Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the upcoming season of Overwatch League is slated to launch in May 2022 and will use an “early version” of Overwatch 2 before the game’s launch. This means that, as previously announced, its next Season 5 will take place in an early version. The Alliance is expanding it in the new 2022 Community Update, according to GamePoint. As it stands, the 2022 season will kick off with the first installment of Overwatch 2, the long-awaited sequel to the current game.
Blizzard confirmed today that an early version of Overwatch 2 will be available for the 2022 Overwatch World League (OWL) season. As Dexerto reports, recent rumors suggest that the upcoming Overwatch 2 beta could be revealed in the next few weeks, with a March 2022 release. However, the March beta is just a rumor, so only time will tell, whether fans will be exposed to Overwatch in March. It’s entirely possible that Overwatch 2 will release in late 2022, possibly just in time for the holidays, but Blizzard doesn’t expect a financial boost for the game next year, meaning a 2023 release.
While Blizzard Entertainment has yet to confirm a release date or beta for Overwatch 2, everything seems to point to a launch in the coming weeks. Blizzard Entertainment delayed Overwatch 2 last year, but we may start playing it sooner than we think. The release date for Overwatch 2 has been the subject of ongoing mystery and speculation ever since Blizzard confirmed it was in development. As for a release date, we don’t have an announcement from Blizzard yet, but a lot of development makes it very likely that Overwatch 2 will release in mid-2022.
This is pretty big news for Overwatch 2 that hasn’t been seen much lately. If Blizzard manages to get the first build ready in time, the 2022 season could be the perfect opportunity for Blizzard to show Overwatch 2 to fans before the game launches. Curiously, while previous Overwatch League commissioner Jon Spector confirmed that his fifth season will be taking place in an early build of Overwatch 2, this news was missing from the community update. It’s been a long time since Overwatch 2 fans have been eagerly awaiting news of Overwatch 2’s development, with many hoping to tie the game’s release to the next OWL season.
Some of the planned Overwatch changes coming to Overwatch 2, such as the new 5v5 squad formation and the new Push game mode, will be implemented in Season 5. Overwatch 2 will also focus on co-op story missions. Overwatch will support a “shared multiplayer environment” between it and the original Overwatch so that players in both games can compete together in existing player versus player (PvP) modes while keeping all unlocked cosmetic items and other features. While Overwatch 2 matches most of the sequels with new modes, maps, and characters, most of the new modes will also be added to the first game as Blizzard looks for a “shared multiplayer environment”.
As DotEsports pointed out, players may be wondering what these extra details for the 2022 season consist of, especially now that we know Overwatch 2 will feature five-player teams instead of six. in Overwatch 2. Due to the use of the yet-to-be-released Overwatch 2, officials have confirmed that the new Overwatch esports team will consist of 5 players (the original game consisted of 6 players). Competitive gamers will no doubt want to get their hands on Overwatch 2 to experience the changes made to the original game for themselves. The 2022 Overwatch Leagues season will provide us with the best insight into what Overwatch 2 PvP design changes look like for top-tier team lineups and tactics.