Overwatch 2’s new Halloween event has cool ideas and trivial rewards

.’s first seasonal event Note and watch 2 It brings with it something new: a four-player co-op PvE mode that plays as a preview of the repeatable missions that Blizzard plans to bring to the game next year. But the rest of Halloween Terror 2022 looks like Blizzard is holding hands, looking to raise more cash from players — in a way that spoils one of Overwatch’s most beloved holiday-themed events.

The co-op mode, Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride, is a sequel of sorts to the wave-based crowd mode from Halloween Terror’s past, and it’s pretty cool. Like Ashe, Junker Queen, Kiriko, and Sojourn, players make their way through the streets of Adlersbrunn, a chilling remake of the game’s Eichenwalde map. The Bride’s Wrath casts waves of zombie-like bots, enemy versions of Winston (here as a series of vengeful gargoyles), Symmetra, and Sombra into the four-player team, who are looking for the master of the castle. Some light puzzle solving, a few jump scares, and a spooky showdown with Echo (who plays the spooky dolls) make Wrath of the Bride worth playing. It’s a promising peek at Monitor 2PvE.

But don’t expect much, if anything, in the way of exciting rewards for Overwatch’s annual Halloween event. Unlike in previous years, where players could earn dozens of cosmetics, Wrath of the Bride pays some experience points, voice streaks, weapon enchantments, airbrushes, and more. Players get a free reaper skin to play during the event, as part of the decoration Monitor 2Rocky launch.

The other big element of Halloween Terror 2022 is the chance to buy more skins Monitor 2 heroes. There are two Legendary types: Witch Kiriko and Executioner Junker Queen, and they cost 2,600 points and 1900 points each, respectively. That comes to roughly $25 and $19, if one has to buy credits from an in-game store. Alternatively, you can, for example, play for the next 32 weeks, earn a maximum of 60 points per week by completing weekly challenges, and hope that the Executioner Junker Queen returns next Halloween. (Older Halloween skins from the original Note and watch Also for sale, either independently or in groups.)

Unsurprisingly, the prices for these two types of oblong leather – which, combined, are more than the cost of the original Note and watch On PC – met with contempt from many Overwatch players and content creators. There is a common sentiment among players on Blizzard’s Overwatch forums Monitor 2The monetization style “kills my enthusiasm for the game” and even the paid offerings feel small. Popular Overwatch streamer Stylosa criticized the game’s pricing scheme on Twitterand later talked about leather prices in a hot YouTube video. The game’s sub-game is currently filled with rage over Blizzard’s monetization tactics, frivolous Halloween event rewards, and soaring cosmetics prices – a source of rage since the game was released for free. strong snow storm Latest Tweet Promotion of the event was mostly met with criticism regarding the cost of the cosmetics.

It remains to be seen if any of this setback will change Blizzard’s plans for future events (or the cost of the cosmetics). But with expensive skins dominating the conversation around Monitor 2and Halloween Terror is previewing upcoming events, something might change in the end.

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