Overwatch 2 Launch Date and Time

The sequel to Blizzard's beloved hero shooter Overwatch is set to release very soon. Here's everything you need to know about Overwatch 2's launch date and time.

Blizzard has been teasing Overwatch 2 for quite some time now, and shooter fans looking forward to digging into Blizzard's upcoming hero shooter will be able to jump in and start showing off their skills sooner rather than later. Overwatch 2's official launch will kick off on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT).

This means that Overwatch fans have less than a week before the sequel comes out, offering new maps and game modes for players to take advantage of. Those looking forward to the transition from Overwatch to Overwatch 2 will want to be mindful, though, as the servers for the original Overwatch will come down a day earlier than the official launch of Overwatch 2 on October 3 at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Overwatch 2 sojourn character
Sojourn slides into combat in Overwatch 2. Activision Blizzard

While players will need to wait around 27 hours without access to the hero shooter universe, Overwatch 2 is set to offer plenty of game modes, heroes, and new maps for players to explore and master. With Overwatch 2, Blizzard hopes to not only give players more of the universe that has made the original so iconic but also to help ramp up the competitive scene surrounding the Overwatch series as a whole.

The original Overwatch was a key pillar of Blizzard's push for the competitive scene. When the sequel releases in October, fans will be able to experience even more of that competitive nature through the game's various player-versus-player modes.

This also doesn't take into account the various events that are sure to return with Overwatch 2, including the Lunar New Year celebration and Overwatch's annual Halloween event. These events usually offer new skins and items for players to collect, allowing them to customize how their heroes look in the arena.

Perhaps one of the most significant changes to the series coming with Overwatch 2's launch is the introduction of more cooperative content. Unfortunately, these story missions aren't set to arrive until sometime down the line. However, Blizzard has promised that players should expect them in the future.

Still, when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, players should have more than enough to help keep them busy. And, if you're looking for other new game releases to play in October, there are plenty of other titles to check out, including Activision's latest Call of Duty entry, Modern Warfare 2.