The unique Overwatch’s days are numbered. Last week, Blizzard revealed in a Reddit AMA that when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th, it should overwrite Overwatch prime, successfully ending the six-year-old recreation.
“When OW2 launches on October 4th it will be a replacement for the current live service,” wrote recreation director Aaron Keller.
While the changeover will add a wealth of recent content material — new heroes, new maps, and extra — basic Overwatch will stop to be, ending the 6v6 format and banishing the assault recreation kind to the relative obscurity of the customized recreation nook. The information got here as a little bit of a shock since, initially, Overwatch prime and Overwatch 2 have been imagined to coexist. During the Overwatch 2 panel at BlizzCon 2019, Aaron Keller, the sport’s present director, and Jeff Kaplan, the previous recreation director who left Blizzard over a yr in the past, described a situation wherein gamers who upgraded to OW2 would nonetheless have the ability to play with those that didn’t.
With gamers’ unlocked skins and different cosmetics transferring over, and with Overwatch 2 switching to a free-to-play model, it appears then there was not a cause to maintain the 2 video games siloed. In a remark to The Verge, the Overwatch growth crew mentioned:
“Our goal is to not divide our player base and to make the transition to Overwatch 2 as seamless as possible. To that end, when Overwatch 2 launches as a free-to-play live service game on October 4th, it will replace the current Overwatch build. Content players have unlocked in Overwatch will automatically carry over to players in Overwatch 2.”
For gamers nervous in regards to the Overwatch prime options being sundown with the arrival of Overwatch 2 (i.e., loot boxes), the AMA revealed that any unopened loot containers can have their contents routinely added to your stock and any unused cash (a foreign money you earn by way of loot containers) may also switch over. However, Blizzard intends to create a brand new foreign money with OW2, and the previous cash gained’t have the ability to purchase all the pieces on provide.
There additionally gained’t be a matchmaking score reset with the arrival of Overwatch 2. For followers hoping OW2 would carry with it a mass aggressive ladder equalization, Scott Mercer, principal system designer, wrote that “A complete reset would mean that games would be completely imbalanced for weeks or longer across the entire service, and we don’t think that will be a great experience for everyone.” Mercer did, nevertheless, reveal that OW2 will characteristic a brand new decay system that can decrease the MMR of accounts that haven’t performed shortly to make sure matches in any respect ranges of the ladder are as equal as they are often.
While I’m excited for Overwatch 2, I’m somewhat unhappy that every one the brand new comes on the expense of the previous. I’m one of many exceedingly uncommon Assault followers, and relegating the sport mode to customized matches primarily implies that I’ll not play it, to not point out the numerous minute changes, like modifications to the UI and sound design, that can basically change how I play the sport.
Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th, so, Assault followers (sure, all 10 of us), it’s time for us to get in our final licks.