Overwatch 2 Battle Pass details: What’s included, how much does it cost, and everything you need to know

Billed as a way to “deliver more content into the game, more regularly,” helping more players experience the Overwatch universe than ever before, Overwatch 2 pivots to the Battle Pass model. There is a big change for the series. While the original Overwatch provided players with free updates as long as they owned the game, and gave players the option to purchase loot boxes while craving cosmetic changes, Overwatch 2 is adopting a free-to-play model. and doing away with the chance-based reward system. While these changes are exciting – and after reviewing them, I believe they will actually benefit players – they do raise a lot of questions. Luckily, Blizzard has now shed some light on what this all means.

a seasonal model

Starting with the release of Overwatch 2 on October 4th, the game will enter a seasonal model that will deliver a unique theme and over 80 levels of new content every nine weeks. This new content can then be obtained by the player via the Battle Pass.

With this seasonal model, you can count on major patches being updated every nine weeks. Additionally, a new hero or map will arrive on a rotating basis every nine weeks.

The Overwatch Shop has also been updated with the season, adding a new “Just for You” section with items related to the heroes you play with most often. The shop is also where you can buy the Premium Battle Pass. However, before you pick one, let’s talk about the game’s free battle pass. That’s right. free.

What will the Battle Pass screen look like?
What will the Battle Pass screen look like?

free battle pass

At the start of each season, all players will receive a new, free Battle Pass. For those unfamiliar with the Battle Pass system, Battle Pass essentially rewards players for playing the game – and completing the occasional challenge, such as killing enemies with a certain hero or achieving a difficult feat. So, when you play the game during the nine weeks of the season, you’ll live off your Battle Pass and earn special rewards. And the rewards included as part of the original Battle Pass are pretty sweet.

for starters, Every new hero introduced in Overwatch 2 will be available via the Free Battle Pass. However, these new heroes will debut in Tier 55 of the Free Pass, so expect them to take some time to earn. As such, new heroes – starting with Kiriko – will not appear in competitive mode at the start of a season. According to Blizzard, its purpose is two-fold. First, it gives his team time to monitor the hero and make necessary adjustments. Secondly, this free track gives players the chance to unlock and learn new heroes before they face off against them.

The Free Battle Pass will also include additional items such as some legendary skins, weapon charms, souvenirs, a highlights intro, and emotes. Here’s the full list of Season 1’s Battle Pass inclusions as an example:

  • Latest Support Hero, Kiriko
  • 2 legendary skins
  • 2 Weapon Charm
  • 2 souvenirs
  • 1 Highlight Introduction
  • 15 additional items (list types, expressions, etc.)

However, if you’re looking for even more rewards, you can grab the Premium Battle Pass.

premium battle pass

First things first, the Premium Battle Pass costs players 1,000 Overwatch Coins – which translates to $10 USD. These coins can be purchased directly or earned by completing weekly challenges, meaning you can theoretically get a premium battle pass for free.

The Premium Battle Pass features over 80 levels to unlock, and will give you instant access to any new heroes. It will also give you a 15% XP Battle Pass Boost, Mythic Skins, Epic Skins, Legendary Skins, new Play of the Game intros, and more. As an example, here’s the full list of Season 1 Premium Battle Pass inclusions:

  • Kiriko. immediate access to
  • 15% XP Battle Pass Boost
  • 1 legendary skin
  • 5 Legendary Skins
  • 2 epic skins
  • 3 Game Introduction
  • 4 Weapon Charm
  • 3 emo
  • 3 souvenirs
  • 6 poses

If you decide to purchase the Premium Battle Pass in the middle of a season, all previously earned Tier rewards will be unlocked. If you complete all levels of your Premium Battle Pass, you’ll continue to progress through the Prestige Tier, which rewards you with unique names for equipping your name cards.

An image of what the challenges screen will look like.
An image of what the challenges screen will look like.

What if I miss a season?

While some items will be discontinued for certain seasons, rest assured that all players can earn all previous Heroes at any time. Heroes from previous seasons can be earned through weekly challenges, or purchased directly in the shop with Overwatch Coins.

How does PvE fit into all of this? Will I be kicked out of certain events if I don’t have a character?

These are great questions that we have yet to find answers to! PvE is coming to Overwatch 2 in 2023, so by that time we should have more information on how it all will work out. Be sure to check frequently for more updates.

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