Loot Boxes Are Gone in Overwatch 2 – Full Reveal Event Recap & Beta Details

Overwatch is coming back, better than ever!

Blizzard Entertainment has concluded their Overwatch Reveal Event today which focused on debuting two new heroes, skins, maps, and a ton more. Let’s jump into things and go over everything that Blizzard announced during the presentation.

When Does the Overwatch 2 Beta Start? Early Access?

The big question on everyone’s mind is about Beta. Good news, we aren’t going to be waiting very long!

  • Overwatch 2’s Beta begins on June 28, 2022. We had a smaller, shorter Beta test last month.
  • Overwatch 2 will be going into Early Access on October 4, 2022 and is when Season 1 begins.
  • Season 2 begins on December 6, 2022. Seasons are expected to last around 9 weeks.

You can sign-up for the Beta on the official website. Note that the original PVP Beta does not grant you access to the new Beta, so sign up again.

Blizzard is going to be trying to get all players that sign-up for the Beta in by July 14, 2022.

You can also purchase an “Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack” to get immediate access on June 28. The full Beta FAQ can be found here.

How Much is Overwatch 2 Going to Cost?

Overwatch 2 is going to be Free to Play! Blizzard will be monetizing the game through cosmetics in the in-game store and season passes.

This is great news for players that were original skeptical about paying for the game again.

How Do I Get Skins in Overwatch 2?

Everything players obtained during the original Overwatch comes with them to Overwatch 2. We’re no longer going to have loot boxes though!

Loot boxes have been removed in favor of placing cosmetics directly in the shop, those familiar with Fortnite will know this model well, with a rotating set of cosmetics each day. You will also be able to obtain skins through their Battle Pass.

Overwatch 2 Founder’s Pack?

It gets even better! If you bought the original Overwatch, Blizzard is giving you access to a Founder’s Pack. This is going to come with an exclusive icon, two Epic-tier skins (General Doomfist & Jester Sombra), and a “surprise gift”.

To be eligible for the Founder’s Pack, you must purchase the original Overwatch game prior to June 23, 2022.

Everything Else in the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event Presentation

With the Beta, Free to Play, and Skin bits out of the way, let’s get a recap on that presentation.

  • Overwatch 2 is a live service game that will feature a new Season every 9 weeks, with new content coming out in each cycle.
  • Heroes have received reworks.
  • New maps and modes will be available.
  • There is full cross-progression between different platforms.
  • The PvE part of Overwatch 2 is going to be coming out in 2023.
  • The competitive experience is going to be new, and will let players feel a sense of progression.
  • Moving to a 5v5 format, down from 6v6 in Overwatch, will let players make a larger impact in their games.

Season 1

  • Three new Heroes – Sojourn, Junker Queen, & Unannounced Support Hero.
  • Six new Maps.
  • One new Game Mode.
  • 30+ New Skins.
Overwatch 2’s Junker Queen

Season 2

  • One new Tank Hero.
  • One new Map.
  • Unique Mythic Skin.
  • 30+ New Skins.

Future Seasons

  • We can expect to see more Heroes, Maps, and Modes.
  • Blizzard is expecting to a release a new hero every other season.
    • With a 9 week cycle, we should see 2 or 3 new Heroes each year.
  • Seasons that don’t have a new Hero will feature new Maps and Game Modes instead.

Mythic Skins in Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 is going to feature new skins that have the colors affect decals and weapons.

Weapon Charms in Overwatch 2

We’re also getting weapon charms, a cosmetic that has become quite common place over the past few years with titles like Apex Legends, Valorant, and PUBG making heavy-use of them.

Watch the Overwatch 2 Reveal Event

You can watch the full event on YouTube down below.

New Cinematic: Wastelander

Junker Queen Origin Story

This originally debuted during Summer Games Fest’s Xbox Event.

Everything You Need to Know From PC Gamer’s PC Gaming Show, Summer Game Fest 2022 Day 3

We’re back with the last segment of today’s Summer Game Fest line-up, the PC Gaming Show! We’re going to be seeing new gameplay, trailers, developer interviews, and more! Here’s everything you need to know.

The show starts at 3:30 PM Eastern, considering our article going live early your waiting room. Refresh for updates!

Soulstice

Tactical Breach Wizards

Tactical Breach Wizards is a small-scale, turn-based tactics game where you play a team of wizards in modern-day tactical gear, breaching and clearing rooms full of armed hostiles by making clever use of interesting spells. It’s still in early development, so everything about it might change!

The Invincible

Rethink human’s dominion in The Invincible: a story-driven adventure set in a hard sci-fi world by Stanisław Lem. Discover planet Regis III as scientist Yasna, use atompunk tools looking for a missing crew and face unforeseen threats. Make choices in a philosophical story that’s driven by science.

  • Developer: Starwind Industries
  • Arriving in 2023
  • Wishlist on Steam

Endless Dungeon

Endless Dungeon is a Rogue-lite Tactical Action game, set in the award-winning Endless universe. Recruit a team of shipwrecked heroes, plunge into a long-abandoned space station, and protect your crystal against never-ending waves of monsters… or die trying, get reloaded, and try again.

  • Release Date is to be announced
  • Wishlist available on Steam

F1 Manager 2022

Make your mark on Formula 1 in the officially licensed F1 Manager 2022. Be the boss of your chosen constructor and pick from a roster of 2022 drivers and staff.

  • Releasing on August 22, 2022
  • Available on Steam (Pre-order for a 10% Discount)

Deceive Inc.

Go undercover as the world’s greatest spies in DECEIVE INC., a tense multiplayer game of subterfuge, deduction, and ingenuity set in the groovy world of international espionage. Disguise as anyone, deploy an arsenal of high-tech gadgets or neutralize the competition. As long as you extract with the objective, no trick is too dirty when you work for DECEIVE INC.

Flintlock: the Siege of Dawn

Join humanity’s last stand as Gods and guns collide in an all-new action-RPG open-world adventure. Your battle begins now.

Alters

To survive on a lonely planet, Jan creates alternate versions of himself – the alters. Each alter’s personality is shaped by Jan’s various life paths. The Alters begs a simple question surrounding life-changing moments and the decisions people make: What if…?

Outrider’s Worldslayer

  • Releases June 30, 2022

Potion Craft

  • New updates coming with new mechanics, deeper quest requirements
  • Full release is coming Fall 2022.

Animal Royale

It’s a fight for furvival! Super Animal Royale is a 64-player, frenetic, top-down 2D battle royale where murderous animals fight tooth, claw, and machine gun across an abandoned safari park.

  • Season 4!
  • This weekend they a double XP event running through June 14.
  • Find the game on Steam

Nitro Kid

Nitro Kid is a roguelike deckbuilder set in the neon ‘80s. Build your deck of cyber kung-fu moves, use card combos and fight through the floors of INFINITY tower. Featuring 30+ Synthwave tracks composed exclusively for the game.

  • Demo available on Steam now.

Mahokenshi

Begin your journey to become a mighty samurai mage! In a blend of adventure, strategy and deckbuilding gameplay, choose how you will follow the way of the Mahoken. Explore the Celestial Islands, build your deck, battle challenging demons, and protect the land from the forces of corruption.

Arma 4 / Arma Reforger

  • Their goal is to restart the series from a technology point of view, and they’ve done that with Arma Reforger.
  • A massive set of new tools that they’ve been building for 5 years.
  • More accessible modding for players to experiment with.
  • Their new engine lets GPUs do more of the computing to improve performance.

Dune: Spice Wars

A 4X real-time strategy game from the developers of the critically acclaimed Northgard. Set in Frank Herbert’s groundbreaking Dune universe, you must lead your faction and battle for control and dominance over the harsh desert planet of Arrakis.

  • Multiplayer update coming on June 30
  • Available on Steam

Abyssals

  • Coming in 2023

Decarnation

  • Retro-style Dream Horror
  • Coming in 2023

I Am Future

  • Coming in 2022.
  • Wishlist on Steam.
  • Welcome to Eden. A bird wakes up a person from hiberation.

Great Houses of Calederia

Great Houses of Calderia is a modern generational Grand Strategy Game set in the fantastic land of Calderia inspired by the Renaissance. Build your family’s legacy of power and rise in the ranks of the Great Houses of Calderia!

Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn Expansion

System Shock

A first-person fight to the death in the depths of space!

System Shock is the fully fledged remake of the ground breaking original from 1994, combining cult gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface and all-new sounds & music; it even has the original voice actor of SHODAN, one of gaming’s most iconic villains. Witness the rebirth of one of the greatest and most influential games ever created.

Falling Frontier

Immortality

The latest trailer for Immortality, a narrative FMV game from Sam Barlow, creator of Her Story.

  • Releases July 26 on Game Pass, Steam, and GOG.

Nivalis

Grow your business, manage restaurants and nightclubs, make friends and enemies, buy and decorate apartments, go fishing and maybe even find love in Nivalis, the city that stretches from the ocean to the clouds.

Demonschool

Demonschool is a new-style tactics RPG where motion equals action. Defeat big weirdos in between the human and demon worlds as Faye and her misfit companions, while navigating university life on a mysterious island.

Skorn

Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry.

  • Available October 21
  • Pre-purchase on Steam for a 10% discount

Agent 64 Spies Never Die

A retro FPS inspired by classic 90s console shooters. Explore new locales, accomplish varied objectives and fight against state-of-the-art 1997 enemy AI. Enter a world of espionage and action.

  • Demo now available on Steam

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 interview

Deliver Us Mars

Deliver Us Mars is an atmospheric sci-fi adventure taking you on a suspense-fuelled, high-stakes mission to recover the ARK colony ships stolen by the mysterious Outward.

Stormgate

  • 2 Years ago Frost Giant starts to work on Stormgate.
  • It takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting where fantasy and science fiction collide.
  • The new extinction of humanity happens hundreds of years in the future.
  • The “Infernal Host” is a playable alien race who want to turn Earth into their own.
  • They want to provide different experiences for different kinds of players.
    • Solo and Co-op campaign missions will be available, with new content coming out regularly.
    • They are also creating a competitive experience that will include league play and tournaments inside the game itself.
    • 1v1 and 3v3 will be available for PVP.
  • No pay to win, no NFTs, the game will be free to play though.
  • Stormgate’s team is passionate about mods. They have a custom editor they are working on and they are working on ways for players to share mods with each other.
  • Signup for the Beta, which starts in 2023, at PlayStormgate.com

Laysara Summit Kingdom

Build and expand your very own settlements in high mountains! Carefully plan production chains and satisfy various needs of your three-caste society while dealing with mountain hazards such as weather breakdowns and avalanches. Are you skilled enough to make your town thrive?

  • Releasing Q1 2023
  • Wishlist on Steam

Frozen Flame

A challenging exploration and survival adventure, set in the dying world of Dragons. Only those who harness the power of Frozen Flame have the means to survive the harsh conditions of the realm and able to muster the strength to cleanse it for good.

  • Releases Fall 2022
  • Demo available on Steam

Victoria 3

Paradox Development Studio invites you to build your ideal society in the tumult of the exciting and transformative 19th century. Balance the competing interests in your society and earn your place in the sun in Victoria 3, one of the most anticipated games in Paradox’s history.

  • Wishlist is available on Steam

Gloomwood

Trapped in a dark, Victorian city consumed by an ancient curse, you must plan your survival and daring escape using nothing but stealth, an arsenal of eccentric weapons, and your wit in this haunting adventure inspired by the immersive sims and survival horror greats of the late 90s and early 2000s.

  • Demo is available now on Steam
  • Early Access arrives August 16

Norland

Norland is a medieval kingdom sim that generates stories. Manage your noble family and face with class society, crime, slave revolts, religious conflict, economic issues, personal relations, treachery, secret murders, and spectacular battles.

  • Releases Fall 2022
  • Wishlist now available on Steam

Core Keeper

  • The Sunken Sea update is available on June 15
  • Available in Early Access on Steam

Backfirewall_

Hello and welcome to Backfirewall_, a first-person tragicomic adventure set inside a smartphone. You are the update assistant. Solve wacky puzzles to counter the update and save the previous operating system from deletion. The fate of the System is in your hands!

Synergy

Humans live on a hostile planet. In this survival city-building game, develop your city, face natural disasters, make the right choices. Explore this environment-changing world while keeping your people happy despite extreme weather conditions.

Them’s Fightin’ Herds

Half-Life Alyx: Levitation (Mod)

  • Coming out in 2022

Watch PC Gaming Show 2022 VoD

If you want to watch 2022’s PC Gaming Show in full, check it out below.

Riot Games is Joining Xbox Game Pass, Unlocking All League of Legends Champions & More Across Titles

During Microsoft’s annual Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase this year, Marc Merrill, Co-founder and President of Riot Games, unveiled a huge announcement for their titles – they’re joining Xbox Game Pass!

Across all of Riot’s current titles, “and more”, Xbox Game Pass will be providing huge value for players this Winter, through primarily granting access to content that would normally be paid.

I can’t possibly hold all those unlocks!

Free League of Legends Champions? Sign Me Up!

League of Legends is the big one here, with all 160 currently released champions becoming free to use if you have Xbox Game Pass. The MOBA has been difficult to get into in more recent years with the ever-growing roster of characters to play that are locked behind a length grind of “Blue Essence”, or busting out your wallet. When new champions come out, they do so at 975 “Riot Points”, the premium currency players can obtain through paid purchases or promotions like the current one run by Amazon Gaming. With 1380 Riot Points being $10 USD, this effectively makes a new Champion in the game cost around $7 USD. Of course, that’s not the full story, as older Champions are cheaper than that, and there are a couple of bundles available.

Not that this is a large problem for current players, as those that play the game should be able to earn new Champions as they come out with their saved up Blue Essence from regularly playing the game, in part due to a slower release cadence than in the earlier days of the game, but this becomes a huge pain point for newer players.

Unlocking everything for free though if you have an active Xbox Game Pass subscription, provides next-level value for anyone that has wanted to try the game. Now, if only the community wasn’t so toxic in-game.

That’s not the only game getting free stuff though from the Game Pass deal, like we said before, everything from Riot is getting love.

Everything First-Party Gets Game Pass Love

Everything that Riot creates in-house is going to be benefiting from Game Pass.

  • Legends of Runeterra, their card game, will provide the entire base set of cards.
  • Wild Rift, their mobile and soon console version of League of Legends, will provide their Champion roster.
  • Valorant players will see all Agent characters available.
  • Teamfight Tactics gets some “Little Legends” unlocked from the partnership.

These unlocks will also apply to players on mobile, which shows a deeper integration for Xbox to everywhere that people are playing games. We’ve certainly got nothing against that!

And More?

One of the more intriguing aspects about this is though is the “and more” portion of their promotional image. This could be a callout to the fact that Wild Rift will eventually be making its way to consoles, after Riot said we’d get no updates on that delay this year, or perhaps we’ll be seeing integration with new titles Riot has in the works, like Project L, their fighting game that we got to see a bit of last year during RiotX Arcane.

Though, that could also be the fact that “Players will also receive bonus experience across select titles” according to the official posting on Xbox Wire.

So, are you excited about Riot making its way over to Game Pass?

Riot Games is coming to Xbox Game Pass in Winter 2022.

Where to Watch Summer Game Fest 2022

Summer Game Fest has returned and with it comes plenty of video game announcements! Everything is going to kickoff today, June 9, (2 PM Eastern, 8 PM CEST) with one big show that is expected to last around 90 minutes. We’ve been told it will feature a couple of new game announcements, and the usual surprises, so you won’t want to miss out! If you aren’t able to watch it though, we’ll be covering all the fun here right on Out of Games.

You can catch all the action live on their official channels on:

What’s Happening After the Show?

After the show kicks off the event, we’ve got iam8bit and Double Fine Productions going live with their own show titled “Day of the Devs” which is a big indie showcase. The stream will be on the same channels listed above.

We’ve also got, later in the day, Devolver Digital with their usual quirky stream that’ll feature their own game announcements. You can catch that on TwitchGaming starting at 6 PM Eastern (Midnight CEST, June 10)


We can’t wait to see what Summer Game Fest brings this year. You can check out the official site for a full schedule of events and be sure to keep your eyes on Out of Games (on Twitter too).