Overwatch 2 Skins Locked, Sparking Backlash

Aniticipated Diablo 4 Skins Locked Behind Bundle

Blizzard, the developer behind Overwatch 2, is facing intense criticism for locking highly sought-after skins from Diablo 4 behind a $40 bundle.

Recently launched, the Lilith skin for Moira and the Inarius skin for Pharah are both prominently featured in the $39.99 Ultimate Battle Pass Bundle for Season 7.

Lilith and Inarius are significant characters in Blizzard’s action role-playing game, Diablo 4. Lilith is portrayed as the demonic mother of Sanctuary and serves as a primary antagonist in the game, while Inarius is a fallen angel ostensibly defending humanity.

Blizzard leveraged these Diablo 4 skins to promote the newly launched Season 7, titled “Rise of Darkness.” Regrettably, these highly coveted skins are exclusively available through the $39.99 Ultimate Battle Pass Bundle for Season 7, necessitating real-world monetary investment.

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The bundle includes nine items, and these are the contents of the Ultimate Battle Pass Bundle for Season 7:

  • 20 Battle Pass tier skips
  • Premium Battle Pass (Season 7)
  • 2,000 Overwatch Coins
  • Skins: Inarius, Lilith, Pumpkin
  • Highlight Intros: Be Beautiful
  • Sprays: Inarius’ Side, Lilith’s Side

Players of Overwatch 2 have responded with strong backlash against Blizzard’s approach to offering the Lilith and Inarius skins. An Overwatch subreddit thread, amassing nearly 14,000 upvotes, includes accusations of “greed” directed at Blizzard. One user, YayoProtocal, expressed disappointment in the pay-to-access bundle, describing it as a way for Blizzard to profit at the expense of players’ excitement.

This backlash concerning the Diablo 4 skins adds to the ongoing negativity surrounding Overwatch 2, which currently holds the title of the worst user-reviewed game ever on Steam. Fans have criticized Blizzard for various issues, including the transition from premium Overwatch to the free-to-play Overwatch 2 and the controversial cancellation of Overwatch 2’s long-anticipated PvE Hero mode. In a recent financial call, publisher Activision Blizzard acknowledged a decline in Overwatch 2 engagement and player investment.

It’s worth noting that Overwatch 2 isn’t the sole Blizzard game facing criticism for aggressive monetization strategies. Upon the launch of Diablo 4, players expressed dismay at its costly microtransactions. Additionally, World of Warcraft players have voiced concerns about the way Blizzard monetizes its massively multiplayer online role-playing game. The gaming community remains divided as it grapples with the evolving landscape of microtransactions and monetization schemes in the industry.