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Overwatch 2 is a free-to-play game that became available in October 2022. Years after Blizzard released the first version of the game, the company decided it was time for its successor.
While it’s true that many people who play Overwatch 2 have some experience with the game, others are new to it. Not surprisingly, many of them have a lot of questions, which is why we will try to answer them all in this article.
Overwatch 2 is a team-based FPS where players can choose from a few game modes. Although there are lots of fun options, most people prefer to play competitive games or quick play. When choosing either of these two options, you will be placed in one of two teams, which consists of five players. Previously, teams had 6 players, but Overwatch 2 reduced that number to 5.
Your goal is to win the game by completing different objectives depending on the map. Speaking of the devil, Overwatch 2 will give you access to a total of 36 maps. However, once you try out the Competitive Play or Quick Play options, you’ll only have access to 27 options.
The maps are divided into several groups depending on what you need to do to win. These include Escort, Control, Push and Hybrid. Interestingly, some of these maps are also available in Overwatch 2’s other modes, such as Deathmatch, Elimination, and Capture the Flag.
Heroes and Roles
Now that you have a good idea of what you need to do while playing, it’s time to take a look at the heroes. One thing that sets Overwatch 2 apart from the previous version of the game is the addition of 3 new characters. Now that they are available, the total number of heroes in Overwatch is 35.
Each character has certain abilities that allow him to deal damage or support his allies. Interestingly, the heroes are divided into three large groups based on their role in the game:
DPS is the largest group and includes names like Sojourn, Widowmaker, Tracer, etc. If you choose one of the names that appear in this group, your goal will be to damage and kill as many opponents as possible.
Tanks are another group of heroes, and consist of characters with different defensive abilities and/or more HP than others. Before Overwatch 2, teams usually had two tanks, but since Overwatch 2 introduced the 5v5 format, teams only have 1 tank.
If you decide to play a tank, your role is to push and survive while simultaneously protecting your allies. There are different types of tanks to choose from as some of them have barriers, while others survive by doing damage.
Finally, we have support. As his name implies, his goal in the game is to help his allies. Most of them are achieved by healing them, but some heroes provide extra damage, attack speed, speed of movement, and more.
How to win in Overwatch 2?
To win in Overwatch 2, you have to play with your team and complete specific map objectives. It sounds easy on paper, but it can get really complicated, especially when you reach some higher ranks in the game.
Like any other esport where you have to play with other people, playing as a team is important. You need to communicate with your allies and get heroes working together. Each meta has its own specific combos that work well, so it’s up to you to learn more about them before you start playing.
People who are new to Overwatch 2 usually want to know more details about various in-game items. Before we point out a few things that every player should be aware of, it’s important to know that Overwatch 2 doesn’t have any in-game items that provide any kind of advantage. Each item offers cosmetic changes only, so it doesn’t provide additional damage or any other perks.
Another thing we want to mention in this Overwatch 2 review are cosmetics like skin. Skins change the appearance of a given hero, in addition, players can purchase a golden version of the given hero’s weapons, but only if they have enough competitive points.
In addition to skins, there are loads of other cosmetics in the game, including:
- victory currency
- voice lines
- Highlight Introduction
You can win some of these prizes randomly, but you can also open an in-game shop and buy them. Keep in mind that some of these items are rare and only available during a specific time of year or through an event.
Talking about rare items, all the things mentioned above are divided on the basis of their rarity. In addition to those that are common, you can also find rare, epic, legendary and legendary. The latter is new to Overwatch 2 and was not available before.
Another new thing for Overwatch 2 is the so called Battle Pass. The latter is a special in-game item that will be different for each season, meaning it will last until the season ends. The interesting thing about the Battle Pass is that it allows you to unlock various rewards when you complete specific levels.
Another thing that makes Battle Pass unique is that you can complete a variety of challenges. For example, you have to get your first win of the day, stand in line for all the roles and play 3 games, and so on. Each of these challenges will give you Battle Pass XP, which will help you unlock some other rewards. In addition to daily, the Battle Pass will include weekly, seasonal, competitive, lifetime and hero challenges.
The idea of the Battle Pass was to replace the lootboxes present in Overwatch. Even though all players get it once they start playing, people can upgrade to the Premium Battle Pass and get various perks. Those who decide to use the free version will have to reach level 55 (in this case, it’s Kiriko) before they have a chance to play with one of the new characters.
Luckily, those who get the Premium Battle Pass don’t have to worry about this as they’ll have access to the new hero immediately.
new player ban
In addition to everything mentioned so far, Blizzard decided to add something new to Overwatch 2 called First Time User Experience (FTUE). The latter has specifics that limit new players so they don’t get overwhelmed by the number of heroes and options.
FTUE will be activated for anyone who has created their Overwatch account after launch. Those who have access to it can only use a limited number of game modes and heroes. They will also have other restrictions so that they can get used to everything.
During the so-called “First Stage”, players will unlock all game modes, as well as the ability to access in-game chat. For the second phase, which will consist of about 100 matches, players will unlock all of the original Overwatch heroes. The idea here is to give new players enough time to get used to all the new names and their abilities.
Another reason Blizzard decided to introduce FTUE is to keep disruptive players away from the community for as long as possible. The fact that toxic people can’t just create a new account and start playing will have a big impact on the game.
It’s important to remember, Watchpoint Pack owners don’t have to go through these new steps. The same applies to those who previously played Overwatch.
questions to ask
Do you get Overwatch 2 for free?
Yes, you get Overwatch 2 for free as there is no need to purchase the game. However, you can spend money in the in-game shop and buy various things like cosmetic items.
Is Overwatch 2 working now?
Yes, Overwatch 2 is now in the works, and you can play for free. Simply log in to your Battle Net account, and you’ll have access to the game.=
Can I use my old Battlenet account to play Overwatch 2?
Yes, you can use your old Battle Net account to play Overwatch 2. If you decide to create a new one, you will need to go through the FTUE process described above.
What are the Overwatch 2 system requirements?
Overwatch 2 system requirements are as follows – 8GB of RAM, 50GB of storage space, an Intel i7/Ryzen 5 chip, GTX 1060/1650, or AMD R9 380/RX 6400.
How to raise FTUE?
To raise the FTUE, you can join a group and play with your friends. This will allow you to play almost all game modes. Sadly, this won’t affect Competitive Mode as it will require you to complete a specific challenge before you even reach it.
How to Unlock Competitive Mode in Overwatch 2?
To unlock Competitive Mode in Overwatch 2, you’ll need to win 50 Quick Play matches. Previously, players needed to reach a certain level, but since those things are gone, they just need to win the game.