Overwatch 1 Will Get Basically Everything From Overwatch 2, Minus The PvE

Overwatch 1 Will Get Basically Everything From Overwatch 2, Minus The PvE

Wondering what a Overwatch sequel means to players of the existing game? Blizzard asked themselves the same question, and the answer is to make sure so much content is shared with existing players, that you might not need to buy Overwatch 2 at all.

A key concern for the Overwatch community is what would happen to the hundreds of hours they’ve spent levelling up, unlocking skins, emotes and various cosmetics. The good news is all of that will carry over into Overwatch 2.

But if you don’t buy Overwatch 2, you won’t be left out. Telling the Blizzcon crowd that they wanted to change the idea of what a sequel was, Jeff Kaplan announced that Overwatch 1 players would be able to play in the same games as Overwatch 2 players, on the same maps with the same heroes.

The official website, updated after the announcement, reaffirmed that:

Your accomplishments and loot collections will be carried forward to Overwatch 2. That means you’ll keep your skins, player icons, sprays, emotes, and more! Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer; they’ll also be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps.

What existing Overwatch players won’t get is the PvE content, which means the story missions and hero missions featuring Overwatch’s efforts to battle back the Null Sec invasion. It’s not known whether the new graphical look for Overwatch 2 will be available in the existing game, but more info is expected to be announced at an upcoming panel later this morning.

The author travelled to Blizzcon 2019 as a guest of Blizzard.


  • That’s convenient but i was hoping they would refresh the engine.
    Currently you have to get constant 300fps to get a good SIM speed and make the game feel like it’s not laggy.
    That is hard to do even with my 2080 Ti.
    I have to disable HPET in windows and overclock my card every time i wanna play the game, and I already have mininum graphics settings (at 1440p).

  • The carrying forward of content is nice, also incredibly surprising given Activision could make them dance with their puppet strings, but the backwards compatibility has me somewhat concerned…

    I can only wonder how much advancement of gameplay, if any at all, will actually occur given this particular factor.

  • I really don’t get it. Why not just make a paid DLC for OW containing the new PvE content? Why make a whole new game?

    • They can charge more. I play Overwatch a lot and have little interest in PvE. The content they’ve done before have been fairly underwhelming. I might play the missions once for funsies but i can’t see it being a regular thing worth actually paying for.

    • The same reason Capcom releases several reiterations of the same Street Fighter game and Arc Systems works release several reiterations of the same BlazBlue and Guilty Gear Xrd games. Money.

  • This is not a sequal regardless of how Blizzard tries to spin it.

    An expansion pack, that’s what this is.

    For people who do not look into these things they will be quite annoyed I imagine when they find out all they get is story mode as all other content is coming to Overwatch “1”

    I can only think they are trying to trick people with this marketing. It should have been released as Overwatch PVE story mode expansion.

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