Fortunately, Overwatch 2 is moving away from its predecessor's frustrating loot box system. However, the free-to-play battle pass model is not necessarily one that will be better or less predatory on your wallet.
During the reveal event today for Overwatch 2, the development team revealed a lot more about the game and how it will look once it's finally released. the most obvious thing is that we now have Oct. 4 as a release date for Overwatch 2.
Here's everything we know so far about the Overwatch 2 battle pass.
Overwatch 2 Battle Pass Explained
Perhaps the second biggest piece of news, beyond any of the gameplay announcements, was that Overwatch 2 will be a free-to-play live service game, and feature a battle pass reward system.
Using the model that first caught on and became popular in Fortnite, but has since even made it into games that are quite different like FIFA, this shift in development plan means a couple of things. First, the loot boxes from the original Overwatch game are no more. Second, the seasonal live service model means that Overwatch 2 will get frequent updates, likely both with new cosmetics and game mechanics being added or tweaked to fit the vision for that specific season.
Finally, the seasonal rewards of course also mean a battle pass. Little has been revealed about the Overwatch 2 battle pass that distinguishes it from any of its many counterparts. There will be the split between rewards that are available for free and premium rewards.
There will also be a brand new rarity of item, Mythic, which will be the rarest in the game. Additionally, new skins, heroes, maps, and game modes will all be coming when each new season refreshes. The first battle pass will last two months, although it is unknown if all passes will last that long.