If you were worried that Blizzards currently in-beta hero shooter Overwatch 2 might impact the 2016 original game in some way, then you were absolutely correct. It turns out that when the upcoming sequel drops on October 4, it will straight-up replace Overwatch, rendering that now seven-year-old game unplayable. Now, what happened to two games being capable to play with one another? Because my memory sucks.
The news comes from a Reddit AMA team from Overwatch 2 on June 22. Its full of information on the games Early Access period and what''s in store once it launches this October. One of the participants asked whether Overwatch 2 would modify its PvP or shut down the game entirely.
Keller claims that early Access is just the beginning of many new things coming to the game. We are launching with new heroes, maps, and features, but there will be even more of these next season, according to the roadmap, with a new hero coming in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map in Season 2. Moreover, larger pieces of the game that have always been part of the program will be released to the game on October 4, according to the new Live Service.
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When Overwatch 2 was announced in November 2018, it appears that the sequel would effectively become Overwatch 2. Although this contradicts Jeff Kaplan''s statement about the two being a shared multiplayer system, at least the sequel will be free-to-play.
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This does not mean that Overwatch''s structure, including stuff like the 6v6 configuration, will be reinstated in favour of Overwatch 2''s new 5v5 matches. At least all your progress will continue to play.
Kotaku has reached out to Blizzard for information.
This Reddit AMA comes not long after an Overwatch 2 reveal event, which detailed the seasonal roadmap, clarified that there will not be any loot boxes, and showed off Junker Queen, the new tank hero. This all is surrounded by ongoing legal difficulties Activision Blizzard just cant escape.