Overwatch 1 will be permanently closed 27 hours before the launch of Overwatch 2
PSA: Blizzard has begun sharing important details about Overwatch 2’s content development ahead of its launch next month as it replaces the original game. Current Overwatch players should note how much time they have left to enjoy a multiplayer FPS before Blizzard discontinues it.
Those who own the first Overwatch game can’t play it until the free sequel launches on October 4th. Blizzard this week said Eurogamer reports that the first game will be shut down approximately 27 hours before Overwatch 2 is playable, which could happen on October 2 or 3, depending on the time zone. Shortly before that, Blizzard will provide players with a clear timeline and checklist of steps to smoothly transition their games.
Current Overwatch owners can preload Overwatch 2 before it launches, while Blizzard is porting things to the back end. New players must wait until launch day to download Overwatch 2.
Blizzard also explained The Overwatch 2 Battle Pass system this week will show you how players will unlock new playable characters and other content. When the first season begins on October 4, everyone will have access to the Junker Queen and Sojourn characters immediately. Players can unlock other content in the Season 1 Battle Pass, including the new support character Kiriko, simply by playing the game without spending any money.
Players who purchase the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass for 1,000 Overwatch Coins ($10) will immediately unlock Kiriko and may earn additional cosmetic items with a 20% XP boost. Owners of Overwatch 1 also receive Kiriko immediately, along with a few other items.
The second season will also introduce a new character, but later seasons will alternate with the addition of cards and characters. The third season will introduce a new map, the fourth season will introduce a new character, and so on. Those who start playing Overwatch 2 in later seasons can either buy content from previous seasons or unlock it by completing special challenges.
Players cannot use new characters in competitive modes for the first few weeks after their release. Blizzard hopes this decision will allow time to analyze how players are using the new expansions before properly balancing them for competitive play.
The paid PvE portion of Overwatch 2 remains a mystery, but Blizzard plans to reveal it next year.