Soon, Overwatch 2 will be in the hands of the players, and with it comes cross-progression, a feature that players have been asking for since Overwatch launched on multiple platforms. Now, players are finally getting cross-progression, and they can even merge multiple accounts together.
Players can merge multiple Overwatch accounts to carry progression and in-game cosmetics into Overwatch 2 on one single profile. Beginning Aug. 16, players will be prompted at login to identify, select, and confirm the accounts they want to merge.
Players can change or modify the console accounts already associated with the Battle.net account before merging accounts, but not after merging accounts. The Account Merge screen in-game will show you all of the accounts associated with that Battle.net account. You can switch accounts by selecting “Switch Accounts,” which will prompt you to scan a QR code and then confirm the accounts you want to be associated with your Battle.net.
Merged Overwatch accounts are difficult to change once they are merged
Blizzard warns players that the opportunity to merge console accounts can only be done once, so players should double-check which accounts they are merging together before confirming it. You can remove an account from your Battle.net after merging is complete, but there is a one-year cooldown to adding new accounts, so you should be sure that you have the correct accounts linked.
It’s not certain that it will stay this way forever, but fans should operate on the assumption that it will never change. Once those accounts are merged, there is no way to go back in and change which accounts are linked together.
All players will need a Battle.net account to play Overwatch 2 regardless of their platform. Progress from linked console accounts will connect to the Battle.net account and will enable players to share in-game cosmetics and progression across all linked accounts.
Only one account per platform can be linked together using this feature. For example, if players have two PC accounts, those accounts may not be linked. The same goes for multiple console accounts. Accounts may be linked from all of the different consoles, but only one account per console can be linked.
Merging accounts is the only way console players can carry their progress from Overwatch to Overwatch 2, so players should make use of the feature before Overwatch 2 launches on Oct. 4.