News | New Overwatch 2 heroes will immediately be available for free from the tenth season

New playable heroes in Overwatch 2 will be completely free from the upcoming tenth season.

Blizzard has announced this. Previously, new heroes could only be unlocked immediately with a paid battle pass, or by completing different tiers of the free battle pass. But from season 10 onwards, all players can immediately start working with new heroes. This also applies retroactively to all previously released Overwatch 2 heroes.

In the tenth season, which starts on April 16, players will also be able to earn Coins through the free and premium battle pass. The amount of Coins that can be unlocked for free each season will increase from 540 to 600. Weekly Challenges will now award Battle Pass XP instead of Coins.

Blizzard is also adding a new way to unlock Mythic skins in the tenth season. These could previously only be unlocked through seasonal battle passes, but older Mythic skins will also be available for purchase through a new Mythic Shop. When this in-game store launches during season ten, the Mythic skins from seasons one through seven will be available.


News | BlizzCon 2023: All the news from Blizzard’s grand opening ceremony

BlizzCon is back and in-person for the first time in four years. BlizzCon 2023 runs Nov. 3-4 in Anaheim, but Blizzard fans can watch the show from anywhere, with two days of live broadcasts.

The biggest newsmaking event took place this  Friday, when Blizzard held BlizzCon’s opening ceremony, a nearly two-hour event that promised “exciting announcements” for World of WarcraftDiablo 4HearthstoneWarcraft Rumble, and Overwatch 2. Blizzard delivered, revealing multiple new heroes for Overwatch 2Diablo 4’s first expansion, a staggering three expansions for World of Warcraft, and Cataclysm for World of Warcraft Classic.

OVERWATCH 2’S NEW HERO(ES)

Blizzard revealed the next hero coming to Overwatch 2, the Samoan tank Mauga, on Friday. The dual-chaingun-wielding Mauga is coming to Overwatch 2 in season 8 of the free-to-play hero shooter, but fans of the franchise can try him out early this weekend.

Overwatch game director Aaron Keller also offered a sneak peek at the next year of Overwatch 2, including a new PvP game mode called Clash, which he described as a five-point capture gameplay mode. Clash will feature the return of a reworked location from the original Overwatch: Deprecated map Hanamura is coming back, re-imagined as a Clash map called Hanaoka.

Keller also promised overhauls to Overwatch 2’s most important in-game systems, including a reworked version of Competitive play and all-new Competitive rewards. He teased themes for upcoming seasons, which will focus on Eldritch horror, Egyptian mythology, witches, and a mirror universe “where heroes become villains and villains become heroes.”

Finally, Keller teased two more heroes coming to Overwatch 2 in 2024: a new damage hero, Venture, coming in season 10, and a new support hero currently codenamed “Space Ranger,” coming in season 12.

DIABLO 4’S FIRST EXPANSION, VESSEL OF HATRED

In the midst of season 2 of Diablo 4, Blizzard teased season 3, which will introduce a new type of weekly challenge dungeon called The Gauntlet.

But the bigger news was the reveal of Diablo 4’s first expansion, Vessel of Hatred, which is coming to the game in late 2024, Blizzard announced. Players will visit a jungle region new to Diablo 4, once again face Mephisto, and get access to a “completely new class, never seen before in the Diablo universe,” Diablo 4 production director Tiffany Wat said.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC

Holly Longdale, executive producer for World of Warcraft, revealed that “a new way to play hardcore mode” in World of Warcraft Classic is coming in 2024. But the bigger addition for WoW Classic will be an updated version of the Cataclysm expansion that originally launched in 2010. Longdale said that World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic will include changes based on player feedback.

In the shorter term, Longdale also teased Season of Discovery for World of Warcraft Classic, describing it as “vanilla WoW with a spicy twist,” with new secrets and class-altering abilities. That means players could become a Mage healer or a tanking Warlock. Season of Discovery launches Nov. 30.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT’S NEXT EXPANSION(S)

Chris Metzen, executive creative director of the Warcraft universe, returned to the BlizzCon stage to talk about the future of World of Warcraft. Metzen laid out an ambitious plan to chart the next two decades of World of Warcraft, which will start with the Worldsoul Saga. That’s not just one expansion, it’s three.

Metzen announced:

  • World of Warcraft: The War Within, which will send players to the subterranean kingdom Nerubian Empire to dispense justice;
  • World of Warcraft: Midnight, a return to the old world, sending players to the fabled lands of Quel’thalas to battle the forces of The Void;
  • World of Warcraft: The Last Titan heads to the wintry lands of Northrend, where players will bear witness to the Titans of Azeroth, uncovering a vast conspiracy that stretches throughout the history of the world and reveals the true nature of the Titans.

The first expansion in World of Warcraft’s Worldsoul Saga trilogy, The War Within, will be released in 2024. It will be WoW’s 10th overall expansion.

HEARTHSTONE

Cora Georgiou, senior game designer for Hearthstone, showed off the trailer for Showdown in the Badlands, a new expansion which takes place in Azeroth’s version of the wild west and tells an origin story for characters Reno Jackson and Elise Starseeker.

Georgiou also revealed a new way for Hearthstone players to get new cards: Catch-up packs are “game changing for getting your collection caught up,” because players can get up to 50 cards from a single pack.

There’s also a new mode coming to Hearthstone Battlegrounds called Battleground Duos, a new cooperative way to play.

WARCRAFT RUMBLE

Blizzard’s mobile action-strategy combat game set in Azeroth, which creators say “harkens back to our RTS roots,” Warcraft Rumble, is out now. Season 1 of the mobile action game kicks off with a new tabletop mini-style version of Sylvanas Windrunner.


News | Overwatch 2 season four content revealed

Blizzard has revealed what players can expect from Overwatch 2 during the game's fourth season.

The company did so via a new blog post. The new hero Lifeweaver was previously revealed. It is about “an intelligent and curious adventurer who uses his biolight technology to make the world a better place. Lifeweaver influences the dynamics of every battle by providing cover, using his mobility and applying impactful positioning in ways we never have seen before.” The hero will be immediately available to players with a premium battle pass, others must reach level 45.

The fourth season, which begins on April 11, will have a space theme. In the new trailer that can be viewed below, various new skins, modes and challenges can be seen. For example, there is the BOB and Weave mode, a variant of the 3v3 deathmatch in which everyone plays as Lifeweaver and each team has its own robot butler that can be moved with Lifeweaver’s Life Grip move. Bob and Weave is available until April 25.

A mode that ties into the space theme is Starwatch: Galactic Rescue, a 4v4 mode set on Horizon Lunar Colony. This mode logically also includes new skins for characters.

Battle for Olympus will also return from May 23 to 29. Hanzo, Lifeweaver, and Sigma will receive the Mythic-tier skin this season. Blizzard will also be selling a variety of skins again, including Omnic skins for Roadhog and Junkrat and a Pinocchio-esque look for Zenyatta. Finally, Brigitte gets a wider shield when she uses her ultimate.


News | New Overwatch 2 Hero Ramattra Announced

Developer Blizzard Entertainment made the unveiling with a trailer. The new hero will go by the name of Ramattra and will be the newest playable tank in Overwatch 2.

The short video shows how Ramattra, the leader of the Null Sector, wants to take revenge on humanity. According to the resistance hero, his people have been oppressed for too long and it is time for a change. The new hero has a good relationship with the existing hero Zenyetta, and according to Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie, the game’s lead writer, fans will have a lot to learn about the history of both heroes after launch.

Ramattra has two different forms, the Nemesis and Omnic forms. When the tank is in the latter form, it is mainly strong at a distance. While his Omnic form allows players to storm the enemy teams head-on. For example, with one of his special abilities, he can smash through shields and barriers and deal a lot of damage to groups. How the hero’s exact attacks work is still unknown.


News | Overwatch 2 players receive free items and double XP

Blizzard is giving away free items and periods of double XP to Overwatch 2 players to apologize for the unstable servers since release.

Since Overwatch 2 came out last week, the game has suffered from multiple DDoS attacks, making the game unplayable at times. Various bugs have also surfaced – including those related to selecting certain characters and buying skins automatically.

To accommodate players, everyone will receive a Cursed Captain Reaper Legendary Skin, a Health Pack Weapon Charm and multiple double XP weekends, Blizzard has announced. When these weekends will be held, will be communicated shortly.

Blizzard says that the game is now almost stable, and that it continues to investigate and solve possible problems. Sometime later this week, another patch should be released that makes the game more stable.


News | Overwatch is offline for good, sequel playable starting from tonight

Overwatch went offline for good last night. The sequel should be online in the course of tonight.

It was already known that Overwatch 2 would replace the first part and that Overwatch went offline for good yesterday. Players gathered on the servers last night and saw a ‘disconnected’ eventually appear on the screen (see the video below). Blizzard invited fans on social media to share their favorite moments.

Tonight also kicks off the first season, which includes 5v5 matches, new characters Sojourn and Junker Queen, the new Push mode and six new maps. The second season will start on December 6.

Tonight at 21:00 Dutch time, Overwatch 2 should then go live. The game will be available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and is free-to-play.


News | Overwatch 2 will replace the original game on release

Overwatch 2 will replace the first Overwatch on release, Blizzard has clarified.

That’s what Blizzard announced in a Reddit AMA. In fact, Overwatch players will download a patch on October 4 that turns the game into Overwatch 2.

As part of that, all credits, OWL tokens and competitive points will also be transferred to the second part. However, the second part must contain a new currency to which the in-game money is transferred. Unopened loot boxes will also be opened automatically before Overwatch 2 comes out, as the second part does not contain any loot boxes.

When Overwatch 2 releases on October 4 as a free-to-play game on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, it will include 5v5 matches and the addition of new maps and heroes. The PvE campaign mode should be out sometime in 2023. The beta will start on June 28.


News | Blizzard gives more details new Overwatch 2 character

Blizzard has shared more details about Junker Queen, a new character coming to Overwatch 2.

The frontline tank Junker Queen can deal a lot of damage at close range with her axe and shotgun. Her axe which is called Jagged Blade, can also be thrown. She also has a Carnage move and Rampage as ultimate, which inflicts injuries on enemies. Those wounds do damage over time and also give Junker Queen health through her passive move Adrenaline Rush.

Junker Queen will be playable in the upcoming Overwatch 2 beta. The beta begins on June 28 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, and PC via Battle.net. Here players can already try out all kinds of content, including the 5v5 matches.

Overwatch 2 will be released as a free-to-play game on October 4. The Early Access version will be out that day on Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.


News | Overwatch 2 beta begins June 28

The Overwatch 2 beta will begin on June 28. Blizzard announced this yesterday.

In any case, the beta will come to PC and consoles, will feature a new Australian heroine in the form of Junker Queen, and will also allow players to test out a new map. More details are not yet available, but Blizzard will broadcast a livestream tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:00 PM GMT, revealing more details about the beta, including the way for those interested to sign up.

During the Xbox and Bethesda Games Conference last Sunday, it was announced that Overwatch 2 will be released as a free-to-play game on October 4.

The Early Access version will be out that day on Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.


News | First Overwatch 2 beta invites going out tonight

The first invites to the Overwatch 2 beta will go out tonight at 8:00 PM.

Blizzard made this known in a FAQ published yesterday. People who have registered have a chance to receive an e-mail with access. It is also possible that more people will be invited at a later time, so people who do not receive an email tonight can still receive it later.

You can always register via the official website. Players must have installed the first Overwatch anyway to be in with a chance. However, the first Overwatch can be downloaded as a free trial by those who have received an invite during the beta period – so there is no need to purchase the original specifically for the beta of part 2.

Tomorrow, specific streamers will broadcast gameplay from the beta on Twitch. People who watch a stream for at least four hours can also access the beta via Twitch Drops. The list of streamers can be found here.

The beta will be on PC only and must include 5v5 gameplay. Players can try out the new Push mode as well as four new maps: Circuit Royal (escort), Midtown (hybrid), New Queen Screen (push), and Colosseo (push). The new hero Sojourn is also playable, as well as four new versions of well-known heroes: Orisa, Doomfist, Bastion and Sombra. The beta period will run until May 17.