Overwatch 2 Battle Pass details are finally here, as loot boxes are ditched in favor of a rotating swath of rewards that players can earn through a much more streamlined progression system.
Overwatch 2 Battle Passes are treated as seasonal content. After nine weeks, the current battle pass will be removed for a new one. When it launches in early access on October 4 for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X | Yes, the free game will go into Season 1 and have a battle pass ready for day one.
The Overwatch 2 Battle Pass is not that different from the implementation of the reward structure of other popular free-to-play games. Just like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, Battle Pass offers free and premium tracks. You will have to pay real money to access the latter.
At a glance, the Battle Pass offers rewards that would have otherwise been part of Overwatch's first loot box system, along with new cosmetic additions like weapon charms. These rewards include character skins (with over 30 new ones coming with Season 1), weapon charms, and voice lines.
Currently, however, it is unknown if Battle Passes from previous seasons will return at a later date. Loot boxes, however, have been removed for good. As such, there could be an element of FOMO at play should you not fully complete a given season's battle pass.
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A fast start to Overwatch 2?
At first glance, Overwatch 2 could have a pretty feature-rich debut when it launches in October. Three new heroes join the full roster from the first game. These new Overwatch 2 characters are Sojourn, Junker Queen along with a mysterious third support hero.
They are joined by six new maps, an entirely new mode, and content from the previously mentioned Battle Pass. And while we haven't yet received any word on pricing for Overwatch 2 premium content, we like to imagine that the total cost will be lower.
This is because Battle Passes are purchased only once every nine weeks. As a result, players will need to play to progress and earn the rewards as they go, rather than potentially risking their hard-earned money in doubloons with the first game's loot box system.
And there was also a reveal on how Overwatch 2 PvE works and it might surprise you!