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Overwatch 2 pre-download update now available

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Overwatch 2 pre-release content is now available for players. Here’s how to download it and if the update will involve a Roadhog rework.

A pre-download is now available for Overwatch 2 players. Here's a quick guide on how to access it and prepare yourself for the upcoming iteration of Blizzard's team-based FPS game. We also go into the possible Roadhog rework that's on the horizon.

How to download Overwatch 2 pre-release content

A new update is coming to Overwatch 2, and players can now pre-download the content ahead of time. Open up the Battle.net launcher and log in to your account. Then, navigate to the Overwatch 2 icon near the top of the launcher and click on it. Next, click on the green "Download Pre-release Content" text that's located under the blue "Play" button.
How to download Overwatch 2 pre-release content (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
How to download Overwatch 2 pre-release content (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Open the Battle.net launcher.
  • Log in to your Battle.net account.
  • Click the Overwatch 2 icon.
  • Press "Download Pre-release Content" located under the "Play" button.
This pre-download content is about 35 MB. It's also version 2.2.1.1.109168.
The Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework is slated for mid to late January (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
The Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework is slated for mid to late January (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Roadhog rework

Blizzard has not officially revealed what will be in the pre-release content download yet. However, it's possible that it might involve changes to Roadhog. Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller hinted at this in a tweet earlier this month. He stated that Roadhog updates may happen in mid to late January.
"Today's balance patch is a bit lighter than usual because some of its planned changes were pulled forward to the mid December patch," Keller wrote on Twitter. "Also, a friendly reminder that the scheduled changes to Roadhog are not part of today’s patch and are slated for mid to late January."

Regular communications arriving soon

As players anticipate what's next for the game, they can also look forward to an improved communication strategy from the Overwatch 2 team. On Jan. 19, Overwatch 2 executive producer Jared Neuss said that there are plans for regular communication updates. These updates will either be on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Within the Twitter thread, Neuss also mentioned that Overwatch 2 Season 3 will address the current state of ultimate charges. Currently, players keep 30% of their ultimate charge when they switch to another character.
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Amy Chen
Amy Chen
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Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!