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Overwatch 2 Won't Have Loot Boxes and More Details Revealed

Overwatch 2 Won't Have Loot Boxes and More Details Revealed - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 June 2022 / 1,786 Views

Blizzard Entertainment has announced Overwatch 2 will not have loot boxes and instead will have a premium battle pass and an in-game store.

"Players will have a lot more control about how they interact with the game and how they acquire new content," said lead hero designer Geoff Goodman.

Players will be able to unlock skins, weapon charms, and banner. There will also be a new skin tier above Legendary called Mythic. These are customizable with a variety of parts. 

Anything earned from Overwatch or Overwatch 2 can be be used on consoles and PC as the game support cross-progression.

Read details from Blizzard below:

Overwatch 2 is releasing on October 4 as a free-to-play live experience, and we'd like to explain exactly what that means for our game. Overwatch 2 will have seasonal updates on a regular cadence and a Battle Pass that will feature new content including new heroes, game modes, maps, cosmetics, and more! We’ll also be outlining Seasons One and Two and plans extending into 2023 with a roadmap for the game. 

A free-to-play, live experience

Making Overwatch 2 free-to play is a natural step forward for our game and our players. Overwatch, even since its debut, has always been a social game, and our community has always has the most fun when we come together. Free-to-play removes the barrier to entry, allowing anyone, anywhere to jump into the game, group up with friends, or find people to play with online. Along with this shift to free-to-play, we’ll be adding cross–progression, enabling everyone to play, progress, and access their unlocked content seamlessly across all game platforms.

There will be no Loot Boxes in Overwatch 2. Instead, the modernized live service will give our players the power to shape their own experiences. Players can acquire the items they want directly through the Battle Pass and an all-new and consistently updated in-game shop. Our team will create and deliver seasonal content every nine weeks to ensure there's always something fresh and exciting waiting for everyone.

Roadmap and seasons

On the roadmap below, you can find our short-term plans for Season One and Season Two, as well as our long-term goals to grow and develop the game into 2023 and beyond. Players can expect to see a new hero every other season, with elements like new maps and game modes in the seasons between.

Season One will feature Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced support hero, as well as the new 5v5 PvP experience, reworked heroes, new maps and modes, and more. We’re also releasing a reimagined competitive experience that was created to give players more tools to improve gameplay and feel a sense of progression in competitive play. Players will have more of an impact on individual matches with the shift to 5v5, and there will be additional systems in place to help you discern your contributions per match. More details on the competitive overhaul will be shared soon!

Season Two will introduce a new tank hero, map, and a collection of unique skins. We‘ll also move the story forward with the release of the new PvE experience in 2023, along with more new heroes, maps, and game modes. We can’t wait to share more information closer to release! 

A living, ever-evolving game 

We‘ve always believed that Overwatch, at its core, should be a living game. Overwatch stands for inclusivity, open-mindedness, and community. These pillars led to the change in our strategy to deliver new heroes, maps, and modes on a frequent basis because we believe this is what’s best for our players and our game. 

Overwatch 2 will launch in Early Access as a free-to-play game for the PlayStation 5Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo SwitchPlayStation 4Xbox One, and PC on October 4.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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The Fury (on 16 June 2022)

I paid £25 for Overwatch 1 in 2016. Never paid anything else since. I'd rather this next game was about £25 on top if it meant I could get any amount of skins as part of the game and not, I presume, currency to get the skins I want for my favourite characters, nor a battle pass.... but alas.

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Chazore The Fury (on 16 June 2022)

Same tbh.

Bp's put me off wanting to play/buy any game that has them in it. Selling hundreds of skins just adds up to the cost over time to being far more than an average £40 game.

I bought SC II and it's expansions, but now the game has gone F2P, it now hosts "content" adding upwards of £200+...

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Airaku (on 16 June 2022)

This is even worse. At least with Loot Boxes you can play the game and still unlock them later at your own leisure. Now if that wasn't enough, Blizzard wants to hit the kids up with some real FOMO.

Hell naw, this is a hard battle PASS!

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Kakadu18 (on 16 June 2022)

So basically like Fortnite. Skins that cost as much as entire games and a battle pass.

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Chazore (on 16 June 2022)

In-game store

Hell naw, not after what happened with Immortal.

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LudicrousSpeed (on 16 June 2022)

Un game store = in game store?

Anyway, that’s cool. But I’m sure it will just mean laughably overpriced cosmetics.

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VMCJonCarter (on 16 June 2022)

Since 2015 Blizzard has been dead to me

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