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Seagull, xQc and more discuss the current issues with Overwatch

Published: 16/Nov/2018 17:11 Updated: 16/Nov/2018 17:12

by Joe O'Brien

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Several prominent figures in Overwatch got together to discuss the state of the game at length.

During a recent stream, streamer and former pro player Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned spoke with Dallas Fuel coach Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy, LA Gladiators player Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts, and Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel, also a streamer and former pro, about the current issues facing Overwatch.

The discussion was prompted by a recent video by Seagull, who spoke about his own concerns with the current state of the game.

The video generate a lot of discussion on the topic, both among fans and pro players. In the aftermath, Seagull, Jayne, Surefour and xQc got together for what effectively became an impromptu podcast on the state of the game.

The discussion covered a variety of issues, including whether or not the problems with ranked could actually be fixed or if they were instead fundamental to the heavily team-based nature of Overwatch, and how Blizzard’s philosophy for the game effected potential solutions.

They also considered different systems that could potentially improve the state of the game – such as a six-versus-six ladder or a ban system – and how heavily different patches currently influence how the game has to be played.

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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.