Overwatch fans have been eager to hear news about the highly-anticipated Overwatch 2 release date. Here’s when Blizzard is set to announce more about its upcoming sequel.

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch became a resounding success after its release in 2016. The hero-shooter title has become a massive esport and has achieved cult status in pop culture due to its memorable collection of characters.

Now, the developers are focusing their efforts on the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel. They’ve promised brand new characters, multiplayer modes, cosmetics, and skills for classic characters.

In addition to another well-designed mass of multiplayer mayhem, Overwatch 2 is also set to feature PvE content for the first time. This will come in the form of a campaign featuring many, if not all, of the game’s popular characters.

Ever since the follow-up was announced at BlizzCon 2019, details about the project’s arrival have been unclear. Now, thanks to Game Director Jeff Kaplan, we have an idea of what we can expect a release date for Overwatch 2.

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When will Blizzard announce an Overwatch 2 release date?

Thanks to the Blizzard Q4 2020 earnings call, we’ve learned a bit about what we can and can’t expect from Overwatch 2. According to Blizzard, the game will not be released in 2021. The current climate, production on multiple games, and trying to make Overwatch 2 perfect will likely have caused the delay.

The developers will give us a closer look at Overwatch 2 during BlizzConline 2021, which is set between February 19 and 20. In the wake of this global pandemic, the event will of course be held online so you’ll be able to tune in and check it out from home.

It’s very likely that when the event goes live, Blizzard will give us a bit more clear indication as to when we can expect to see the game. It could be early 2022 or late 2023, we’ll have to wait and see.

That said, we may potentially get a playable demo or beta after the event, similar to the one they had at BlizzCon 2019 for different Overwatch 2 game modes. This included co-op levels, and a new PvP mode called “Push.”

Since the game has progressed far in its development, we might also get a closer look at the new Legends and character progression system that were teased in last year’s BlizzCon. Of course, they may have made some changes since then.

While we don’t have an official release date yet, we can expect a broad release window at the very least. It’s good to know that we’ll be getting some kind of update on the development soon.

We’ll keep our ear open for any new announcements that come from Blizzard Entertainment, and once we learn something new, we’ll be sure to update you.

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