Here’s When ‘Overwatch 1’ Will Shut Down Forever

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We’ve known that for a while Overwatch 2 will debut on October 4, completely replacing the original game. Now Blizzard Has Revealed That The Switch Won’t Happen Right Away — It Will Be Deadly overwatch a while ago Overwatch 2 goes live. The company shuts down servers 27 hours before the Overwatch 2 launch.

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“Basically, October 2, Overwatch 1 is having its last day,” Overwatch commercial leader and vice president Jon Spector said Eurogamer. “We will be offline for 27 hours to allow our team to update all servers to ensure the backend launching the Overwatch 2 is ready to go, and then players can get in on October 4. And if they already did Overwatch 1they get Overwatch 2 as basically an update from a systems perspective. You will see, ‘Update the game to’ Overwatch 2‘ as an option on your PC or console. If you are a new player, you will see the option to enter and download and play on October 4th Overwatch 2 free.”

In case you’re wondering about the math, Spector can refer to October 2 in terms of Pacific Time. It’s not exactly clear what time Overwatch 2 goes live for everyone.

Overwatch 2 will see massive changes to the franchise, including a shift from 6v6 to 5v5, an updated engine, refreshed looks for all heroes, some complete hero reworks, major balance changes, a free-to-play business model, and much more. There will also be a new core game mode, cards and heroes. Blizzard just officially unveiled Kiriko, the first new support in overwatch 2.

This news means you have a little less time with overwatch than you might have expected. While I’m excited for what’s next overwatch 2, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the game I fell in love with. For now, I’ll leave the mushy stuff to Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman.