It’s been known for some time that the upcoming Overwatch 2 would be replacing its predecessor when it come out in a couple of day.
As such it was also announced that the first game’s servers would be shutting down October 2nd, a couple days before the launch of the sequel – to make preparation for it launch.
Now that day has come and the original Overwatch is officially dead as the servers were taken down midday today.
During this lull while the original is gone and people are waiting for the sequel to pop up, Blizzard did post on Twitter encouraging players to share their most cherished recorded memories in honor of the game’s death.
The first title launched back in 2016 and cost money in order to play. So it is unfortunate that a title which required a purchase is having its servers taken down only 6 years after release. This is better than Babylon’s Fall, which didn’t last more than a year, but still unfortunate to say the least.
Of course, Overwatch 2 is free-to-play and that items such as skins unlocked in the first game are transferable. So there’s some solace for owners of the original game if they are still playing and plan on continuing to play when the sequel releases.
Overwatch 2 free-to-play launches on October 4th for Windows PC (via Battle.net), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.