One of the biggest quests for fans of the original game this year has been to try and discover when the Overwatch 2 release date will be. After being previewed at the BlizzCon 2019 event many fans and players of the original Overwatch assumed that the new and updated sequel to the original would follow later in 2020.
However, despite a number of different rumours surfacing at different times throughout the year claiming inside knowledge of any potential Overwatch 2 release date, those rumours have proven false and it now seems unlikely that we will see the new game hit shops in 2020.
We'll keep you posted once official sources will confirm the actual release date.
Preview of the Game
While there has been no information on any official Overwatch 2 release date, what we have seen is Blizzard release a promotional video earlier on this year which showcased a number of different aspects of the new game.
This included a look at the new graphics and design of the sequel, information on seven new characters, a look at some of the different map types available in the game, and a selection of what Blizzard called “ever-evolving multiplayer” options.
One of the most impressive aspects of the newly released video was the fact that it also contained a cinematic video that explored the entirety of the Overwatch story. Taking us through the events in Overwatch and then on the timeline from the original story, through to what has happened up to the events that occur in Overwatch 2.
Fans have been excited about the new game since this video and since it was also revealed that Overwatch players would be able to play alongside Overwatch 2 players in PVP multiplier matches, as well as being able to access the new heroes and maps in Overwatch 2 in the original game.
Loot collections and accomplishments that players have earned from the first game will also be carried forward into the second.
Little wonder then that for some time fans have been clamouring for an official Overwatch 2 release date from Blizzard but as yet that has proved fruitless, although this week those fans may have had a glimmer of hope of news of a potential release date.
BlizzConline 2021 February Date
The positive for fans, unlike the PlayStation Brazil leak earlier in the year on Twitter which suggested a 2020 release date (and which was subsequently deleted) is that this information comes from a Twitter account that has fostered a reputation of giving accurate reports of the release date of earlier games.
The account owner is called Metro, and he is one of the most recognisable ‘leakers’ of information on Overwatch on Twitter. His Tweet suggests that the Overwatch 2 release date could well come in early February.
Now, there is already an element of truth to this Tweet in that it is known that Blizzard has not yet settled on a date for the next season of the Overwatch League, but there had been earlier reports from a number of sources that suggested the league may not get underway in February as usual, but could well be delayed through until April 2021.
Given that the date for Blizzconline has already been confirmed as being Feb 19 to 20 2021, that suggests a perfect window for the Overwatch 2 release date, allowing fans and players to have a couple of months to perfect their skills on the new game, ahead of the Overwatch League restarting up in April with Overwatch 2 replacing the original game.
Far From Certain
While the Tweet from Metro does sound positive and has a certain logic to it, and given the fact that he has proven to be a reliable source of early information on Overwatch over the last few years, the proposed February 2021 Overwatch 2 release date does sound plausible, even if it is only a beta version of the game for players to trail.
However, the language used in the Tweet suggests that this is far from certain. “Rumors” and “suggest” are not indicative that Metro has concrete information of an official release date at this time and it may well be that he has surmised when the official Overwatch 2 release date will be based on the delay of the Overwatch League next year.
What else could happen at BlizzConline 2021?
The cancellation of BlizzCon 2020 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic took away a great opportunity for Blizzard this year to keep their fans informed of the progress of the sequel to Overwatch. Their subsequent release of the promotional video certainly got fans excited, but as yet the company have remained tight-lipped over any potential Overwatch 2 release date.
So if the game is not going to be released at BlizzConline 2021, what else could fans learn about the game at this event?
It is certain that Blizzard will know that their fans are expecting at least some news about the game, and not just about its content but also when it will be released if it is not going to be in February. As such, I would suggest that if the game is not ready then, Blizzard are likely to give fans at least an update of when the game will be available.
They will also likely confirm whether or not Overwatch 2 will be used in the next Overwatch League tournament, and when that tournament will start.
Of course, Blizzard won’t want to reveal too much ahead of their BlizzConline date in February to risk watering down the impact of the event and its appeal, however, it would be extraordinary if fans do not get at least some information about when the Overwatch 2 release date will be at this event.