Overwatch 2 Will Replace the Original Game at Launch

Overwatch 2 Will Replace the Original Game at Launch

It’s official: Overwatch 2 will completely replace the original Overwatch at launch. During a Reddit AMA, Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller confirmed that the upcoming Overwatch sequel will replace the original live service when the game launches in October.

“When OW2 launches on October 4, it will be a replacement for the current live service,” he confirmed. Basically, this means that the original Overwatch will no longer be playable starting in October.

Of course, this news will come as a surprise to Overwatch fans. When the sequel was originally announced in August of last year, Blizzard claimed that Overwatch and Overwatch 2 players would be able to play alongside each other in the same game modes.

The original plan allowed Overwatch players to play on the new Overwatch 2 maps and as the new heroes. The game’s then director, Jeff Kaplan, said that it was a “shared multiplayer environment where no one is left behind”. In other words, multiplayer PvP would have been possible in both titles.

Now, it looks like Overwatch will, in fact, be left behind. Overwatch is likely to essentially become Overwatch 2, which was already planned to keep old legacy content while adding new maps and systems. The fact that Overwatch 2 is free to play means this should be a pretty easy transition, as players don’t need to pay for the new game.

But this change means that it feels like Overwatch 6v6 is a thing of the past, as Overwatch 2 uses a 5v5 model. In fact, the transition from 6v6 to 5v5 is likely what made the two versions of the game incompatible.

“We use the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the beginning of a lot of new things coming to the game,” said Overwatch 2 director Aaron Keller on Reddit. “We are releasing new heroes, maps, and features, but there are even more of these coming seasonally, every 9 weeks. We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero coming in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map coming in Season 2. Plus, bigger game pieces that have always been part of the vision will be added. from OW2. released to the game as part of the live service, including the launch of the PvE campaign next year.

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Elsewhere, Blizzard recently clarified what will happen to your unopened loot boxes, while the game’s official reveal event revealed some brand new details.

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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow him on Twitter.

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