Some players still don't know Overwatch 2 is free

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Some players still don't know that Overwatch 2 is free, an issue that's been exacerbated by the fact that only the paid Watchpoint Pack is available on digital storefronts ahead of launch.

If you head to the relevant store page for Overwatch 2 on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo eShop, or ahead of launch, you will only see the $39.99 USD Watchpoint Pack available for purchase, which gets you the Season 1 battle pass, a selection of skins, and 2,000 Overwatch coins for buying premium items.

There is no listing for the standard, free version ahead of the Overwatch 2 release time. The only way to get an Overwatch 2 preload going ahead of launch is to purchase the Watchpoint Pack, or to download it as an update to the original Overwatch.

For now players, this has been a pretty confusing rollout. Social media is filled with questions about whether or not Overwatch 2 is free-to-play.

So yes, for the record, Overwatch 2 is free-to-play. You'll see a free version of the download go up on digital stores around launch time.

Some players are already having issues with the mobile authentication system, so don't be surprised if you have some extra steps ahead of launch. And, of course, everyone's expecting the Overwatch 2 servers to break at launch, since it is a major online game and those never release without issues. If you want to step back and wait for those issues to get worked out, the free download will still be waiting for you.

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Dustin Bailey
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.