If you had suspicion creeps in that Blizzard’s hero shooter, which is currently in beta testing, Overwatch 2 affect the 2016 original in some way, you were absolutely right. It turns out that when the upcoming sequel releases on October 4th, it will immediately replace Overwatch, making the seven-year-old game unplayable. Now, what was it about people from both games being able to play with each other? Remind me because I have a bad memory.
News comes from Reddit AMA guys from Overwatch 2 the development team has 22nd of June. It’s full of answers about the game’s Early Access period and what’s in store after it launches this October. Game Director Aaron Keller was also in attendance and answered a few questions, one of which was about what exactly Early Access means. In particular, Redditor wondered, Overwatch 2 “replace” OverwatchPvP or completely close the game.
“We use the term ‘Early Access’ to indicate that this is just the beginning of many new things coming to the game,” Keller said. “We launch the game with new heroes, maps and features, but seasonally there are even more of them – every nine 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 in season 2. In addition, the larger parts of the game that have always been part of the concept OW2 will be released in-game as part of the live service, including the launch of a PvE campaign next year. When OW2 launches October 4, it will replace the current Live Service.”
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It sounds like Overwatch effectively becomes Overwatch 2 when will the sequel come out. While this is contrary to what former game director Jeff Kaplan said about the two being a “general multiplayer environment” when Overwatch 2 was announced in November 2019, at least the upcoming sequel will be a free-to-play game.
However, this means that the structure Overwatchincluding things like the 6 by 6 setting will be officially retired in favor of Overwatch 2new 5v5 matches. At the very least, all your progress will carry over to the new game.
Kotaku reached out to Blizzard for comment.
This Reddit AMA comes shortly after en Overwatch 2 uncover eventwho detailed the season roadmap, explained that there would be no loot boxes, and boasted new tank hero Junker Queen. All this is surrounded constant problems with the law publisher Activision Blizzard just can’t get away.