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When is Overwatch 2 Coming Out?

Overwatch 2 will have many new features (like new dialogue lines) but it is unknown when the game can release all of them.
Overwatch 2 will have many new features (like new dialogue lines) but it is unknown when the game can release all of them. | Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.

Despite the Overwatch 2 announcements from BlizzConline, players were left wandering with a big question that has been looming since 2019: when is Overwatch 2 coming out?

The short answer is that no one knows. Regarding the release date, or even when the beta will be available, Activision stated in an earnings call that neither Overwatch nor Diablo 4 would be released in the year 2021. However, after watching BlizzConline, it will not be surprising if even 2022 remains an Overwatch 2-less year.

It has been three years since the announcement of Overwatch 2, and while we may not have a timeline, we were shown four hero designs out of thirty-two. Researching, "How long does it take to make a game," will not help any forecasting either, since the scale of Overwatch 2 is, frankly, unprecedented.

When is Overwatch 2 Coming Out?

Not only are they doing the level design, the character models and the acoustics (to name a few) from scratch, but this team is also including multiple game modes and maps. For new maps (meaning maps that are not seen in the first iteration of the game) we were shown India, Toronto, New York City and Rome briefly. Characters will have new branches of dialogue based on who they in proximity with, and this is not the tip of the iceberg regarding the new features Overwatch 2 will bring.

But the story mode will have a different map per level, allegedly new maps too. What we do know is they are adding new Null Sector enemies, new parts to pre-existing maps, a new hero and a new game mode. All of which will have to be designed, animated, modeled, rigged and coded into the game--and while Blizzard was many more members of the Overwatch 2 team not too long ago, it is safe to say that even a 2022 release date is unsure.