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Overwatch 2 confirmed to carry over skins and unlocks

Published: 1/Nov/2019 20:12 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 21:02

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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Overwatch 2 was finally unveiled at BlizzCon 2019 on November 1, and one of the most hoped for features for the sequel has been confirmed – much to the delight of fans.

A major part of Overwatch is the collection of the first-person shooter’s unlocks, such as hero skins, character sprays, and player icons.

Players were concerned that all that collecting would be for nothing and that hundreds of dollars and hours would be wasted once a sequel released. Worry not though – we’ve got good news.

Overwatch 2 will carry over progression

The second instalment in the first-person franchise was debuted at Blizzard’s annual event with a cinematic short and the first glimpse at gameplay.

After the announcement, the official Overwatch website was updated to reflect the sequel news, and also contained a crucial piece of information that fans have been dying to hear – unlocks will carry over from the first game.

PlayOverwatch.comOW1 unlocks will be making their way to the sequel.

“Your accomplishments and loot collections will be carried forward to Overwatch 2,” the ‘What’s Next’ section reads. “That means you’ll keep your skins, player icons, sprays, emotes, and more!”

This is an excellent piece of news for players who have poured their heart and soul into getting every available skin and unlock from the various events in OW1, as well as the limited-time skins such as the 2019 All-Star duo, and the charity released Pink Mercy.

Blizzard EntertainmentNo worries about waving goodbye to your limited-time skins – they’re here to stay.

The section also confirms that Overwatch players will be getting access to OW2’s PvP multiplayer for free. “Current Overwatch players will battle side-by-side with Overwatch 2 players in PvP multiplayer,” it reads. “They’ll also be able to play Overwatch 2 heroes and maps.”

This means that the sequel’s exclusive content will most probably be just the new story missions and single-player levels, making it what is essentially a standalone expansion pack.

Unlocks are some of the most important things to Overwatch fans, so the confirmation of a carry-over system no doubt allows them to breathe a massive sigh of relief.

There’s no current release date or window for OW2, so players will have to hold on for more news for now.

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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.”