The unique Overwatch’s days are numbered. Final week, Blizzard revealed in a Reddit AMA that when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4th, it is going to overwrite Overwatch prime, successfully ending the six-year-old sport.
“When OW2 launches on October 4th it is going to be a substitute for the present dwell service,” wrote sport director Aaron Keller.
Whereas the changeover will add a wealth of latest content material — new heroes, new maps, and extra — traditional Overwatch will stop to be, ending the 6v6 format and banishing the assault sport kind to the relative obscurity of the customized sport nook. The information got here as a little bit of a shock since, initially, Overwatch prime and Overwatch 2 had been imagined to coexist. Throughout the Overwatch 2 panel at BlizzCon 2019, Aaron Keller, the sport’s present director, and Jeff Kaplan, the previous sport director who left Blizzard over a 12 months in the past, described a situation during which 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 mannequin, it appears then there was not a motive to maintain the 2 video games siloed. In a remark to The Verge, the Overwatch growth workforce stated:
“Our aim is to not divide our participant base and to make the transition to Overwatch 2 as seamless as attainable. To that finish, when Overwatch 2 launches as a free-to-play dwell service sport on October 4th, it is going to change the present Overwatch construct. Content material gamers have unlocked in Overwatch will routinely carry over to gamers in Overwatch 2.”
For gamers nervous in regards to the Overwatch prime options being sundown with the arrival of Overwatch 2 (i.e., loot containers), the AMA revealed that any unopened loot containers could have their contents routinely added to your stock and any unused cash (a forex you earn by way of loot containers) may also switch over. Nonetheless, Blizzard intends to create a brand new forex with OW2, and the previous cash received’t have the ability to purchase the whole lot on supply.
There additionally received’t be a matchmaking score reset with the arrival of Overwatch 2. For followers hoping OW2 would deliver with it a mass aggressive ladder equalization, Scott Mercer, principal system designer, wrote that “An entire reset would imply that video games could be fully imbalanced for weeks or longer throughout the complete service, and we don’t assume that might be an ideal expertise for everybody.” Mercer did, nonetheless, reveal that OW2 will function a brand new decay system that may 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.
Whereas I’m excited for Overwatch 2, I’m a bit of unhappy that each 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 basically signifies that I’ll not play it, to not point out the various minute changes, like modifications to the UI and sound design, that may 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.