After Cancelling Its PvE Hero Mode, Blizzard Wants You To Pay For Overwatch 2 PvE Missions
After Blizzard cancelled Overwatch 2’s PvE Hero mode earlier this spring, the company promised that fans would still get PvE content. What they didn’t tell players, is that they’d have to pay to play them.
On Tuesday, the company announced that when Overwatch 2: Invasion launches on August 10, players are going to have to pay $15 for an Invasion Bundle. This bundle, Blizzard says, gives players “permanent access” to the story missions.
While hearing “permanent access” might signal that you need to pay in order to keep playing them after a certain amount of time, that’s not what it means. What Blizzard means is that you have to buy the bundle just to play them even once. Something that wasn’t mentioned or shown at the end of the Invasion trailer when it was originally released on Sunday.
Aside from the story missions, buying the Invasion Bundle gives players 1,000 Overwatch Coins, a new Sojourn Legendary Skin, and permanent access to Sojourn as a playable hero for new players.
“The Overwatch 2: Invasion bundle is intended to give new and veteran players alike the opportunity to explore this brand-new story arc while giving them additional coins to unlock the Premium Battle Pass or to buy cosmetic content for their favorite Hero,” Blizzard says.
So yeah. Blizzard forced Overwatch 2 on everyone, promised a PvE Hero mode that would feature character progression as part of the game’s selling point, canceled said mode, and then announced lighter story missions that it wants you to pony up for in order to ever play.
And while it was never stated originally that it would be available for free, it would’ve been a solid goodwill gesture to do so given what was promised to players and then taken away.