Overwatch 2 leaks have been out as the game is now being tested by a limited audience in its Closed Beta Testing Phase.
Overwatch 2 will serve as a sequel to the original Overwatch and will have a stronger focus on PvE. The game will still be multiplayer, and hence the game’s current Closed Beta Testing Phase has players working together in both PvE and PvP environments.
OOO Look OW2 has a Battle Pass system pic.twitter.com/DoL9f5hqG7
— Helba (@Helba_The_AI) April 20, 2022
Now, Overwatch 2 leaks also revealed even more nitty-gritty details about the game. Apart from the game’s overhauled gameplay mechanics, it appears that it will still have the same progression mechanics present in the first one. Overwatch 2 will feature a Battle Pass as a way to dole out rewards to players as they progress through the game, as revealed by Helba. The progression system also shows that some of the heroes will be unlockable through the Battle Pass, along with “Hero Shards” and “Role Shards”. The Overwatch 2 leaks also referenced “Talents”, which might mean Overwatch 2 will have some sort of role-playing game mechanics as well.
The Battle Pass reveal actually insinuates more than just the progression system. The existence of a Battle Pass highly suggests that Overwatch 2 will be free-to-play, which is a slippery slope that leads also to the possibility that Overwatch 2 will require mobile phone registration to combat Smurf accounts, and so on so forth.
On a more superficial note, the Overwatch 2 leaks also revealed the game’s menu screen, which showed how players can log-in either through a QR Code or through an email and password combination.
Of course, these leaks are just that – leaks. None of these are final and should not be taken as a representation of the final product. Closed Beta Tests usually have a big effect on the final product, and could even lead to massive changes, just like what we’ve seen in the delay of Ubisoft’s The Settlers reboot.