Overwatch 2 COUNTDOWN: Release Time, Date, Content, & Latest News

Overwatch 2 Countdown

Overwatch 2 Countdown

Overwatch's long-awaited sequel, Overwatch 2 is finally going live!

This new-look Overwatch will include anything from brand-new heroes and maps to the integration of a Battle Pass System, major gameplay changes, and much more.

With that in mind, here's everything surrounding Overwatch 2 as we count down to its release time.

LATEST - Overwatch 2 is finally live!

After much wait, Overwatch 2 is finally live!

Players can log into the game right now and begin queueing for matches.

For more information on everything that's new to Overwatch 2, scroll below.

Overwatch 1 servers have officially gone offline

In preparation for Overwatch 2's release, Overwatch 1's servers have officially gone offline. As of Monday, October 3, 2022, players will no longer be able to access the original Overwatch title.

This means that we're less than a day away from Overwatch 2's release!

Overwatch 2 Release Time & Date

After three long years since its initial reveal at Blizzcon, multiple teases, extensive beta tests, and more, the next version of Blizzard Entertainment's take on an FPS will be in players' hands on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Thanks to a forum post that found text in Overwatch 1 that laid out the approximate time, players can expect to be playing Overwatch 2 at approximately 3 pm EST. This will come after Overwatch's servers go offline on Monday, October 3 following Overwatch 1's shutdown on Sunday, October 2.

Here are release times for other regions:

  • 12 pm PST, Tuesday, October 4
  • 8 pm BST, Tuesday, October 4
  • 9 pm CEST, Tuesday, October 4
  • 4 am KST, Wednesday, October 5
  • 5 am AEST, Wednesday, October 5

To make sure you know exactly when Overwatch 2 goes live, follow along with our countdown!

Overwatch 2 Release Time

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Overwatch 2 Content

From brand-new heroes and maps to a Battle Pass System, and more, there will be tons of new features—and content—to enjoy.

With that, here's what to expect from Overwatch 2.

  • New Heroes
    • Sojourn (Damage)
    • Junker Queen (Tank)
    • Kiriko (Support)
  • Hero Changes and Reworks
    • Orisa
    • Doomfist
    • Bastion
  • New Maps
    • Gothenburg
    • Toronto
    • Monte Carlo
    • Rio de Janeiro
    • New York
    • Rome
    • Esperança
  • New Modes
    • Push
    • Others via future Seasons
  • Seasonal Model
  • Battle Pass System
    • Rewards
      • Skins
      • Banners
      • Weapon Charms
      • Emotes
      • Souvenirs
      • Poses
      • Name Cards
      • Sprays
      • Player Icons
  • New Skins
    • Epic
    • Legendary
    • Brand-new Mythic
  • Cross Progression
  • Competitive Play Update
  • PvE
    • Hero Missions
  • Ping System

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Overwatch 2 Preload & File Size Info

Prior to Overwatch 2's release, players can pre-load the game, however, it comes with restrictions.

In order to be able to pre-load Overwatch 2 players will need to have owned Overwatch 1 or have bought the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack. There will be two different pre-load times, one for PC users and one for console users.

On PC, players can pre-load the game starting on Friday, September 30 at 4:30 pm EST.

Here are the times for other regions:

  • 1:30 pm PST, Friday, September 30
  • 9:30 pm BST, Friday, September 30
  • 10:30 pm CEST, Friday, September 30
  • 5:30 am KST, Saturday, October 1
  • 6:30 am EST Saturday, October 1

On console, players can pre-load the game on the day of release on Tuesday, October 4 at 12 pm EST.

Here are the times for other regions:

  • 9 am PST, Tuesday, October 4
  • 5 pm BST, Tuesday, October 4
  • 6 pm CEST, Tuesday, October 4
  • 1 am KST, Wednesday, October 5
  • 2 am EST, Wednesday, October 5

For more information on how to pre-load Overwatch 2, visit here.

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