Blizzard explains how ‘Overwatch 2’ battle passes work

Blizzard just clarified how surveillance 2Switching to a battle pass system will work in practice. When the team shooter debuts on October 4th, there will be both free and $10 premium Battle Passes like you see in other free-to-play titles. You’ll similarly deal with a virtual currency, Overwatch Coins, which you use to buy the pass and other items. However, unlike some games, you can earn these coins for free simply by playing frequently. If you play often enough (grouping and weekly challenges will speed this up), you can upgrade to the premium track without paying a dime.

The developer also further explained how you unlock heroes. If you want the new support Kiriko (see above) or other heroes for free, you’ll need to reach level 55 – a lot of work, but doable. The catch, of course, is that Premium Battle Pass owners have immediate access to these characters and can practice with them sooner. After Season 2, new heroes are expected every two seasons, and Blizzard allows you to acquire past seasons’ champions either by completing challenges or by purchasing them with Overwatch Coins.

As previously explained, Blizzard primarily intends to benefit from the purchase of cosmetic items that now include “Mythic” skins with customizable layers. You will receive a Mythic skin with each season’s Battle Pass. Everyone will have access to new maps for free, with the addition of new playing fields in alternate seasons. PvE (i.e. the more story-oriented mode) is still planned for 2023.

The approach might be welcome if you’re worried Blizzard might make it too difficult to earn heroes or some desirable cosmetics without spending real money. That being said, there’s still a strong incentive to pay – especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to grind tiers.

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