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Here's What You Need to Know About the 'Overwatch 2' Battle Pass

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Sep. 15 2022, Published 3:23 p.m. ET

That's right Overwatch fans! Overwatch 2 is set to launch on Oct. 4 and Activision has trickled out some new details on Overwatch 2's Battle Pass system, new heroes, maps, and much more.

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Overwatch 2 promises to build on the strong foundation of the first Overwatch game while also making the transition to free-to-play. The idea is that making Overwatch 2 free-to-play will lower the bar for entry into the series. That being said, it also comes with a two-tiered Battle Pass system.

Along with the Battle Pass, three new heroes will be available to returning Overwatch players who log in during Season One or Two. Season One players will receive both Junk Queen and Sojourn automatically when they log in. Returning players will also receive Kiriko through the Founders Pack in addition to the more than 80 unlockable cosmetics made available every season.

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Source: Activision Blizzard

What are the 'Overwatch 2' Battle Pass tiers?

The main change to Battle Passes in Overwatch 2 is that the basic Battle Pass is free with an option to upgrade to the premium level Battle Pass for $10. The Season One Battle Pass will include an unlockable new support hero, two epic skins, one weapon charm, two souvenirs, a highlight intro, and 14 additional items.

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Though new heroes are still unlockable through the free Battle Pass, the Premium Battle Pass will instantly unlock new heroes. The Premium Battle Pass will also grant 60 additional unlock tears in addition to the 20 from the free Battle Pass. In addition to instantly accessing Kriko, the new support hero, in Season One Premium Battle Pass holders will include access to mythic tier cosmetics.

The Premium Battle Pass for Season One will also include:

  • 20 percent battle XP boost

  • One Mythic Skin

  • Five Legendary Skins

  • One Epic Skin

  • Three Play of the Game Intros

  • Four Weapon Charms

  • Three Emotes

  • Six Souvenirs

  • Six Poses

  • Six Name Cards

  • And more

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Source: Activision Blizzard

What else is new in 'Overwatch 2'?

One of the changes the Overwatch developers are putting forward for Overwatch 2 in addition to going free-to-play is reducing the number of hard counters between characters. One example of hard counters from the first Overwatch would be Cassidy’s ultimate being able to cancel Tracer’s warps, thus making her a less effective character against Cassidy.

The hoped-for solution to this is to give more characters a greater range of strengths and weaknesses against each other. Overwatch players will see how that works out over the coming nine-week seasons for Overwatch 2.

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