Big changes coming for Overwatch 2 – Free-to-play, no more loot boxes

Last Updated June 16th, 2022

During a recent livestream, Blizzard announced its plans for Overwatch 2, and they’re taking a different approach this time out.

First, the game will arrive on October 4 as a free-to-play game. The original Overwatch, released in 2016, was a AAA game that retailed for $40 to $60, depending on what platform and when you bought the game. The other major change is Overwatch 2 will be ditching the lootbox model, and going the seasonal and battle pass route, along with an in-game store, to fund the game. Some of the items include different levels of skins and charms players can put on their gear.

“Along with the free-to-play change we’re doing away with loot boxes entirely,” lead hero designer Geoff Goodman said. “We have a new battle pass model coming in, and we have a store as well, so players have a lot more control over how they interact with the game and acquire new content.”

Blizzard has mapped out a nine-week season for its first season which will include three new heroes, six new maps, a new game mode, and more than 30 skins, including a mythic skin. Season two, which begins on December 6, will see another new hero, a new map, even more skins, and a new battle pass. In 2023, the developers plan to keep coming with new heroes and maps every season to keep the content fresh and exciting as well as introduce a new PvE mode.

There’s no word yet on the cost of the battle pass and what’s included with it.

The Overwatch 2 beta begins on June 28, so if you want to get a taste of what’s to come, you can sign up here.

You watch the entire event below where the team offers a game overview, takes a deep dive into the new character, Junker Queen, and talks about the changes to the PvP gameplay.