Overwatch 2’s new premium battle pass can be unlocked for free, but you’ll need to dive 17 weeks into the game to do so.
Launching next month, Overwatch 2’s new seasonal battle pass system will include a free progression track and a paid premium path. Access to this premium lane can be purchased for $10 – around £8.60 / AU$14.80 – or 1,000 Overwatch Coins (the game’s new premium currency). You will be able to purchase Coins directly using real-world money or earn them in-game by completing Weekly Challenges.
These Weekly Challenges will only reward the most dedicated players. Completing all 11 of them in a week will net you a total of 60 coins. If you completed all challenges, it would take you 17 weeks to accumulate enough coins to buy a premium battle pass without spending any money.
The game’s milestone system further rewards consistent play time. You’ll earn 30 Coins for completing four Weekly Challenges, an extra 20 for completing eight more, and a final 10 Coins if you complete all 11. You’ll get zilch if you complete just one or two of the tasks, encouraging you to complete bunches of them at once.
The long road to the prize
Whether you’ll be able to complete the Weekly Challenges seems to be a matter of time, not skill. Most can be finished just by playing Overwatch 2 and successfully winning matches. The weekly challenges we were shown included:
- win 10 games
- Win 10 queued games as All Roles
- Win 20 matches in unranked or competitive mode
- Win 7 games in any Arcade mode
- Win 10 games each with 2 different roles in quick play or competitive play
- Deal or increase a total of 125,000 damage (Total Mayhem does not count)
- Mitigate a total of 40,000 damage (Total Mayhem does not count)
Speaking about the Weekly Challenges at a recent press conference, commercial lead and VP of Overwatch Jon Spector told Gaming that the development team wanted to avoid overly granular tasks. Players should not feel obligated to change their playstyle or use tactics that would harm their team just to earn Overwatch Coins.
But Blizzard is confident that players will recognize the value of Overwatch 2’s new premium battle pass. It hopes fans will happily pay for access rather than fight for free entry.
“Our design goal and philosophy for the battle pass was [to provide] overwhelming and obvious value to gamers,” said Spector.
“If you look at all the stuff you can get, both for free and in the premium tier of the battle pass, there’s no reaction other than ‘Oh my God, these things are amazing and there’s so much of it – I can’t believe it’s just $10’.”
Overwatch 2’s battle pass system is comparable to other live service games. Fortnite, Warzone, Destiny 2 and Fall Guys all include season passes that sell for a similar price. Most of them also offer ways to unlock a paid battle pass, gradually accumulating premium currency over several months.
Blizzard’s approach to Overwatch 2’s monetization system is nothing new. But fans will likely be pleased that it’s not as aggressive as Diablo Immortal’s, which was criticized for punishing free-to-play fans.