Should you had a sneaking suspicion that Blizzard’s at the moment in-beta hero shooter Overwatch 2 would have an effect on the 2016 unique recreation in a roundabout way, you have been completely right. It seems that when the upcoming sequel drops on October 4, it is going to straight-up substitute Overwatch, rendering that now seven-year-old recreation unplayable. Now, what was that about people from each video games with the ability to play with one another? Remind me as a result of my reminiscence sucks.
The information comes from a Reddit AMA people from the Overwatch 2 growth group held on June 22. It’s filled with solutions on the sport’s Early Entry interval and what’s in retailer as soon as it launches this October. Sport director Aaron Keller was additionally in attendance and fielded some questions, considered one of which requested what precisely Early Entry meant. Extra particularly, the Redditor puzzled whether or not Overwatch 2 would “substitute” Overwatch’s PvP or shut the sport down fully.
“We’re utilizing the time period ‘Early Entry’ to point that is simply the beginning of many new issues coming to the sport,” Keller stated. “We’re launching with new heroes, maps, and options, however there are much more of those coming seasonally—each 9 weeks. We not too long ago launched a roadmap detailing a few of this content material, with a brand new hero coming in Seasons 1 and a couple of, and a brand new map in Season 2. Moreover, bigger items of the sport which have at all times been part of the imaginative and prescient for OW2 might be launched to the sport as a part of the dwell service, together with the launch of the PvE marketing campaign subsequent 12 months. When OW2 launches on October 4, it is going to be a alternative for the present Reside Service.”
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It seems like Overwatch is successfully turning into Overwatch 2 when the sequel releases. Whereas this contradicts what former recreation director Jeff Kaplan stated concerning the two being a “shared multiplayer surroundings” when Overwatch 2 was introduced in November 2019, at the very least the approaching sequel might be a free-to-play recreation.
Nonetheless, this does imply that the construction of Overwatch, together with stuff just like the 6v6 setup, will formally get retired in favor of Overwatch 2’s new 5v5 matches. No less than all of your progress will carry over to the brand new recreation.
Kotaku has reached out to Blizzard for remark.
This Reddit AMA comes not lengthy after an Overwatch 2 reveal occasion, which detailed the seasonal roadmap, clarified that there gained’t be any loot containers, and confirmed off the brand new tank hero Junker Queen. This all is surrounded by the continued authorized troubles writer Activision Blizzard simply can’t escape.