Overwatch 1 will cease to exist with Overwatch 2 dropping on October 4 – The action-packed first-person multiplayer shooter game Overwatch 1 will officially go offline on 2nd October to make way for Overwatch 2. As per sources, Overwatch 2 will release on the 4th of October leaving a window when the game will be unavailable.
Overwatch 1 will officially go offline October 2nd
Overwatch 2 will launch October 4th
There will be 27 hours where Overwatch is not available.
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Like OW1, OW2 is also a first-person shooter game. The primary difference between the two games is the second one will be a 5v5 combat as opposed to the 6v6 battles, which are featured in every match in Overwatch 1. A total of 35 characters are available for the player to select from, with more on the way. The player can choose characters from one of the three classes: tank, support, or damage-dealing.
“So that means, as a practical point, that October 2nd really is the last day to go in and play Overwatch 1. And then it’s a 27-hour downtime that we’re planning in order to get the Overwatch 2 server up and running,” Jon Spector, Overwatch commercial lead, said in an interview with Eurogamer.
And now, players can access the game on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, as it will be available on October 4, 2022. Overwatch 2’s transition to free-to-play has significant implications for the game. That being said, the in-game shop and battle pass have fully replaced the loot boxes. The game is free to play, but users can purchase the Watchpoint Pack to receive a variety of benefits like the Premium Battle Pass.
However, all of these mean that players already having Overwatch 1 launched in their system will simply have to update the game to the next version. And for new players, Overwatch 2 can be downloaded for free as soon as the game launches on October 4. Now it’s clear that there can only be one game, despite earlier assurances that Overwatch 1 and Overwatch 2 would coexist together.