launches on October 4 as a free-to-play update meets sequel, and with that, all progression will be shared no matter the platform you're playing on with profiles stored on Battle.net. As the original game is being folded into the sequel, Blizzard is now offering players the opportunity to merge their accounts to carry across all progression and in-game cosmetics to Overwatch 2.
The merge includes all platforms with Overwatch - covedring Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
As of today, "every player with a linked console account will be prompted at login to identify, select, and confirm the accounts you want to merge". There will only be one opportunity to merge accounts too, so you'll need to make sure you have the correct details on hand. Although it's an automated process there will be on-screen prompts to connect your Blizzard Battle.net Account via mobile phone.
There's a handy FAQ you can go to
that answers all of the questions you might have related to the merge, but here's a few of the big ones covering how it will work in terms of cosmetics and stats.
How will my in-game items be merged?
All items in the Hero Gallery across platforms will be present in the merged battle.net account. This includes all sprays, emotes, skins, and everything else in the current Hero Gallery tab in-game. Duplicate cosmetics across platforms will be merged into a single battle.net account.
How will my skill rating from multiple accounts be merged to my battle.net account?
Competitive and skill rating will be separated by PC and console input pools. The highest rank will be taken if players merge multiple console accounts.
How will my statistics be merged?
Gameplay statistics are separated by input pool. A few things happen for players who merge multiple console accounts. Total values, like playtime or number of wins, will be summed. Best values, like hero accuracy or kill streaks, will take the highest value from the merged accounts.