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This Overwatch Mercy skin concept would be perfect for Winter Wonderland

Published: 28/Nov/2018 16:54 Updated: 28/Nov/2018 17:02

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created an incredible concept skin for Mercy that would fit right in with the upcoming “Winter Wonderland” event.

Winter Wonderland is the next in-game event scheduled for Overwatch. Exact details for this year’s edition haven’t been confirmed yet, but it is likely to include some limited-time game modes, and will inevitably add a new line of cosmetic items.

For many fans, it’s the new skins that are of most interest for the upcoming event, especially as game director Jeff Kaplan has said that the developers haven’t put much focus on other new event content this year as they work on broader features for the game.

The new skins will undoubtedly follow the winter and Christmas theme, with a potential Nutcracker-inspired skin for Junkrat on the way. Concept artist Cassandra De La Torre created her own Mercy skin idea for the event that looks like it could appear in-game tomorrow.

De La Torre’s concept skin, called “Snow Seraph”, sees Mercy wrapped in a regal, fur-lined coat, wearing an icy crown and bearing an ice-tipped wooden staff.

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Not stopping with just the skin concept art, De La Torre also created some sprays to go alongside Snow Seraph Mercy, and even demonstrated what the skin would look like in-game.

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In 2017, Winter Wonderland took place from December 12 to January 1, so assuming a similar schedule, it’s likely to arrive this year some time in the next couple of weeks, with the most likely date being Thursday December 13.

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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.