In a recent Reddit AMA, Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch 2 team answered questions from the community on the state of the franchise and the upcoming pseudo-sequel to the popular hero shooter. In a reply, the folks at Blizz confirm an interesting detail about OW2 when it hits Early Access in the first week of October: it will completely replace the original Overwatch.
When OW2 launches on October 4th, it will be a replacement for the current live service.
Rather than being a separate app on your favorite console or the Blizzard launcher, Overwatch 2 won’t build itself piece by piece, instead taking the place of the original game and building on top of it instead.
While it has always been planned to consolidate Overwatch 1 and 2 into a single client and overall roadmap, this is the first time Blizzard has publicly announced that Overwatch 1 will stop altogether when the sequel launches. Get your 6v6 games now as they won’t be playable from the launch of OW2 Early Access.
Also notable in this quote is the timeframe in which PvE content is coming to OW2. Its first Early Access content this year will revitalize the PvP experience with new heroes, maps, modes, etc., but the long-touted narrative content for the sequel will arrive sometime in 2023 rather than with the rest of the pack.
Overwatch 2 will be free to play on October 4th on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/06/24/overwatch-2-will-replace-the-original-overwatch-when-it-enters-early-access Overwatch 2 Will Replace The Original Overwatch When It Enters Early Access