Overwatch 2 Release Date and Launch Time

We have the official launch date & time for Overwatch 2, plus a countdown to release, and all the details you need to know.

With the release of Overwatch 2 now less than a week away, fans of the series are eager to get their hands on the latest addition to the series. The incredibly fun team-based shooter kicks off its latest rendition on October 4, 2022. However, players will need to understand a few different moving parts before they can get into their favorite new game next week. Here’s what you need to know about Overwatch 2, including the release date, exact game launch time, and countdown to release.

Overwatch 2 Release Date and Launch Time

Overwatch 2 releases on October 4, 2022, and is estimated to drop around 3 p.m. EST. 

This, of course, is barring any hiccups that may be encountered during the launching process. Important to note that the original Overwatch will be shutting down on October 3, 2022, at 12 p.m. EST. This means that the first game in the series will be gone forever before Overwatch 2 takes its place. 

Gamers who want to prepare for the latest release should aim to get their playtime in now.

Overwatch 2 Countdown to Release

Here is the Overwatch 2 countdown to release:

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The Overwatch 2 countdown is set for October 4, 2022, at 3 p.m. EST. We’ll update the timer accordingly if anything is changed.

Overwatch 2 is Going Free-to-Play

When the game receives its fresh start on launch day, it will also be going Free-to-Play. This means that players, both old and new, can discover the game in its entirety for completely free. 

While new players will need to play about 100 matches to unlock all the original 32 characters, veterans of the series will have instant access to all 34 non-battle pass heroes right from the get-go. 

Overwatch 2’s new Seasonal Model plans to deliver new game content every nine weeks. This includes new maps, heroes, skins, battle passes, and game modes.

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Players can get the battle pass and see what the new hero, Kiriko, and the rest of Overwatch 2 has to offer when it launches on October 4, 2022.

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