Overwatch 1 has no future after Overwatch 2 launches

Overwatch 2 will fully replace Overwatch when it launches in October, as the first entry in the hero shooter series will become unplayable.

Developer Blizzard has clarified its plans to shut down the game after Overwatch 2 launches at a developer AMA in reddit (opens in new tab). When asked what the release of the sequel would mean for Overwatch, game director Aaron Keller was clear: “when [Overwatch 2] launches on October 4, it will be a replacement for the current live service.”

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