And now, its over-watch has ended. Don your black material, people, Blizzard has introduced that Overwatch 1 goes offline on Sunday, October 2.
Blizzard confirmed the information to Eurogamer (opens in new tab) in an interview yesterday. The October 2 date was given from the attitude of somebody dwelling within the Pacific Time Zone, so relying on the exact hour that the servers go down, it may happen on October 1st or third for individuals in different areas.
Overwatch 2’s servers will then whirr to life on October 4 (once more, Pacific Time disclaimer) and run unopposed as the one Overwatch sport on the town.
“October 2nd actually is the final day to go in and play Overwatch 1,” Overwatch’s business lead Jon Spector defined, “After which it is a 27-hour downtime that we’re planning to be able to get the Overwatch 2 server stood up and operating”. Gamers will probably be given an opportunity to preload Overwatch 2 forward of its correct launch, and Blizzard will launch a “launch guidelines” of issues Overwatch 1 gamers ought to do to organize for the second sport a while within the close to future.
When the sport hits, Overwatch 1 gamers will probably be offered with a not-so-optional choice to “Replace the sport to Overwatch 2” once they attempt to play. As we have mentioned earlier than, the entire thing feels extra like Overwatch 2.0 than Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab), placing Blizzard in an odd place of upsetting each the followers who wished a full-fledged sequel and those who had been completely proud of the primary sport, thanks very a lot.
When you’re curious to know extra about what adjustments are in retailer for the collection, you may try everything we know about Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab). However we’ll learn the way everybody takes to the brand new(ish) sport on October 4. I think about there will be extra Overwatch-related controversy earlier than then: it was just a few days in the past that gamers had been up in arms over information that Blizzard deliberate to lock Overwatch 2 heroes behind battle passes (opens in new tab). I doubt the announcement of the date for the primary sport’s dying goes to have a tranquilising impact.