As Overwatch nears its end, fans are gathering to pay tribute

Overwatch final menu screen
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Overwatch players are sharing their memories of the game as it prepares to go offline before the launch of Overwatch 2. 

Unless you've been living under a rock over the past few days, you probably already know that later today, October 3, Overwatch will be gone forever. Not to worry though, Overwatch 2 is due to take its place very shortly after. 

As you'd expect, considering Overwatch has been part of our lives since 2016, many people are getting sentimental about the original game's departure and are sharing their memories, memes, and highlights of their time with the Blizzard FPS game. 

Starting with Twitter, the official @PlayOverwatch account got the ball rolling by asking fans to share their favourite memories from Overwatch 1 using the hashtag #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide. This led to several posts containing gameplay highlights, funny moments, and more from the first Overwatch game. 

Over on the Overwatch subreddit, it's a similar story so we've picked out the best, and most heart-wrenching, goodbyes and embedded them below. 

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A particularly bittersweet tribute was held in the Overwatch subreddit for the user who has been drawing Zenyatta every day until Overwatch 2's release. After completing their 216th illustration of the hero and uploading it to Reddit, they can finally rest. That is until they start a new drawing challenge for Overwatch 2 probably tomorrow. 

drawing_zenyatta_every_day_until_the_release_of from r/Overwatch

In other Overwatch news, fans aren't happy about the cost of Overwatch 2's battle pass, which will cost players 1,000 Overwatch Coins and equates to about $10 USD. There have also been some issues with Overwatch 2's mobile authentication ahead of the sequel's launch, which, understandably, has some people concerned about whether they'll be able to play on the big day or not.

Not ready to say goodbye to Blizzard's FPS yet? Read GamesRadar+'s Alyssa's Overwatch eulogy. to help you get through it. 

Hope Bellingham
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After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at university, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+ before being promoted to a fully-fledged News Writer after a year and a half of training.  My expertise lies in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, cozy indies, and The Last of Us, but especially in the Kingdom Hearts series. I'm also known to write about the odd Korean drama for the Entertainment team every now and then.