Overwatch 2 is set to launch next month on 4 October and while the game is going to be free-to-play, Blizzard seems intent on milking gamers with in-game purchases and battle passes. One thing the developer has yet to clarify is how will players get new heroes in the game. By the look of things, you’ll have to grind the game in order to get them.
In a tweet from Overwatch 2’s commercial leak Jon Spector, he claims that new heroes in the game will only be available through the battle pass. However, heroes will be available through the ‘free track’. What this means is that players won’t be able to pick these new heroes until they have completely unlocked them through progressing the battle pass.
Originally, Blizzard said that new heroes would be available through only the premium paid battle pass track but that has since changed. The original Watchpoint Pack, which granted access to the beta and a few cosmetic goodies, listed a new hero named Kiriko as part of the content’s battle pass track.
Blizzard has since changed that description and removed all references to Kiriko being part of the content. However, the company has still yet to confirm exactly how players get new heroes other than this tweet.
Addressing some incomplete info posted early about our Overwatch 2 Battle Pass – we’ll be sharing all details ahead of launch, but want to confirm that new Overwatch 2 heroes will be available on the free track of the Battle Pass.
Players now seem to think that heroes will indeed be locked behind the Overwatch 2 battle pass. It was originally the paid track but now it is the free one. In his tweet, Spector answered a question regarding unlocking the heroes and what happens to players who don’t manage to get to that tier before the season ends. He claims that future seasons will include ways to unlock heroes you might miss in the previous battle pass.
We will have free paths to get new heroes in future seasons too.
Of course, fans aren’t happy about this. Many of them believe that Blizzard should simply release heroes into the game without a need to grind for them. Blizzard has yet to share just how much of a grind it will be in order to obtain a hero.
In theory, Blizzard is taking away the option to play whichever hero you want in the game until you unlock them through progressing the battle pass. Even though they can be unlocked for free, it still means you won’t be able to pick them until you have pumped a few dozen hours into the game. Keep in mind that this goes for both the new heroes and the current ones.
Overwatch 2 launches on 4 October for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.