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News video games 01 August 2022, 14:25

author: Zuzanna Domeradzka

Up to $45 for Overwatch 2 Skin

Blizzard has started sending out surveys about microtransactions in the upcoming Overwatch 2. According to them, a single skin can cost as much as $45.

Overwatch 2 is set to debut as early as October 4 this year. Blizzard assured some time ago that in the sequel to their 2016 shooter there would be no paid lootboxes. However, this did not mean that Overwatch 2 will be completely devoid of microtransactions. The following screenshots of surveys have hit the web, sent to players by Blizzard, with the help of which the company is studying the community's reaction to the price of cosmetic extras for the game. It appears that the cost of a single skin can reach up to $45.

Expensive awareness instead of cheap randomness

Tweet user @Portergauge shared screenshots of a survey his friend allegedly received from Blizzard. They concerned the pricing of cosmetic content for Overwatch 2. The developers asked in the survey how willing would be the user to pay the quoted price for a specific item.

The proposed prices for individual skins were truly shocking. And so a small weapon strap costs $9.99, the price proposal for a legendary skin is $24.99, and a mythical skin - $44.99. In addition, the survey presented prices for specific sets, including emotes, icons or tags, which were priced at slightly less than single skins. But let's not kid ourselves, this is still not small money. After all, the example set A was priced at $4.99, set B at $19.99, and C at $29.99.

In the first, premium part of Overwatch the only options for spending extra money were lootboxes (well, and league tokens). We had four available purchase options - in a variant of two boxes, five, eleven and twenty-four. The cost of the cheapest one was less than $4, and the most expensive one was nearly $40. If Blizzard does indeed implement the price suggestions from the surveys, the microtransactions in Overwatch 2 will outbid those from the first installment by up to double in price. Blizzard apparently wants to change its pricing policy from "pay less for random" to "pay more for what you want."

Pay early and you shall receive

If you haven't played the first Overwatch, and you wanted to try it out before the release of the follow-up, it's no use. Currently there is no official method available to purchase the first game. Well, unless you pay a not inconsiderable amount of money for the Watchpoint Pack for Overwatch 2. In which you will receive content for Overwatch 2 and Overwatch: Legendary Edition. Admittedly, its price is as much as we had to pay for the first Overwatch at launch, at $39.99, but forcing us to buy something we're not necessarily set on in exchange for access to a game we really want is foul play, to say the least. This, and the microtransactions Blizzard is opting for, may discourage some players from checking out the free-to-play Overwatch 2 in October.

  1. Overwatch 2 - official website
  2. Blizzard - official website
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