Blizzard ‘Actively Working’ to Let All Overwatch 2 Players Experience a Hero the Day a Season Drops

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Overwatch 2 developer Blizzard Entertainment is “actively working in direction of” gifting away new heroes to all gamers, not simply those that purchase a premium battle cross.

Speaking on the Group Up Podcast, Overwatch 2 govt producer Jared Neuss teased the main change to the sport’s monetisation mannequin, which presently solely permits new heroes to be acquired immediately if gamers purchase the premium battle cross at 1,000 Overwatch Coins, which prices $10.

“Would I like for each single participant to give you the chance to expertise a hero the day that a season drops? Yes,” Neuss mentioned. “Do I believe that we’ll get there. Yes, I do suppose that we’ll get there and we’re actively working in direction of it proper now. Can I speak about the particulars? No, I am unable to.”

Blizzard does give away new heroes without cost presently via its fundamental battle cross, however solely as soon as gamers have labored via 45 tiers of it by taking part in matches and finishing challenges. As new heroes are arguably the most enjoyable facet of Overwatch 2 (a hero shooter), Blizzard limiting their entry is a frequent fan criticism.

The earlier new hero, Mauga, was launched on December 5 as Overwatch’s first Samoan hero. As a heavy assault character, Mauga wields a variety of heavy artillery weapons like the incendiary chain gun and the unstable chain gun (which he has lovingly nicknamed Gunny and Cha Cha).

Monetisation has been a controversial matter inside Overwatch 2 since its launch in October 2022, highlighted by its Steam launch seeing the sport plummet to the platform’s worst reviewed sport of all time. Users described Overwatch 2 as “an try to pry open your pockets whereas masquerading as the sport it used to be.”

Blizzard was additionally closely criticised when Overwatch 2 launched because it pressured its premium predecessor to replace into a free-to-play sequel, rendering the unique Overwatch unplayable. Since then, Overwatch 2 has endured a variety of controversies together with the cancellation of its long-awaited PvE Hero mode — the one characteristic, gamers mentioned, that justified the sequel’s existence.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll speak about The Witcher all day.

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