Overwatch 2 Heroes to Become Free: Blizzard Announces Game-Changing Move

Overwatch 2 Heroes to Become Free: Blizzard Announces Game-Changing Move

20. March 2024 by Never

Blizzard is set to revolutionize the hero system in Overwatch 2 by making all heroes free from the game’s launch. However, there’s a catch.

Shift in Monetization Strategy

Upon its release two years ago, Overwatch 2 faced significant criticism for its monetization system, which many in the community deemed exploitative. In response to this feedback, Blizzard pledged to enhance the player experience by introducing new ways to obtain items and implementing reward-based events.

Now, this week, the company has announced a complete overhaul of the monetization system by making all Overwatch 2 heroes free. Yes, you read that right – no more spending to unlock FPS characters.

All Overwatch 2 Heroes Free

This week, Blizzard released a new Developer Update on the official Overwatch 2 YouTube channel. In the video, Aaron Keller provided insights into the upcoming changes set to roll out over the next few months, including Venture, the new character debuting in Season 10.

Overwatch 2’s finally giving out all heroes for free up front.
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However, the most attention-grabbing announcement from the video was the confirmation that all Overwatch 2 heroes will be available for free. Similar to the original Overwatch, characters will be accessible to all players from day one. Additionally, Junker Queen, Illari, Maura, Kiriko, and Ramatra will be unlocked.

Acquiring new heroes in Overwatch 2 was cumbersome for players. To obtain them for free, one had to progress through the battle pass. Conversely, those who purchased the premium pass gained immediate access to new characters.

Implications for Previous Purchasers

But what about players who spent money to unlock heroes from previous seasons? Unfortunately, they will not receive refunds or compensation gifts, as confirmed by Aaron Keller in an interview with GamesRadar+.

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Overwatch 2 is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.