Overwatch 2 screenshot of the ping system in action

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One of the best things that came out of Apex Legends has been the whole ping system. It's a simple, elegant and extremely useful way of communicating in even the most hectic of situations, so I'm very pleased to say that Blizzard will be adapting it for Overwatch 2 and its upcoming beta!

When it comes to friendly communication, the Overwatch 2 ping system will work pretty much exactly how you would expect. If you select the "Group Up" or "I need healing" options, the ping will activate on top of your hero and make it easy for your friends to help you out. On the other hand, if you select the "Attack" function it'll plop down a ping right where you were pointing with your crosshair.

Overwatch 2 screenshot of the friendly ping for "attack here"

However, things get a little bit more complicated when you ping an enemy hero. Instead of simply marking their location, a ping will actively stick to that hero and follow them around as long as you have sight of them. So if there's a pesky Reaper about to ambush someone and you mark them for your entire team to see, that's going to make their job a whole lot tougher.

If the marked enemy hero uses some sort of movement ability, or even just something that makes them immaterial or invisible, the ping will fall off. The emphasis there is on "fall" as the ping will remain on the ground to alert your team of the enemy's last known position. So even if that pesky Reaper teleports away, your team should still have a rough idea of where he might be lurking.

While it will likely take a bit of time to get used to, I have a feeling this new ping system is going to be a real game changer for Overwatch 2. This goes doubly so when it comes to casual game modes like Arcade or Quick Play since most people there aren't on voice chat and so a ping system is really the only way to coordinate things outside of laboriously typing in the middle of a firefight!

Whatever your thoughts on it may be, you can learn more about the ping system and Blizzard's plans for Overwatch 2 by hopping to the official website.