Overwatch has shirked out the world's most romantic commercial holiday, jumping straight from Lunar New Year into Pachimarchi or the more lore-heavy Archives events. This year, however, the team is bringing romance to the game in the form of a dating simulation.
Overwatch fans have been begging for some form of Valentine's Day entertainment since the game's inception. As early as 2017, fans were clamoring for the game's resident archer, Hanzo, to get a Cupid skin. Similarly, the fandom has always pleading for Overwatch to exploit some of the game's most iconic connections and interactions.
As part of the Ultimate Valentine's Day event, Loverwatch, a textual dating game set in the Overwatch 2 universe, will combine both of these.
In this browser-based game, players will be able to try and romance either Mercy or Genji. That concept already ticks a ton of boxes for most of the game's fans, but it might not please those who hope Genji and Mercy end up together.
For those who aren't terminally online, the Loverwatch storyline is just for fun and doesn't necessarily fit into Overwatch 2.
Cupid, who developers claim to be "suspiciously like Hanzo," will be used by players as a reward — or as a negative — depending on how you look at it. There is no way Hanzo, one of the game's most outrageous grumps, could handle this without expressing his pride in his Cupid outfit.
The lore of Loverwatch will not translate to Overwatch 2, but its rewards will. If players can unlock the secret ending to the dating simulation, they'll earn an exclusive in-game highlight intro.
The dating game is part of Overwatch 2's first Ultimate Valentine's Day event, which will take place from February 14 to February 28. It will include a four-vs-four mode that revolves around Hanzo as well as support-based challenges. Two Epic skins will be up for grabs alongside other cosmetics.
When the game launches on February 13, it will be available on Loverwatch.gg until February 28. The dating game can be played in English, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, French, and German.