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New Overwatch 2 players must compete in 100 matches to unlock original superheroes

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To unlock all original heroes in Overwatch 2, brand-new players must compete in 100 matches.

Blizzard said on Tuesday that additional features like in-game chat and the game's competitive mode will also be restricted until new players have fulfilled certain requirements. To unlock all of the original heroes in Overwatch 2, newbies will need to play 100 matches.

The studio's introduction procedure, the "First Time User Experience," includes the choice to gate some content and features (FTUE).

In order to onboard new players more gradually, they said, "new players initially have access to a limited set of game modes, heroes, and some other restrictions." In-game chat and all game modes are quickly unlocked in the first phase of our new [First Time User Experience], and all of the original Overwatch heroes are unlocked in the second phase over the course of about 100 matches.

Blizzard stated that FTUE is intended to gradually ease players into the game in response to consistent feedback from new Overwatch users who are overwhelmed by the game's various modes and characters.

For new players to gain entry to competitive modes, they must first win 50 Quick Play games.

According to Blizzard, "this focused experience eases new players into the Overwatch world by teaching them about different modes, rules, and other high-level aspects of the game in an approachable way."

The move is intended to avoid overwhelming new players with too much to learn. Given that each hero has a unique set of abilities and counters, this is an understandable and structured approach to the game.

"This focused experience eases new Overwatch players into the world by teaching them about different modes, rules, and other high-level aspects of the game in an approachable way," they said.

Notably, if you play in a group, these limitations won't apply, allowing new players to team up with their friends and try out heroes (and game modes) they don't yet own. The game mode called "Competitive" is an exception to this rule because it requires new players to complete a particular task in order to access it.

Although this change may be viewed as controversial, it appears that the Overwatch community is generally happy with it.

One Overwatch Reddit user stated, "100 games for 32 heroes, that's roughly a new hero to try out every 3 matches." That seems like a good strategy for keeping players interested in "just one more game."

In less than a week, Overwatch 2 will be released. Here's a guide on how to pre-load the game.

Pre-loading the game before launch is one of the most important steps for eager players as they get ready to play Overwatch 2 in all its free-to-play splendor. Getting into a game as soon as it launches worldwide gives you a significant advantage. If you pick up new skills quickly, you can gain an advantage over some of the less seasoned, newer players and advance through the game's brand-new battle pass.

Thankfully, pre-loading for Overwatch 2 has been made available on all relevant devices by Blizzard. When does it become available?

Overwatch 2 Pre-Loading Instructions: Times and Platforms

On September 30, at 1:30 PM PDT, PC Overwatch 2 players will be able to pre-load the game. The game's download size will be around 50 GB. Battle.net users who have enabled automatic updates will automatically start the download in the background. By selecting "Check for Updates" from the gear menu next to the play button, you can manually download it.

Sadly, console users will only be able to pre-download the game on October 4 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. The game will then go live on October 4 at around noon PDT. Thankfully, the anticipated download size is smaller, at around 30 GB.

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"I think it's about as close to a practical 'Tutorial Mode' as devs can get in an FPS," another said. "I'm not complaining at all. All the better if this includes matching new players in different server instances with other new players. It will undoubtedly keep new players from being immediately ROASTED by better players and match chat, resulting in a higher retention rate of new players, which Blizzard will want to boost with the F2P model."

Fans are pleased that the change will potentially reduce the number of smurfs and hackers, in addition to easing new players into the game in an informative way.

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