After very justified grumbling from longtime Overwatch players, Blizzard has slashed the prices of old cosmetics.
the launch of overwatch 2 saw Blizzard re-release skins and other cosmetics from the original game. The price of one of these older skins was quite high, costing 1,900 coins – that’s USD 19 / GBP 16.34 / AUD 29.26 per cosmetic. Blizzard lowered the price after complaints from fans, but there’s a problem.
Legacy Legendary skins now cost 1,000 coins, $10 / £8.60 / AUD $15.40, but only if you buy them with coins you earned playing the original game, so new players can’t take advantage of these price reductions.
There are more caveats to this deal as the price drop only pertains to non-event legendary skins (try saying this quickly without tripping). So you’ll have to pay the original price if you want to grab some old Christmas skins in time for the holiday season.
One step forward
Since the release of Overwatch 2, the new store has proved controversial. While the skins and items from the previous game are available, buy them all cost more than USD 10,000🇧🇷 Many of these items were available for free in the original game. This move to legacy skins and credits is a much-needed step in the right direction.
While it’s not the same as getting the skins for free like in the first game, it’s at least a little more affordable. Not only does this demonstrate that Blizzard is listening to player recommendations and complaints, it also rewards longtime players who saved their legacy credits – when Overwatch 2 launched, the money you earned in the original game carried over to the sequel, but it was not worth as much as new coins. By offering legacy pricing, it takes some of the pain out of having to buy cosmetics that used to be available for free.
Blizzard has not indicated that this is a limited-time offer. I hope this is a permanent change for the store. However, legacy credits are unfortunately finite. As you could only earn them in the original Overwatch, there is no way to save legacy credits now that the game has been discontinued.
Your only other option for saving Overwatch 2 credits and getting the legacy skins for free is to earn coins by completing the weekly challenges. With a maximum rate of 60 coins per week, you will be able to buy all legacy skins at [checks notes] 327 years.
This isn’t a big step forward, it won’t save the 35 million Overwatch 2 players (opens in new tab) a lot of money, but at least it makes the pain of $19 skin prices hurt a little less.