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Overwatch 2’s new Halloween event has big ideas and puny rewards

The first event of the season for Supervision two brings with it something new: a four-player cooperative PvE mode that plays as a preview of the replayable missions that Blizzard plans to bring to the game next year. But the rest of Halloween Terror 2022 feels like Blizzard is reaching out, looking to squeeze more money out of players, in a way that sours one of Overwatch’s most beloved holiday-themed events.

The co-op mode, Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride, is something of a sequel to the wave-based horde mode of Halloween Terror’s past, and it’s pretty good. As Ashe, Junker Queen, Kiriko, and Sojourn, players make their way through the streets of Adlersbrunn, a hair-raising reworking of the game’s Eichenwalde map. Wrath of the Bride unleashes waves of zombie-like robots, enemy versions of Winston (here as a series of vengeful gargoyles), Symmetra, and Sombra at the four-player team, who search for the lord of the castle. A bit of light puzzle solving, some jump scares, and a spooky encounter with Echo (playing the role of spooky puppets) make Wrath of the Bride worth playing. It’s a promising look at surveillance 2‘s PvE.

But don’t expect much, if anything, in terms of exciting rewards for Overwatch’s annual Halloween release. Unlike previous years, where players could earn dozens of cosmetics, Wrath of the Bride pays out some XP, voice lines, a weapon charm, sprays, and more. Players get a free Reaper skin for playing during the event, as part of compensation for surveillance 2The rocky launch of .

The other big component of Halloween Terror 2022 is the opportunity to purchase more skins for surveillance 2 There are two legendary heroes: Witch Kiriko and Executioner Junker Queen, and they cost 2600 credits and 1900 credits each, respectively. That works out to roughly $25 and $19, if one were to purchase credits from the in-game store. Alternatively, you could, say, play for the next 32 weeks, earning the maximum 60 credits per week by completing weekly challenges, and hope that Executioner Junker Queen returns next Halloween. (Older Halloween Horror skins from the original Supervision are also for sale, both stand-alone and in packs).

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Unsurprisingly, the prices for those two marquee skins, which, combined, are more than the cost of the original. Supervision on PC, they have been met with disdain by many Overwatch players and content creators. A popular sentiment from players on Blizzard’s own Overwatch forums is that surveillance 2The “kills my enthusiasm for the game” style of monetization and even the paid offers feel lacking. Popular Overwatch Streamer Stylosa criticized the game’s pricing scheme on Twitter, and then ranted about fur prices in a heated YouTube video. The game’s subreddit is currently abuzz with anger over Blizzard’s monetization tactics, paltry Halloween event rewards, and high cosmetic prices, a source of fury since the free-to-play game launched. blizzard last tweet promoting the event has been met mainly with criticism about the cost of cosmetics.

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Whether any of this pushback will alter Blizzard’s plans for future events (or the cost of cosmetics) remains to be seen. But with expensive fur dominating the conversation around surveillance 2and Halloween Terror is a preview of events to come, something may have to change eventually.

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