Publisher and developer Blizzard Entertainment in an interview with the portal Eurogamer has announced the exact date of the shutdown of the servers of its popular multiplayer team shooter Overwatch.
The fact that the original Overwatch will give way to its shareware sequel when early access begins, Blizzard said back in June, but didn’t announce details of the transition until recently.
It has been announced that Blizzard will disable Overwatch about a day before the launch of Overwatch 2 – that is, from October 2nd to 3rd (depending on the time zone). Then there is 27 hours of downtime until the servers of the second part start.
“This means that October 2nd will be practically the last day to log in and play Overwatch.”– said Jon Spector, commercial director and vice president of the Overwatch franchise.
Blizzard will allow players to pre-download Overwatch 2. The company will also ask users to take several actions in preparation for the launch of the sequel. Which one will be revealed later.
Overwatch 2 Early Access and Season 1 launches October 4th on PC (Battle.net), PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Nintendo Switch. There will be no loot boxes in the game, but there will be a Battle Pass.
Today, September 15th, Blizzard confirmed Kiriko’s appearance in Overwatch 2. Starting with her, all new heroes must be unlocked via Battle Pass Action (The premium version unlocks the character immediately).