Overwatch 2 is in an interesting position. While it has reached an impressive milestone in player counts thanks to its free-to-play approach, and the community has been quick to praise the removal of 2CP and the introduction of Push, the monetization model has proved highly controversial. The decision to lock Kiriko behind the back half of the battle pass is just the tip of the iceberg, as the absurd prices for store bundles and old skins have angered longtime fans. Blizzard could, however, solve some problems through a Fortnite Crew-like service.
Apart from the fact that cosmetics are too expensive in Overwatch 2Blizzard has been criticized by the community for being so hard to get credit. Aside from completing weekly challenges, there’s no way to acquire the sequel’s in-game currency, and said challenges only earn you a meager 60 credits per week. For those interested in buying Overwatch 2 cosmetics, but not willing to spend that much, an Overwatch Crew could be a perfect alternative.
Overwatch 2 could replicate Fortnite Crew’s exact formula
Fortnite Crew is a subscription service aimed at the game’s most devoted fans, and for those who play regularly, it’s hard to doubt it’s worth the price of admission. For $12 per month, players get instant access to the Battle Pass (with 1,000 V-Bucks on the pages), a monthly payout of 1,000 additional V-Bucks, and an exclusive bundle every month. These bundles include various cosmetics, featuring beloved Marvel characters such as Loki and original Epic Games creations in previous bundles.
All these content formats are included in Overwatch 2 somehow, where the battle pass is one such item. taking into account that FortniteThe Battle Pass costs $10 in in-game currency, a $12 price tag is very fair as players essentially get a bundle of goodies and 1000 V-Bucks for just $2. Blizzard would be wise to keep the price low to regain some goodwill with the Overwatch 2 community, and the $12 entrance fee in particular could be something worth replicating.
Like Fortnite Crew, players can get a monthly Overwatch 2 bundle if they subscribed to this hypothetical service. Since most gamers don’t play every hero, meaning a random bundle targeting a particular character wouldn’t appeal to all players, Blizzard could instead let gamers pick whatever bundle they want from the store. Each month, Overwatch Crew subscribers could get a pass to choose a bundle of their choice, requiring them to keep an eye on the weekly bundles that come and go from the store.
In addition to a monthly bundle pass and access to the premium battle pass, Blizzard absolutely must overwatch‘s credits are part of this subscription service. Since Legendary skins cost 1,900 credits each, 2,000 credits per month would be a reasonable amount. In addition, it would be a strong incentive to join Overwatch Crew if subscribers get access to more weekly credit challenges, or double the payouts of the existing ones. Since credit acquisition rates are a major complaint right now, it would be wise to address them through a service like this.
Obviously, Blizzard wouldn’t steal the name from Epic Games’ subscription service, so a more unique and game-appropriate title like “Overwatch Agents” would definitely be used instead of something like Overwatch Crew. However, the core concept could remain the same, as well as the benefits of the program. While there is still a long way to go before players are happy with the monetization system, Overwatch 2a Fortnite Crew equivalent could end up being a valuable route for the hero shooter to take.
Overwatch 2 is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
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