After a shaky development cycle and a few delays, Overwatch 2 is on track to be released early this year. Recently, the developers of Activision Blizzard hosted an AMA on Reddit to answer any questions that fans might have ahead of its upcoming beta. One of the most notable aspects is that Overwatch 2 will eliminate player levels in favor of Battle Pass progression.
Overwatch 2 is being promoted to a Battle Pass system in the months before its release. During the first beta testing session on Overwatch 2 on April 26, the developers of Activision Blizzard took a break, giving fans a clear outline of its monetization strategy. Notably, Overwatch 2 is simply removing loot boxes for a Battle Pass system and changing the first game altogether.
Fans were concerned about how Overwatch 2 will handle player levels and skins at its launch. Blizz_Jodie, a member of the Overwatch Community Development team, responded by stating that Blizzard will remove levels from the game entirely, and that players will only be able to level their Battle Pass, and their profiles will not display an actual level.
The fan reaction to this news has been mixed. Most recently, fans feel that the removal of levels in Overwatch 2 takes away the sense of progression and accomplishment that players enjoy every time they register to play the game. Due to the studio''s decision to make Overwatch 2 free-to-play, Blizzard appears to be trading in player levels in Battle Pass ranks, owing to the trend of recent free-to-play shooters that have had a lot of success with it. Some fans also believe that the removal would result in
The Overwatch teams'' recent AMA reveals how Overwatch 2 will go on with its predecessor and provide an additional benefit to players, but some questions remain. Blizzard has removed levels from Overwatch 2, seeing how it was previously level gated until rank 25, and the next beta is now underway, so it will not take too long until fans have their questions answered.
Overwatch 2 will be available on October 4 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.