Having spawned one of the biggest esports tournaments in the world, there is no doubt that Blizzard shooter Overwatch has become one of the most popular esports games in the world. However, last year at BlizzCon, Blizzard announced the sequel would be on its way soon. Yet, no Overwatch 2 release date was forthcoming at that time.
Since the big reveal in November 2019, Blizzard have kept their cards close to their chest regarding the Overwatch 2 release date. Information has been scarce, and the information that has been forthcoming has been more to do with the content and style of the game, than when it will be made available to players.
So the question is, will we see the Overwatch 2 release date anytime soon, or are we going to have to wait a bit longer before its release?
Overwatch 2 Preview
While no Overwatch 2 release date may have been forthcoming from Blizzard, the company did release a promotional video showing many different aspects of the new game including some graphics, seven characters, new map types, new game types and what Blizzard called “ever-evolving multiplayer” options.
Perhaps most interesting was a timeline of events, complete with cinematic video, which explored the whole Overwatch story, leading up to the first Overwatch release, and then showcasing events that have happened in the period between Overwatch and Overwatch 2 to give the game added background.
Blizzard also revealed that accomplishment and loot collections earned in Overwatch will be carried forward into Overwatch 2 and excitingly, that current Overwatch players will be able to battle alongside Overwatch 2 players in PVP multiplayer games, as well as being able to play the new Overwatch 2 heroes and maps.
However, once again one of the more apparent things in the detailed and interactive video presentation was a lack of a firm Overwatch 2 release date.
Will Overwatch 2 be released anytime soon?
With several tweaks to the world in Overwatch 2, fans are eagerly awaiting the new game, but how long will they have to wait?
Blizzard hasn’t given us much to go on here, but we do know that the original Overwatch was released on PS4, Xbox One and PC in May 2016. So, a four-year anniversary release for the sequel is now not possible.
Now is also not a great time to release Overwatch 2 due to a number of issues, not least the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of BlizzCon 2020, which had been mooted as a possible release date by some and perhaps more relevantly, the release this week of Valorant by Riot Gaming, which looks like being a direct competitor for Overwatch 2.
On a more positive note, Blizzard have announced they will host an online event shortly, and while details on this are sketchy, many in the industry feel an announcement about Overwatch 2 is likely to feature in the event.
However, despite all these factors, the one overriding issue that will govern the Overwatch 2 release date seems to be the game’s look and feel. Jeff Kaplan, vice president of Blizzard, has stated that the company was more concerned with the quality of the game rather than the actual date it hits shelves. It may well be this, especially with the potential for Overwatch 2 to merge with the original game over time, that will be the determinant factor in deciding when the game will be released.