“…is this on?”
After six years, Overwatch is shutting down. In its place will be the shiny new sequel, Overwatch 2. Despite a slew of development issues and points of confusion, the game still holds a lot of fun. With the release of Overwatch 2 just around the corner, here is everything you need to know about when the game officially launches, how to pre-load, and when the original Overwatch shuts down for good.
Overwatch 2 launches on October 4, 2022, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Launch times for Overwatch 2 are the same on consoles and PC. An in-game message in the original Overwatch states that “servers should begin to come back online on October 4, 2022, 11 a.m. Pacific.” So, unofficially, the sequel may be up and running as early as 2 p.m. Eastern. Officially, however, the exact launch time of the game is as follows:
Some regions will unlock on October 5, as follows:
PC players can pre-load Overwatch 2 through the Battle.net client right now. If you have enabled automatic updates, you might have pre-loaded it without knowing. If not, head to the Overwatch page in Battle.net and click the gear icon next to the “Play” button. Click it and check for updates. Once the update is downloaded you should see a message that reads “Pre-release content downloaded.” The install size of Overwatch 2 on PC is about 50 GB, so clear out any space ahead of time if you need it.
On consoles, the Overwatch 2 install size is around 30 GB. Console pre-load starts about three hours before the full launch of the game.
Overwatch 2 will require all players to have a Battle.net account linked to a phone number. This new security measure is to help combat toxic behavior and make it easier for Blizzard to enforce bans better.
To add a phone number to your Battle.net account go to the “Account Details” section on the sidebar. The third section of “Account Details” is the “Phone Number” section, this is where you can add your number to your account.
Be aware that Blizzard has said certain types of phone numbers will not work with SMS Protect. Here are the limitations according to Blizzard:
Overwatch 2 will be replacing the first Overwatch game when it goes live. The servers for Overwatch 1 will be shut down on Monday, October 3. If you’re reading this, then the original Overwatch has already been taken offline. The exact shutdown times are as follows:
Players who have put countless hours into the original Overwatch are sure to wonder if their hard-earned currencies will transfer over to the sequel. The answer is yes, with a caveat.
Blizzard confirmed in late June 2022 that all currencies from Overwatch will indeed transfer over to the sequel, including Credits, OWL tokens, and competitive points.
However, Overwatch Commercial Lead Jon Spector shared that “our new virtual currency will be the main currency, and there will be things in OW2 that will not be purchasable with those OW1 credits.” Meaning that even though currency will transfer, it may not be of much use.
Unlike Overwatch currency, players of the original game can rest easy when it comes to cosmetics. Everything from skins, sprays, and voice lines will transfer over to Overwatch 2. On PC this is an automatic thing, just load up Overwatch 2 and see all your pretty items.
Console players will need to merge their console account with a Battle.net account. To do this follow these steps:
'Overwatch 2' release time, download size, and when 'Overwatch 1' ends – Inverse
“…is this on?”