According to Blizzard, players who have entered the Overwatch series will gradually broaden their character roster over the course of 100 Overwatch 2 matches.
Players will "rapidly" unlock game modes and the possibility to chat in the game in the coming sequel''s First Time User Experience (FTUE).
Blizzard has stated that this FTUE has been designed to forge newcomers to the game''s many characters, systems, and modes in an accessible manner, without decrying those who have already played it.
According to Blizzard, this content alteration will primarily benefit veteran players, because it will stop newbies being matched with experienced teammates, and reduce the ease in which cheaters may use new accounts.
Most of these limitations 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 anyone who chooses to play," Blizzard said. "This experience only applies to accounts made on or after the October 4 release date, because anyone who played before will not be required to play through the First Time User Experience."
In a large blog post, Blizzard''s intention to protect the game from cheating and misuse, through a snazzy-sounding but vague initiative called Defense Matrix, and the addition of two-factor authentication via mobile phone text, are discussed.
Blizzard claims it will begin using audio transcription software to record "reported" players'' voice chat and investigate bad behaviour as quickly as possible. Text files will be kept for a maximum of 30 days before being deleted.
New features are being added (such as a ping system) and removed (such as the game''s general chat in menus).