As was previously understood, Overwatch 2 will replace the current game at launch. Essentially, the current owners of Overwatch will download a patch and the game will become Overwatch 2, with all the changes that come with multiplayer. For example, the game will change to a 5v5 format and introduce several balance changes. The promised PvE campaign mode is scheduled for 2023.
The clarification came through a Reddit AMA. In a message from Overwatch 2 Game Director, Aaron Keller, stated that the game’s launch on October 4 marks the start of Early Access. He added: “We use the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the beginning of a lot of new things coming to the game.” The plan to replace the original Overwatch also fits into the new free-to-play model. According to the roadmap Blizzard recently released, there will be bigger content updates per season, every nine weeks. Season 1 will feature Sojourn and Junker Queen, as well as a new map. You can find more details about the game’s launch in the GameSpot guide, everything we know about Overwatch 2, and our interview with Aaron Keller.
Any news about Overwatch 2 comes in the context of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse, as well as union efforts, at developer and publisher Activision Blizzard. Microsoft recently agreed to recognize a union after they acquired Activision Blizzard. Meanwhile, however, shareholders voted to keep CEO Bobby Kotick on the board. Despite demands from many employees that he must step down, it appears that he will remain on until 2023.
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