Blizzard plans to release a sequel to its team shooter, Overwatch 2, in the fall, and the game’s development team held a Q&A session (AMA – Ask Me Anything) on Reddit.
Among other things, it became known that after the release of Overwatch 2 will replace the first part, and will not work with it, as was thought after the announcement (“When OW2 launches on Oct 4th it will be a replacement for the current Live Service”). In this case, all the virtual currency of the players of the first part will be transferred to the second, and since there will be no “lootboxes” in Overwatch 2 (instead the game will use the battle pass progress system), they will open automatically and their content will be added to the player’s account.
Overwatch 2 will have its own currency, which will become the main currency, and the game will have content that can be purchased only for it, and not for the “old” currency OW1.
The developer also explained what “the game will be released on October 4 in early access” means. According to them, it only means that Overwatch 2 will be actively developed over time, and new content will be constantly added to the game. (So we can hope the game will not be be in a state of “raw alpha”).
Unfortunately, the question of one of the users “that is, as I understand it, the first Overwatch will just get a big update on October 4?” was left unanswered, and so far it looks like they may be right.
Overwatch 2 will be distributed on a free-to-play basis, if desired, you can take part in the beta test, which is scheduled for June 28. You need to purchase Overwatch 2: Watchpoint Pack worth 1239 UAH, which also includes a season 1 premium combat pass, virtual currency, Overwatch: Legendary Edition and some other bonuses.