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Overwatch 2 will take the place of the original game upon release

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There’s been some confusion surrounding the state of the Overwatch franchise recently, especially when it comes to what will happen to the original after Overwatch 2 is released.

Well, it looks like we finally have our confirmation, thanks to a Reddit AMA response from Overwatch 2‘s director Aaron Keller.

Yesterday, when a player asked Keller if the first Overwatch will be shut down after the sequel leaves early access, he responded that “When OW2 launches on Oct 4th it will be a replacement for the current Live Service.” If Twitter is any indication, players are still pretty confused about what’s supposed to happen to the first Overwatch game after OW2 is officially out.

Back when Overwatch 2 was announced, former game director Jeff Kaplan had promised that cross-play between the two games would be possible, stating that it would be a “shared multiplayer environment where no one gets left behind.” But the transition was never going to be that easy, with the clearest reason being that Overwatch 2 marks a transition for the series to 5v5 rather than 6v6. #Overwatch2 arrives October 4, ushering in a new era for the franchise as a free-to-play live service game!

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