When Overwatch 2 is released on October 4th, 2022, the Blizzard developers have converted the team shooter into a Free2Play game. Matching the new payment model, there is of course also an in-game shop for all the hero skins. In return, loot boxes as we know them today will be removed from the game.
After weeks of radio silence, the Blizzard developers are now giving out all the information they can already reveal about Overwatch 2. The main one has been known for a while. Namely, that Overwatch 2 will be released as a Free2Play game on October 4th, 2022. If you are now wondering how the game will be financed in the future, something we had already asked ourselves in a columnfinally gets an answer. Overwatch 2 will have a classic Free2Play storewhich means a huge change for the hero shooter.
Because so far we have only been able to access the various skins, poses and sayings of our heroes via the loot boxes that can be played and bought. The developers told us in a group interview that we can buy these directly in Overwatch 2 in the future. So we don’t have to hope for luck anymore, we just grab exactly the one skin we want.
Overwatch 2 no longer has loot boxes
In return, the loot boxes, as we currently know them from Overwatch 1, are completely out of the game. However, the developers could not or did not want to tell us in detail what this means in practice. So some questions remain unanswered. For example, whether it will still be possible to earn the hero skins through pure gameplay or whether using real money will soon be the only way to get the new skins.
The question of what happens to our gold and the unredeemed loot boxes could not be answered either. The entire shop is currently still “work in progress” and the developers will take a very close look at how they implement it so as not to get the same reactions as their colleagues from Diablo Immortal. But new heroes and the like shouldn’t cost any money – which many players feared in advance.