The past day, August 10th, was remarkable for Blizzard Entertainment’s shareware team shooter Overwatch 2 for two reasons: The game was released in the steam and, it turns out, released from Early Access.
As a reminder, Overwatch 2 Early Access launched in October 2022 on PC (Battle.net) and consoles. By the end of the first month, the game’s audience had grown to 35 million people, and on August 10, 2023, the sixth season, Invasion, launched in the project.
In an interview with IGN, executive producer Jared Neuss said explainedthat was and was released from Early Access with the release of Invasion Overwatch 2 “full” service game.
Invasion adds two Illari supports to Overwatch, three $15 PvE missions (instead of the promised PvE mode), a Flashpoint PvP mode, new arenas, a PvE event, a Hero Mastery mode, etc many other things.
As for the Steam release, Overwatch 2 attracted over 52,000 concurrent players upon release and received over 30,000 “very negative” reviews (the game has a rating of just 13%).
In the reviews, users criticize Blizzard for the transition from Overwatch to Overwatch 2, the abolition of the heroic PvE mode, the audacity to sell PvE missions for money, the ban on new heroes for the Premium Battle Pass, and other elements of monetization .
“The game is fun. I still sense in her the experience I love so much, but she’s so tainted with compulsive greed that I can’t recommend her.— says one of the most helpful (over 11,000 likes) reviews of Overwatch 2 on Steam.