Overwatch 2’s New Halloween Event Has Great Ideas and Monetization

The first seasonal event for Overwatch 2 brings something new: the four-player cooperative PvE mode is like a preview of the replayable missions that Blizzard plans to include in the game next year. But the rest of Halloween terror 2022 it feels like Blizzard is reaching out, looking to squeeze more money out of players – in a way that spoils one of Overwatch’s most beloved holiday-themed events.

The co-op mode, Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride, is the sequel to the wave-based mob mode from the past of Halloween Terror and it’s pretty awesome. As Ashe, Junker Queen, Kiriko, and Sojourn, players battle their way through the streets of Adlersbrunn, a spooky remake of the game’s Eichenwalde map. Wrath of the Bride throws waves of zombie-like cyborgs, Winston’s version of the enemy (here, a series of vengeful gargoyles), Symmetra, and Sombra into a group of four players who are searching for the lord of the castle. radio. Some light-hearted puzzles, a few scares, and a spooky encounter with Echo (playing the role of terrifying cruise ships) make Wrath of the Bride worth playing. It’s a promising look at Overwatch 2PvE’s.

But don’t expect much, if any, in terms of Overwatch’s annual Halloween fun rewards. Unlike previous years where players could earn dozens of cosmetics, Wrath of the Bride pays some XP, dialogue, weapon enchantments, sprays, etc. Players get free Reaper skins to play with. during the event, as part of a good makeup for Overwatch 2strong start.

Another key component of Halloween Terror 2022 is the chance to buy extra skins for Overwatch 2 the heroes. There are two legendary ones: Witch Kiriko and Executioner Junker Queen, and they cost 2,600 credits and 1,900 credits respectively. That works out to about $25 and $19, if one buys the credits from the in-game store. Alternatively, you can play for the next 32 weeks, earning up to 60 credits per week by completing weekly challenges and hoping that the Executioner Queen returns next year Halloween. (Old Terror Halloween look from the original Overwatch are also on sale, both standalone and in bundles.)

Unsurprisingly, the price of those two marquee skins – combined, is higher than the price of the original Overwatch on PC – was met with scorn from many Overwatch players and content creators. A common sentiment from players on Blizzard’s Overwatch forums is Overwatch 2My style of making money is “kill my excitement with the game“And that even paid services feel meager. Famous Overwatch streamers Stylosa criticizes game’s pricing plan on TwitterAnd after that talk about leather prices in a hot YouTube video. Game subreddit currently filled with anger about Blizzard’s money making strategy‘s Halloween event small rewardand high price of cosmetics – one source of rage since the game launched for free. Blizzard’s latest tweets The hype about this event was mostly met with criticism about the cost of cosmetics.

Whether any of these responses alter Blizzard’s plans for future events (or cosmetic costs) remains to be seen. But with expensive skins dominating the conversation around Overwatch 2and Halloween Terror is a preview of upcoming events, some of which may eventually have to change.

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