Earlier this month, Blizzard confirmed that Overwatch 2 will launch in Early Access this October on consoles and PC. Now, the studio has revealed a bit more about the transition. Even in its Early Access state, Overwatch 2 will replace Overwatch 1, and we also know how the team will handle unopened loot boxes when everyone transitions to the new game.
Overwatch 2 will launch in Early Access on all of the same platforms that Overwatch 1 is available on, starting October 4th. Unlike the original game, OW2 will be free to play and will completely replace Overwatch 1. The maps and modes present in the original game will be available in OW2, but the move also forces fans of the original game to embrace the new 5v5 multiplayer mode. , and a recent public beta has shown that the transition from 6v6 to 5v5 won’t be a completely smooth transition as some heroes need rebalancing, especially support characters.
In a Reddit AMA , Blizzard also confirmed that everything you own in Overwatch will carry over with you to Overwatch 2. This includes all previous cosmetic unlocks and any in-game currencies you may have. Your loot boxes won’t be with you as Overwatch 2 is phasing out loot boxes in favor of selling skins and skin packs directly through the in-game store.
However, you will not lose the contents of these loot boxes. When the transition to Overwatch 2 occurs, any loot boxes you currently own on your account will be automatically unlocked and their content will be transferred to the new game, along with everything else in your cosmetics collection.