Overwatch 2 artwork showing Sojourn, Junker Queen and Doomfist

[Update #2]: Overwatch 2 has now unveiled its very first support hero - the wall-climbing, fox themed healer Kiriko. The Blizzard team has also taken this opportunity to detail Overwatch 2's Battle Pass, hero unlock system, as well as their plans for future updates.

[Update]: Overwatch's September 13th Last Chance event will give you one last shot at spending your Credits. 

Last year Blizzard made a huge step forward for Overwatch and brought in cross-platform multiplayer. However, while you could play with your friends regardless of their platform, actually playing on multiple platforms yourself was a massive annoyance since your progress wouldn't carry over between them.

Thankfully, all of this will soon be a thing of the past. Starting today, anyone logging in on the console version of the game will be prompted to link together all of their accounts. The one big catch is that you'll only be able to merge with one account per platform, so while you can have PC-Xbox-PlayStation-Switch linked together, you won't be able to do the same with PC-Xbox-Xbox for example.

Sprays, emotes, skins and everything else in the Hero Gallery tab will be fully shared between the linked accounts, while gameplay settings and statistics will remain separated by platform in order to keep things from becoming a bit of a confusing mess. Speaking of which, you can read the finer details about the whole linking process, as well as what you should and shouldn't do, over at the Blizzard website.

If you're simply playing on PC, then you have nothing to worry about as all of your progress from the original Overwatch will be instantly carried over to Overwatch 2 without any additional input on your end. Similarly, if you're just starting off with Overwatch 2 and you have no Overwatch content to carry over, you can ignore the whole linking rigmarole and just play on your platform of choice without a care in the world.

The most important thing to note here is that even though Blizzard has already opened up the linking process, nothing will actually happen until Overwatch 2 launches. Still, I'd recommend getting it done sooner rather than later since I'm sure you'd prefer to be playing Overwatch 2 on launch day instead of dealing with a system that is likely to be straining under a heavy load.

Good luck with the whole process, and make sure to check out Overwatch's final event while it's still around. This might be your final chance to get some of the classic skins before Overwatch 2 changes everything.