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Overwatch 2 will replace Overwatch in October

Get your 6v6 matches in while you can.

Overwatch 2 will outright replace Overwatch when it comes to early access in October, Activision Blizzard has recently confirmed.

“When [Overwatch 2] launches on Oct 4th it will be a replacement for the current Live Service,” Game Director Aaron Keller confirmed in a Reddit AMA.

“We’re using the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the start of many new things coming to the game. We’re launching with new heroes, maps and features, but there are even more of these coming seasonally – every 9 weeks,” he explained.

“We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero coming in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map in Season 2. Additionally, larger pieces of the game that have always been a 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.”

Overwatch 2 will be free-to-play and offers up 5v5 gameplay instead of the 6v6 currently found within Overwatch, a title that requires a purchase to play. Long story short, if you’re a fan of the original and not as keen for the upcoming changes, you’ve only got a short amount of time to get matches in.

Players also have the option of spending $60 AUD for a copy of the original Overwatch and guaranteed access to an upcoming Overwatch 2 beta.

We’ll keep you posted as we learn more of Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 goes free-to-play on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5 and Switch on 5 October 2022 here in Australia. We went in-depth on what to expect from it here.

Overwatch 2

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