Overwatch No Longer be Playable After Launch of Overwatch 2?


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With every game sequel comes the question of the fate of its predecessor. We know that Overwatch 2 launches this October, but what’s going to happen to the original game?

Overwatch No Longer be Playable After Launch of Overwatch 2?

As it turns out, Blizzard is going to be fully replacing the current live service. In a recent AMA on Reddit, director Aaron Keller explained, “When OW2 launches on Oct 4th it will be a replacement for the current Live Service,” which fans are reading as ‘Overwatch 1 will no longer be playable when the sequel launches.’

I guess it does track for a lot of things we know about OW2. A lot of people who were able to get early access to the game have said that it feels pretty much like the original Overwatch. With the sequel expected to be the main game when it launches, there probably isn’t much use to keep the servers for the original game running.

At least it’s already been confirmed that all of your achievements from the previous game will be moved over to the sequel. There won’t be any loot boxes though, so if you have a bunch of those saved up, I think it’s high time that you start opening them—unless the devs find some way to convert them into the new in-game currency.

Overwatch 2 launches on Oct. 4 for PlayStation 4|5, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. The current Overwatch is now playable on all major platforms.

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