Blizzard sent a survey to an assortment of Overwatch players, asking how much they’d be willing to pay for skins and other cosmetics in the upcoming free-to-play sequel. Prizes in the survey were random, according to a statement to PCGamesN (opens in new tab) from an Overwatch spokesperson, but the suggested cost for the “Mythic” skins surprised many players.
Overwatch 2 (opens in new tab) will inherit all the cosmetics from the original game, but will drop random loot boxes for an in-game store and battle passes. Blizzard hasn’t officially announced how that will work, other than new cosmetics will be available, including weapon charms, banner emotes, and customizable Mythic skins.
Mythical skins allow you to customize individual parts of a hero’s skin. Blizzard showed concept art for a Genji Mythic skin during a June stream, saying you can change the colors of its armor, eye glow, mask, tattoo and weapons — things you can’t change in a skin that’s currently available. According to figures suggested in the recent survey, Mythic skins could cost as much as $44.99 or just $29.99.
Reddit user chaosunleashedX (opens in new tab) and Twitter user portergauge (opens in new tab) posted screenshots of their surveys, asking what they would think of $24.99 Legendary Skins and $9.99 Weapon Charms. The surveys also gave them options to choose what kind of cosmetic bundles they would pay for at $4.99, $19.99, and $29.99.
Phew, a friend of mine has an Overwatch survey for his account, some of these prices they measure for OW2 are very expensive. I hope he only gets one of the higher price surveys and not an indication that they are leaning towards that much revenue. pic.twitter.com/RWr7LbwkLBJuly 30, 2022
The comments and replies to both posts are largely negative, with many people citing the controversy over monetization and apparent financial success. (opens in new tab) of Blizzard’s most recent release, Diablo Immortal, as a cause for concern.
“Yeah, I’m not buying a skin for $44.99 lmao, they’re crazy if they think that. You can buy at least one good game with that money. I like the game and what it stands for, but if they continue these prices, they will kill OW 2 very quickly,” Reddit user yourcupofkohi (opens in new tab) wrote.
In the past, Overwatch sold the Pink Mercy skin (opens in new tab) for $15, but 100% of that money went directly to charity, and it often sells skins tied to Overwatch League tokens (which you can get for free by watching matches) for around $10. Legendary Apex Legends- skins cost about $18 and Valorant weapon skins can range from $10 to $100. If Blizzard were pricing skins this way, it would be a pretty big shift to how it handled Overwatch skins in the past, and would more like other popular FPS games at the moment.
Blizzard plans to steadily release new heroes every nine-week season (opens in new tab). People who feel the need to collect everything will be hit the hardest if there is no way to earn these skins by playing the game normally. Blizzard is clearly interested in how people react to these prices; surveys like these are shared (opens in new tab) all the time, and in no way guarantee that we’re going to see $44.99 (or even $29.99) Mythic skins. Given the recoil (opens in new tab) on the gacha-esque monetization of Diablo Immortal, the reaction to the skin prices could convince Blizzard to keep the prices lower.
Blizzard said it’s getting into specifics about its battle pass and store plans closer to Overwatch 2’s October 4 launch date.