‘Overwatch 2’ Will Offer Free Event Skins Starting In Season 2
I preferred fairly a bit about Overwatch 2’s first occasion, Halloween Terror. The brand new story-driven brawl was a blast, however as soon as once more, I had critical reservations about cosmetics and the way Blizzard dealt with them. The one solution to unlock occasion skins for Kiriko, Junker Queen et al was to purchase them from the shop.
Fortunately, Blizzard is rethinking a number of the rewards and development programs. New govt producer Jared Neuss laid out among the plans in a weblog submit and it seems to be like the corporate can be a bit much less stingy with rewards.
“In Season 2, we’ve modified up our rewards a bit so that every occasion has a pores and skin you possibly can earn by enjoying, along with the opposite beauty rewards we already supply,” Neuss wrote. “We’re additionally going to proceed our Twitch drops packages with the intention to earn skins and in-game goodies by supporting your favourite creators. Whereas we’re engaged on the long-term plans, we wish upcoming seasons to really feel extra rewarding than Season 1.”
These are constructive modifications! Whereas protecting in thoughts that cosmetics don’t influence gameplay in any respect and are functionally ineffective, most gamers wish to get their fingers on cool skins with out paying by the nostril for them. Providing extra free skins is certainly transfer.
Neuss touched on a number of different attention-grabbing factors, together with some issues that Blizzard has in thoughts for future seasons. Battle Move modifications and “extra attention-grabbing Challenges” are on the docket for past season 2, together with “extra thrilling play-focused development programs.” Blizzard will be capable of expose a few of these updates quickly, however it’ll doubtless be some time earlier than it spills the beans on different modifications. It’s early days, however I’m hoping these can be constructive strikes as properly.
Neuss famous that Blizzard isn’t “utterly glad with how every little thing feels proper now. There’s quite a bit we like about it — knocking out a bunch of every day/weekly challenges or getting one thing new for a hero you’re keen on can really feel nice!
“However we additionally acknowledge that at this time’s expertise has alternative for enchancment that we have to concentrate on. We wish you to really feel extra rewarded only for sitting down and enjoying. We wish you to have new accomplishments to chase outdoors of your Aggressive Rank and Battle Move degree.”
These are positively the correct issues to concentrate on on the minute. Gameplay-wise, I feel Overwatch is in the most effective state it’s ever been (maybe save for the rampaging Sojourn, however she’ll get some stability updates in Season 2). In my assessment, I famous that whereas the sport is a blast, the stuff across the edges, like monetization and development, is fairly tough. Providing extra methods to earn skins free of charge is one huge step in the correct path.
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