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Overwatch 1 has no future after Overwatch 2 launches

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Overwatch 2 will fully replace Overwatch when it releases this October, as the first entry in the hero shooter series will be made unplayable.Developer Blizzard clarified its plans to sunset the game following the release of Overwatch 2 in a developer AMA on Reddit(opens in new tab).

When sked what the launch of the sequel would mean for Overwatch, game director Aaron Keller was clear: “when [Overwatch 2] launches on October 4th it will be a replacement for the current live service”.The release of Overwatch 2 will overwrite the original game wholesale.

The sequel – with its major balance tweaks, map changes, and switch from 6v6 to 5v5 matches – will be the only way to play the Overwatch series.The game's final destination has been a point of confusion for some time.

As PC Gamer(opens in new tab) highlights, a tweet(opens in new tab) sent by the official Overwatch account back in 2019 stated “Overwatch 1 players and Overwatch 2 players will play alongside on the same maps”, suggesting both games would be live simultaneously.

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