Overwatch 2 close up screenshot of the new tank hero Junker Queen

As a part of a recent announcement, Blizzard revealed that Overwatch 2's PvP mode will be going free-to-play and will be decoupled from the story-focused campaign. The latter will release in pieces throughout 2023 (and potentially beyond), while the competitive side of Overwatch 2 will arrive on October 4th, 2022 for both PC and consoles.

For today's update, however, Blizzard have decided to unveil their plans for Overwatch 2's launch and some of the bigger updates you can expect to see. While certainly exciting, I'd recommend you temper your expectations as the amount of content coming with Overwatch 2 is far lower than what the original announcement might have you think. Without further ado, here's the brief rundown of what the future holds for Overwatch 2:

Total War: Warhammer 3 screenshot of Nurgle fighting Lizardmen on the Immortal Empires combined campaign map

[Update]: Creative Assembly has unveiled the truly massive Immortal Empires campaign map!

After a very brief round of teasers, Creative Assembly has now finally spilled the beans on Total War: Warhammer 3's Immortal Empires combined campaign map. Once the beta version arrives this August it'll bring with it 86 playable Legendary Lords, dedicated factions for a bunch of often-ignored characters like Grombrindal and Volkmar the Grim, new starting locations for 29 of the older Legendary Lords, as well as improved faction mechanics for some of them.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Immortal Empires will also bring with it 'sea lanes' that allow you to move armies between distant lands and continents without spending fifty turns watching them shuffle around. There will also be new and dynamic end-game scenarios to provide some much-needed challenge once your faction is well established, which includes things like Greenskin invasions and undead uprisings.

Maneater game ridiculous screenshot of a shark flying through the air

If you're in the mood for something completely out of the ordinary, you'll be happy to hear that the utterly ridiculous open-world shark RPG Maneater is currently free to grab. Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, grab yourself a copy, and you'll be all set to bite people's toes off after a brief download.

As always, the giveaway has a bit of a time limit you'll need to watch out for. In this case, the giveaway will end on June 16th, so make sure to add Maneater to your account before the whole thing goes away. Once you've done that you'll be able to play it whenever you want and for however long you want.

Dying Light 1 screenshot of a zombie attack at dusk

All good things must eventually come to an end, and so after seven years of post-launch support, updates and DLCs, Techland is now finally moving on from the original Dying Light. Naturally, they've not done so without sneaking in one final addition - the Definitive Edition.

As the name might imply, the freshly unleashed Definitive Edition brings with it all of the updates, DLCs and The Following expansion bundled into one convenient (and currently deeply discounted) package. If you already own the Platinum Edition you will be automatically upgraded for free, while everyone else will have to either upgrade to the new version of buy individual DLCs if they so wish.

Overwatch 2 artwork with logo showing off the Junker Queen, Doomfist and Sojourn

[Update]: Overwatch 2 devs have now unveiled the very first roadmap alongside Junker Queen's cinematic short.

After nearly two years of rumors and speculation, Blizzard has now finally confirmed that Overwatch 2's PvP mode will be free-to-play! As for the release date, the competitive side of Overwatch 2 will be launching on October 4th, 2022 for both PC and consoles!

The good news doesn't end there, however, as the second closed beta will be arriving on June 28th! It'll bring with it Junker Queen as a brand new tank, as well as an additional Overwatch 2 map explore. While not confirmed, it's also possible the beta will feature the 'fox girl' teased all the way back during the launch of the Kanezaka map.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight screenshot of the freshly improved Feral Druid talent trees

[Update]: The hopefully down-to-earth Dragonflight expansion will be launching in 2022.

After fumbling around with the very concept of an afterlife, World of Warcraft will be taking things in a more grounded and familiar direction with the next expansion Dragonflight. You can expect to see a brand new draconic class/race combination, the Dracthyr Evoker, a new generation of flying mounts inspired by Guild Wars 2, improved professions, a customizable UI, as well as the long-awaited return to proper talent trees!

That said, the new talent tree system will work a little bit differently than before. For starters, there will be two distinct trees to explore: the class tree that offers general abilities and utility spells, and the specialization tree which lets you finely tune your playstyle. At level 70 you will have 31 class points and 30 specialization points to play around with, so in theory there should be a much larger diversity of builds than ever before.

MTG Arena artwork for the banned Expressive Iteration card

As a part of the May update, MTG Arena banned Tibalt's Trickery and Winota, Joiner of Forces from the Pioneer-like Explorer format in order to ensure the metagame doesn't become too skewed towards combo decks. While the bans certainly did help in that regard, they also indirectly caused another problem - the rise of powerful Blue/Red/X decks.

So in ongoing effort to get the formats as stable and balanced as possible, Wizards of the Coast has now also banned Expressive Iteration from both Pioneer and Explorer. While bans don't usually target simple card advantage spells, Expressive Iteration has proven itself to be a remarkably powerful card across a variety of eternal formats, so it makes a lot of sense to get rid of it if the goal is to weaken Izzet (Blue & Red) style decks.

Dota 2 artwork for the Spring Cleaning 2022 update featuring radiant creeps cleaning

After being briefly teased last week, Dota 2's Patch 7.31d has now finally been unleashed. It brings with it a whole bunch of small gameplay tweaks that could amount to something potentially significant, a brand new analysis tool for the paid Dota Plus feature, as well as a massive improvement to the fashion meta-game.

Thanks to Patch 7.31d you can now use Immortal item spell effects regardless of which item your hero is actually wearing! What this means is that you can mix and match effects and items to create a variety of unique looks for your hero, which while completely irrelevant for the gameplay itself, is a neat little addition and one that will be a lot of fun to explore.

Diablo immortal concept artwork showing demons and the playable characters

A fair bit of time has gone by since its disastrous first showing, but Blizzard's free-to-play "MMO-ARPG" Diablo Immortal has now finally landed into Open Beta for both PC and mobile platforms. While the gameplay is pretty much the same between the two versions, the PC one sports a revamped UI, chat functionality, as well as controller support.

What it looks like in action, as well as how the whole thing differs from Diablo 3 itself, that you can get a bit of an idea of through the freshly posted gameplay trailer. Have a gander:

Wolfenstein: The New Order screenshot of one of the robots from the trailer

[Update]: The ridiculously over-the-top shark RPG Maneater is free to grab until June 16th.

If you're looking for something to distract you from the scorching heat, at least for a little while, you'll be happy to hear that Wolfenstein: The New Order is currently free to grab. Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, snatch yourself a copy, and you'll be good to go after a bit of a download.

The one catch, as always, is that the whole giveaway will only last a single week. As such, make sure to add a copy to your account before June 9th, after which you'll be able to play it whenever you want.