Fans were in a flurry over perceived price gouging.
The prices that appeared in a recent consumer survey sent out to Overwatch players were randomized and “not indicative of final pricing,” says Blizzard Entertainment.
As reported by IGN, players were shocked when they received surveys asking what prices they would be willing to pay for cosmetics in Overwatch 2, including sprays, weapon charms, highlight intros, and skins. The price that raised the most eyebrows was $44.99 for a single mythic skin, a skin tier that wasn’t available in the original Overwatch. These prices aren’t the end-all-be-all, according to a statement Blizzard issued to IGN. “Prices displayed in the survey were randomized per user and are not indicative of final pricing,” the Blizzard spokesperson said. “We plan to share details on our Shop and Battle Pass system closer to our Oct. 4 launch.” IGN shared that not all of the prices in the survey are “meant to be reasonable.”
Twitter user Portergauge sounded the first alarm, sharing screengrabs from a friend who received the survey and was asked to rank their likelihood of purchasing a mythic skin for $44.99, a legendary skin for $24.99, and a series of cosmetic packs at different prices. “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,” Portergauge said in the tweet accompanying the screengrabs.
Soon after, Reddit user chaosunleashedX posted a passionate treatise against the proposed skin prices, particularly the $44.99 mythic skin. Their statement begged Blizzard to reconsider the prices, noting that some games’ total cost is $40. The same post also called out the company’s controversial handling of microtransactions in Diablo Immortal and asked Blizzard not to go in the same direction with Overwatch 2.