The Overwatch 2 release time is almost upon us and we can’t wait to jump into Blizzard’s free-to-play hero shooter – when the Overwatch 2 console preload time passes, anyway. However, if you’re looking forward to trading blows with Doomfist and Winston as one of the new Overwatch 2 heroes, you might want to know this: Overwatch 2 players are going to need to play for well over 40 hours to unlock new heroes – like Kiriko.
Yeah, that’s right. We know it’s less than ideal, but it’s looking very likely that Overwatch 2 players are going to need to rack up almost two days’ worth of game time to get their hands on the game’s newest hero. If you’re wondering how we have worked this out, allow us to explain – with the help of Gamerant’s Overwatch 2 review in progress.
Gamerant reports that its’ reviewer spent roughly two hours a day playing Overwatch 2 for a period of ten days, with a win percentage of around 53%, to reach Tier 26 of the new Overwatch 2 battle pass – with a 20% XP boost. We can’t say just how well this particular player performed in each game, but that’s still around 20 hours of gameplay.
So, when you consider the fact that Kiriko is currently available to unlock at Tier 55 of the free Battle Pass in Overwatch 2, it’s clear that players are probably going to have to spend over 40 hours playing to unlock her for their rosters.
This is, for all intents and purposes, quite a long time. We know the Overwatch 2 competitive mode will take player breaks into account, but maybe Blizzard should take a look at making these major unlocks a little more obtainable for casual players.
For some, even two hours a day is quite a lot of time. If you’re someone who can only play a handful of nights a week, you’re looking at a month or more of Overwatch 2 before they can start playing as the new face on the roster.
Is this progression going to hinder this shooter becoming one of the best competitive FPS games out there? We’re not sure, but it might if players find themselves disheartened by what appears to be quite a bit of a grind.