Fans aren’t happy about the revelation that new characters will have to be unlocked through the season pass in Overwatch 2, as the sequel moves to a free-to-play model. While Blizzard has said that characters will only be available through the free rewards track, not requiring any extra payment, players have said that the system will jeopardize Overwatch’s hero-swapping playstyle.
Overwatch 2 arrives soon on October 4, and will completely replace the original game on release. The game is adopting a free-to-play model, and like many other games will rely on a season pass as one of its main forms of monetization. New characters will be added to this system on the free rewards track, meaning players will have to earn them through play.
Fans have taken to social media to voice their concerns about this system, pointing out that it doesn’t play nice with Overwatch’s hero-swapping gameplay, where players are meant to be able to change to any character depending on how the match is going.