Will Overwatch Skins Transfer to Overwatch 2?

A look at the new Rome map available in the Beta
A look at the new Rome map available in the Beta / Courtesy of Blizzard

Overwatch 2 is nearly upon us, and with it comes excitement. New game modes, new skins and, finally, a single-player story mode that will hopefully expand upon the wonderful worldbuilding Blizzard's neglected in Overwatch.

As the date draws closer and closer, players are growing more curious about what will be preserved in the transition from Overwatch to Overwatch 2. Chief among their concerns is whether or not the skins they've unlocked will be able to transfer over to the new game.

Overwatch 2 Skin Transfer

Overwatch doesn't have a typical progression system, as there are no ways to boost a player's power or change an ability besides just getting better. Instead, player status is marked by skins. As a result many players have built an attachment to their cosmetic items, and are worried about whether or not they'll be able to keep them.

Fortunately for fans, the answer to their question is yes.

According to an official statement from Blizzard, it is confirmed that every spray, emote, and skin a player has will transfer to the sequel. However, if a player is looking to make the switch from Overwatch on console to Overwatch 2 on PC, then the skins aren't able to transfer over.

A post on Blizzard's website states, "PC and console versions of Battle.net games are separate and do not share progress, nor do they allow for play on other platforms. As such, it is not possible to transfer Overwatch cosmetics, currency, or progress between platforms or accounts."

So if one is looking to put their Xbox One progress on their brand new PC or vice versa, they'll have to be willing to give up their hard earned skins in order to play on their preferred platform, much to the ire of long-time veterans.