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Overwatch third-year Anniversary content revealed

Published: 19/May/2019 16:36

by Connor Bennett

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Overwatch anniversary event – with plenty of changes coming to heroes.

Overwatch fans may just be winding down from the recent Archives in-game event that gave a ton of new content to the popular title but the next significant event is already on the horizon.

The third-year anniversary of Overwatch will kick off on May 21, with Blizzard shutting the party down on June 10. As fans may expect, the developers are lining up new content in the form of skins, dances, sprays, previously released seasonal cosmetics items, and the popular seasonal brawls.

Blizzard EntertainmentLast year’s anniversary was marked by the release of a stop-motion birthday cake video.

These new items will include six Legendary skins, three epic skins, and new dance emotes for the Ashe, Baptiste, and Wrecking Ball – so you will be able to boogie down with a ton of new heroes.

Overwatch players will have the chance to grab these items through the Legendary Anniversary loot boxes. However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to splash out the cash to try your hand at getting some new items as all players will receive one legendary loot box on their first log-in during the event.

Of course, those with the cash to do so can splash out in a bid to collect all the items. Players who purchase the 50 Loot Box Bundle will also receive one bonus Legendary Anniversary Loot Box.

Despite all of these new cosmetics and modes, it remains to be seen if Blizzard has anything else in-store for players. During the last anniversary event, Petra was released as an exclusive arcade map for Deathmatch – in both solo and team play.

Blizzard has yet to announce if they have any similar map releases planned for this year, but considering they’re celebrating the game with their annual blow-out event, it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility for them to do so.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.