Overlook 2‘s launch and inaugural season as a free-to-play game hasn’t always gone according to plan. The game’s creators said before the game’s launch that they wanted the battle pass to feel like an “overwhelming, obvious value”, but much of the talk about rewards and cosmetics for Overexpected 2 has been around expensive skins and underwhelming freebies. That looks set to change for the game’s second season, which kicks off in December.
Overwatch’s new executive producer Jared Neuss said in a blog post Thursday that Blizzard “isn’t quite happy with how everything feels right now,” when it comes to rewards and progression in Overlook 2.
“There’s a lot we like – conquering some daily/weekly challenges or getting something new for a hero you love can feel amazing! But we also recognize that today’s experience offers opportunities for improvement that we should focus on,” said Neuss. “We want you to feel more rewarded just sitting down and playing. We want you to have new achievements to pursue beyond your Competitive Rank and Battle Pass level.
To achieve that, Neuss said, Blizzard is changing Overlook 2“so that every event has a skin that you can earn by playing, in addition to the other cosmetic rewards we already offer.” (Overlook 2(‘s first event, Halloween Terror 2022, didn’t reward players with much more than a weapon charm, some titles, voice lines, and XP.) Twitch drops, where players watch content creators stream Overlook 2and getting free cosmetics for that viewership also continues, Neuss said.
“As we work on the long-term plans, we want the upcoming seasons to be more fulfilling than Season 1,” he added. More free skins and increased Battle Pass rewards will likely go a long way toward that goal.
Neuss also hinted at “a mix of Battle Pass changes, more interesting challenges to pursue, and more exciting game-oriented progression systems” in Season 3, which was likely to launch in February 2023. The game’s weekly challenges in particular have been a point of contention for players, because that’s how it is Overlook 2 hands out its free in-game currency, Overwatch Coins.
In the short term, it looks like Blizzard will also adjust XP rewards for the battle pass for players who queue up in a support role (or all roles, which are ultimately support) in an effort to reduce overly long wait times for other tackle roles (tank and damage).
Neuss added that Blizzard is also working on ideas related to the supporting role to make it “more fun and rewarding to play.” That includes “targeted support hero reworks, game system updates, and even some role-wide changes to improve support quality of life.”
Season 2 of Overlook 2 starts on December 6. The second season brings a new hero into the game, the tank Ramattra, a new map and a new battle pass.