What does Overwatch 2’s Battle Pass look like with the free-to-play move?

What does Overwatch 2’s Battle Pass look like with the free-to-play move?

What does Overwatch 2’s Battle Pass look like with the free-to-play move?

Yesterday’s Xbox and Bethesda showcase featured the news every time overwatch fan has been waiting for: a release date for Overwatch 2† Also, Blizzard announced the game, or at least the PVP side of it, will be free to play† That’s huge news, but it immediately raises the question of how exactly Activision Blizzard wants to make money overwatch 2.

Blizzard just released another free-to-play game, Diablo Immortal† Critics have criticized that game for its approach to microtransactions, with one analysis suggest it can cost up to $100,000 to max out a single character. I trust (and hope) that Team 4 will take a more thoughtful approach.

We now know that it contains premium cosmetics overwatch 2. So far I believe the only paid cosmetics were Overwatch League skins and emotes, and the Pink Mercy skin which was for charity. Thanks to the long-awaited introduction of cross-progression, you’ll be able to access all the cosmetics you buy or unlock across all platforms you play the game on, which is welcome.

Overwatch 2 will also take a seasonal approach to updates. I and many others have wanted that for years, as content updates will happen regularly. A shift to a season format also suggests there will be some sort of battle pass, so it’s worth figuring out what that will likely entail.

I don’t think new characters will be put behind a battle pass or premium purchase (although that can’t be ruled out completely). overwatch doesn’t really lend itself to that approach and it never charged for additional gameplay content like new heroes or maps.

That leaves cosmetics as the primary content of the battle pass. Skins, voice lines, emotes, sprays, icons, and weapon-style gold weapon variants are all contenders. There may also be new types of items such as: Apex Legendsstyle banners, where players can show off certain stats or some sort of nickname.

keep everyone happy

It’s worth noting that there will be at least 34 heroes when Overwatch 2 launches in October. That’s a lot of characters to provide cosmetics for.

It will be hard to appease any fan, especially those who only play a few heroes. If a season’s battle pass has nothing for their mind (or items they don’t care about), a player can choose not to buy it.

I hope that every season there is something for everyone. I can imagine that, just like with Halo Infinite and autumn boys, there will be free and premium battle pass levels, with most of the best stuff against a paywall. If Microsoft eventually buys Activision Blizzard, maybe Overwatch 2 players get the premium battle pass through Game Pass at no additional cost.

The Loot Box Question

It is not yet clear what role loot boxes will play in this new economy. Officials in some jurisdictions are investigating loot boxes, which are banned in Belgium.

So I wouldn’t be surprised if Team 4 completely removes the loot boxes in Overwatch 2 in favor of the pass. I bet the battle pass will unlock credits that you can use to snag certain cosmetics in the hero gallery as well.

I don’t expect to learn more about monetization for PVE this week. I’m a little concerned about how that will be handled given the Diablo Immortal mess and the RPG elements of Overwatch 2 PVEYou can upgrade heroes to unlock new skills, for example. It’s also unclear whether PVE requires a separate purchase or whether Blizzard charges for expansions (again, those would likely be included in Game Pass).

For now, at least let’s hope for a fair and generous PVP battle pass.