Overwatch 2 players may have to pay a serious premium before they can dress their favorite characters up with the game’s rarest skins.
As noted on Twitter by @Portergauge, Blizzard recently sent out a survey for Overwatch 2, and it includes a couple of questions that reveal how much the company is considering charging players for some of the game’s premium items. One question asks the recipient how likely they’d be to purchase a Mythic Skin “at a price of $44.99,” a worrisome figure that has since raised alarms in even the staunchest of Overwatch fans.
“Oof, friend of mine got an Overwatch survey for his account, some of these prices they’re gauging for OW2 are really expensive,” explained Portergauge. “I hope this is just him getting one of the higher price surveys and not an indication that they’re leaning towards this much monetization.”
The survey also teases $24.99 for a legendary skin, $29.99 for a legendary bundle, or $9.99 for a weapon charm, but Blizzard has followed up on the controversy with a statement that suggests the pricing for Overwatch 2’s items may ultimately turn out to be less extreme than the surveys have indicated.
“This survey is entirely intended to better understand player preferences for different types of Overwatch 2 cosmetics,” Blizzard explained in a statement shared by IGN. “Prices displayed in the survey were randomized per user and are not indicative of final pricing. We plan to share details on our Shop and Battle Pass system closer to our Oct. 4 launch.”
The publication also expanded upon that with the following thought:
Ultimately, Blizzard says that some of the suggestions in the Overwatch 2 survey are not meant to be reasonable – presumably gauging interest among players to find a spot that makes the company money without scaring players away.
Blizzard confirmed in June that Overwatch 2 would be launching on October 4 as a free-to-play live experience with “a new PvP experience, heroes, maps, and more.”
Overwatch 2’s beta ran from June 28 to July 18, allowing participants to test out some of the sequel’s new characters, including Junker Queen, a tank hero, as well as a new hybrid map in the form of Rio.