Monitor 2 And her new Battle Pass has been making a lot of news lately. Mix of leaks and marketing materials from Blizzard, as reported on its sister site computer games (Opens in a new tab)The crowd was in an uproar. Specifically, they weren’t happy with the idea that they’d need to advance through the battle corridor to unlock certain playable heroes.
Since then, Blizzard has explained a little bit about the battle pass system. In a group interview recorded by computer games (Opens in a new tab)Blizzard Vice President Jon Spector stated that “regular players” should be able to achieve champions trapped in a battle pass. He and his team also explained how much the Overwatch 2 battle pass costs, how players in the original Overwatch can unlock specific heroes and other details about the upcoming game.
Now that we have some concrete information, it seems like a good time to explain exactly how this feature would work in Overwatch 2. The original game wasn’t free to play, and it lacked a battle card. So while the concept of the battle pass is familiar to Activision Blizzard fans, its implementation in this series is not.
Overwatch 2: What is the Battle Pass?
Battle Passes are basically a scorecard for in-game progression. As you progress, you unlock loot, such as character skins, weapons, etc. Usually, a battle pass has a free path and a premium path, with the premium path costing either real currency or in-game currency for purchase. It is usually difficult to get in-game currency without spending real money. So in the end, if you want the Premium Battle Pass, you’ll need to spend money at some point.
This feature has become more and more popular in recent years, especially as more multiplayer games are turning to free-to-play models. Notable examples include Call of Duty: War Zonealso published by Activision Blizzard, as well fortniteAnd the infinite aura And quite a few other games, besides.
Overwatch Battle Pass 2: What’s Included
The free battle pass track of Overwatch 2 season 1 still includes a fair amount of content. Over the course of 80 levels, players can unlock two epic skins, one weapon enchantment, two arcs, a special intro, and eight Prestige titles. There are also 14 additional cosmetic items (emotes, victory poses, etc.) to unlock while playing the game.
But, of course, the big ticket element is unlocking Kiriko, Overwatch’s newest hero. Players on the free path will need to reach level 55 to unlock Kiriko, which Spector says should reasonably be achieved through regular play. In future seasons, completing level 55 will unlock either a hero or a map.
However, if you have a Premium Battle Pass, it will automatically unlock the level 55 bonus. As you progress through the 80 levels, you will also get the same rewards from the free path, but in larger sizes. The premium battle pass gives you a legendary look that’s missing from the free path, and a 20% XP boost lets you progress through levels faster.
Based on the images provided by Blizzard, the Battle Pass interface will mostly look the same for both free and premium players. The only difference is that rewards for many levels will appear “premium” and appear unlocked, unless you pay.
Overwatch Premium Battle Pass 2: Cost
According to a team interview with Blizzard, a Season Premium Battle Pass costs $10 per season, or 1,000 Overwatch Coins (the new in-game currency). Each season lasts for nine weeks, so over the course of a calendar year, players will need to spend between $50-$60 to unlock all the Premium Battle Passes.
There is another way to get the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass. For new players, or those looking to grab some extra loot, you can buy $40 Watchpoint . package (Opens in a new tab). This bundle includes the Premium Battle Pass, the original Overwatch game, 12 hero skins and 2,000 Overwatch Coins.
If you save those Overwatch coins, $40 will actually get you premium battle tickets for three seasons, although those three seasons will only cost $30 on demand. At this point, the question becomes whether you think the cosmetic skins and a few weeks of the current Overwatch game are worth the extra $10.
For existing Overwatch players, you don’t get free access to the Battle Pass Premium, but you can get the best of its benefits. As long as you log into the game before the end of Season 2, you get Kiriko instantly through the Founder’s Pack. While it’s not quite the same as getting the Premium Battle Pass for free, it may save you some money in the short term.
Overwatch 2: Outlook Battle Pass
At this point, we have a pretty good idea of what Blizzard will include in the Overwatch 2 battle pass for both the free and premium tracks, at least for the first few seasons. Blizzard said it expects similar rewards in seasons two and three.
Aside from locking heroes behind the battle pass structure – a controversial move that could change the way casual players approach the game – the Overwatch 2 battle pass doesn’t reinvent the wheel. However, it may fundamentally reinvent the way Overwatch is played. By potentially locking heroes behind a firewall, Overwatch 2 goes where Overwatch has never done. Time will tell if this will eventually harm players on the free track, or if both free and premium players can enjoy the game equally.