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Overwatch 2 players consider boycotting PvE content

By Olivia Richman


Jul 24, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

Overwatch 2 players are hoping to punish Blizzard by boycotting the upcoming story missions content.

Blizzard revealed more information about its upcoming season, Invasion, during an Xbox Games Showcase. Come August, Overwatch players will be able to experience a new hero, a new competitive game mode, and some PvE content in the form of three-story missions.

Unlike previous seasons, players will have to pay to experience Invasion in full. That’s because the PvE content will cost $15.

Overwatch 2 community frustrated with PvE content

The Invasion Bundle that was announced at the showcase includes three story missions, 1,000 Overwatch Coins, and a Legendary skin for Sojourn. But that wasn’t enough to satisfy Overwatch 2 players, especially after a previous broken promise.

Earlier this year, Blizzard was chastised for canceling the previously promised PvE content. This included extensive stories for each hero, complete with skill trees and customizable abilities. Developers were accused of lying about the PvE content, with many fans speculating that they knew well in advance of Overwatch 2 that the content would never be coming.

To make up for the blunder, Blizzard announced that there would be PvE content in Season 6. Unfortunately, it hasn’t lived up to expectations so far. As the new season draws near, fans are debating if they should spend money on the underwhelming content.

“Please don’t buy the story missions if you already know you’re gonna hate them in advance,” one Reddit user urged. “Just save yourself the time and effort if you already hate the current Overwatch. You’ll send a way better message by not getting it.”

The Overwatch 2 community speculated that many players would still buy the bundle just for the Legendary skin alone, a tactic that they feel developers knew would work. But a lot of players responded that they already knew an influx of hate was going to take over Reddit and social media in response to the PvE content, agreeing that nobody should buy it, to begin with.

In response to the potential boycott, some players added that fans should just watch the PvE content on Twitch instead of purchasing it themselves.

While many gamers felt that it wouldn’t make a difference if people didn’t buy the PvE content, recent reports have revealed that Overwatch 2 engagement and in-game purchasing are fizzling out. Blizzard has admitted that Overwatch 2 is possibly dying. Refusing to buy the PvE content could potentially hurt Blizzard in the long run.

Overwatch 2: Invasion is coming on August 10, 2023.