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Overwatch 2 will replace the original game this October

Overwatch 2 will replace the original game this October
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An image from Overwatch 2 showing the new tank hero Junker Queen preparing to smash the original Overwatch logo.

If you had the slightest suspicion that Blizzard’s currently in beta hero shooter surveillance 2 would it affect the original 2016 game in any way, you were absolutely right. It turns out that when the next sequel opens on October 4, it will directly replace Supervision, making the now seven-year-old game unplayable. Now, what was that about people from both games being able to play each other? Remind me because my memory sucks.

The news comes from a people from Reddit AMA of the surveillance 2 development team made on June 22. It’s full of answers about the game’s early access period and what’s in store once it launches in October. Game director Aaron Keller was also in attendance and answered a few questions, one of which asked what exactly Early Access meant. More specifically, the Redditor wondered if surveillance 2 “would replace” Supervision‘s PvP or close the game completely.

“We’re using the term ‘Early Access’ to indicate that this is just the beginning of a lot of new things coming to the game,” Keller said. “We are releasing new heroes, maps, and features, but there are even more of these coming seasonally, every nine weeks. We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map in Season 2. Plus, larger parts of the game that have always been part of the vision for OW2 will be released to the game as part of the live service, including the launch of the PvE campaign next year. When OW2 launches on October 4, it will be a replacement for the current live service.”

Read more: All that is displayed during the surveillance 2 ‘Reveal’ event

Sounds like Supervision is actually becoming surveillance 2 When is the sequel released? While this contradicts what former game director Jeff Kaplan said about the two being a “Shared multiplayer environment” when surveillance 2 was announced in November 2019, at least the the sequel will be free to play.

However, this does mean that the structure of Overwatch, including stuff like the 6v6 setup, will officially get retired in favor of Overwatch 2’s new 5v5 matches. At least all your progress will carry over to the new game.

Kotaku has reached out to Blizzard for comment.

This Reddit AMA comes not long after a surveillance 2 reveal eventwhich detailed the seasonal roadmap, clarified that there will be no loot boxes, and showed the new Junker Queen tank hero. All this is surrounded by ongoing legal problems the Activision Blizzard editor just can’t get away.

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