Welcome to Overwatch
In Overwatch, you control one of several heroes in competitive 6-person team shooting matches. Battle over objectives, take down the other team, and achieve victory.
Choosing Your Heroes
Before you begin a game of Overwatch, you’ll need to choose a hero to play.
Maybe controlling a cannon-toting, genetically-engineered ape from the moon appeals to you. Or, you might prefer zipping around as a teleporting, time-traveling freedom fighter. Who do you want to be?
Playing Your Role
Offense heroes are the damage dealers on their team. Your goal: seek out, engage, and destroy the enemy.
Defense heroes control the battlefield, interrupting enemy attacks and fortifying locations. As a defense hero, your job is to stop the opposing team’s advance.
Tank heroes soak damage and break apart fortified positions, like closely-grouped enemies and narrow chokepoints. If you’re a tank, you lead the charge.
Support heroes empower their allies, healing and shielding them, boosting their damage, and providing vital utility. As support, you’re the backbone of your team’s survival.
In Overwatch, heroes do battle in diverse locations around the world. From the technological marvel of Numbani to the manufacturing powerhouse of Volskaya, each map has a unique layout and specific win conditions that your team must meet in order to secure victory.
Each team strives to eliminate all opponents in 1v1 or 3v3 scenarios.
Attackers fight to capture a series of objectives; defenders hold them off until time runs out.
Attackers first capture a payload, then escort it to its destination; defenders attempt to hold them back.
Capture the Flag
Two teams of six players compete to capture the enemy team’s flag while defending their own.
Two teams fight to hold a single objective at a time; the first team to win two rounds wins the match.
Players race to score more kills than their opponents in an 8-player free-for-all match.
Attackers escort a payload to a delivery point, while defenders strive to keep the payload from reaching its destination before time elapses.
Two teams race to score more kills than their opponents in a 4v4 match.
As you play games of Overwatch, you’ll gain levels, unlocking new customization options to make your heroes look and sound unique! Customize your characters in the Hero Gallery (accessible from the main menu).
A random selection of customization options come packaged in Loot Boxes—you’ll unlock one box every time you level up, and can purchase more in the in-game or Blizzard Shop. Loot Boxes have a chance to contain credits that you can use to acquire many customization options. You’ll also receive a new Portrait Frame every 10 levels (until you’ve earned them all).
Achievements and Trophies
When you accomplish a feat of persistence or talent, you’ll unlock a commemorative badge of honor. You can view a detailed breakdown of your achievements and trophies (along with your experience level and play style) and share them with your friends from the Career Overview pane of the main menu (or the top menu of this website).
There are many ways to play Overwatch. We recommend starting with the tutorial to learn the fundamentals of play; once you’ve completed it, head to the Main Menu to try out:
Visit a training area and experiment with your abilities against practice bots. Use this mode to hone your skills or learn a new hero.
Play/Practice vs A.I.
Play against AI-controlled opponents on any map you choose. Use these modes to try out different maps and learn how multiple heroes work.
Square off against other players at your skill level.
Change the rules of the game with custom modifiers (like disallowing heroes, increasing Ultimate ability charge rate, etc.).
Experimental matches with unique and seasonal rules, plus weekly rewards!
Compete against other players and work your way up the ranks
Playing With Friends
Joining up with random players or filling out a group with AI-controlled heroes can be an extremely fun way to experience Overwatch, but one of the most rewarding ways to play is by grouping up with your friends.
You can invite any of your friends (or add new friends) to a group from the social menu—accessible by pressing (PC: ; PS4/XB1: ). While in a group, you have your own voice and chat message channels, and can type a message or talk with your friends through a microphone.