How Overwatch 2 Premium and Free Battle Passes work

When Monitor 2 launches in october, The game will be free. Blizzard Entertainment plans to support the continued development of the hero leader through multiple types of in-game purchases, including a premium-grade paid battle pass and the ability to purchase in-game currency that players can spend on items such as character skins and new heroes. It’s a transformation Away from random loot boxes from the origin Note and watchand a fundamental change in how new heroes appear Monitor 2.

On Thursday, Blizzard gave a closer look at how this happened Monitor 2The battle pass system will work, what it will offer players, and why the company thinks it offers”Huge amount of valueFor those who pay in the system.

Monitor 2 It will feature a seasonal model, each season lasting about nine weeks. There will be a different theme for each season – Season 1 is “cyberpunk” – and a series of unlockable cosmetics matching this theme that players can earn with the Battle Pass. The Battle Pass will offer two tracks: a paid track with dozens of digital goodies, and a free track with fewer tracks. The Premium Battle Pass will cost $10 (or 1,000 Overwatch Coins, a currency that can be earned by playing the game or purchased directly with real money) per season, and will include 80 additional classes of unlockable items.

What is included in the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass?

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Players who buy the Premium Battle Pass in Season 1 will win Monitor 2New hero Kiriko immediately. People who choose to play for free will unlock Kiriko at level 55 of the Battle Pass. Blizzard says that future seasons and battle corridors with new heroes will also unlock at level 55. (Players who own the original Note and watch You’ll have instant access to new heroes SojournAnd the Junker QueenAnd the he’s there by Blizzard’s Free Founder’s Pack.)

The Battle Pass Free Track includes the following free rewards unlockable in Monitor 2 season 1:

  • Kiriko, for players who haven’t already unlocked it
  • 2 epic skins
  • 1 magic weapon
  • 2 souvenirs
  • 1 highlight the introduction
  • 14 Bonus Items (Emoticons, Victory Modes, Name Cards, Airbrushes, Player Icons, etc.)
  • Prestige class titles (8 winnable titles available only after you complete a card in full)

The premium paid track includes much more:

Menu in Overwatch 2 showing a display

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  • Instant access to Kiriko
  • 20% battle experience boost
  • 1 legendary skin
  • 5 legendary skins and 1 epic skin
  • 3 Introductions “Play of the Game”
  • 4 magic weapon
  • 3 emotions
  • 3 souvenirs
  • 6 poses
  • 6 name cards
  • More than 30 additional cosmetic rewards

How do players earn XP to advance the Overwatch 2 battle pass?

The short answer? By playing the game. as in the original Note and watchPlayers will earn XP as they play and complete games Monitor 2thus leveling the battle corridor layers.

The longer answer is a bit more complicated. Monitor 2 It will offer daily and weekly challenges that players can complete to earn XP in the Battle Pass and earn Overwatch Coins that can be spent in the in-game store. There will be six daily challenges to choose from; Each is worth 3,000 XP, with a maximum of 9,000 XP to earn – that is, doing three of the six challenges – per day. (Completing the remaining three will not advance the Battle Pass, which appears to require 10,000 XP per tier.)

Daily challenges include basic feats such as winning a game, completing three matches in any unranked mode, mitigating 2,000 damage without dying, or finishing three matches after waiting for a flexible matchmaking role. These are all straightforward goals that one can passively complete simply by playing a few rounds of them Monitor 2.

Overwatch 2 menu showing weekly challenges and rewards for the game's Battle Pass

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The weekly challenges are meant to be more difficult to complete, and include feats such as winning 10 games, dealing (or boosting) 125,000 damage, or mitigating 40,000 damage. Weekly challenges will pay 5,000 XP per challenge, plus a number of coins. Completing four weekly challenges will get players 30 coins; Four more will pay an additional 20 coins; Completing a total of 11 will pay another 10 coins. It appears that players can earn at least 60 Overwatch Coins per week, which could amount to more than half the cost of a battle pass over the nine weeks of the season.

Furthermore, Blizzard also plans seasonal, competitive, and lifetime challenges for Monitor 2But what they will pay is not yet clear.

John Spector, Commercial Leader and Vice President of Overwatch, said the goal of the challenges and XP evolution is to “give players a range of options for how they play the game.”

“Sometimes you see challenge systems that are the equivalent of Overwatch, like hitting 10 headshots like Widowmaker in Dorado,” Spector said during a Zoom call with the media on Tuesday. We don’t want to do that. We don’t think this is conducive to the right kind of play. We don’t want the players on your team to do anything but do their best to win in pursuit of their challenges. It’s not helpful, and we think it’s not a great experience for a player, if I go in and say, “The reason I’ve switched to Widowmaker now, even though I’ve never played Widow, is because I want to advance my battle pass.” [What’s] This system is really based on providing opportunities for players, on a daily and weekly basis, just by playing the game, to advance their battle pass more quickly, to earn coins that they can collect and save for the rewards they want, and to feel rewarded in general for doing so.”

Are there XP boosts in Overwatch 2?

Yes, a few of them. In addition to the always-on Seasonal XP boost available as part of the Premium Battle Pass, Blizzard will also give players an XP boost to collect and play with friends. “We like to encourage people to play Overwatch with friends – we think the experience is even better when you can do that,” Spector said. He said Blizzard is also considering event-based or time-limited boosts, such as Dual XP Weekends, but it hasn’t announced concrete plans.

As for paid XP boosts, Blizzard didn’t announce anything, but hinted at it Monitor 2 Players in non-Western markets might get “market specific stuff, probably”.

Is Overwatch 2’s Premium Battle Pass worth it?

Blizzard seems to think so, and hopes to, too.

“Our design goal and philosophy for the battle pass has been so overwhelming and obvious to players that if you swipe and look at all the things you can earn — for free and on the premium track the battle pass — there is no reaction other than, Oh my gosh, all of this stuff is amazing, there are so many of them and I can’t believe it’s all for only $10.

Spector added, “We want the Premium Battle Pass to be the highest value and the most visible choice for players interested in instant unlocking. [of heroes]. ”

Screenshot from Overwatch 2 showing the cyberpunk looks of Roadhog, Widowmaker, Kiriko, Zenyatta, Hanzo and Sojourn.

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However, Seasonal Battle Passes will not include all the cosmetic rewards that Blizzard will earn Monitor 2. Some of them will have to be purchased from the in-game store, using Overwatch Coins.

“The Battle Pass for Season 1 has nine shapes,” Spector explained. “It’s really just a subset – remarkably, a small subset – of all the cosmetics we introduce in Season 1. The same will hold up in Season 2 and Season 3, where what’s in the fight is a subset of the skins we launch. It will be released. The majority of new skins are through our new store, and there will be offers for players to purchase the things they are interested in directly with their Overwatch Coins.”

He added, “We’re going to have a second piece of the shop – we call it the ‘just for you’ section – where we’ll basically be doing more personalized offers for players. If you play a lot of Reinhardt and nothing else, chances are your section will show you more Reinhardt items than others [see] In the section “Just for you”. This is also a place where in the future you will know some of these things that you may have missed when they first came out, and you may have the ability to see some of that in the Just for You section as well.”

Players will experience the Blizzard Battle Card when Monitor 2 October 4th launch On Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.