Close enough for government work, I hope. At the time of this writing, Blizzard has 32 hours left before launching Overwatch 2, at which point they will shut down the Overwatch 1 servers. Yet, I don’t want to get too sentimental about the game just yet. For better or worse, today is your last full day of Overwatch 1. (The servers will be turned off on October 3 at 12:00 PM Eastern.)
Teams of six players are competing against one another for the final time in Overwatch. This is your last chance to form a tank duo. The last day of competitive, quick play, and arcade play on Assault/2CP maps. Day five of the double-shield meta is over. These next few days are your final chance to get in some Orisa, Doomfist, and Bastion time before the games undergo major overhauls.
It’s also the final day to acquire loot boxes and spend Overwatch Credits on seasonal Legendary skins. I won’t repeat my complaints about Overwatch 2’s monetization right now (you can read more about it here), but now looks like a decent moment to unlock that Overwatch League skin or seasonal Legendary you’ve been eyeing.
Overwatch 2 is an interesting progression of the first game in many respects, but it’s too soon for a full review. Even more exciting things lie in store (trust me on that one). It’s sad to see the original version of a game I love to leave, even if it’s for the best. If you happen to run into me today in Mystery Heroes, please say hello.
In the meanwhile, those who own Overwatch 1 or the Overwatch 2 Watchpoint Pack will be able to pre-install the sequel in advance of its October 4, 3 PM ET release. When the servers go live, new players can join. Here you may learn about the pre-download process for Overwatch 2 and how to link a mobile phone number to your account.
Is Overwatch 1 being discontinued?
For better or worse, today is your last full day of Overwatch 1. (The servers will be turned off on October 3 at 12:00 PM Eastern.)
At what hour does Overwatch end?
Overwatch 1 servers will officially go down on October 3 at 9:00 PT, 12:00 ET, and 17:00 BST.
Is Overwatch 2 a whole new game?
Overwatch 2 is more of a relaunch than a sequel due to its focus on improving the original game’s player-against-player mode. Overwatch 2’s multiplayer mode, which is available to all players for free, will eventually replace the original game.
Do we get Overwatch at no cost now?
Free-to-play mode is coming to “Overwatch,” and an early access version of “Overwatch 2” will be available on October 4.
Is there a chance that Overwatch may be taken down?
On October 3, 2022, the original Overwatch servers will be taken down. You won’t have to wait long at all to jump into Overwatch 2, and in just a few days, the game as you know it now will be completely obsolete.
Is Overwatch 2 free if you have Overwatch 1?
What is the price tag for Overwatch 2? When Overwatch 2 debuts on October 4, the core experience will be available at no cost to players. By purchasing the Founder’s Pack, players who have played the original Overwatch will gain access to all of the returning heroes, as well as the new ones, Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko.
Is it true that Overwatch 2 is available to everyone without cost?
When Overwatch 2 opens on October 4 with its competitive mode, players can jump in for free. The original game, or the Watchpoint Pack, is not a prerequisite for playing the sequel. New and returning heroes are yours to unlock at no cost.
How quickly will Overwatch 2 replace the first game?
After its release this fall, Overwatch 2 will completely replace the original game, as announced by Blizzard Entertainment. The existing Live Service will be replaced by OW2 when it comes, game director Aaron Keller announced in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) thread on Reddit.