#1 - Oct. 3, 2022, 11:45 p.m.
Blizzard Post


We’ve created Overwatch 2 as a new, free to play experience for new and returning players. Pick from our cast of 35 incredible heroes and team up in epic 5v5 action on 22 global maps across 6 distinct modes. Whether you like to lead the charge, ambush enemies, or aid your allies, there’s a hero for you.


  • Added Sojourn, Kiriko, and Junker Queen – Check out our heroes, new and old on http://overwatch.blizzard.com
  • Added Role Passives for Tank, Damage, and Support heroes
  • 1000s of new voice lines and improved narrative reactivity across all heroes
  • With over 44,000 lines of dialog, you’ll always be hearing something new
  • Revamped combat sound design for all heroes
  • Updated skins and VFX for all heroes


  • Accessibility Features
  • Battle Pass starting with Season One
  • Updated Competitive mode
  • Cross-Progression
  • First Time User Experience
  • New 5v5 core game mode format
  • New Challenge System
  • New Cosmetic Types:
    • Charms
    • Name Cards
    • New Skin Tier - Mythic - Cyber Genji
    • Souvenirs
    • Titles
  • New History tab in Profile including Game Reports
  • New in-game currency - Overwatch Coins
  • New Push core game mode
  • Ping System
  • Shop 2.0
  • Six New Maps - New Queen Street, Circuit Royal, Midtown, Colosseo, Esperança, Paraíso, and many existing maps received new daytime and nighttime variants
  • SMS Protect
  • Updated Endorsement System
  • If you want to check out more information on some of these features visit http://overwatch.blizzard.com/news


  • OWL Hub will not be ready at launch
  • Workshop creation and editing will not be ready at launch


  • Highlights can now be found in the History tab of your Career Profile
  • Role Queue is removed for all game modes except for Quick Play - Role Queue
  • Patch Notes moved from the Main Menu to the Pause Menu


  • Assault maps have been removed from rotation in all playlists (can be found in Custom Game)
  • General Chat has been removed
  • Looking For Group has been removed
  • Loot Boxes have been removed
  • Player Levels are retired (your level prior to OW2 can be viewed in your Profile)


  • 3D audio systems across all platforms
  • Dynamic render-scale support for PC
  • HDR added for PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5
  • Raised max frames to 600 fps