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Blizzard to shutdown Overwatch prior to Overwatch 2 release on October 4

Blizzard's popular AAA title is getting a major update

In a recent group interview reported by Eurogamer, Blizzard Entertainment revealed that Overwatch servers will be shut down one day prior to the launch of the new version of the IP ‘Overwatch 2’ on October 2. Blizzard previously announced the new version of their popular multiplayer game Overwatch.

Overwatch was the fourth major franchise of Blizzard Entertainment which was first revealed at the Blizzcon 2014 and released in 2016 for Play Station 4, Xbox One, and PC. The first-person hero shooter multiplayer game gathered much popularity due to its vibrance in-game environment and game mechanics. It was Blizzard’s paid title and is regarded as one of the most popular online shooter games till date.

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Overwatch 2 will release on October 4

Unlike Overwatch, Blizzard has decided to make Overwatch 2 a free to play title and will feature cross-play system for the players. The updated version of Overwatch will have new 5v5 format, many new heroes like Kiriko, Soujurn, Junker Queen, six new maps, a new game mode, and will exclude the lootbox system.

The game will feature a new battle pass which includes the hero Kiriko for the free battle pass users, however, the existing Overwatch players and the premium battle pass users will unlock this hero instantly.

Existing credits and skins will be transferred

Overwatch 2 will be available on Playstation, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo from October 4 and existing Overwatch players will have to update the game to ‘Overwatch 2’ when the server is back online. Owned skins and credits will be transferred into the new game if the old players have synced their battle net account with Overwatch 1 which means all the favorite outfits and skins will be available to use in Overwatch 2 and the players will also not lose their ranks or stats.

A Last Chance event will be available for the existing players in Overwatch to buy all the seasonal cosmetics items that were available in the game’s first version.

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