The Overwatch 2 beta is out right now and there’s good news about the free-to-play status for the full release of OW2 for everyone who owns the first game.
Blizzard’s demo is the first chance for many of the general public to sample the sequel. It’s scheduled to last much longer than just the weekend, and it includes a few character reworks as well as a few new maps to roam around.
All of it looks fantastic and brilliant, but lots of people haven’t received an invite and are thus naturally looking ahead to the full release.
Will Overwatch 2 be free?
The Overwatch 2 beta is free and the PvP portion of the full release will be free-to-play for everyone who owns the first game.
If you don’t already own the first game, you can buy it from Battle.net on PC for as little as £16.99. This is for the Standard edition.
The first game is also available to buy on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. Blizzard confirmed with their Blizzcon 2019 announcement that the sequel will land on PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo consoles.
OW2 PvP and PvE differences
The Overwatch 2 PvP will be free-to-play for everyone who owns the first game, but people will need to buy the PvE component.
Per Windows Central, the PvE component will include a full-length campaign full of story missions and cinematics. It will also feature exclusives upgrades for each hero and character.
Unfortunately, there is no release date for either the PvP or PvE content. It has been delayed to 2023 at minimum, but it’s still not guaranteed to come out next year.