Overwatch 2 to Ditch Loot Boxes, Season 1 & 2 Plans Revealed, Beta Set to Commence This Month

Overwatch 2 to Ditch Loot Boxes, Season 1 & 2 Plans Revealed, Beta Set to Commence This Month

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Richard Walker

Blizzard Entertainment has held an Overwatch 2 reveal event today, offering a glut of new info on the game ahead of its launch as a free-to-play game this October. Among the details shared is a roadmap for Overwatch 2's first two seasons, as well as confirmation that the sequel will be doing away with Loot Boxes.

Seasonal updates “on a regular cadence” are planned for Overwatch 2, alongside a Battle Pass with new heroes, modes, maps, cosmetics, and other content, while Seasons One and Two will take the game into 2023. With the sequel going free-to-play, Blizzard will also be adding cross-progression, while items you want can be earned directly via the Battle Pass and a “consistently updated” in-game shop. Loot Boxes are no more.

As for the game's seasons, Season One will launch with Sojourn, Junker Queen, and an unannounced support hero, as well as a new 5v5 PvP mode, reworked heroes, new maps, modes, and more. A "reimagined" competitive experience is also in the offing, with additional systems to better discern the contributions you've made during a match. Season Two will then add a new tank hero, map, and collection of unique skins.

These include a new Mythic skin. Meanwhile, the strategy for delivering new heroes, maps, and modes to Overwatch will see them added on a more frequent basis, because, according to Blizzard, it's “[what] we believe this is what’s best for our players”.  You can find out loads more in the reveal event trailers below, which offer a game overview, a look at how PvP is being reimagined, a deep dive into Junker Queen, and more.

Overwatch 2 will be arriving as an early access free-to-play title on 4th October, while the beta will be available from 28th June. You can register to take part here.

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  • They keep saying it's going to be f2p, but does that include the single player/coop aspect? Or is that still going to be paid?
  • I watched a video on the predatory multilayered web of microtransaction systems they have running in Diablo Immortal. Blizzard probably feels a little dirty after that one and decided to lay off a bit.
  • Is this game still combining somewhat with the first game? I remember they said that back in 2019 before Jeff leaving and all the sexual lawsuits that happened to them.
  • So, no loot boxes but instead battle passes? You're trading bullshit for horseshit but it's a minor improvement, I guess.
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