Let’s not forget that the first part of Overwatch 2 will also cease to exist with the launch of Overwatch 2.
Activision Blizzard has confirmed to Eurogamer that the first Overwatch will be discontinued on October 2 in the Pacific time zone, according to Jon Spector, the franchise’s commercial lead. After that, there will be 27 hours of server maintenance to get Overwatch 2’s servers up and running (and they almost certainly won’t because that’s what happens around the publisher all the time). There will be an opportunity to pre-load before the October 4 release, and the company will soon provide a list of what the first part’s games need to prepare for in terms of tasks to jump to the sequel. And for those who stick with the first part, all they’ll get is a window asking them to upgrade to Overwatch 2.
Blizzard has announced how to get the characters without buying the paid, premium battle pass. There are two ways. One is to get to tier 55 on the free battle pass route. The other is to complete weekly challenges to earn Overwatch medals. The premium battle pass costs 1,000 of these coins ($10). It is simply impossible to reach tier 55 in a couple of days.
The first season battle pass will have 20 tiered items to unlock: the newest support hero, Kiriko (for new players who won’t have her already), 2 Epic Skins, 1 Weapon Charm, 2 Souvenirs, 1 Highlight Intro, 14 additional items (emotes, victory poses, name cards, sprays, player icons, etc.), and Prestige Tier Titles (8 earnable titles available only after completing the entire pass): In the premium version, you’ll also get the following extras: immediate access to Kiriko, 20% XP Battle Pass Boost, 1 Mythic Skin (cyber demon Genji), 5 Legendary Skins and 1 Epic Skin, 3 Play of the Game Intros, 4 Weapon Charms, 3 Emotes, 3 Souvenirs, 6 Poses, 6 Name Cards, and 30+ additional cosmetic rewards. Daily and weekly challenges give “significant” XP, and if you play with a friend, the XP gained during the match will increase by 20%.
Overwatch 2 will launch in early access on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 4.