Players can no longer play the original Overwatch once Overwatch 2 launches

Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 will arrive as a free-to-play update for the original Overwatch.

Blizzard has been full of controversy lately. After the decisions with Diablo Immortal and the company’s workplace problems, the company is in the eye of the hurricane. Aaron Keller has commented on a decision by Blizzard that has created some misinformation in the Overwatch community.

The free-to-play Overwatch 2 is replacing the original Overwatch. This, in a nutshell, means that players will not be able to play Overwatch as it was originally starting October 4. But, is it as Aaron Keller has said? Will players lose all progress? 

A controversial decision

Overwatch 2, after many years in the making, is just a few months away from becoming a reality. The Overwatch community is eager to feel again what Blizzard first conveyed to them in 2016. Even the decision to make the game free-to-play has made a greater number of players set their eyes on the title. Although this decision creates some fear in the community, it has grown even more with the information shared by Aaron Keller.

Keller is the director of Overwatch 2; he has not stopped sharing information about the game. In addition to talking about the content roadmap, he has given some key information about the game. Overwatch 2 is an upgraded version that will replace the game that was originally released eight years ago.

After this information, Blizzard has created a lot of confusion in the Overwatch community. For the community, there is a question that has become common: will players who have played the original Overwatch lose the progress of their accounts? Will everything obtained in loot boxes remain in the inventories? Will we have to start from scratch?

Aaron Keller has cleared up all the misinformation

A lot of misinformation has been created by this decision, but Keller has given some details that solve these unknowns. This has been done through the game’s Reddit community, in a kind of Q&A with the game’s fans. Keller commented that Overwatch 2 will arrive as an update of the first title. This means that the free-to-play mode, all new skin content, and new characters will be included in the base game as if it were a “major update.”

Players who paid for the original Overwatch can rest assured that they will not lose any of their accounts. Skins, loot boxes, account stats, and more will be preserved despite this jump to Overwatch 2. The development team is even looking for a way to reward these players for their loyalty to the game. But, Keller stresses that there is nothing to worry about. Overwatch 2 will maintain the essence of the original Overwatch, but, with a lot of new content.

Overwatch 2 will arrive on October 4 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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