Blizzard explains why Overwatch 2 heroes are locked behind the battle pass: they’re ‘the single most engaging content’

Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab) will lock heroes behind its battle pass, but doing so won’t interfere with the game’s strategic, team-based battles, Blizzard said in a group interview with PC Gamer.

For the last week, Overwatch fans have been outraged (opens in new tab) over a leak and subsequent confirmation from Blizzard VP and commercial leader Jon Spector that future heroes will be unlocked through free battle pass progression. It’s a fundamental change from how heroes are released in the original game (they were immediately free for everyone) and has many fans worried about how it affects the game’s rock-paper-scissors metagame.

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