The multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch 2 originally went into Early Access back in October last year. Since then, the developers have not disclosed the exact timing of the full release. However, as it turned out, the game has already left this stage. This event took place along with the launch of the 6th season of the Invasion, that is, on August 10, 2023.
About the fact that Overwatch 2 is no longer in Early Access, confirmed project executive producer Jared Noyce in a conversation with the foreign portal IGN. Here is what he had to say about it:
“Invasion is the point where we exit Early Access. For me, it’s not so much a question of the amount of content, but a question of whether we are working on the game the way we want? Is it the structure, the timing, or the number of things on release that we feel will take us from this learning period to full-time work on the game? For me, ‘Invasion’ is that moment.”
“We have a bunch of features that we thought were problematic in the game, such as finding better ways to mark time and player contributions, learning about the features of the competitive mode and making adjustments to it, with plans for future changes … This is all that we got in that initial period, and now we can move on and get into the rhythm. For me, this is the moment when we leave the early access phase and move into the full-fledged game-service phase.”
Recall that initially the release version was supposed to include a full-fledged replayable cooperative mode with pumping. However, the developers abandoned plans for it, so instead we received a paid $15 bundle offering three PvE missions.