Hero unlocking in Overwatch 2 Is Making Fans Angry

Fans of Overwatch 2 are enraged beyond belief that new heroes will be locked behind the game’s upcoming battle pass. Despite the fact that the heroes will be on the battle pass’s free track, the fan base’s ire is still high.

The internet erupted with rumors about whether players would need to purchase the battle pass in order to access the new heroes when it was first announced today that the heroes would be locked behind a battle pass. Jon Spector, vice president of Blizzard and Overwatch’s commercial lead, clarified shortly after in a tweet that the heroes would be included in the battle pass’s free track.

The community finds this to be problematic for a number of reasons. The first is that, unlike to what Overwatch gamers are used to, a hero who is locked behind a certain portion of a battle pass won’t be immediately playable. More significantly, heroes that have not been unlocked cannot be changed in an emergency. In the comments section of Spector’s tweet, another worry was expressed.

Players have valid worries regarding heroes that are hidden behind a battle pass

What happens if you don’t unlock that particular tier in the battle pass? inquired Dorwulf on Twitter. It’s a legitimate worry the community has given that not everyone plays the game regularly and will probably lose access to characters if they don’t purchase the battle pass for that season.

In response, Spector stated that there will also be free ways to add those heroes in the future. Fans are concerned that Blizzard would sprinkle them into other battle passes when the season is done and add them to the premium shop, making it difficult to obtain the heroes you missed if you don’t want to pay for them.

There is understandably a lot of pushback from fans who are concerned that they will now have to fork over a significant amount of money for a game that they feel they already paid for back when it first launched because the battle pass system in Overwatch 2 is such a startling departure from the hero release system that was used in Overwatch.

Another excellent argument was made by TheSamuraiGunner on Reddit, who said that Overwatch has always relied heavily on hero substitutions when they are required. There is no need to switch in games like VALORANT because agents are locked once you chose them. Similar to Fortnite and Fall Guys, Apex Legends also lacks special powers in favor of only cosmetic upgrades.

The Conclusion

Fans are forced to speculate on the battle pass’s price, how many tiers in the battle pass it will take to access new heroes, and other details because Blizzard hasn’t provided any other official information about what it will look like.

The first season of the game will start on October 4 when it releases, and the second season will start on December 6. This allows players around two months to complete the battle pass. If you play the game frequently, this might not be a problem, but if you only play sometimes, you might not be able to unlock heroes with every combat pass, which will put you at a serious disadvantage.

Fans will have to wait until Blizzard releases more details because Oct. 4 is less than a month away and players still don’t know much about the battle pass and how it will operate. Fans, however, are currently largely upset that the heroes are hidden behind a free battle pass. It’s likely that Overwatch 2 will face a lot more criticism in the future unless the developers decide to change course before the game’s release.

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