It was reported that Overwatch 2 will be released at this year’s Blizzcon, and the hype around the new game is already swirling. Questions are being raised about the leaked images of the skill tree in the game, potential new heroes and much more. But, at the end of the day, none of this matters until the game itself actually goes live, or at least offers a beta for a limited number of players, right?
With that sentiment in mind, here is everything that is known thus far about Overwatch 2’s release date and when fans can expect to grab the new game.
[Initially published on October 30, 2019 but has since been updated with additional information.]
In the initial ESPN report, it was noted that fans would be able to play the new map and new game mode at Blizzcon this weekend. If this is the case and these are major components exclusive to Overwatch 2 that are already playable, the game may be near completion, at least for a beta.
With this sentiment in mind, the game should be set for release sometime in the 2020 calendar year. The exact date of release, however, is dependant on several different variables. Namely, it depends on how far along development of the skill tree and in-game items are, if the game will run on an entirely new engine vs being a downloadable next chapter for Overwatch 1 as well as when Blizzard want to release it, simply.
This is also in-line with an Overwatch player who has confirmed several leaks in the past, their tweet displayed below.
OW 2 is planned for release in 2020, it won’t be out right after Blizzcon.
— Metro (@Metro_OW) October 27, 2019
Overwatch 2 and the 2020 OWL Season
One of the biggest looming questions is centered around whether the OWL’s 2020 season will be run on Overwatch 1 or 2. Running it on the first iteration of the game when the second has been released early in the year wouldn’t make much sense for the viewer. This could either delay the release until closer to the holiday season of 2020 or, on the other end of the spectrum, speed up its release closer to January of 2020 if the OWL is to be played on Overwatch 2 in 2020.
For a game that is as centered as this one is around its esport, expect Overwatch 2 to interact with the next season of the OWL in some capacity, for better or for worse.
Official News on the Way
It’s likely that this date will be all but confirmed at Blizzcon, or at least some notice will be given about the season of the game’s release. Personally, this author believes the game will most likely come out sometime around the game’s 4th anniversary event, which would be sometime around May or June of 2020. This would make sense as a spot to celebrate the game’s history and take a step forward at a fitting time.
But, at the end of the day, fans alike will just have to wait and see when Blizzcon 2019 rolls around this weekend, November 1-3.
[11/1 Update #1: Overwatch 2 has now been officially announced. This announcement includes new maps, a new PvP game mode, new in-game items and much more. Stay tuned here at The Game Haus for more information throughout and after Blizzcon 2019]
[11/1 Update #2: Jeff Kaplan announced that he “does not know” when Overwatch 2 will come out, urging fans to allow developers to focus on making the game great. More updates were also announced for Overwatch 1, however.]
[11/2 Update #1: According to a report from ESPN, it appears Overwatch 2 will not come out before the OWL 2020 season, meaning fans can expect a release date of Fall 2020.]
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