Overwatch 2 Battle Pass details are finally here, as loot crates are ditched in favor of a rotating tier of rewards players can earn via a much more streamlined progression system.
Overwatch 2 Battle Passes are being treated as seasonal content. After nine weeks, the current Battle Pass will be replaced with a new one. When it launches in early access on October 4 for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X | S, the free-to-play game will enter season one and will have a battle pass ready to launch on day one.
The Overwatch 2 Battle Pass is not that different from the implementation of the reward structure of other popular free games. Like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone, the battle pass has both free and premium tracks. The last of which you will need to pay real money to access.
At a glance, the battle pass features rewards that would otherwise have been part of the first Overwatch’s loot box system, with new cosmetic additions like weapon charms as well. These rewards include character skins (with over 30 new ones coming with Season 1), weapon charms, and voice lines.
Currently, however, there is no information on whether Battle Passes from previous seasons will return at a later date. Loot boxes, however, were discarded for good. As such, there may be an element of FOMO at play if you are unable to fully complete a battle pass from any season.
A start for Overwatch 2?
From the looks of it, Overwatch 2 could get off to a pretty feature-rich start when it launches in October. Three new heroes are joining the full roster from the first game. These new Overwatch 2 characters are Sojourn, Junker Queen alongside a mysterious third support hero.
Joining them are six new maps, an all-new mode, and the aforementioned battle pass content. And while we still haven’t received pricing information for Overwatch 2’s premium content, we like to imagine the overall cost will be lower.
This is because Battle Passes are a one-time purchase every nine weeks. As a result, players will need to play to progress and earn the rewards as they go, rather than risking hard-earned cash on duplicates with the first game’s loot box system.
And there was also a reveal about how Overwatch 2 PvE will work and it might surprise you!