Overwatch 2 launch date announced: Free-to-play, Junker Queen confirmed

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Blizzard has officially announced a release date for Overwatch 2, revealed the game is going free-to-play, and finally introduced us to the Junker Queen, a brand 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 devs also announced the game would be going free-to-play as well.

However the biggest news has to be a brand new Tank hero coming at launch. One players have actually been waiting years to be added: the legendary Junker Queen.

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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 set release date for Overwatch 2: October 4, 2022, is when we’ll be able to hop in to early access play.

This comes just days after an Overwatch 2 livestream was announced for June 16, preceding the second beta, and that’s sure to give us more info on the sequel.

While early-access PvP will be released on October 4, we still don’t know when the PvE portion of the game will be coming out.

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Overwatch 2 going Free-to-play

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Overwatch will be going free-to-play with the release of the sequel.

In addition to a release date, Blizzard also revealed that Overwatch would be going free-to-play as well.

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

Junker Queen officially revealed

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

Some of the biggest news has to be the official reveal of the Junker Queen though, a hero fans have been speculating and hoping for literally for years at this point.

Coming in as a Tank hero, we don’t know her abilities and kit exactly just yet, but there are plenty of teasers to how she’ll actually work in the trailer.

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It was a massive day of Overwatch 2 news during the Xbox event, so be sure to check back as we dissect all the trailers and teasers that came out.

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