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Overwatch 2 Faces More Backlash for New Paywalled PvE

Blizzard Entertainment recently announced Overwatch 2: Invasion, a new update that introduces three new PvE story missions set in Rio de Janeiro, Toronto and Gothenburg. Other content includes Sojourn as a playable character for new players, a Sojourn Legendary skin and 1,000 Overwatch Coins. However, the update won’t be free as players will have to pay $15 to access the new content, which has faced some backlash from the community.

After Blizzard unceremoniously cancelled its promised PvE Hero mode, players weren’t too happy. Now stoking the raging fire even more, the company has revealed that players will essentially be getting bite-sized chunks of PvE content in this new update but it will require you to fork over some cash to access. “They cancelled PvE and decided to sell us the parts they finished,” said one angry user. Another posted, “Do they have any ounce of shame at all? Like this is actually ridiculous. Imagine paying for content that was promised with the whole premise of Overwatch 2.”

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In addition to the paid Overwatch 2: Invasion update, players have the option to purchase the pricier Ultimate Invasion Bundle which contains all the content mentioned above as well as the Null Sector Premium Battle Pass with 20 Battle Pass skips, another 1,000 Overwatch Coins and two additional Legendary skins for Cassidy and Kiriko.

“Of course. Why make a broken promise when you can make said broken promise real and just put it behind a paywall?” wrote another user.

Some fans have noted that Blizzard’s original plans for Overwatch 2 was always to charge for the PvE content as a paid expansion while the PvE was free-to-play. This could soften the blow for some players but given the controversy surrounding the game’s PvE content right now, many feel as though the company wasn’t being entirely forthright about its plans.

Overwatch 2 is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.


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