Overwatch League skins are much more expensive in “Overwatch 2”

Hoo boy. It won’t go well.

I have access to the review version Observation 2 since last week and I’m looking around to see what’s new / not announced yet. When I clicked on the Overwatch League tab in the store, one thing immediately popped up: higher prices for both team skins and legendary OWL skins.

If you are interested in purchasing the Happi Genji skin that was introduced for the Summer Duel, I recommend that you do so sooner rather than later. While the skin will be available until November 15, it will cost more when you switch to Observation 2.

The skin currently costs 200 OWL Tokens. This will increase to 300 OWL tokens in Observation 2, like other legendary OWL skins. Team skins will also be more expensive. They increase from 100 OWL Tokens to 150 Tokens each.

Meanwhile, alternative versions of Legendary skins – those remixed in the colors of the winners of OWL tournaments – cost 200 tokens. I already own the base Luchador Reaper skin, so I’m not sure if the two variants are priced differently as a result.

It’s not the only thing. When I asked Blizzard about the price increases and their reasons, a spokesman said, “OWL prices are rising to match our Store’s prices.” As such, buying OWL tokens will also cost more. Now you will have to pay $ 6 for 100 tokens instead of $ 5.

So, if you want to purchase the legendary OWL skin in Observation 2 and you didn’t earn any chips for free watching OWL matches, you will have to pay $ 18. This is… 80% increase on how much the same skins cost Observation. The OWL Team skin will cost $ 9 instead of $ 5.

It stinks. I totally understand that Observation 2 the team has to earn money to finance the continued development of the game, and I have been a longtime supporter of the game Observation switching to a free-to-play game. But long-term fans of nickel and penny, making the same leather more expensive after moving to Observation 2 is prohibitive even though players can still get OWL tokens for free.

Additionally, Blizzard no longer creates seasonal event skins from Observation 1 available for purchase with credits (the currency you earned from Loot Chests). You’ll need to fork Overwatch Coins soon, the game is on other payable currency, for those. Legendary Season Skins will bring you 1,900 Coins – or $ 19. This is roughly on par with the premium skins in other free games, but as someone returning from the original game where they can be unlocked for free, it feels like a lot.

(In the screenshot above, the gray symbol means Credits and the gold symbol means Coins. Otherwise, they are too similar in design. Don’t confuse them!)

While there is a way to earn coins for free, you won’t get much by playing even if you complete each weekly challenge during the season. You can earn up to 60 coins per week, so 540 coins are up for grabs each season. This is not enough for the Premium Battle Pass (950 coins). If you don’t buy anything in the store, you can earn enough Coins for one Premium Battle Pass approximately every two seasons.

If you have any credits from the original game, you’ll still be able to use them to unlock old cosmetics, as well as some starting cosmetics from Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko (the ones that don’t unlock in battle). Serve).

Oh, and it looks like there is no way to earn credits in Observation 2. Once you’re done, you’ll have to use the coins to unlock old cosmetics.

It will be more difficult for the newcomers Observation 2 players to get some old cosmetics and have a few of the many, many cool skins, emotes, sprays and other items that veterans have. This is a bummer, in-store prices seem a little high all over the world. While I may have reservations about the scope of the new monetization model, it will be so from now on, for better or for worse.

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