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Overwatch 2: Global release time according to different countries

Overwatch 2 is releasing on October 4

Overwatch 2 is a new shooter game by Blizzard that is going to replace its predecessor Overwatch, the famous 2016 hero shooter game. Overwatch 2 is set to be released on multiple platforms on October 4/5 depending on your location. The release date and release time for the official launch of Overwatch 2 have already been confirmed by Blizzard. With the countdown to the launch of Overwatch 2 finally beginning, here is how to find the local launch time according to the player’s country of residence.

Overwatch 2 launch time in different countries

Overwatch 2 is set to launch at approximately 9:00 p.m. CEST on October 4, Tuesday. Here is the local launch time of Overwatch 2 in certain countries:

CountryLocal Launch Time
IndiaWednesday, 12:30 a.m.
AustraliaWednesday, 5:30 a.m. ACDT
PhilippinesWednesday, 3:00 a.m.
BrazilTuesday, 4:00 p.m.
JapanWednesday, 4:00 a.m.
New ZealandWednesday, 8:00 a.m. NZDT
South KoreaWednesday, 4:00 a.m.
SpainTuesday, 9:00 p.m.
ThailandWednesday, 2:00 a.m.
MexicoTuesday, 2:00 p.m.
MalaysiaWednesday, 3:00 a.m.
SingaporeWednesday, 3:00 a.m.
South AfricaTuesday, 9:00 p.m.
MyanmarWednesday, 1:30 a.m.
United KingdomTuesday, 8:00 p.m.
Saudi ArabiaTuesday, 10:00 p.m.
VietnamWednesday, 2:00 a.m.
RussiaTuesday, 10:00 p.m.
FranceTuesday, 9:00 p.m.
ChileTuesday, 3:00 p.m.
SlovakiaTuesday, 9:00 p.m.
USATuesday, 3:00 p.m.
TurkeyTuesday, 10:00 p.m.

Launch checklist for existing and new Overwatch players

1. Activate SMS protection in Overwatch 2

After the launch, both existing and new Overwatch players must connect an eligible cellphone number to their account to play Overwatch 2. Overwatch 2 is making this mandatory for all the players as a part of their Defense Matrix initiative, a multi-pronged system to combat disruptive in-game behavior. Here is how to activate SMS protection:

  • Visit and log in. Navigate to “Account Details”.
  • Add your phone number. Note that phone numbers of restricted countries, and pre-paid and VOIP numbers cannot be used for SMS protection.
  • Click ‘continue’ and enter the verification code sent to your cellphone to activate SMS protection.
overwatch 2 gameplay
Image via Blizzard

2. Merge accounts in Overwatch 2

Players can now combine multiple Overwatch accounts to carry progression and in-game cosmetics into Overwatch 2 on a single profile thanks to the launch of cross-progression. Every player with a linked console account will be prompted to identify, choose, and confirm the accounts you want to merge upon login. Following your approval, your accounts will be set up to be merged when Overwatch 2 launches.

Regardless of platform, all players will require a account to play Overwatch 2. Their account will be used to exchange in-game cosmetics and progress between linked console accounts by storing progress from connected console accounts.

3. Pre-download Overwatch 2

Only existing Overwatch players can pre-download Overwatch 2 prior to the launch. Overwatch 2 has a 50 GB pre-download available for existing PC users and owners of the Watchpoint Pack for PC. For players who have’s automatic updates enabled, the download will start itself in the background. If not, they must manually start it by clicking the gear icon to the right of the play button and choosing “Check for Updates.” For existing console users, this can be done starting at approximately 6:00 p.m. CEST on October 4.

New players can only download Overwatch 2 after the launch. The download size for the console is ~30 GB and the download size for the PC is ~50 GB.

Could you find the launch time for your respective country? Let us know how you feel about the upcoming launch of Overwatch 2 in the comments below!

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