in a Reddit AMA (opens in new tab) On June 22nd, members of the Overwatch 2 development team provided some new details and added context for the upcoming game, including confirmation that the original Overwatch will be completely replaced by Overwatch when it launches on October 4th. Pioneer 2″ replaced.
In response to a question about the game’s “Early Access” title, director Aaron Keller said, “When OW2 launches on October 4, it will replace the current live service.”
It’s been difficult to analyze what the final form of this incomplete sequel will look like, and the move doesn’t assuage criticism of Overwatch 2 that it’s more of a glorification than a full-fledged original sequel. ‘s update.One Tweet from the official Overwatch account (opens in new tab) Shortly after, OW2 announced that “Overwatch 1 players and Overwatch 2 players will be fighting side by side on the same map”. This framing seems to imply that the original game will continue and interact with Overwatch 2 in some way, but both will exist in some form.
Overwatch 1 players and Overwatch 2 players will fight side by side on the same mapNovember 1, 2019
2020, former Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan says (opens in new tab) Any type of “Overwatch Classic” (think World of Warcraft Classic) game going back to its earlier state would be “very expensive from a technical and artistic standpoint” and “there are a lot of art and UI changes that aren’t properly ‘versioned’ ‘, but was overwritten.” It’s unclear if Kaplan implied that various versions of the original game had been lost and not properly archived, but even two years ago, the developers didn’t seem interested in keeping the previous content.
Extensive changes to game balance and modes in Overwatch 2 will now permanently cover everything from the original game, and we PC Gamer still haven’t sold it in the transition from 6v6 to 5v5 (opens in new tab)The game is now faster to play, but it also prioritizes fast-twitch FPS skills over the gameplay and ability focus that MMO and MOBA players found home in earlier Overwatch iterations.
You also can no longer buy Overwatch 1 separately – the “Overwatch 2”watchpoint package (opens in new tab)“Having premium skins and in-game currency is now your only way to get the original game (if you haven’t already).
The move makes logical sense, with Blizzard fully committing itself to Overwatch 2’s live service and focusing players in one direction, but with a large live service game remaining in its original form with the sequel precedent. The original Destiny’s console server is still running, but defunct”era of victory (opens in new tab)” launched before Destiny 2 was released. Players can still go back and try games that are very different from the actively supported Destiny 2.