Videogame Volumes: Overwatch 2


Vaughn Perez

In this weekly column, staff reporter Vaughn Perez writes about the gaming and esports community.

Vaughn Perez, Staff Reporter

Now I’ve not played Overwatch extensively, but I am extremely excited for Blizzard Entertainment’s launch of Overwatch 2, set for Tuesday which will be free-to-play for everyone.

With this sequel, Overwatch 2 will come with the original heroes, but add new heroes, new game modes, a battle pass system, and a major change in the multiplayer system.

Three new heroes will enter the fray immediately: Kiriko, hailing from Japan, uses her kitsune spirit to support other heroes; Junker Queen, a new tank equipped for close range combat that comes with a take no prisoner mindset from her cutthroat town in Australia; and Sojourn, the new damage focused hero from Canada, carries a railgun for rapid fire projectiles or a single-shot, focused beam.

During the open beta test, I found that I enjoyed Sojourn and other damage focused heroes the most. I found that their playstyles fit mine and Sojourn especially felt rewarding for my aim whenever I used her secondary shot. 

Overwatch 2 will also come with a revamped multiplayer system, where games will be a 5 vs. 5 rather than the original 6 vs 6. This completely changes the game as there will only be 1 tank spot available, from the previous 2. Teamfights will have to be more calculated and coordinated with the tank’s life one of the key pieces because you immediately lose advantage once they die.

There haven’t been that many big game releases these last few years, and the ones that have been released haven’t been to my liking. So ever since the open beta closed back in July, I’ve been looking to play again because it’ll be a refreshing experience after mainly playing Valorant and Apex Legends for the last few years.