Overwatch 2 Release Date Announced: Free-to-play, Junker Queen Confirmed

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Blizzard officially announced a release date for Overwatch 2, revealed that the game will be free-to-play, and finally introduced us to Junker Queen, a new hero coming at launch.

The Xbox Showcase on June 12 was literally one of the biggest days for Overwatch news in years. Not only did we get an official release date for Overwatch 2, but the developers also announced that the game would also be free to play.

However, the biggest news has to be a new Tank hero arriving at launch. One of the players has been waiting years to be added: the legendary Junker Queen.

Here’s all the massive news on Overwatch 2 from the Xbox Games Showcase.

Overwatch 2 Release Date Officially Announced

After years of speculation, we finally have a release date set for Overwatch 2: October 4, 2022that’s when we’ll be able to jump into the early access game.

This comes just a few days after an Overwatch 2 livestream was announced for June 16, ahead of the second beta, and that’s sure to give us more insight into the sequel.

While early access PvP will launch on October 4, we don’t yet know when the PvE portion of the game will be out.

Overwatch 2 becomes free-to-play

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Overwatch will be free with the release of the sequel.

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In addition to the release date, Blizzard also revealed that Overwatch would also be free to play.

Not many details were provided, but we can assume that the game’s PvP will now be free to play, with Overwatch 2’s PvE content paid for.

Junker Queen officially revealed

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Overwatch fans have been waiting a long time for Junker Queen, and she doesn’t disappoint.

However, some of the biggest news has to be the official reveal of Junker Queen, a hero that fans have been speculating about and waiting for for literally years at this point.

Going in as a Tank hero, we still don’t know exactly what his abilities and gear are, but there are plenty of hints at how he’ll actually work in the trailer.

It was a big day for Overwatch 2 news during the Xbox event, so be sure to check back as we run through all the trailers and trailers that came out.