how to merge accounts and progress before release

Blizzard is slowly preparing the update of its FPS by organizing the cross-progression upstream: we explain how to proceed.

The team-based shooter juggernaut is about to get its biggest update since release. This sequel announced two years ago has finally arrived after many adventures. Development delays due to the pandemic, change of direction and takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, in other words, this new version has seen green and not ripe even before its release. Last June, Xbox created a surprise during its annual conference with a major announcement. The FPS finally gets a release date and unveils its new economic system.

No question of spending a penny more to discover this sequel: Overwatch 2 will be free-to-play. Whether we played the first version or not, Overwatch 2 will be available free to all while the title begins its transition to become a service game. Like Fortnite and other giants in this market, Blizzard’s title will now work with a battle pass system and cosmetic purchases. This new format also comes with a feature that everyone was waiting for: cross-progression. If you have played Overwatch first of the name on several platforms, know that it is possible to merge your content and your progress, starting today.

How does this new service work?

To facilitate the transition to Overwatch 2, Blizzard has done its best to simplify the process. Account merging will be inevitable when the update is released. In effect, a Battle.net account will be required in order to play Overwatch 2 at its output, where console players could exempt themselves until now. If you previously linked a Battle.net account to your console version of the game, the merge is done directly from the main menu of this one.

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A new tab simply titled “Merging accounts” allows you to select the account(s) you wish to pool. This interface displays all the profiles Overwatch linked to your Battle.net account. All you have to do is choose those you want to transfer to form a single account when you leaveOverwatch 2. Indeed, it is not a question here of choosing a profile to highlight once the cross-progression is activated (as in the manner of Fall Guys recently) but many merge all of your progress into one account.

Be careful though, only one profile per platform can be linked to a Battle.net account. For example, if you own the game on Switch but have played on multiple Nintendo profiles, only one of them may be selected. Same for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. So, if you share multiple profiles with your family or partner on a single console, be sure to create one Battle.net account per person to link progress to.

To summarize, a Battle.net account can now contain the data Overwatch a Switch profile, a PlayStation profile, an Xbox profile and a PC version, all of which will be one when the update is released. To avoid possible errors, an FAQ and the procedure to follow are available on the official site of Overwatch. As a reminder, Overwatch 2 will be available in early-access from October 4th.

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