Over the course of 100 Overwatch 2 matches, players new to the Overwatch series will gradually begin playing. According to Blizzard.
Players will "rapidly" unlock game modes and the ability to chat in the game in the future sequel''s First Time User Experience.
Blizzard said this FTUE is designed to introduce newcomers to the game''s many characters, systems, and modes in an approachable way, without delaying any players who have already played.
Blizzard''s suggestion is that this content mixing will be beneficial to veteran players, since it will stop newbies being matched with experienced teammates, and reduce on the ease in which cheaters can simply create new accounts.
Most of these restrictions will be lifted when playing with others who have access - except for entry into the competitive mode of the game, which will require 50 Quick Play victories.
"FTUE was designed to make Overwatch 2 a welcoming, approachable, and fun game for everyone who chooses to play," Blizzard said. "This experience only affects accounts made on or after the October 4 release date, so anyone who played before will not have to play through the First Time User Experience."
In a detailed blog post, Blizzard''s desire to protect the game against cheating and misuse, through a snazzy-sounding but ambiguous effort called Defense Matrix, and the addition of two-factor authentication via mobile phone text, are covered.
Further down, Blizzard has revealed that it will begin using audio transcription software to record voice chat of "reported" players and analyze it for bad behavior. Players should report disruptive behavior as soon as possible, according to Blizzard. Text files are then stored for up to 30 days before being deleted.
A number of new features is being added (such as a ping system) and removed (such as the game''s general chat in menus).