Overwatch 2‘s launch and inaugural season as a free-to-play sport hasn’t all the time gone to plan. The sport’s creators mentioned earlier than the sport’s launch they wished its battle pass to really feel like an “overwhelming, apparent worth,” however a lot of the dialog round rewards and cosmetics for Overwatch 2 has been round high-priced skins and underwhelming freebies. That seems to be altering for the sport’s second season, which kicks off in December.
New Overwatch govt producer Jared Neuss mentioned in a weblog submit Thursday that Blizzard “aren’t utterly happy with how all the pieces feels proper now,” in the case of rewards and progression in Overwatch 2.
(*2*)”There’s lots we like about it — knocking out a bunch of each day/weekly challenges or getting one thing new for a hero you’re keen on can really feel nice! But we additionally acknowledge that immediately’s expertise has a possibility for enchancment that we have to concentrate on,” Neuss mentioned. “We need you to really feel extra rewarded only for sitting down and taking part in. We need you to have new achievements to chase exterior of your Competitive Rank and Battle Pass stage.”
To accomplish that, Neuss mentioned, Blizzard is altering Overwatch 2‘s rewards construction “so that every occasion has a pores and skin you’ll be able to earn by taking part in, along with the opposite beauty rewards we already supply.” (Overwatch 2‘s first occasion, Halloween Terror 2022, didn’t reward gamers with a lot past a weapon allure, some titles, voices traces, and XP.) Twitch drops, the place gamers watch content material creators streaming Overwatch 2and get free cosmetics for that viewership, may also proceed, Neuss mentioned.
“While we’re engaged on the long-term plans, we wish upcoming seasons to really feel extra rewarding than Season 1,” he added. More free skins and elevated battle pass rewards will seemingly go an extended approach to assembly that aim.
Neuss additionally hinted at “a mixture of Battle Pass changes, extra fascinating Challenges to pursue, and extra thrilling play-focused progression techniques” coming in season 3, which might seemingly kick off in February 2023. The sport’s weekly challenges particularly have been a degree of rivalry for gamers, as a result of that is how Overwatch 2 doles out its free, in-game forex, Overwatch Coins.
In the close to time period, it appears like Blizzard may also tweak XP rewards for the battle pass for gamers who queue in a help position (or all roles, which winds up being help) in an try to handle excessively lengthy queue instances for different roles ( tank and injury).
Neuss added that Blizzard can also be engaged on concepts associated to the help position to make it “extra enjoyable and extra rewarding to play.” That contains “focused help hero reworks, sport system updates, and even some role-wide changes to enhance help high quality of life.”
Season 2 of Overwatch 2 begins on Dec. 6. The second season will carry a brand new hero to the sport, the tank Ramattra, a brand new map, and a brand new battle pass.