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Overwatch announces Double XP weekend to close out Anniversary event

Published: 6/Jun/2019 18:35 Updated: 6/Jun/2019 19:55

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard is giving 11 new skins for players to collect in 2019, but also allows them to collect any skin or cosmetic from any previous event as well.

So, if you still haven’t gotten Arctic Fox Lucio, or if you need Orbital Pharah before it becomes unavailable for the next year, you’re in luck.

Blizzard EntertainmentRoadhog mains will want to get their hands on the ‘Toxic’ skin before time runs out.

When is the Double XP Weekend?

Overwatch’s Double XP Weekend goes from Thursday, June 6 to Monday, June 10, which gives players just under four days to stock up on extra loot boxes.

The Anniversary event ends on June 10 as well, so it seems like there could be Double XP available until the end of the event on Monday. 

Blizzard EntertainmentThanks to the Double XP weekend, you’ll have an even better chance or scoring Pharah’s ‘Orbital’ skin.

In addition to the new Anniversary skins, previous cosmetics are still available as well, so if you didn’t grab Socialite Ashe and Monocle B.O.B. during Archives, you still have a little time to try.

Once June 10 rolls around, the Anniversary skins and other cosmetics, like all the dance emotes, won’t be available for another year, so we suggest you get them while you still can.

Blizzard EntertainmentEvery true Brigitte player needs this skin.

What’s after Overwatch’s Anniversary event?

Overwatch’s Summer Games event will start in late August, according to Jeff Kaplan, so it will be a few months before players can get any more event skins.

Kaplan also teased more “major new content” coming this summer while talking about the new Workshop and Replay features, but didn’t get into exactly what the new content could be.

While waiting for word on new content, we’ll just have to take advantage of the Double XP weekend and hope we finally get that Waveracer D.Va skin.

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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.