Overwatch 2 is just a few weeks away, and more information about the sequel is becoming available. It’s been known for a while that there will be three new heroes at the start, the series’ first new faces in over two and a half years.
However, there will be significant changes to how Blizzard introduces new playable characters — you will have to unlock them via a battle pass.
“Addressing some incomplete info posted early about our Overwatch 2 Battle Pass — we’ll be sharing all details ahead of launch, but want to confirm that new Overwatch 2 heroes will be available on the free track of the Battle Pass,” Overwatch commercial leader and vice-president Jon Spector wrote on Twitter.
Blizzard plans to add three or four heroes every year on a seasonal basis after launch.
Addressing some incomplete info posted early about our Overwatch 2 Battle Pass – we’ll be sharing all details ahead of launch, but want to confirm that new Overwatch 2 heroes will be available on the free track of the Battle Pass.
— Jon Spector (@Spex_J) September 8, 2022
Spector was referring to information about the battle pass that was apparently leaked too soon. The next support hero will be named Kiriko, according to the leak.
According to Reset Era, the Watchpoint Pack, a bundle that includes Overwatch and a slew of perks for the free-to-play sequel, those who purchase the premium version of the battle pass “automatically receive access to Overwatch’s latest hero Kiriko! ” That information has since been removed from the description.
It’s not uncommon for free-to-play games to paywall new characters or not make them available to everyone right away. That is the approach taken by Valorant and Apex Legends.
However, this is a significant shift for Overwatch. In the original game, Blizzard made every character available to all players at the same time. Players can swap characters in the middle of the game to counter enemy compositions, which is not possible in Apex and Valorant.
New heroes are often overpowered at first. Junker Queen, a newcomer to the Overwatch League, has been a dominant presence in recent weeks for this very reason (the league moved to an early build of Overwatch 2 this season).