Overwatch 2: The Main Takeaways from the Reveal Event

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Blizzard hosted the Overwatch 2 reveal event recently, and interesting things were shown in the affair. So, what are the main takeaways from the event? Read further to learn more.

New Heroes

New heroes will be available once Overwatch 2 launches this October. Aside from Sojourn, the recent event revealed a new hero, Junker Queen. According to lead hero designer Geoff Goodman, the new ruler of Junker Town is an aggressive tank. Unlike the more defensive and methodical skills of Reinhardt, Junker Queen’s abilities are designed to be more offensive.

One that makes her distinct from other heroes in Overwatch 2 is she can wield a giant ax. It appears that one of her abilities uses this giant weapon to whack her opponents.

Her alt-fire is called Jagged Blade. When used, she throws her blade in a targeted direction. If it hits an enemy, she uses her magnetic gauntlet to pull that hero towards her. This is pretty good, especially when used in conjunction with her giant ax.

For her ultimate, Rampage, Junker Queen uses her magnetic gauntlet to create a whirlwind of magnetized metal, including her ax and other weapons. After a split second, she dashes forward and any enemy hero hit with this gets a debuff. This debuff reduces the amount of healing an enemy hero receives to zero, quite similar to Ana’s Biotic Grenade. On top of that, this ability heals Junker Queen considerably.

As part of the game's first season, an unannounced support hero will be joining the fight. More details may be revealed in the future.


Roadmap Blizzard

Another major thing announced in the recent event is that Overwatch 2 is going free-to-play. You do not have to own the original game to play the sequel. It is also worth noting that cross-progression is enabled, allowing you to play and access any content you’ve unlocked across all platforms.

In addition, Blizzard will follow a seasonal model for introducing new content. A competitive season lasts nine weeks, and according to the roadmap, you can expect a new hero every other season (every 18 weeks) and new maps and game modes in the seasons between.

This may come as a surprise to many but there will be no more loot boxes in Overwatch 2. Instead, the game will use a battle pass system that features new content, such as new heroes, game modes, maps, and cosmetics, among others.

Overwatch 2 will launch on October 4. So, what are the things that you liked during the reveal event?

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