Overwatch 2: Blizzard Acknowledges Battle Pass Issues, Promises Better

Overwatch 2 fans aren’t entirely satisfied with the game’s rewards and cosmetics, especially given their high cost. And Blizzard isn’t satisfied either.

In a lengthy blog post, Overwatch 2’s new executive producer Jared Neuss revealed that Blizzard is planning some big changes to how the season passes will work.

“In Season 2, we tweaked our rewards a bit so that each event has a skin that you earn for playing, in addition to the other cosmetic rewards we already offer,” he explains. In particular, the game’s recent Halloween Terror event rewarded little more than voice lines, some titles, and XP.

“We will also continue our Twitch drop programs so you can earn skins and in-game goodies by supporting your favorite creators,” he added. “As we work on the long-term plans, we want seasons to come to be more fulfilling than Season 1.”

Improvements to battle pass rewards will go a long way, especially if it includes additional free skins… but there’s more to do in the long run.

Thankfully, Blizzard plans to up the ante when it comes to Season 3.

“For Season 3 and beyond, we’re looking at a mix of Battle Pass changes, more interesting challenges to pursue, and more exciting game-oriented progression systems for you all to dig into. We can talk about some of these changes soon, but others may take longer to sink in.”

Exactly what this means for Overwatch 2 remains to be seen, and since the game’s shift to free-to-play, monetization has proven to be a bit of a bottleneck. Especially since a certain weapon charm was cheaper to buy in real life than in the game.

The company does seem to want to find the right balance.

“We’re not completely happy with how everything feels right now,” he said. “There’s a lot we like: conquering some daily/weekly challenges or getting something new for a hero you love can feel great! But we also recognize that today’s experience offers opportunities for improvement that we should focus on.”

IGN’s Overwatch 2 review gave it 8/10 and said “Overwatch 2 breathes new life into what was once the sharpest multiplayer shooter around, before the edges were severely dulled by the attention shifting Blizzard”, adding that ” The base is all set for Overwatch to shine again as it once did in the multiplayer shooter scene, and the future definitely looks bright with what’s to come in the coming months.

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Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.

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