The official date that Overwatch 1 is ending will be October 2nd, before Overwatch 2 takes over.
Blizzard confirmed that the last day of Overwatch 1 will be October 2nd in a roundtable interview yesterday. Although time zone differences may mean this date is different in certain countries, the official last day is October 2nd.
Following the end of Overwatch, its sequel will launch on October 4th. It will be the only playable Overwatch game, and the original will be inaccessible. However, anyone who owns Overwatch will be able to download Overwatch 2 ahead of time.
Overwatch commercial lead Jon Spector told Eurogamer “We’ll give current Overwatch players the ability to download Overwatch 2 a little bit ahead of when we launch, if they want to pre-download. There’s also a couple of things that we’ll be asking players to do, to get ready for Overwatch 2. We’ll share a kind of launch checklist with players ahead of things so that they have a smooth experience getting in on 4th October, when we launch.”
“You’ll see, ‘Update the game to Overwatch 2’ as an option on your PC or console. If you’re a new player, you’ll see on 4th October, the ability to come in and download and play Overwatch 2 for free.”
Overwatch 2 will be shaking up the game significantly. There will be new heroes, modes and maps, of course. But loot boxes are gone, and the game is introducing a new battle pass system.
Heroes will be earn-able through the free track of the battle pass. Players can also purchase the premium pass which will have cosmetics and other items. There’s also a new in-game shop where players can buy the items they want.
Overwatch 2 releases on October 4th. It releases simultaneously on PC, Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
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