Overwatch 2 Now Available and Introduces New Heroes and Features

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Overwatch 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the popular hero shooter Overwatch, is now available on all platforms.

The game introduces new heroes into the mix, including the aggressive tank Junker Queen, the highly mobile DPS Sojourn, and the ninja support hero Kiriko.

New features that improve the gameplay experience have been introduced as well. One of the most notable is the new ping system, which allows players to inform their teammates about enemy locations in a non-verbal way.

With the arrival of Overwatch 2, assault maps such as Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries have been removed from rotation in all playlists. Those who like these maps do not have to worry as they’re still available in Custom Games.

Speaking of maps, there are six new maps that players can enjoy in Overwatch 2, including Queen Street, Circuit Royal, Midtown, Colosseo, Esperança, and Paraíso.

Patch Notes

  • Added Role Passives for Tank, Damage, and Support heroes
  • Thousands of new voice lines and improved narrative reactivity across all heroes
  • With over 44,000 lines of dialog, you'll always be hearing something new
  • Revamped combat sound design for all heroes
  • Accessibility Features
  • Battle Pass starting with Season One
  • Updated Competitive mode
  • Cross-Progression
  • First Time User Experience
  • New 5v5 core game mode format
  • New Challenge System
  • New Cosmetic Types: Charms, Name Cards, Souvenirs, Titles, New Skin Tier - Mythic - Cyber Genji
  • New History tab in Profile including Game Reports
  • New in-game currency - Overwatch Coins
  • New Push core game mode
  • Shop 2.0
  • SMS Protect
  • Updated Endorsement System
  • OWL Hub will not be ready at launch
  • Workshop creation and editing will not be ready at launch
  • Highlights can now be found in the History tab of your Career Profile
  • Role Queue is removed for all game modes except for Quick Play - Role Queue
  • Patch Notes moved from the Main Menu to the Pause Menu
  • General Chat has been removed
  • Looking For Group has been removed
  • Loot Boxes have been removed
  • Player Levels are retired (can view your prior level in your Profile)
  • 3D audio systems across all platforms
  • Dynamic render-scale support for PC
  • HDR added for PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5
  • Raised max frames to 600 fps

What can you say about the new stuff introduced in the sequel ? Do you have any criticisms regarding the removal of certain features?

Overwatch 2 is now available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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