Overwatch 2 is getting a battle pass, and fans are absolutely enraged by the fact that new heroes will be locked behind it. The heroes will be on the free track of the battle pass, but this information isn't stoking the fan base's outrage.
The internet was flooded with speculation about whether or not the heroes would have to buy the battle pass to get access to the new heroes when the news first broke today. Not long after, Overwatchs commercial head and vice president at Blizzard Jon Spector tweeted some clarification that the heroes would be on the free track of the battle pass.
We'll be sharing all information about the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass ahead of the launch, but want to confirm that new Overwatch 2 heroes will be available on the Battle Pass's free track.
This is a concern for the community for several reasons. The first is that if a hero is not locked behind a specific portion of a battle pass, that hero will not be available for play immediately, which Overwatch players are not used to. And, heroes cant be switched in a situation of need if they are not unlocked.
Overwatch players have valid concerns about overarching battle pass holders.
If you do not get to that specific level in the battle pass, Dorwulf responded and said that there will be free paths to get those heroes added in the future as well. This could mean a lengthy wait time for you to get the hero you missed if you do not want to pay for it.
Fans are naturally resentful that Overwatch 2's battle pass system would cost them a lot of money back when it first launched.
Another excellent point made by a user named TheSamuraiGunner is that Overwatch has always relied heavily on hero switches when theyre needed. Agents are locked once you pick them in games like VALORANT, and in other games like Fortnite and Fall Guys, there are no special abilities, just cosmetics.
MultiVersus, a fighting game that locks characters behind currency, is the closest recent example players can find. However, players may not alter them at will during a match, like Overwatch can.
The Overwatch 2 battle pass system is still unknown to many gamers.
Fans know that the free battle pass will be locked behind, and that there will be two different versions of it, like in other games where there is a free version and a paid version, but Blizzard hasn't released any other official information about what the battle pass will be like, thus fans are left to speculate on how much it will cost, how many tiers it will take to unlock new heroes, and more.
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Players know that the first season of the game will begin on October 4 when the game launches, and the second season will begin on December 6, giving players about two months to complete the battle pass. This might be a problem for those who only play the game occasionally and may not be able to unlock heroes every battle pass, which will put them at a significant disadvantage.
Fans are mostly dissatisfied with the heroes being locked behind a free battle pass for the time being. It is highly probable that Overwatch 2 will continue to be criticized heavily going forward.