Overwatch 2 will replace the existing game at launch

As previously understood, Overwatch 2 will replace the current game at launch. In essence, current Overwatch owners will download a patch and the game will become Overwatch 2, with all the changes associated with multiplayer. For example, the game will switch to a 5v5 format and introduce various balance alterations. The promised PvE campaign mode is scheduled to release in 2023.

The clarification came via the Reddit AMA. In a post by Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller, he stated that the game’s release on October 4 represents the start 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 to the game.” The plan to replace the original Overwatch also fits in with the new free-to-play model. The biggest content updates will arrive seasonally, every nine weeks, according to the roadmap Blizzard recently released. Season 1 will feature Sojourn and Junker Queen, as well as a new map. You can find more details on the game’s release in GameSpot’s guide to everything we know about Overwatch 2 and our interview with Aaron Keller.