Information about this appeared in the Blizzard store, in the updated description of the Observation Post set (now it has already been rolled back to the old one).
It said that the Season 1 Battle Pass would have about 80 levels with different rewards, such as the mythical Genji Cyberdemon skin and the legendary Hinotori skin on Kiriko. Premium Battle Pass owners will automatically have access to the new heroine Kiriko.
Overwatch Marketing Director John Spector explained that Kiriko will also be available to owners of the free Battle Pass. All new Overwatch 2 heroes will be unlocked through free battle passes.
Foreign players reacted with great displeasure to the news that new heroes will be unlocked in the battle pass:
“Overwatch players have been waiting for a new support for almost 4 years, only to find that it is hidden behind a paywall or battlepass grind. It’s just awesome.” “Overwatch 2 developers are fucking crazy. Heroes in a battlepass… in a game whose main mechanic is hero switching? Do not care that the heroes will be in the free battlepass. The game is going to be SHIT.” “Now the new Overwatch heroes will definitely have similar mechanics – this is the only way to avoid problems with the fact that some of them are not open for the player. Adding heroes to a battlepass (even a free one) changes the game fundamentally.” “The only problem with adding heroes to a battlepass is that there are very few characters in the game as a whole. And also in the fact that the main mechanics of the game allows you to change heroes during the match. “Sorry, guys, I can’t play with this lineup … I didn’t buy a fucking battlepass!” “In every game with a battlepass, it takes you a hell of a lot of time to open it completely, unless you grind every day like some fanatic. Yes, hiding heroes in the BP, not skins, is krinzhovo. Skins can still be understood – they do not affect the gameplay.
We remind you that the release of Overwatch 2 will take place on October 4 for all current platforms.