Overwatch 2 will replace the original, making it unplayable in October

An image from Overwatch 2 showing new tank hero Junker Queen preparing to smash the OG Overwatch logo.

If you sneakily suspected that the hero shooter currently in Blizzard’s beta Monitor 2 would affect the original 2016 game in some way, you were absolutely right. It turns out that when the upcoming sequel releases on October 4, it will directly replace Surveillance, making this now seven-year-old game unplayable. Now, what was it that people from both games could play with each other? Call me back because my memory sucks.

The news comes from people from Reddit AMA du Monitor 2 development team held June 22. It’s packed with answers about the game’s early access period and what to expect once it launches in October. Game Director Aaron Keller was also there and answered a few questions, one of which asked what exactly Early Access meant. Specifically, the Redditor wondered if Monitor 2 “replace” Surveillance‘s PvP or stop the game altogether.

“We use the term ‘Early Access’ to indicate that this is just the beginning of many new things coming to the game,” Keller said. “We’re launching with new heroes, maps, and features, but there’s still more arriving seasonally – every nine weeks. We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero to coming in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map in Season 2. Plus, bigger elements of the game that have always been part of the vision for OW2 will be released in-game as part of the live service, including the launch of the PvE campaign next year. When OW2 will launch on October 4, it will replace the current Live service.

Read more: Everything shown during the Monitor 2 Event “Reveal”

That resembles Surveillance actually becomes Monitor 2 when the sequel comes out. Although this contradicts what former game director Jeff Kaplan said about the two being one “shared multiplayer environment” when Monitor 2 was announced in November 2019, at least the next will be free to play.

However, this means that the structure of Surveillanceincluding things like the 6v6 setup, will be officially retired in favor of Monitor 2new 5v5 matches from. At least all of your progress will carry over to the new game.

Kotaku has contacted Blizzard for comment.

This Reddit AMA comes shortly after a Monitor 2 reveal an eventwhich detailed the seasonal roadmap, clarified that there would be no loot boxes, and showed the new Junker Queen tank hero. All of this is surrounded by ongoing legal issues publisher Activision Blizzard simply can’t escape.

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