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Overwatch 2’s first Halloween event has already kicked off, bringing a new take on Junkenstein’s Revenge mode titled Wrath of the Bride, as well as themed skins for certain characters. These include brand new ones for Kiriko and Junker Queen, dressing them up as a witch and an executioner respectively. However, there is only one way to get any of these skins, and that is to pay upfront for them.
This is of course part of Overwatch 2’s new free-to-play model, where instead of handing out random cosmetics via loot boxes, the game allows players to choose which skins they want. This sounds like a great idea on paper, but the caveat is that there’s no way to unlock these Halloween skins without spending real-world money. A detail that many players are clearly not happy about.
There is technically a Halloween skin that can be acquired for free – however, not only is it an old skin from the first Overwatch (namely the Werewolf Winston skin), but you don’t even unlock it through play. Instead, you get it as a Twitch Drop by watching certain Overwatch 2 streams for at least six hours.
IN a Reddit thread with over 29,000 upvotes at the time of writing, fans are bemoaning the lack of an option to unlock the Halloween skin simply by playing the game, with some saying they’ve lost faith in future seasonal events if this is how Blizzard will handle them .
“Event skins were the only thing that kept me playing over the last few years,” says SnooDoodles8088. “I never missed a single one and it almost felt like an obligation to keep my streak going after a while,” with Acadia saying that it “feels like there’s no point to seasonal events now.”
A common criticism is the asking price for the skins. While you first have to buy Tokens (one of the forms of in-game currency) to buy skins and can’t just exchange real money, legendary skins like Halloween cost an average of $20, which many feel is simply too much for one skin.
“I wouldn’t even pay $9 for any of them. Damn ridiculous prices,” complains The Soviet Boy. Another user, Revenge_is_hereechoes the sentiment, adding “Skins should never have topped $10 honestly. $20 for ONE skin is absurd.”
Overwatch 2 has had to contend with serious fan accusations and criticism since before it even launched. And yet, despite the vocal backlash against the game and publisher Activision over the allegations of sexual harassment, Overwatch 2 has been a bona fide success so far, attracting 25 million players in its first week.