Overwatch 2 release isn't coming for a while according to Blizzard

Reinhardt, Tracer and Mei in Overwatch 2
Reinhardt, Tracer and Mei in Overwatch 2 (Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment - Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer)

What you need to know

  • Blizzard announced Overwatch 2 during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2019.
  • No release date has been announced for Overwatch 2.
  • According to Blizzard, the release date won't be announced for some time yet.
  • You can grab the original Overwatch for $33 at Amazon (opens in new tab).

One of Blizzard's multiple announcements during BlizzCon 2019 was Overwatch 2, an ostensible sequel that is bringing engine improvements, new heroes, story missions and more, while keeping the same multiplayer playerbase as the original game. In fact, players of both games will be able to play multiplayer together. Unfortunately, if you were hoping to find out when you'd jump into Overwatch 2 soon, it'll be a while yet.

Speaking to VG247, Jeff Kaplan, game director at Blizzard of Overwatch 2, confirmed that the release date won't be revealed for some time. "I know it's a lame answer, I'm super sorry, and it's not like this top-secret thing that the last thing we want to tell players. It's just that we don't know," Kaplan told VG247. "What's important to us at Blizzard, on all our games, is that the game is awesome and the players are like 'Yes, this is ready and now's the time.' I don't have a date, it's not this year, that's a pretty safe answer. I have a feeling we'll be talking about Overwatch 2 again next year at BlizzCon. If that helps."

Kaplan also told VG247 that players shouldn't expect a very large amount of new characters at launch, though he did reaffirm that there will be multiple new heroes alongside the 31 from the original game. Whenever the release date is announced, we'll be sure to keep you posted. Overwatch 2 is promising to be an interesting sequel, keeping playerbases united while providing story content for those who have been craving it.

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  • I feel like every announcement has no steady yet. Announcements are great sure.. But why when the games may be over a full year away.
  • Just like how Halo infinite was announced in 2018.
    Just like how Ori sequel was announced in 2017.
    Just like how Age of empires 4 was announced in 2017 and since then we hardly had any news??
  • Anything to change the current narrative of China and Hong Kong on their brand
  • Meanwhile you can play the old game, "Over watch", which is exactly the same than the next one will be.
  • Give me at least a 20 hours campaign and I'll get the sequel. I was ready to buy the original until I learned it's online only. I learned a while ago that high school kids will always have the upper hand. I'd expect this game to drop in time for next gen consoles/holiday season or early 2021.