Blizzard has already announced Overwatch 2 crossplay at an earlier date, and now, as we get closer to the Overwatch 2 release date, Blizzard has announced that you can merge your Overwatch 2 accounts if you play on multiple platforms. The merge will allow you to carry over the progress and cosmetics from the original Overwatch on any platform and pick up in Overwatch 2 where you left off. Merged accounts will live on your Battle.net account, which Blizzard says is required for anyone playing Overwatch 2, regardless of platform.
Blizzard also said that you only have one chance to merge your accounts, so if you have more than one, be sure to check which account you’re merging before continuing with the process.
Starting August 16, you should be automatically prompted to merge accounts when logging into Overwatch. Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch are included with PC, although you can only merge one account per platform. In other words, if you have three Overwatch accounts on Xbox, you can only take one with you.
You can technically unlink your Overwatch account from Battle.net, but Blizzard has a one-year “cooling down” period before you can add a new one. So, again, think carefully before deciding to do this. If you’re a PC-only player, it doesn’t really matter as your progress is automatically carried over.
Game stats and skill ratings are handled a little differently for players who merge PC accounts with console. For skill ratings, Overwatch 2 takes the highest rank of all your accounts and goes with that one. Overwatch 2 will merge stat totals in general and take the best values for each category, such as killstreaks.
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If you’re gearing up for Overwatch 2, head over to our Overwatch 2 system requirements page to make sure you can run the hero shooter, and check out our Overwatch 2 tier list to see which heroes are worth your time.