Overwatch 2 continues to be a frustrating experience for fans, offering fun multiplayer gameplay with paywalls that hinder progress. Ramattra is the latest hero to join the game but players that didn’t cough up cash for the Battle Pass will have to grind for him.
Grinding and paywalls are nothing new to Free-to-Play online shooters, but original Overwatch didn’t lock characters behind payment. This is one reason why many fans don’t like the current Free-to-Play model of the new game, despite improved gameplay and fun new heroes.
Unfortunately for these fans, it seems that Overwatch 2 will be keeping this pay model from here on out. While improvements can be made to make the game less predatory to those that are more willing to spend, there’s a reason why so many online titles go Free-to-Play.
Fans on Reddit are complaining about Ramattra being the first playable hero that Overwatch 1 players won’t be able to use without spending. Considering how the game is Free-to-Play, locking heroes behind paywalls was an inevitability, as it has worked wonders for similar titles like Apex Legends.
Players that purchase the Battle Pass will be able to get Ramattra from the very start, while those that don’t get it will have to reach Tier 55. Experienced players might not have a huge problem with this but it’s definitely an annoyance, especially for those that don’t play the game every day.
"I only play comp but I’m limited to a day or so a week. I haven’t even passed tier 36. I just won’t get the heroes the seasons they’re released. Is what it is," says user SeanCe1428.
"I played like 2h a day for the first 2-3 weeks before i stopped playing and i barely made it to 60 in that time. Most people play only 30-60min a day or 3-4h a week, they will take the whole season just to unlock the new hero," said user Vault_Survivor_08.
Despite numerous complaints, Overwatch 2 is a success for Activision-Blizzard, managing to get millions of players to shoot each other. It seems that going Free-to-Play was smart since it brought in curious newcomers and lapsed fans who were playing other games until the sequel came out.
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Anyone curious about the latest Activision-Blizzard cash cow can download Overwatch 2 now since it's Free-to-Play. The game is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC.