Overwatch 2 Releases in October, Unveils Junker Queen

Featuring a new tank in Junker Queen, Overwatch is coming this year and will be free-to-play.

Featuring a new tank in Junker Queen, Overwatch is coming this year and will be free-to-play.
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Blizzard announced over the weekend that Overwatch 2 finally has a release date. The team-based shooter will launch on October 4, 2022, for PC, PS4, Ps5, Xbox One, Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. The news comes as part of the Xbox and Bethesda showcase during Summer Games Fest 2022. It coincides with the reveal of a brand-new tank: Junker Queen. 

Overwatch 2 will feature full cross-platform play and cross-progression, but perhaps most tantalizing is that it will be free-to-play. Currently, the base version of Overwatch retails for $19.99, with various other editions on platforms like PlayStation going for $59.99. 

As pointed out in a press release accompanying the announcement, Junker Queen moves fast, implementing a railgun and cybernetics. The video at the top of this article shows her in action. There’s also mention of the game’s new Push mode, “a symmetrical map type where teams battle to take control and advance a centrally located robot deeper into enemy territory than the opposing team.”

Those interested in taking part in the Overwatch 2 beta can sign up right here. Blizzard said that they will share more information on the upcoming beta, as well as the game’s “live service model and seasonal content,” via a live stream on June 16, 2022, at 1 p.m. EDT. It can be viewed on the Overwatch YouTube channel or the Overwatch Twitch channel

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