Blizzard Says Overwatch 2 Survey $45 Skins Question Isn't "Indicative Of Final Pricing" But Asked Anyway So...
Are the devs testing the waters with this one or provoking their fanbase?
Overwatch 2, the sequel-but-not-so-much-a-sequel team-based shooter by Activision Blizzard, is in a questionable spot again. There's a player survey making the rounds asking players if they'd like to shell out $45 for a mythic skin and other ridiculous prices in the upcoming title and, as you might have expected, it wasn't well received.
News of the survey's existence first appeared on Twitter by @Portergauge. The user recounts how his friend received the Overwatch 2 survey on his account, stating prices that Blizzard seems to be gauging for the title were "really expensive." The post continues, referencing the user's friend: "I hope this is just him getting one of the higher price surveys and not an indication that they're leaning towards this much monetization."
Oof, friend of mine got an Overwatch survey for his account, some of these prices they're gauging for OW2 are really expensive.
I hope this is just him getting one of the higher price surveys and not an indication that they're leaning towards this much monetization. pic.twitter.com/RWr7LbwkLB
— Portergauge 🏳️🌈 (@Portergauge) July 30, 2022
Outside of the $45 mythic skin, the survey had prices for legendary skins at $24.99, legendary bundles running for $29.99, and weapon charms at $9.99. With fans believing already that the game is a half-baked project to grab more money, even a harmless survey like this could scare people away.
Thankfully, a Blizzard spokesperson told IGN the survey was "randomized per user and [is] not indicative of final pricing." As we probably have guessed, they sent it out to understand player preferences for different Overwatch 2 cosmetics. Blizzard plans to reveal more official info on their in-game Shop and Battle Pass as the October 4 release gets closer.
While the Blizzard response clarifies the outrageous prices, it also draws attention to the fact that the studio is at a crossroads for Shop and Battle Pass pricing. This doesn't mean it'll be way cheaper due to feedback from the survey, but hopefully players will see reasonable numbers when the game goes live.
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