longer freezing them in place, which was a ridiculous CC in the game.

The most favorable scientist in the game, Winston has received an expansion to his kit – a newly added right click ability will charge up an energy bolt, firing at opponents from range to cause medium damage.

Overwatch League Grand Finals 2019 at Wells Fargo Center . Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment/AFP

Changes towards character protection capabilities have been discussed. They should be a critical aspect of the hero updates, such as D.Va having more matrix uptime and Zarya bubbles holding more defensive power. These update talks stem from the questions surrounding tanks being able to fit into the solo tank role.

Fans have already been gifted with the announcement of all new maps, two maps have already been showcased, and an additional four maps were shown off; New York (Hybrid), Toronto (Push), Rio (Hybrid), Rome (Push), and Monte Carlo (Escort). Most of the maps featured several pathways for teams to interact through each choke, an all-new feature the developers mentioned to be intended to allow quick pushes and disengagements based on these chokes and quick rotations.

Overall, for the fans who remain skeptical on specific changes, put your trust in Blizzard. The same company that provided us with Overwatch is putting its all into Overwatch 2. We do not have a price tag; we are missing a release date, but we have plenty of information to work with, and we should expect the game to drop in 2022. A beta version of the game has also been teased, so perhaps we’ll be getting our long-awaited fix sooner than expected.