Blizzard Entertainment revealed that the original Surveillance will be replaced by Monitor 2 when it comes out later this year.
This comes from a recent Ask Me Anything thread that a number of Blizzard devs made on Reddit, where Monitor 2 Game director Aaron Keller has explained what “early access” means for the highly anticipated sequel.
“When Monitor 2 launches October 4, it will replace the current live service,” Keller wrote in the thread.
“We use the term Early Access to indicate that this is just the beginning of many new things to come to the game,” he added. “We’re launching with new heroes, maps, and features, but there are even more that arrive seasonally – every nine weeks.
“We recently released a roadmap detailing some of this content, with a new hero coming in Seasons 1 and 2, and a new map in Season 2. Additionally, larger elements of the game that have always is part of the vision of Monitor 2 will be released in-game as part of the live service, including the launch of the PvE campaign next year.
The new than the original Surveillance will be replaced – meaning 6v6 matches will end in October – comes on the heels of the announcement that Monitor 2 becomes free-to-play.
Several changes will be introduced to work with the free game change, including the removal of Loot Boxes, which will be replaced by a Battle Pass and customizable cosmetics.
Currently, Activision Blizzard is the subject of several lawsuits for alleged abuse and sexual harassment within the company, with CEO Bobby Kotick having recently been re-elected and company shareholders voting in favor of a misconduct report.
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