Overwatch 2 Battle Pass – Here’s what you need to know

Overwatch 2 and its new Battle Pass have been causing a lot of news lately. A combination of leaks and marketing material from Blizzard, as reported by our sister site PC Gamer. (will open in a new tab), outraged fans. In particular, they were unhappy with the idea that they would need to complete the battle pass in order to unlock certain playable heroes.

Blizzard has since clarified the Battle Pass system a bit. In a group interview recorded by PC Gamer (will open in a new tab), Blizzard VP John Spector stated that “regular players” should be able to get the heroes locked in the battle pass. He and his team also revealed how much the Overwatch 2 battle pass will cost, how original Overwatch players can unlock certain heroes, and other details about the upcoming game.

Now that we have some concrete information, it seems like it’s time to explain exactly how this feature will work in Overwatch 2. The original game wasn’t free-to-play and it didn’t include the Battle Pass. So while the concept of the battle pass is familiar to Activision Blizzard fans, its implementation in this series is not.

Overwatch 2: what is the battle pass?

Content roadmap for Overwatch 2.

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Battle Passes are essentially a scorecard for progress in the game. As you progress, you unlock loot such as character skins, weapons, etc. Usually, the battle pass has both a free and a premium track, with the premium track costing either real currency or in-game currency to purchase. As a rule, in-game currency is difficult to acquire without spending real money. So ultimately, if you want a premium battle pass, you will have to spend money at some point.

This feature has become more common in recent years, especially as more multiplayer games move to free-to-play models. Prominent examples are Call of Duty: Warzone, which is also published by Activision Blizzard, as well as Fortnite, Halo Infinite, and quite a few other games.

Overwatch 2 Battle Pass: What’s Included

An image showing the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass.

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The free Battle Pass track for Season 1 of Overwatch 2 still includes a fair amount of content. Over 80 levels, players can unlock two epic skins, one weapon amulet, two souvenirs, one flashy intro, and eight prestige titles. There are also 14 additional cosmetic items (emotes, victory poses, etc.) that can be unlocked as you progress through the game.

But, of course, the most important thing is to unlock Kiriko, Overwatch’s newest hero. Players on the free track will need to get to level 55 to unlock Kiriko, which Spector says should be reasonably achievable with normal play. In future seasons, beating level 55 will unlock either the hero or the map.

An image showing the Premium Battle Pass for the first season of Overwatch 2.

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However, if you have a premium battle pass, you will automatically unlock the level 55 reward. As you progress through the 80 levels, you will also receive all the same rewards from the free track, but in a larger amount. The Premium Battle Pass gives you a Mythic skin not included in the free version and a 20% XP boost to help you level up faster.

Judging by the photos provided by Blizzard, the battle pass interface will be basically the same for both free and premium players. The only difference is that the rewards for many of the levels will be called “premium” and will appear locked unless you pay.

Overwatch 2 Premium Battle Pass Cost

An image representing Kiriko, a new hero in Overwatch 2.

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According to a Blizzard group interview, each season’s Premium Battle Pass costs $10 per season, or 1,000 Overwatch Coins (the new in-game currency). Each season is nine weeks long, so over the course of a calendar year, players will need to spend between $50 and $60 to unlock all premium battle passes.

There is another way to get the Season 1 Premium Battle Pass. For new players or those looking to get some extra loot, you can buy the Watchpoint Pack for $40. (will open in a new tab). This bundle includes a premium battle pass, the original Overwatch game, 12 hero skins, and 2,000 Overwatch Coins.

An image showing prices for various amounts of Overwatch Coins in Overwatch 2.

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If you keep those Overwatch coins, the $40 will actually get you three seasons of premium battle passes, even though those three seasons will only cost $30 a la carte. At this point, it begs the question, do you think the cosmetic skins and a few weeks of current Overwatch play are worth the extra $10.

Current Overwatch players cannot get free access to the premium battle pass, but you can get its best bonus. If you log in before the end of Season 2, you will instantly receive Kiriko via the Founder’s Pack. While it’s not quite the same as getting the Premium Battle Pass for free, it can save you some money in the short term.

Overwatch 2 Battle Pass: Perspectives

At this point, we have a good idea of ​​what Blizzard will include in the Overwatch 2 Battle Pass for both free and premium tracks, at least for the first few seasons. Blizzard has stated that it expects similar rewards in the second and third seasons.

Aside from locking heroes behind the structure of the Battle Pass – a controversial move that could change the way casual players approach the game – Overwatch 2’s Battle Pass isn’t reinventing the wheel. However, it could change the way you play Overwatch. By potentially locking out heroes behind a paywall, Overwatch 2 does something that Overwatch has never done before. Time will tell if this will ultimately disadvantage players on the free track, or if free and premium players can enjoy the game equally.

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