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Unlocking a Legendary Skin in Overwatch 2 Takes Over 8 Months of Grinding

Overwatch 2 went free-to-play last week and while Blizzard might call this new game a “new era of Overwatch”, it is sadly just a remonetization of the original game in an attempt to make a boatload of money off the title. As much as Blizzard tries to deny it, Overwatch 2 has been developed to make the company money and every aspect of the game is focused on pushing players to purchase skins and cosmetics that cost real money.

The studio isn’t lying when they claim users can unlock everything by simply playing the game. However, in this case, “playing the game” means spending months of your life grinding in-game currency in order to purchase a skin instead of splurging on it with real money. In fact, to purchase a legendary skin in Overwatch 2 without real money will take you 31 weeks of playing every single day to complete your weekly challenges.

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You see, Overwatch 2 features legendary skins which are fancier than the common trash you can purchase in the game. These skins cost 1900 Overwatch 2 Coins. These coins are purchasable with real money but you can also earn 60 coins per week by completing your weekly challenges.

This means it would take someone thirty and a half weeks to gather up enough Overwatch 2 Coins in order to purchase one legendary skin from the in-game shop. Other skins will take a little shorter. Epic skins cost 1000 Overwatch 2 Coins and will take you 17 weeks. Rare coins cost 300 and will take you five weeks. So just over a month of playing in order to unlock a rare skin.

Twitter user NerosCinema says that carrying a child in the real world could be faster than grinding enough Overwatch 2 Coins to unlock a legendary skin in the game. Other users are on the fence about it saying that “if you don’t want the skin don’t grind” or “simply buy it with real money”. However, these attitudes are usually the reason why companies like Blizzard are so dedicated to monetising games with heavy in-game purchases because not enough people are fighting back against the nonsense.

Some users debate that Blizzard has ruined the Overwatch series now by completely shutting down the original game, which many people paid for, and is now forcing gamers to spend their lives grinding for cosmetics in this sequel. But hey, you can always “just buy it with real money if you have an issue”.

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