The original overwatchthe days are numbered. Last week, Blizzard revealed in a Reddit AMA that when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, it will overwrite overwatch prime, effectively ending the six-year-old game.
“When OW2 launches on October 4, it will be a replacement for the current live service,” wrote game director Aaron Keller.
While the switchover will add a wealth of new content – new heroes, new maps and more – classic overwatch will cease to be, end the 6v6 format and relegate the attack mode to the relative obscurity of the modified game angle. The news came as a surprise, as originally overwatch prime and Overwatch 2 would coexist. During the Overwatch 2 panel at BlizzCon 2019, Aaron Keller, the game’s current director, and Jeff Kaplan, the former game director who left Blizzard more than a year ago, described a scenario where players who upgrade to OW2 could still play with those who didn’t.
With unlocked skins of players and other cosmetics that are transferred, and with Overwatch 2 Switching to a free-to-play model, it seems there was no more reason then to keep the two games in silos. In a comment to The edgethe Overwatch development team said:
“Our goal is not to divide our player base and make the switch to Overwatch 2 as seamless as possible. To that end, when? Overwatch 2 launches as a free-to-play live service game on October 4, replacing the current one overwatchh build. Content players have unlocked in overwatch automatically transfers to players in overwatch 2.†
For players concerned about the overwatch main features are sunset with the arrival of Overwatch 2 (i.e. loot boxes), the AMA revealed that the contents of unopened loot boxes are automatically added to your inventory and any unused coins (a currency you earn through loot boxes) are also transferred. However, Blizzard plans to create a new currency with OW2and the old coins will not be able to buy everything that is offered.
There will also be no matchmaking rating reset with the arrival of Overwatch 2† For fans who hope OW2 would entail massive competitive ladder equalization, lead system designer Scott Mercer wrote that “A full reset would mean games would be completely out of balance across the entire service for weeks or more, and we don’t think that’s a great experience for everyone.” However, Mercer has revealed that OW2 will feature a new forfeiture system that lowers the MMR of accounts that haven’t been played in a while to ensure matches are as even as possible at all levels of the ladder.
While I’m excited for Overwatch 2“I think it’s a bit of a shame that all the new comes at the expense of the old. I’m one of the extremely rare Assault fans, and relegating the game mode to custom matches essentially means I no longer play it, not to mention the many minor tweaks like changes to the UI and sound design, that fundamentally change how I play the game.
Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, so Assault fans (yes, we’re all 10), it’s time for us to get our last licks.