Reports suggest that Overwatch 2 is coming to us in beta form by February 2021.
Activision Blizzard has closed all the doors on Overwatch news, working on the sequel without even a whisper of where they are up to in terms of progress. With such solace silence, it's not long before leakers and dataminers come knocking and rumours begin to surface. So when is the Overwatch 2 release date?
When Will The Overwatch 2 Beta Be Released?
Up stepped Overwatch player Alex, who goes by the alias of "Metro". The user previously revealed that Overwatch 2 was in the works before it was announced by the developers, and seems to have one eye through the keyhole of Blizzard Headquarters.
Now, the trusted leaker has revealed that the Overwatch 2 beta will be released as of February 2021, around the time of Blizzcon. He further adds that the Overwatch League could be delayed to coincide with the launch of the new game.
Metro stated "the expected beta or even full release of the game around Blizzcon in February 2021 is very likely!" on Twitter.
Rumors of the next OWL season being delayed until April to make sure they can launch with OW2 suggest that the expected beta or even full release of the game around Blizzcon in February 2021 is very likely!
This could, however, be just an educated guess. Activision Blizzard has a history of revealing games or releasing beta's around the time of Blizzcon to ramp up interest in the franchises. With Blizzcon set for February 19 - 21 in the new year, it would make sense for the developers to reveal the game then.
What is new in Overwatch 2
Alongside an "ever-evolving" multiplayer experience, Overwatch 2 will include elements of Player versus Environment. Players will be able to operate their protagonist in a series of four-player missions, fighting back against Null Sector.
Overwatch 2 will also feature brand new heroes and a new map type called "Push" which will boast a symmetrical design where the two teams will look to take control of a robot and push it into the other team's side.
Overwatch 2's release date, if not at Blizzcon, is set for later in the new year, although it seems favourable that we will at least get the beta in February 2021.
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