Overwatch 2 is soon launching a Battle Pass, and here’s everything you need to know about it.
After the diminished interest in Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment has been working hard, trying to rebrand the franchise. As part of this, the new Overwatch 2 is coming out pretty soon. The latest game is named Overwatch 2, but almost everything is still the same.
There is, however, some key difference. Instead of the 6v6 battle in Overwatch, the game modes now feature 5v5 players. The devs also promised to bring new heroes and a PVE gamemode. The PVE gamemode is separate and will release at a later date.
The multiplayer experience in Overwatch 2 will be free, so Blizzard is looking at other games for monetization options. Like other popular free-to-play games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Valorant, Overwatch 2 will feature a Battle Pass system. The Battle Pass in Overwatch 2 will award players hero skins and has a premium version for more rewards.
Blizzard Entertainment recently released a Blog Post giving us details about the upcoming Overwatch 2 Battle Pass. Below you will learn everything about it.
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Overwatch 2 New Seasonal Model:
Overwatch 2 will feature a seasonal model similar to other free-to-play games on the market. With the release of Overwatch 2, the Season 1 will start. As more and more seasons come out, it will give the devs more opportunity to push out new content for the playerbase.
The loot boxes will be no more, and an in-game shop will be available. This new shop will use Overwatch Coins, a new virtual currency. The shop will offer featured cosmetic items every week for all players, and in Season One, many of these cosmetics will follow a cyberpunk theme. There will also be a personalized section that will vary from player to player. Future seasons will have different themes for cosmetics.
Blizzard Entertainment revealed a roadmap before the release of Overwatch 2, giving us some insights into future seasonal content. First, Overwatch 2 will be a free-to-play live service game. The PVP system will have some much-needed changes. There will also be cross-platform with cross-progression. And in 2023, the new Overwatch 2 PVE story mode will come out, giving us new narratives about the popular Overwatch 2 heroes.
As for Season 1, we will get the following:
- 3 New Heroes
- 6 new Maps
- 30+ New Skins
- New Battle Pass
- New Mythic Skin
- New Game Mode
Then in Season 2, we will get:
- New Tank Hero
- New Map
- 30+ New Skins
- New Battle Pass
- New Mythic Skin
Finally, in 2023 we will get even more exciting things like new heroes, new maps, new skins, new battle pass, new modes, and PVE mode.
Overwatch 2 Battle Pass Overview:
Each season will have a new Battle Pass with a unique theme and up to 80+ unlockable tiers of cosmetics. The devs will also use the start of each season to make hero balance changes so that everything always feels fresh and distinct.
Overwatch 2 is officially set to release on October 4th, 2022, and the Season 1 Battle Pass will also come out on the same day.
The Premium Battle Pass will cost 1000 Overwatch Coins (equivalent to USD 10) – these coins can be purchased directly or earned over time by completing weekly challenges. Watchpoint Pack owners will automatically unlock Season One’s Premium Battle Pass.
Season 1 Battle Pass:
Free Battle Pass Tiers:
The Overwatch 2 Battle Pass will work similarly to other games’ existing Battle Pass. Players need to earn XP to rank up their Battle Pass and get rewards in each tier. The Battle Pass has a free version and a premium version. The premium version offers more skins and customizable options than the free one.
Overwatch 2 Battle Pass will have new cosmetic types such as name cards, charms, souvenirs, etc. Some of these will be free for the free Battle Pass users. If the season introduces a new hero, it will be unlockable through the free Battle Pass tiers.
Season One’s Battle Pass will feature the following unlockable free rewards in 20 tiers spread throughout the 80+ total tiers:
- Newest support hero, Kiriko (for new players who won’t have her already)
- 2 Epic Skins
- 1 Weapon Charm
- 2 Souvenirs
- 1 Highlight Intro
- 14 additional items (emotes, victory poses, name cards, sprays, player icons, etc.)
- Prestige Tier Titles (8 earnable titles available only after completing the entire pass)
Season One Premium Battle Pass:
The Premium Battle Pass features even more rewards compared to the free one. Players can get additional 60 cosmetics to unlock, including five all-new Legendary skins, one Epic skin, and the all-new Cyber Demon Genji Mythic skin.
In total, Season One’s Premium Battle Pass includes, in addition to all the free rewards above, the following unlockable rewards:
- Immediate access to Kiriko
- 20% XP Battle Pass Boost
- 1 Mythic Skin
- 5 Legendary Skins and 1 Epic Skin
- 3 Play of the Game Intros
- 4 Weapon Charms
- 3 Emotes
- 3 Souvenirs
- 6 Poses
- 6 Name Cards
- 30+ additional cosmetic rewards
Battle Pass Progression:
Players can progress the Battle Pass levels simply by playing the game. But there are also daily and weekly challenges that give significant XP. Grouping up with other players will offer a 20% XP boost which will help gain levels even faster. If players decide to acquire the Premium Battle Pass later in the season, all previously earned premium tiers will unlock at that time.
Those who complete the season’s Battle Pass can continue to progress through Prestige tiers. Prestige rewards take longer to unlock, but in Season One, they reward eight total unique hero titles you can equip on your name cards. You’ll only be able to earn specific Prestige tier titles during the available season; for example, you cannot earn Season One titles during Season Two.
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