Overwatch 2 will replace the existing game at launch

As already known, Overwatch 2 will replace the current game at launch. Essentially, current Overwatch owners will download a patch and the game will become Overwatch 2, with all the attendant multiplayer changes. For example, the game will be changed to a 5v5 format and various balance changes will be introduced. The promised PvE campaign mode is scheduled for release in 2023.

The clarification came via a Reddit AMA. In a post from Overwatch 2 Game Director Aaron Keller, he explained that the game’s launch on October 4 marks the beginning of Early Access. He added, “We’re using the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the beginning of a lot of new things coming into the game.” The plan to replace the original Overwatch also fits the new free-to-play -Model. Major content updates will appear seasonally every nine weeks, according to the roadmap Blizzard recently released. Season 1 includes Sojourn and Junker Queen and a new map. For more details on the game’s launch, check out GameSpot’s Everything We Know About Overwatch 2 guide and our interview with Aaron Keller.