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Leak suggests Overwatch progression and skins won’t carry over to sequel

Published: 22/Oct/2019 22:25 Updated: 22/Oct/2019 23:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch 2 leak by Twitch streamer Metro is suggesting that progress players have made so far will not be carrying over to the game’s sequel. 

Metro, who gained notoriety for leaking the hero Ashe before BlizzCon last year, has been posting a steady series of leaks on Twitter

On October 17, he claimed that Overwatch 2 would be shown off at BlizzCon and the game will feature a new “leveling system”, “PvE and PvP” and that no new hero could be shown off at the event. 

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch’s Uprising event gave players a taste of PVE.

During an October 20 stream, Metro revealed a bit more information regarding a change to skins that will “make people upset”.

While he didn’t elaborate on what exactly it was that would upset players, he added: “I’m not going to leak it even if I was 100% certain about the info, Blizzard could still change their mind, right?” 

Now, on October 22, the supposed leaker may have revealed what the issue was that fans could be angry at, apparently changing his mind. 

“Currently, there are no plans to be able to transfer items or progress from OW 1 to OW 2,” Metro stated but doubled down on the fact that Blizzard could change their mind on this, but it is the “current plan”. 

For returning players, not having their skins, emotes, voice lines or even portraits carry over from the first game to the second could be a devastating blow to people who spent money on loot boxes to acquire the skins in the first place. 

Metro does seem to imply, however, that this is something the company could very well change. However, cross-progression isn’t something currently available in Overwatch with console players unable to carry their skins over between accounts and vice versa. 

Blizzard EntertainmentIt’s implied that skins such as Ashe Warlock won’t carry over to Overwatch 2.

Any form of cross-progression would be a welcome addition to the game, as players have been asking for it since 2016 and the game was released.

We’ll find out for sure if Metro’s leaks are accurate at Blizzcon on November 1. Until then, the speculation is running wild. 

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”