Blizzard pulls the worst Ultimate: Overwatch 2 will kill off Overwatch

Blizzard has made it clear: Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, and it will replace the original Overwatch... which totally sucks.

Published Jun 28, 2022 7:31 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Jul 22 2022 11:31 AM CDT

The original Overwatch launched in 2016, and now that Blizzard has Overwatch 2 ready for release, we're finding out some upsetting news.

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Blizzard will be killing off the original Overwatch the second that Overwatch 2 goes live on October 4, confirmed by Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller in a recent AMA on Reddit. Overwatch 2 launches with a bunch of new heroes, maps, and so much more, but the original Overwatch... will be killed off.

In the Reddit AMA, one of the questions was "What does the term "Early Access" means for Overwatch 2? Does this means that on this day OW1 is getting replaced by OW2's PvP or will OW1 shutdown once the game is out of Early Access?"

Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller explained: "When OW2 launches on October 4th it will be a replacement for the current live service".

The developer announced Overwatch 2 back at BlizzCon 2019, where they said that it wouldn't be leaving the original Overwatch players out. At the time, Blizzard said that if you didn't buy Overwatch 2 you'd still get all of the new heroes they were adding into the sequel and that you'd be able to play alongside Overwatch 2 gamers with full PvP cross-play. Not only that, but all progress, cosmetics, and rankings from OW1 would carry over to OW2. Ha! All lies.

The Overwatch 2 development team spoke with The Verge, where they said: "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".

As a huge fan of the game, this really pisses me off -- I get that the original Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is gone -- but man, they've really made this a mess. Overwatch 2 launches, and now completely overwrites the original Overwatch when it does.

Don't like 5v5 and want 6v6? Too bad. Overwatch 2 it is for you, or nothing.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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