Blizzard won’t be holding any more public drama for Overwatch 2, forcing fans to wait until its October release to see the game’s final new hero.
Earlier this year two Overwatch 2 beta tests ran, allowing players to test out Overwatch 2’s new push game mode and 5v5 overhaul. But with Overwatch’s vice president and commercial lead, John Spector, announcing the end of the beta schedule, it will take a few more months for fans to jump back.
“It’s only two months since Overwatch 2 launches today,” Spector said Tweet (opens in new tab), “We know players are eager to dive in and have seen questions about the possibility of a third public beta. While we will continue to test OW2 daily internally, we are not planning any additional public beta testing. Huh.
“With all the valuable feedback we’ve received from our alpha and two public beta tests, we will focus our efforts on launching the best possible game on October 4th.”
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Some in the Overwatch community speculated that a third beta was on the way, hoping that Blizzard would use the opportunity to reveal the sequel’s final new hero. Sojourn was introduced before the first public play, while Junker Queen made an appearance shortly before the second. But we still have yet to see the third addition coming to Overwatch 2’s roster.
A couple of teasers have been made. overwatch 2 release date trailer (opens in new tab) The brief featured a ghostly blue fox jumping over a map, while Blizzard hinted that the unnamed character is somehow connected to a fox during the final moments of the second beta. Blizzard has also confirmed that he will be a supporting hero, and will be available to play from day one. What their name is, or what qualifications they provide, is still a mystery.
Blizzard is likely to reveal the new hero over the next few weeks, as it builds up excitement ahead of launch. Still, dedicated fans won’t have the opportunity to play with the character before the full game is in their hands.
This isn’t the only mystery character to come down the line. As part of Overwatch 2’s new Battle Pass system, new seasons of content will be released every nine weeks. Each update will introduce new cosmetics and playable content, including maps and heroes. So far, we know that the first three seasons — extending all the way to February of next year — will each introduce a new hero.
For now, players may want to be more concerned about Overwatch 2’s monetization system. While the game is set to ditch the look box in favor of a rotating cosmetics store, recent pricing suggestions have left fans stunned. It won’t take long for all of Overwatch 2’s secrets to be revealed.