Can You Still Play Overwatch 1?

Overwatch 1 fans will not be happy with this...

by Carlos Hurtado


Overwatch 2 is releasing on October 4, but many players still want to play Overwatch 1 to relive those fun moments many of them have had since the game’s launch in 2016. Blizzard Entertainment decided to stop supporting the game once Overwatch 2 launches, but many players are wondering if they still can play Overwatch 1.

Can You Still Play Overwatch 1?

You can no longer play Overwatch 1. Servers were scheduled to shut down on October 3, and Blizzard Entertainment doesn’t have plans to turn them back on. Overwatch fans will be able to experience the game through Overwatch 2, but there is good news amidst this sad discovery. Overwatch 1 players will be able to keep all their skins and use them in Overwatch 2. Another perk is that Overwatch 1 veterans will not have to unlock any of the heroes featured in Overwatch 1 compared to brand-new players that come to Overwatch 2.

A meaningful size of the community has expressed disappointment about the Overwatch 1 shutdown, and many of them are still remembering all the fun they had across all the matches they played since 2016. The game gathered a huge community in a relatively short amount of time, and soon after its release, it spawned a competitive esports scene.

However, players are also excited about all the new content that Overwatch 2 will bring to the table. Overwatch 2 may be one of the first titles to enable players to carry over all the skins that have been in their inventories across their Overwatch 1 career.

All in all, Overwatch fans should be excited about all the new additions that Blizzard Entertainment will bring to the table in this sequel. The company seems to be invested in the franchise, so if there’s any problem at launch, chances are they will be at the tip of the spear working on those issues.

Overwatch 2 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series S|X, and Nintendo Switch. For more information about the game, go to the official Overwatch Twitter page.

- This article was updated on October 4th, 2022

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