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When Does Overwatch 1 Shut Down? – Answered

Cheers love, The Calvary is leaving.

by Jesse Vitelli

Overwatch 2 is on the horizon, which unfortunately means Overwatch one’s lifespan is coming to an end. Overwatch 2 will become the new base for Overwatch going forward, and all versions of the original game will be converted. This means you’ll no longer be able to play the 6v6 version of Overwatch that launched in 2016. When does Overwatch 1 shut down? We have the answer for you below.

When Does Overwatch 1 Shut Down? – Answered

Overwatch servers will go offline on October 3, 2022. The Overwatch team will need time to work on the servers ahead of Overwatch 2’s early access launch on October 4.

In an interview with Eurogamer, commercial lead Jon Spector states, “So roughly a day before Overwatch 2 launches, we’re going to be taking down the Overwatch 1 servers.” He continues to say,

“And then it’s a 27-hour downtime that we’re planning in order to get the Overwatch 2 server stood up and running.”

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So if you want to play Overwatch 1 before it shuts down for good, your best bet is to play some matches on October 2 ahead of the big sleep.

Luckily, you’ll be able to update and download Overwatch 2 slightly ahead of launch, so while the servers are offline, you’ll still be able to be ready to go when they come back up on October 4 so no worries there.

Well, that’s everything you need to know about when Overwatch 1 will shut down for good. Ahead of Overwatch 2’s launch, we have some guides you might want to check out. Here’s how to unlock the newest hero Kiriko and all of the Mythic skins revealed so far.

Overwatch 2 launches in early access on October 4 for PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch.