The original Overwatch will be replaced when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th, according to a Reddit AMA with developers. The AMA also said Overwatch 2 will carry over progress and cosmetics from the first game. Players will also keep any in-game currency they have, but a battle pass system will be replacing loot boxes.
According to game director Aaron Keller, Overwatch 2 will be a “replacement for the current Live Service.” It’s a change to earlier info on the release. In the first announcement in 2019, then-director Jeff Kaplan said the two games would have a “shared multiplayer environment.” The replacement means that we might lose the Assault game mode and 6v6 for good.
The AMA came a few days after the reveal event, where devs dropped a post-release roadmap. The Overwatch 2 release will initially be “early access”. According to the AMA, this is just to indicate the new things coming in the early days. While the date is still a good way off, it seems there’s a lot in store for the early seasons.
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Additionally, devs took the chance to answer other questions on the release. Details included MMR not being reset and more battle pass info. They also reaffirmed the game being free-to-play and PvE coming in 2023.
Overwatch 2 releases to early access on October 4th for PC, XBOX, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. The beta goes live today (June 28th) on all platforms except Switch.