Overwatch 2 Season 1: release date, time countdown & maintenance time

Overwatch 2 Season 1: release date, maintenance time & patch notes

When Is Overwatch Shutting Down?

The Overwatch 1 shutdown end date for Overwatch 2 maintenance is October 2.

Overwatch 2 Season 1 release date

The official release date and time countdown for when Overwatch 2 will come out and servers go live is 12:00 PT, 15:00 ET, and 20:00 BST on October 4th.

Will Overwatch 2 Be Free-to-Play?

The answer is yes, Overwatch 2 will be a free-to-play title from the moment it becomes available in early access.

Overwatch 2 platforms, crossplay, & cross-progression

The game will be available on all platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, & PC. This includes the previous generation of consoles as well.

Overwatch 2 will also support cross-play across consoles and PC. The game will also feature cross-progression too, which means that players can switch between platforms and continue to use the same account with all of their cosmetics, settings, and level.

Overwatch 2 Season 1 Hero Balance Patch Notes: Full List


  • Temporary health now grants 50% reduced ultimate charge instead of zero ultimate charge
  • Damage Role Passive (New Passive): Eliminations grant 25% increased reload and movement speed for 2.5 seconds. Does not stack with itself but will refresh the duration
  • All heroes now refund up to 30% ultimate power on hero swap

Junker Queen

Commanding Shout

  • Allied health bonus reduced from 100 to 50 HP
  • Allied duration reduced from 5 to 3 seconds
  • Temporary health no longer decays over its duration
  • Cooldown increased from 11 to 15 seconds


  • Boosters impact damage increased from 10 to 25
  • Micro Missiles cooldown reduced from 8 to 7 seconds
  • Call Mech ultimate cost reduced by 12%


  • Base health increased from 250 to 275
  • Base armor increased from 250 to 275
  • Energy Javelin cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds


  • Inspire duration reduced from 6 to 5 seconds


  • Pressing Crouch during Guardian Angel now launches you straight up
  • Angelic Descent can now be activated by holding Crouch while airborne


  • Ironclad passive is enabled again (20% damage reduction while transformed)


  • Biotic Launcher primary fire damage increased from 24 to 25
  • Biotic Launcher primary fire minimum falloff range increased from 20 to 25 meters


  • Hellfire Shotguns spread reduced from 8 to 7 degrees


  • Railgun energy gain from non-player targets (barriers, turrets, etc.) reduced by an additional 50%


  • Hack ability lockout duration increased from 1 to 1.75 seconds

Overwatch 2 wiki :

Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
  • Microsoft Windows
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X/S
  • Nintendo Switch
Release October 4, 2022 (early access)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer