Overwatch 2 is launching free-to-play on PS5 and PS4 later this year, completely replacing the original game when it does. Obviously, publishers need to make money from these games somehow, and so F2P titles tend to contain many ways to incentivise players to cough up a little something. With its upcoming hero shooter sequel, Blizzard Entertainment seems to be testing the limits of what constitutes a microtransaction.
In a recent survey sent out to players, the publisher asks several questions about how much one would be willing to spend on cosmetic items in the game. Perhaps most notably, Blizzard asks whether players would be likely to pay $45 for a Mythic character skin — the rarest (and coolest) kind. This seems like an astronomical number for a single fancy costume.
Other prices raised in the survey include $10 for weapon charms, a legendary skin for $25, and various bundles at similarly questionable rates.
Obviously, this is just a survey, so Blizzard is simply gathering data here. Depending on the results it receives (and we’d wager most aren’t happy to pay these price tags), the publisher might bump up or bring down those MTX costs. Naturally, the in-game economy will evolve over time, too, so this is far from the end of it.
We’ll have to wait and see what the final game has in store when it arrives in October. How do you feel about this? Are these survey questions cause for concern? Is this just the way F2P games are heading? Discuss in the comments section below.