Blizzard is branching out from Battle.net to bring several titles to Steam. Among the games making the move to Valve’s storefront is Overwatch 2, which is set to launch on Steam next month on August 10 according to a recent Blizzard blog post.
Overwatch 2 will be the first Blizzard title making the move to Steam, with a selection of others planned for the future. A Battle.net account is still required to play Overwatch 2 on Steam, however.
“It’s our goal at Blizzard to listen to players and try to exceed their expectations in everything we do,” said Mike Ybarra, President of Blizzard Entertainment. “While Battle.net remains a priority for us now and into the future, we’ve heard players want the choice of Steam for a selection of our games, starting with Overwatch 2 on August 10th. We’re happy to work with Valve to make that happen.”
Valve president Gabe Newell noted that Overwatch 2 on Steam will benefit both gamers as well as the developers at Blizzard. “Gamers and developers are both going to benefit from Overwatch 2 coming to Steam,” said Newell. “Gamers will have another platform where they can play a beloved game that utilizes the capabilities of Steam, and developers will benefit from the effects of having the talented team at Blizzard helping us evolve our supported features and functionality for Overwatch 2.”
The game will arrive on Steam as part of the Overwatch 2 Invasion update, which introduces new Story Missions, a new support hero, and co-op mode. Invasion is shaping up to be the biggest content update for the game yet. Those interested in playing Overwatch 2 on Steam can wishlist the game on its official Steam page, which is now live.