Fans and content creators alike rallied on Twitter under the hashtag #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide to say goodbye to the game on its last day.
Looking back at Overwatch
We’re celebrating our transition to the next chapter with #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide! Use the hashtag to share your favorite memories from Overwatch 1 and get hyped for what the future holds! 🎉
Gameplay highlights, your favorite cinematic, a funny story – we wanna see it all 👀
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) October 2, 2022
— Heml0ck (@Sp1ritB0x) October 2, 2022
A day before Overwatch 2’s release, the time came for the original game to be sunset. A mere hours before the anticipated release of the sequel, the team-based shooter’s last moments were marked with netizens posting game clips of their favorite highlights online. Fun was had among online users despite the game’s faded popularity, keeping the hashtags “#SeeYouOnTheOtherSide” and “#Overwatch1” trending for hours. Memories were shared, and some fans reminisced about how the game impacted their lives.
I’ll never forget these two EMPs, but my favorite memories have to be hanging out with people I’ve met because of Overwatch.
— Fitzyhere (@Fitzyhere) October 2, 2022
Overwatch 2 will come with numerous game changes that aim to make the game more fast-paced and fun. One of these game updates is to reduce the match rosters to a 5v5, removing one of the tanks. According to fan criticism, this change to the game removed one of Overwatch’s unique features. This is offset by the Ultimate Ability for heroes charging slower whenever they damage tanks with temporary health. The adjustment to Overwatch’s future gameplay has seen positive reviews for the most part. Read our Overwatch 2 Tank Guide here.
The old team got back together for one last Overwatch, before we have to arbitrarily decide which of us is kicked out of the group forever because esports said it was better as 5v5. pic.twitter.com/qgTkkNtbz1
— Joe Skrebels (@2plus2isjoe) October 2, 2022
To every fellow Tank player I’ve ever had the honor of pairing with in Overwatch, I wish you all the best in Overwatch 2. There is no greater camaraderie than that which exists between two Tanks on the field of battle. #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide pic.twitter.com/Ehe7765vKJ
— Master Ian Gamer (@masteriangamer) October 2, 2022
Members of the Overwatch family also showed support to the hashtag, showing appreciation for all of the life-changing opportunities to connect with their large audience.
I’ll be forever grateful to @PlayOverwatch for bringing these amazing people and so many more into my life and giving us the opportunity to have adventures all over the WORLD together. CANNOT WAIT to see where #Overwatch2 will take us all next.#SeeYouOnTheOtherSide pic.twitter.com/wF9qrzc0Y9
— Feodor Chin 🇺🇸❄️ (@FeoChin) October 2, 2022
This is a pic from my first @PlayOverwatch session EVER 😭 I had no idea how much Mercy would change my life, I had no idea I was about to gain a whole new family, I had no idea that HEROES NEVER DIE! I love you guys thank u 🙏❤️ #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide pic.twitter.com/ThSGyAQraV
— Lucie Pohl💥 (@LuciePohlComedy) October 2, 2022
This is from my first ever #blizzcon in 2016 when @PlayOverwatch launched – I remember was too shy to tell this awesome cosplayer I was Tracer when I asked for a photo 😂
What a journey we’ve been on, love you Team Overwatch!#seeyouontheotherside pic.twitter.com/nkezDwR0OS
— Cara Theobold (@CaraTheobold) October 2, 2022
Here’s the email telling me I’d booked @PlayOverwatch – and that the session would be on my birthday! – but I had no memory of auditioning for it 🤣
Love you #OverwatchFamily! #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide pic.twitter.com/Hoi7dHRPwh
— Jen Cohn (@heyitsjencohn) October 3, 2022
With Overwatch trends came the meme plays. Streamers and pro-players all gathered to share clips of hilarious misplays and tense in-game encounters that will be remembered long after the curtain closes on the game they came to know and love. As the 2016 Game Of The Year makes room for the sequel, the bittersweet trip down memory lane had some fans wishing for a few more moments with the original game.
— Brian St. Pierre (@Kephrii) October 3, 2022
Throwback to when I accidentally killed half of my OWN TEAM with one scatter arrow.
— Arrge (@ArrgeOW) October 2, 2022
This was the exact moment we knew our winstreak was about to end 💀
— Cres 🦊💃 (@heyitscres) October 2, 2022
— Skiesti 🌻 (@skiesti_) October 2, 2022
As a final goodbye to Overwatch 1, I made this compilation of all the funny haha ragdoll moments I saved since 2020, with appropriate music of course
Thought I had more honestly
Alas, here’s to more funny ragdolls in OW2#SeeYouOnTheOtherSide pic.twitter.com/9wEFvEbPRn
— Neo (@MrNeo_) October 3, 2022
Overwatch 2 will be implementing skill tiers in its competitive system when it comes out on October 4. According to Blizzard Entertainment’s blog, this will further categorize players according to skill level and make defeats feel less punishing. Attention has been put towards the gameplay experience as well. Since Overwatch 2 will be free-to-play, measures have been taken to deter alternate accounts from smurfing in lower skill tiers with new accounts. Blizzard has also adapted a battlepass system for the new game. For all the details on the latest changes coming to Overwatch’s business model, click here.
High-level plays were also among the clips that were shared for #SeeYouOnTheOtherSide. “Play of the game” post-game highlights were always one of the many reasons Overwatch grew in its popularity. Be it from edited meme compilations way back in Overwatch’s hay day, or insane clips that launched players like Seagull into the spotlight, these big-brained moves were seen making the rounds on Twitter. The fact that fans got the hashtag trending shows that the audience was alive and waiting with high expectations for the sequel. The level of attention was impressive for a game that ran for 6 years.
— ZBRA (@zbra_ow) October 3, 2022
— Frogger (@FroggerOW) October 3, 2022
I’ll never forget this grav from my first win in contenders during goats meta.
— GURU (@Gurululz) October 2, 2022