Overwatch 2 will come with a free battle pass track and you have to unlock heroes to play. Overwatch 2 won’t lock new heroes behind the Paid Battle Pass, it has emerged. Blizzard VP John Spector confirmed that the heroes will be available through a free track for the Battle Pass. Spector’s comments were an attempt to end speculation he described as “incomplete information” circulating online about Overwatch 2’s Battle Pass.
Overwatch 2 is free-to-play
Blizzard revealed that Overwatch 2 was going free-to-play at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase in June. They described the game as an “always-evolving live service”, but did not specify what players would have to do at the time.
There is speculation that access to the new characters will be locked behind a paywall similar to Fortnite. Responding to a question about players potentially missing out on heroes if they weren’t unlocked during a given season, Spector clarified that more opportunities to acquire heroes would emerge. “We will also have free avenues to get new heroes in future seasons,” Spector said.
A new hero coming to Overwatch 2 has also been leaked. Support protagonist Kiriko sports a fetching fox-ear hat and enjoy frosted doughnuts. The character was revealed after an unfinished cinematic for the game was shared on YouTube, and spotted by Cheer RPS fansite PCGamer. It was later taken down but is still floating on other sites. You can see Kiriko in the photos shared by OverwatchNaeri on Twitter:
OverwatchNaeri has also posted details of the rewards coming to Overwatch 2’s Season One Battle Pass. These include Kiriko, a Cyber Demon Genji mythic skin, and a Legendary skin for Kiriko based on the mystical Phoenix. There will reportedly be over 80 new cosmetics, and a new hero for the free track.
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