Blizzard has been working on Overwatch 2 for quite some time now, and leaks and rumors from reliable sources have even been circulating that the game will be released soon. Fans have been scouring the internet for any updates regarding the highly-awaited sequel, especially since the developers remained silent about it and haven’t released any new details regarding its development.
In fact, the only thing that fans have been holding on to is the brief preview released last year. Given how excited fans can turn into full-blown detectives, rumors about the possibility of a beta version being in the works don’t come as a surprise.
According to Dexerto, new files regarding Overwatch 2 have been discovered and these files imply that there is a playable version of the game. That said, there’s not a lot to go here because there’s not a lot of information as well.
Fans are waiting for Blizzard to announce an official release date, but since details are scarce right now, they assume that the game will be released some time in 2021. As for the new files that were recently discovered, these can be viewed via the Battle.net Launcher, which is what one would usually use to play Blizzard games such as World of Warcraft.
The files, which have been named as “prov2,” use labels that haven’t been seen on Overwatch files before. We speculate that “prov2” is basically “ov2” but with a prefix.
Not only that, but the files are labeled as content distribution network (CDN) files, and these are usually only used for pre-distributing data that makes it easier to download a patch.
As such, seasoned gamers quickly noted that if these mysterious “prov2” files were referring to Overwatch 2, then it also means that a beta version or something similar to that is currently being worked on and will be available to the public soon.
That being said, “available soon” could simply mean that it will only be available to a select group of people. That is if these rumors are true. So, fans shouldn’t expect too much when it comes to being able to play the game, especially since Blizzard is still working hard to promote the original.
As a matter of fact, fans can play Overwatch for free on the Nintendo Switch from October 13 until October 20. With that in mind, it’s possible that the files don’t necessarily point to a beta version at all.
Another possibility is that international or non-local voice actors could be sending Blizzard some voice files, which would mean that the developers would need some version of the game to apply them to.
In any case, this is definitely something worth keeping tabs on. After all, the fact that the files are labeled as “prov2,” which is a label that no other files carry, is a pretty big deal and should be worth noting.
From what we know so far, the character Sojourn will be introduced in Overwatch 2, along with many new features and content such as new stages, characters, and game modes. At this point, the only thing Blizzard hasn’t revealed yet is the game’s release date.