Keeping a watch over the free-to-play shift
As you most likely know, Overwatch 2 is due out October 4th, 2022, and with that comes a shift to a free-to-play model. Blizzard has addressed this move with a new blog that details their special approach the challenges ahead, but first, they shared a launch trailer for the sequel. You can check that out above.
As for going free-to-play, Blizzard says they recognize this will present challenges in how they disincentivize disruptive behavior and gameplay. The developer says they’re ready to meet these challenges head on with a new initiative they’re calling Defense Matrix.
Defense Matrix encompasses the infrastructure of systems designed to help protect the integrity of gameplay and promote positive behavior in Overwatch 2. This initiative is spearheaded by a group made up of cross-functional teams throughout Blizzard, and they have defined a set of goals that’s guiding our mission to ensure a great experience for all Overwatch 2 players:
- Define, develop, and nurture programs that will ensure a positive experience for all players.
- Ensure competitive integrity at every level of play by rapidly identifying and eliminating cheaters and disruptive players.
- Create a safer community both in and out of the game by embracing a firm stance against disruptive gameplay and enabling players who are both positive and constructive to be the leading voices in the community.
If you’d like to read more on the Defense Matrix approach, you can find Blizzard’s full blog here.
Finally, Blizzard released a YouTube Short showing off Esperança, one of the new maps heading to Overwatch 2. You can check out the quick look at that map above.