Overwatch 2 will replace the original game this October

An Overwatch 2 image showing new tank hero Junker Queen preparing to smash the OG Overwatch logo.

If you had the slightest suspicion that Blizzard’s currently in beta hero shooter surveillance 2 would affect the original 2016 game in any way, you were absolutely right. It turns out that when the upcoming sequel comes out on October 4th, it will be directly replaced over watch, making the now seven-year-old game unplayable. Well, what was it with people from both games being able to play with each other? Remind me ’cause my memory sucks

The message comes from a Reddit AMA folks from the surveillance 2 development team on June 22nd. It’s full of answers about the game’s Early Access period and what’s in store after launch this October. Game Director Aaron Keller was also in attendance and answered a few questions, one of which was asking what exactly Early Access means. More specifically, the Redditor wondered if surveillance 2 would “replace” over watch‘s PvP or complete the game.

“We use the term ‘Early Access’ to indicate that this is just the beginning of a lot of new things coming into play,” said Keller. “We’re launching with new heroes, maps, and features, but more are added seasonally—every nine weeks. We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero in Seasons 1 and 2 and a new map in Season 2, as well as larger parts of the game that have always been part of the vision OW2 will be released as part of the live service for the game, including the launch of the PvE campaign next year. When OW2 launching on October 4th, it will be a replacement for the current live service.”

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Sounds like over watch becomes effective surveillance 2 when the sequel comes out. While this contradicts what former game director Jeff Kaplan said of the two as a “shared multiplayer environment” if surveillance 2 was at least announced in November 2019 will be continued play for free.

However, this means that the structure of over watchincluding things like the 6v6 setup, are officially being retired in favor of surveillance 2‘s new 5v5 matches. At the very least, all your progress will carry over to the new game.

kotaku asked Blizzard for comment.

This Reddit AMA comes not long after a surveillance 2 reveal eventdetailing the seasonal roadmap, clarifying that there will be no loot boxes, and presenting itself the new tank hero Junker Queen. It’s all surrounded by the ongoing legal problems Publisher Activision Blizzard just can’t escape.

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