Will Overwatch 2 be free to play?

Overwatch 2’s price tag is unknown at this time.

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Overwatch is slowly approaching its next big step. With graphical updates and fundamental changes on the horizon, fans are looking forward to re-exploring their favorite game in Overwatch 2.

In addition to abilities getting tweaked, the core gameplay of Overwatch will change since the game is transitioning to a five-vs-five setup. Though the gameplay experience looks like it’ll be a lot different in Overwatch 2, another factor to consider will be the new title’s price tag.

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As of now, Blizzard hasn’t disclosed any details regarding how it’s planning to distribute the new content. Odds are that players who want to play Overwatch 2’s PvE elements will need to purchase Overwatch 2. Those who are looking to simply play PvP may have an entirely free experience, other than the initial purchase of Overwatch, but it’s unconfirmed at this time.

“Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer; they’ll also be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps,” Blizzard’s website says. “Your accomplishments and loot collections will be carried forward to Overwatch 2. That means you’ll keep your skins, player icons, sprays, emotes, and more!”

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Players who do not own Overwatch or Overwatch 2, though, will most definitely need to purchase the base game.

Thus, it’s unclear what players will be paying for when they finally decide to purchase Overwatch 2. Blizzard has been focusing more on Overwatch’s PvE aspect with Overwatch 2 and the graphical updates could also be exclusive to Overwatch 2 players. Overwatch may even get delisted from the store so new players can purchase Overwatch 2 without any confusion.

Overwatch 2’s price tag is also unknown at this time. Players who own Overwatch will be able to continue playing the multiplayer mode without any drawbacks, but they’ll likely need to purchase Overwatch 2 to unlock any additional content, such as the new PvE modes, and potentially more.

This article will be updated when more information becomes available.


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