Outraged Overwatch 2 Fans Express Displeasure as Vintage Ana Skin Requires Premium Currency


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Overwatch 2 players are expressing their frustration due to a perceived “loophole” that allows Blizzard to charge premium currency for the Cybermedic Ana skin, which was originally obtainable in the first game. Interestingly, other old skins can still be purchased with in-game credits.

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The release of Overwatch 2 brought about significant changes to the economy of the popular hero shooter. In order to adapt to the free-to-play model, Blizzard introduced Overwatch Coins, a premium currency that players can use to acquire skins and bundles from the in-game store.

However, Overwatch Coins were exclusively used to acquire new bundles introduced in the sequel. Existing skins from the original Overwatch can still be obtained using Credits, which are earned through the battle pass system.

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That is, until now. Blizzard has unveiled an old Ana skin, called Cybermedic Ana, that can only be acquired using Overwatch Coins.

Locked Behind a Paywall: Cybermedic Ana Returns in Overwatch 2
Overwatch 2 offers the Cybermedic Ana skin from the original game for 1,100 Overwatch Coins, equivalent to approximately $11 USD.

Typically, skins from the original game can be obtained using Credits, which do not require real money. However, a loophole has allowed Blizzard to charge for this vintage Ana skin.

Cybermedic Ana was originally introduced as a weekly challenge skin, which meant it was never available for purchase using Credits. Instead, it was a time-limited reward exclusively obtainable during the Overwatch Anniversary 2021 event.

This decision has left some players disheartened, with one individual expressing their disappointment by saying, “Overwatch 1 was a superior game. Overwatch 2 is a pitiful attempt at a sequel. It seems like Blizzard is only interested in making more money, so they have put a paywall in front of everything that was previously free. Blizzard doesn’t care about its fans.”

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Another fan echoed the sentiment, stating, “Classic Blizzard. Ever since they announced the removal of the story mode, I haven’t played the game. I doubt I will return, even though I’ve been playing since 2016. They have taken away so much from the original game and given so little in return. It’s simply not worth playing their game anymore.”

On a slightly more positive note, another response hoped for a similar outcome, saying, “The Subaquatic Zen skin became purchasable with credits after its debut week in the shop. Perhaps the same will happen here.”

Similar to Cybermedic Ana, the Subaquatic Zen skin was another time-limited event skin that was reintroduced in Overwatch 2. It was first offered for Overwatch Coins, but one week after its debut, it became available for purchase for Credits.

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