In a Reddit AMA (opens in new tab) on June 22, members of the Overwatch 2 developer staff supplied some new particulars and added context for the upcoming sport, together with a affirmation that the unique Overwatch shall be absolutely changed by Overwatch 2 when it launches on October 4.
As a part of a response to a query in regards to the sport’s “Early Entry” title, director Aaron Keller said that “When OW2 launches on October 4th it will likely be a substitute for the present dwell service.”
It was beforehand tough to parse what the ultimate type of this not-quite sequel will seem like, and this transfer does little to assuage criticism that Overwatch 2 is extra of a glorified replace than an entirely unique sequel. A tweet from the official Overwatch account (opens in new tab) shortly after OW2’s reveal claimed that “Overwatch 1 gamers and Overwatch 2 gamers will play alongside on the identical maps.” That framing appeared to indicate that the unique sport would keep on in some trend and interface with Overwatch 2, however that each would exist in some type.
Overwatch 1 gamers and Overwatch 2 gamers will play alongside aspect on the identical mapsNovember 1, 2019
In 2020, former Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan stated (opens in new tab) that any form of “Overwatch Traditional” (assume World of Warcraft Traditional) with the sport returned to an early state could be “very pricey from a technical and artwork perspective” and that “there have been loads of artwork and UI adjustments that weren’t correctly ‘versioned’ off however moderately overwritten.” It is unclear if Kaplan is suggesting that the assorted variations of the unique sport are misplaced to time and never correctly archived, however even two years in the past, it appeared just like the developer wasn’t excited about preserving what got here earlier than.
Now Overwatch 2’s in depth adjustments to sport steadiness and modes will completely overwrite all the pieces in regards to the unique sport, and we at PC Gamer still aren’t sold on the shift from 6v6 to 5v5 (opens in new tab). The sport performs sooner now, however it additionally prioritizes fast-twitch FPS expertise over the gamesense and skill focus that allow MMO and MOBA gamers discover a house in earlier iterations of Overwatch.
You’ll be able to now not buy Overwatch 1 by itself both—Overwatch 2’s “Watchpoint Pack (opens in new tab)” with premium skins and in-game foreign money is now the one strategy to purchase the unique sport if you have not already.
This transfer is smart logistically, with Blizzard investing itself absolutely into the Overwatch 2 dwell service and funneling gamers in a single course, however there’s precedent for an enormous dwell service sport holding its unique type obtainable alongside a sequel. The unique Future’s console servers are nonetheless up and working, with an end-of-life “Age of Triumph (opens in new tab)” initiated previous to the launch of Future 2. Gamers can nonetheless return and pattern a decidedly totally different sport from the actively supported Future 2.