It’s Launch Time | Overwatch 2 Now Live

A new era has come to Overwatch. The new Overwatch 2 will be replacing the original Overwatch featuring brand new heroes, new maps and a new gameplay mode. The game was launched on Tuesday, October 4 at 12 pm PDT, and is free-to-play on PC, PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Nintendo Switch.

Overwatch 2 carried over the entire roster of heroes from the original game with 3 new additions to the team: Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko.

Sojourn is pretty straightforward, she’s a DPS who can fire off railgun shots when she’s charged up and has high mobility.

WEAPON – RAILGUN
Sojourn’s Railgun is a rapid-fire assault rifle. However, as it deals damage, it charges up energy, which increases the damage of the weapon’s alt-fire: a precision railgun blast.

ABILITY 1 – POWER SLIDE
Sojourn slides quickly on the ground, and can jump out of the slide with a high jump.

ABILITY 2 – DISRUPTOR SHOT
Sojourn shoots an orb that snares any targets it hits and deals some light damage.

ROLE BONUS – DAMAGE
Sojourn sees a boost to increased movement and reload speed with kills.

ULTIMATE – OVERCLOCK
Sojourn’s Railgun energy recharges on its own, and the shots pierce enemies for a short period of time.

 

Junker Queen is not your average tanker, her playstyle is more aggressive and can also provide buffs to the team. She can be a little more tricky for beginners to master, but played correctly, she deals incredible damage and can be very hard to kill.

Weapon – Scattergun
Junker Queen uses a pump-action shotgun with limited range but high damage.

ABILITY 1 – JAGGED BLADE
Junker Queen throws her knife at a target, and can recall the knife back to her with the push of a button. If the knife is implanted in an enemy when Junker Queen recalls her blade, the enemy will be pulled toward her. Jagged Blade’s damage will also cause enemies to bleed (dealing damage over time), as will Junker Queen’s quick melee attacks.

ABILITY 2 – COMMANDING SHOUT
Junker Queen shouts, giving herself and any nearby allies a temporary boost to health and a speed boost.

ABILITY 3 – CARNAGE
Junker Queen pulls out her ax and slashes any targets in front of her, dealing damage over time.

PASSIVE – ADRENALINE RUSH
Junker Queen heals when enemies take damage from her damage-over-time effects.

ROLE BONUS – TANK
Junker Queen is knocked back less often and is granted less Ultimate charge for healing and receiving damage.

ULTIMATE – RAMPAGE
Junker Queen charges forward with her ax, slashing enemies as she goes. Enemies hit by Rampage are prevented from healing for a short time and are “wounded” by Junker Queen, taking damage over time.

 

If you’re looking for another healer, then Kiriko is not it. She is all about the cleanse and buff, although she can heal, her healing is not as strong as other support characters. Her strong suit is at briefly immune and clear debuffs from allies so that the team can survive Ult or staggering abilities from other teams. Timing is key here.

WEAPONS – HEALING OFUDA AND KUNAI
The primary fire for Kiriko sends out her Healing Ofuda, which track targets and heals them. These recharge over time but don’t need to be reloaded. Kiriko’s alt-fire is a precise Kunai knife, which deals damage and must be reloaded when empty.

ABILITY 1 – SWIFT STEP
Kiriko can teleport to any ally within range, including those behind walls.

ABILITY 2 – PROTECTION SUZU
Kiriko throws a charm that cleanses allies of negative effects and briefly makes them invincible.

PASSIVE – WALL CLIMB
Kiriko can climb most walls by jumping on them.

ROLE BONUS – SUPPORT
Kiriko gradually regains health over time.

ULTIMATE – KITSUNE RUSH
Kiriko summons a fox spirit that lays down a path in front of it. This path dramatically increases the movement speed, attack speed, and cooldown speed of any allies.

On top of the heroes, the game is releasing six new maps, and losing Assault (more commonly referred to as 2 check-point maps). These had previously been hard to balance and have issues with snowballing or very long holds. In its place comes the new mode Push, which has teams using a robot in an inverse Tug of War-type fashion.

Push is different from anything in the game’s history. It encourages very open play with maps designed around open sightlines and battles focused around an objective that is constantly on the move. But again, with the enhanced focus on individual impact, this mode really lets that core tenant of Overwatch 2 shine bright.

New maps include:

  • New York City
  • Toronto
  • Rome
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Gothenburg
  • Monte Carlo
  • India
  • Portugal, Esperança

 

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For more information, please visit:
Overwatch 2 Official Site

 

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