September 27, 2022
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New Overwatch 2 Heroes Will Unlock at Level 55 of Free Battle Pass

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Overwatch 2 is lower than three weeks away from launch, and Blizzard has simply launched new particulars in regards to the battle go and monetization system for the hero-based shooter. The most important information? New heroes, just like the upcoming support hero Kiriko, shall be unlockable by way of the free battle go, however not till degree 55. 

It is a vital shift from the unique Overwatch mannequin, the place gamers obtained entry to all new heroes as quickly as they had been launched. The change comes as a part of Overwatch 2’s transfer to a live-service, free-to-play mannequin. It is also one of many largest variations between Overwatch and Overwatch 2, proper alongside altering workforce dimension from 5 gamers to 6. Returning Overwatch gamers will get rapid entry to all three new heroes: Sojourn, Junker Queen and Kiriko by claiming the free Founder’s Pack, however future heroes should be unlocked.

Screenshot of the season one battle pass

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Screenshot of the season one battle pass

Overwatch 2 battle passes may have rewards on free and paid tracks. Gamers who buy premium tracks will get new heroes instantly, whereas paid customers should attain tier 55 to unlock the hero.


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Like many live-service video games, Overwatch 2 is providing two tracks in its battle go: a free observe with a smaller variety of unlockable gadgets, and a paid observe that gives extra (and arguably extra sought-after) cosmetics than the free observe. Shopping for the premium battle go additionally grants rapid entry to any new heroes which might be launched that season. Blizzard plans to launch new heroes each different season (and back-to-back releases within the first two), with new maps being added to the sport in seasons with out new heroes. 

New heroes shall be locked out of aggressive modes for a number of weeks, based on Aaron Keller, sport director of Overwatch 2. He mentioned the intent behind that window is two-fold: Give folks time to unlock new heroes, and provides the builders an opportunity to steadiness these heroes earlier than they enter aggressive settings. It is unclear precisely what number of weeks new heroes shall be unavailable in aggressive or how a lot time it’ll take to achieve degree 55 of the battle go. However on condition that 80 ranges are supposed to final gamers a nine-week season, it appears to be a considerable time funding for gamers to unlock new heroes with out paying. 

Screenshot of premium battle pass exclusive rewards

The premium battle go will include unique rewards.


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The price of new heroes: Time or cash

With seasons lasting 9 weeks, and heroes being launched each different season after the primary two, gamers will see roughly six battle passes annually. Utilizing the season one value of $10 per battle go, that interprets to $60 per 12 months for each battle go, or $30 per 12 months when you solely purchase battle passes containing new heroes. That is roughly according to shooters like Valorant, which additionally help you unlock new heroes free of charge by enjoying the sport or unlock instantly by paying $10 price of in-game forex. 

Gamers can earn that forex free of charge by way of day by day and weekly challenges, however Keller and Overwatch 2 Business Lead Jon Spector mentioned it’ll take roughly two seasons of constant enjoying to earn sufficient to unlock a premium battle go — theoretically permitting gamers to earn all new heroes with rapid unlocks free of charge, however solely with constant play time.

Screenshot of weekly challenges, which reward battle pass progression and coins

Each day and weekly challenges will award cash, which can be utilized to buy premium battle passes and different store gadgets.


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Gamers who be a part of the sport later or who do not unlock new heroes within the battle go may have two avenues to unlock them afterward. There shall be challenges for brand new heroes that help you unlock them by way of regular gameplay, although the precise necessities have not been introduced. Gamers may unlock any heroes they’ve missed by way of the store by paying a value that Spector mentioned could be fairly near a full battle go. 

The information that upcoming heroes should be unlocked has been met with resistance from the Overwatch community, prompting many discussions in regards to the significance of swapping heroes mid-match and the restrictions the new model imposes on that system. When requested about this battle, the Overwatch workforce urged that the notion and expectation about hero swapping might not be according to the fact of participant conduct.

“While you have a look at the information of how typically folks change heroes and what number of heroes they sometimes play at one time, nearly all of our gamers play a comparatively small variety of heroes,” Keller mentioned, including that the builders have tried to tone down onerous counters within the sport and scale back a few of the rock-paper-scissors interactions in an try to permit folks to play the heroes they wish to play, somewhat than being compelled to swap to a counter. Finally, whereas requiring new heroes to be unlocked does impose some new restrictions on gameplay, Keller mentioned the workforce expects Overwatch 2 to stay extremely aggressive. 

Screenshot of the coins shop. 500 coins cost five dollars, and can be bought in bundles for 10, 20, 50 or 100 dollars.

Premium battle passes will price 1,000 cash — purchasable for $10.


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Nonetheless, the brand new mannequin appears designed to steer gamers towards the battle go. Spector mentioned the objective of the go is to ship overwhelming apparent worth for gamers. “We actually need gamers to have a look at that system as rewarding and beneficiant and worthwhile of their funding of time and, for a few of them, cash,” Spector mentioned.

It is a huge guess for Blizzard that gamers will wish to make investments regularly over time, somewhat than upfront for the sport. We’ll discover out if that guess pays off when Overwatch 2 is launched on Oct. 4.

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