An Overwatch 2 bug fix left players of the Blizzard FPS game perplexed as they realized they were actually getting even less Battle Pass XP than they thought for receiving endorsement rewards. The player recommendation system is a way to encourage good behavior in the multiplayer game, leveling up when you are routinely approved by teammates. However, players have noticed how much less dramatic the bonus rewards players in the sequel.
Your approval level in the first Overwatch would be periodically rewarded with loot boxes – specifically you would earn one less than your current approval rank (i.e. one loot box for rank two, two for rank three, three for reaching rank four, and four you must manage to hit the elusive rank five). As a regular player who spent most of my time playing tank and support, I usually hovered around level 3-4, which gave me (and many other players) a fair number of extra loot boxes, containing four each random cosmetic items.
With the loot boxes gone for Overwatch 2, your approval level now rewards you with experience for your Overwatch 2 Battle Pass. However, this was initially affected by a bug, which meant that instead of correctly displaying the experience earned, the rewards screen simply listed the player who received 1 experience. Since this was clearly ridiculous, it led many players to assume that they were getting one full battle pass level instead for their problems.
The effect of this can be clearly seen in a post on the Overwatch Reddit, where a very upbeat post says that the ‘battle pass reward has been reduced, it used to be one battle pass level’. The amount displayed now appears to be correct and the actual values awarded appear to be 1000 XP multiplied by your current level. As such, the maximum reward offered would be 5000 XP for reaching rank five (something traditionally very hard to do unless you play a lot of support in modes where players routinely approve everyone, such as 3v3 elimination). That’s only half a battle pass level – a dramatic reduction from what many thought they were getting.
Players are understandably a little upset about this realization – as one player explains: “To put this into perspective, in OW1 you would have been given 3 loot boxes, so you could potentially get 12 free cosmetic items from this. Now you don’t even get half of a BP level.” Another added, “You would also have gotten coins if the loot box drops were duplicates, and you would have easily earned more coins from three dupes than you can currently earn by completing all 11 weekly challenges.”
This development marks just the latest in complaints about Blizzard’s Overwatch 2 monetization model. Players are also unhappy with the rewards offered by the ongoing Overwatch 2 Halloween event, which awards a small handful of small cosmetics but no skins and fairly low battle pass experience gains.
Many prominent figures in the community have added their voices to the discussion – streamer Stylosa says the prices are “a joke”, while support specialist ML7 comments that he loves the new Witch Kiriko skin, but that “a single skin shouldn’t cost more than a battle pass that gives you 5+ skins.”
Another Overwatch 2 double XP weekend is coming for October 28-31, giving players more opportunities to improve their battle pass in the meantime. Be sure to check out our Overwatch 2 level list for the most popular heroes to play, and learn how your Overwatch 2 sound settings can make the difference between victory and defeat.