Overwatch 2 Reveals First Skins (& Fans Are Already Divided)

The Overwatch 2 team is seeking to increase the hype for next week's launch by revealing its first batch of new unlockable character skins, and reactions are mixed. After the sequel to Blizzard's team-based multiplayer shooter was announced in 2019, fans were excited to receive new Overwatch content. While the highly anticipated Overwatch 2 PvE Co-Op mode won't be releasing with the game next week, there will still be plenty of content for new and returning players.


Unlike the first Overwatch game, which launched on consoles and PC for sixty dollars, Overwatch 2 will be free to play with two different Battle Passes. A free Battle Pass will be available for all players and will grant new content like cosmetics, tags, skins, and additional characters every few levels. In contrast, the premium Battle Pass will include all that plus exclusive unlockables, instant access to all three new heroes, and new content every level. Following this reveal, some players have expressed disappointment that certain Overwatch heroes are locked behind the Battle Passes and require play time to unlock.

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The first couple weeks of Overwatch 2's multiplayer will open with new skins to be unlocked, and developers have taken the time to show them off. The PlayOverwatch Twitter account has provided the first look at new skins for Doomfist, Ashe, and Baptiste. Overwatch 2's three new heroes Junker Queen, Sojourn, and Kiriko are also receiving fresh skins. Opinions on these cosmetics seem to be mixed on Twitter. Kiriko's skin has the new support hero sporting a stylish leather jacket that many fans like Phantomisles found cute. Others, like Pangalaktichki, thought the skins felt too bland to cause any excitement for the controversial Overwatch 2, which will fully replace the original at launch. Still, others are optimistic, including fans like Chubchilla1 who are already looking forward to paying for in-game purchases in order to get access to cosmetics like these skins.

Overwatch 2's Newest Heroes Get Their First Skins

This divide of opinion is emblematic of what the fan response to the game has been for some time now. Many aspects of Overwatch 2 have certainly appealed to fans of the franchise, and the elusive co-op mode remains a considerable draw, though its future remains uncertain. Others are much less impressed by the financial decisions Overwatch 2 has made as part of its free to play shift. Some have even called Overwatch 2's beta a cash grab from Blizzard, after it was revealed that players would need to buy the game's $40 Watchpoint Pack to gain access.

These questionable decisions, along with Overwatch 2's shift to 5v5 battles and Battle Passes, may push some veteran players away, but its ease of access should help boost player numbers. The game will support cross-progression, and it's available on every system the first game was released on for free. With the launch coming next week, time will tell how many players will visit Overwatch 2's servers, and which new skins they'll be wearing when they do.

Source: PlayOverwatch/Twitter, Pangalaktichki/Twitter, chubchilla1/Twitter, phantomisles/Twitter

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