Overwatch 2 is set to release its story missions and new PvP mode on August 10th. With the arrival of season five on Tuesday, players can expect exciting updates, including a mythic skin for Tracer, a fantasy theme, and a limited-time game mode. However, Blizzard is already looking ahead to the sixth season, which kicks off on August 10th.
This upcoming update, dubbed Overwatch 2: Invasion, is touted as the largest one yet. It introduces co-op story missions, focusing on taking down Null Sector—an organization wreaking havoc on cities and abducting innocent Omnics, robots coexisting with humans after a war. Formidable adversaries, such as the powerful Annihilators and deadly Stalkers, stand in the way of players’ success.
In season six, Blizzard plans to introduce a separate co-op mission that unveils new areas of the Kings Row map, previously inaccessible in competitive modes. Players will guide the TS-1 push bot in a mission to save Tracer’s friend and the Omnic Underworld from the forces of Null Sector. This time, the bot comes equipped with its own weaponry.
Furthermore, Blizzard has unveiled details about Flashpoint, a new core PvP game mode for quick play, competitive, and arcade modes. Flashpoint features two expansive maps, the largest in PvP history, with multiple capture points. The objective is to secure three points before the opposing team does, with subsequent points opening up as each one is captured.
Blizzard also shared information about the Hero Mastery mode, previously teased. This mode offers single-player challenges where players can undertake training courses with specific heroes. Success requires a solid understanding of a character’s weapons and abilities, and players can compare their performance to others through a leaderboard. Overwatch 2: Invasion will include Hero Mastery courses for certain characters, with more to come in future seasons.
Additionally, players will have access to a firing range in the practice range, allowing them to practice and customize settings with any hero, eliminating the need to switch to external tools like Aim Lab.
Finally, Blizzard aims to entice Game Pass Ultimate members to explore Overwatch 2 by offering a special perk. Starting August 10th, subscribers will instantly unlock the five most recent heroes (Sojourn, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Ramattra, and Lifeweaver) and upcoming additions without the need for the premium battle pass, in-game challenges, or purchases from the in-game store. Furthermore, each of these heroes will come with a legendary skin and other cosmetics as part of the New Heroes Starter Pack.
Although a teaser for the next hero, a support character, was shown at the end of the trailer, further details about their backstory and abilities remain under wraps for now.
The Overwatch 2: Invasion trailer brings renewed hope to the game, following the disappointing news about downscaled player vs. environment features. Moving forward, the focus will be on enriching the story and lore. As a Mei main, I’m eagerly anticipating her increased potency in season five, as her ability to slow down enemies is further enhanced.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Overwatch 2: Invasion
What is the Overwatch 2: Invasion update?
The Overwatch 2: Invasion update is a major content update for Overwatch 2. It introduces co-op story missions, new PvP modes, hero mastery challenges, and additional features to enhance the gameplay experience.
What are the co-op story missions in Overwatch 2: Invasion?
The co-op story missions in Overwatch 2: Invasion are challenging missions where players team up to take on the destructive organization known as Null Sector. Players will face formidable opponents and work together to save cities and protect innocent Omnics from abduction.
What is the new PvP mode introduced in Overwatch 2: Invasion?
The new PvP mode in Overwatch 2: Invasion is called Flashpoint. It offers large maps with multiple capture points. The objective is to secure three points before the enemy team does, unlocking subsequent points as each one is captured. It adds a fresh and exciting gameplay experience to the PvP modes.
What is Hero Mastery in Overwatch 2: Invasion?
Hero Mastery in Overwatch 2: Invasion is a single-player mode that challenges players to complete training courses with specific heroes. It focuses on mastering a hero’s weapons and abilities. Players can compare their performance with others on a leaderboard and earn rewards. Hero Mastery courses will be available for selected heroes initially, with more to come in future seasons.
What benefits do Game Pass Ultimate members get in Overwatch 2: Invasion?
Starting on August 10th, Game Pass Ultimate members will instantly unlock the five most recent heroes and upcoming additions without the need to purchase the premium battle pass or characters in the in-game store. They will also receive a legendary skin and other cosmetics for each hero as part of the New Heroes Starter Pack. It’s an exclusive perk to entice Game Pass Ultimate members to try out Overwatch 2.