Overwatch 2 free to play – will Blizzard’s FPS cost money?

Are you wondering if Overwatch 2 will be free to play? The Loadout has you covered with our guide to Blizzard's next FPS game's release plans

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Overwatch 2 is finally nearing completion six years after the release of the original. The series is packed full of unique characters and maps, and has some of the best personalities of any multiplayer game out there. But is Overwatch 2 going to be free to play, breaking from the previous game.

That might sound like a strange query seeing as the first game was a fully priced game, but recent leaks and rumours have indicated that Blizzard might be moving towards a F2P live-service model to help the game’s lifespan and player retention. This makes more sense when you consider Overwatch 2 is very much an extension of the original game’s multiplayer.

So, read on below to find out everything we know about whether you’ll have to stump up some cash to pay for Overwatch 2 when it releases or if Overwatch 2 will be free to play at launch.

Is Overwatch 2 free to play?

Overwatch 2 will be free to play at launch on all platforms for the competitive PvP. The news was confirmed in an investor article in June 2022 alongside a new gameplay trailer.

This news confirmed a leak from ‘The Snitch‘, who has correctly leaked many details and had suggested the game will be free to play just a few days ago. The Snitch leaked this announcement by posting the main motto phrases for Overwatch and ending with “free-to-play”. We are still awaiting confirmation from Blizzard on if this is the case, but we will keep this article updated with the latest information

To find out more about the game, you can check our guide on Overwatch 2 release date, trailers, characters, and more. Regardless, we can’t wait to get smashy with Reinhardt in the Overwatch sequel when it finally hits hard drives.