Blizzard Entertainment is changing up its approach significantly with Overwatch 2. It launches into early access on October 4th and, unlike the first game, will be free-to-play. Loot boxes are also going away in favor of a Battle Pass and in-game store with Virtual Currency to purchase cosmetics.
What does this mean for Overwatch 1 users transitioning to the sequel? All unlocked cosmetics will carry over but loot boxes won’t. In a Reddit AMAcommercial lead Jon Spector thought about what’s carrying over. “To give you a quick answer now though, those existing currencies (Credits, OWL tokens, and Competitive Points) Overwatch 2. We’re not transitioning loot boxes into Overwatch 2and ahead of launch, any account is automatically opened with your account receiving all contents directly. ”
He also clarified that “Overwatch 1 Credits come with you to Overwatch 2but our new Virtual Currency will be the main currency, and there will be things in Overwatch 2 that won’t be purchasable with those Overwatch 1 Credits. ” More details will be revealed before the early access launch in October.
Along with the new Battle Pass system are Challenges that players must complete to rank up. Regarding the types of Challenges available, Spector said, “We are planning to add a variety of Challenges that players can complete to their Battle Pass progress. We are not planning hero-specific recurring Challenges – we are planning life-long Challenges that feel like more achievements and not intended to progress the Battle Pass in a significant way.
“We want players to play the game without feeling required to swap onto a specific hero to earn progress. Our goal is to provide you with some choices in which Challenges you focus on completing as well. ” For the most part, it seems that the system will be flexible, which is a good thing. After all, games like Halo Infinite need due to their Challenges having very specific requirements on giving much XP.
Overwatch 2 early access will be available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4, PS5, PC and Nintendo Switch. Its next closed beta, which features two new maps and the Junker Queen as a new hero, goes live on June 28th for consoles and PC.