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Overwatch 2 is going to replace the original Overwatch

Overwatch 2 will be officially released worldwide on October 4, nearly six and a half years after the original's release in 2016. The sequel is currently still in the beta testing phase, but Overwatch developers have confirmed that Overwatch 2 will replace the original. This means that Overwatch 1 will be discontinued once the sequel hits shelves.

This news was first discovered in a Reddit AMA that the Overwatch 2 developers held last week. To clear up the many doubts and questions fans had about the future of Blizzard's most prized first-person shooter franchise, the developers answered a slew of questions from fans.

Overwatch 2 replaces Overwatch 1

The game's director, Aaron Keller, responded to a fan who wondered if Overwatch 2 would replace Overwatch's PvP modes.

“We use the term ‘Early Access' to indicate that this is just the beginning of the new features coming to the game,” Keller responded. He further stated that “when Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, it will replace the current Live Service.”

If this confirmation was not clear enough to satisfy skeptics, Blizzard reaffirmed that the company will indeed use Overwatch 2 to “replace the current Overwatch build,” in a statement to Stephen Totilo of Axios.

Blizzard added that “content that players have unlocked in Overwatch will automatically transfer to players in Overwatch 2,” which naturally reassures players.

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