Overwatch will be shutting down later this year

The original Overwatch will be shutting down later this year. As previously announced, it will be replaced by Overwatch 2.

Overwatch is a competitive online multiplayer game that was first released in 2016. However, when Overwatch 2 launches in October, it will arrive via an update to the current game.

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Overwatch 2 will first launch as an Early Access title on October 4th, and once downloaded, its patch will convert the original game into a sequel.

The clarification on the original Overwatch shutting down this October was confirmed in a recent Reddit AMA. “We’re using the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the start of many new things coming to the game,” said Overwatch 2 game director, Aaron Keller.

Overwatch 2 is free-to-play

Furthermore, as we know, Overwatch 2 will be going free-to-play. Additionally, it will also come with cross-play as well as cross-progression support. So, it doesn’t matter which platform your friends game on, you’ll be able to enjoy PvE and PvP with them, no matter what.

When Overwatch 2 arrives in October it will also kick off with its Season 1 of content. Thereafter, each new season will arrive every nine weeks. The seasons of Overwatch 2 will bring new Heroes, Maps, Skins, Battle Passes and, in some cases, new modes too.

Controversy has plagued Activision Blizzard

Overwatch developer and publisher, Activision Blizzard has been caught up in allegations of harassment, discrimination, and a hostile working environment. Its CEO, Bobby Kotick was recently re-elected by the board of directors.

Are you looking forward to the Overwatch sequel? Let us know across our social media channels.  Overwatch 2 will begin on October 4th for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and as well as Nintendo Switch.

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Featured Image Credit: Activision Blizzard/Source: GameSpot / Reddit