2022 starts with a bang for gamers all over the world thanks to Microsoft acquiring Activision, then weeks later, Sony acquiring Bungie. Some would say that this action sparked a war between these two tech conglomerates. But is this a one-time only acquisition this year, or are there plenty more?
Because I think there’s no way Microsoft and Sony are stopping there. I think they’re just getting started, and there might be more coming sooner than we think.
Possible Video Game Deals That May Affect The Industry
According to Geoff Keighley, a well-known figure in the gaming industry and most notably known as the host for The Game Awards, has revealed that there are other big video game deals going on this year, and its only February.
So, what could be these other deals going on that we don’t know? If it’s anything similar to Microsoft and Sony acquiring big names like Activision and Bungie, will it affect the gaming industry?
There are many companies people have speculated to be next in this acquisitions race between Microsoft and Sony.
Some say Square Enix might be next, and that they’re being acquired by Sony. In my mind, that makes sense, as Square Enix and Sony have a history together. Square Enix has always leaned on Sony and PlayStation when it comes to releasing games. Their games like Final Fantasy XVI and VII Remake are both exclusive to the PlayStation consoles, until VII Remake released on PC early this year.
Another developer company that can be acquired is Capcom. Now, it can either be both Sony or Microsoft as both companies have history of working together, but I’m leaning towards Sony.
While Capcom has indeed worked with Microsoft and Xbox before, Capcom has done worked with Sony ever since the PS1 days.
One company that people have been talking about that could get acquired is Ubisoft. You may think it might not happen, but Microsoft acquired Activision for a huge sum of money, so anything is possible at this point.
Speaking of Microsoft, I think Ubisoft will be more inclined to be acquired by them. Similar to Capcom and Sony, I feel like Microsoft and Ubisoft are tailor made for each other.
Ubisoft games lately seem to remind me of the same feeling I get when I play on Xbox, just as playing Capcom games remind me of playing PlayStation.
Now, it’s possible that these acquisitions might not happen and that people are just going off from the excitement of Microsoft and Sony going on a war against each other. The year is young and all we can do is wait till either of these giants make a move.
Overwatch 2: Is the Battle Pass Worth It | True Cost of Battle Pass
Does the battle pass for Overwatch 2 live up to its cost?
The Overwatch seasons last two months and for every season there is a battle pass that includes various rewards, such as character skins, weapons, etc. The battle is an important asset of every online shooter game since it helps players to upgrade their game and characteristics.
The True Cost of The Overwatch 2 Battle Pass | Is the Battle Pass Worth it
There are two tiers of the battle pass, one that is free, and one which is premium. The free tier includes the following items: Kiriko (available at tier 55), 2 Legendary skins, 2 weapon charms, 2 souvenirs, 1 Highlight intro and 15 additional items such as sprays, emotes etc.
How long does it take to get to level 55?
When asked how long does it take to unlock all the heroes, commercial lead Jon Spector said:
“The reason why we put Kiriko at tier 55 instead of 80 on the free track, is that we really want our players to unlock all the characters, we are not trying to put them far out of reach or make it really hard for the typical players out there.”Jon Spector
If you are a more hard-core player, and your goal is to unlock Kiriko as fast as possible you are able to reach that milestone in the first few weeks. If you are a casual player, you would be able to reach Kiriko a little bit later, but well before the season ends.
The True Price of the Premium Battle Pass
The second one, the premium battle pass is richer with loot, with immediate access to Kiriko, and other heroes, a battle pass boost of 15%, a mythic skin, 5 legendary skins, 2 epic skins, 3 play of the game intros, 4 weapon charms, 3 emotes and souvenirs, 6 poses and name cards, 8 player icons, 11 voice lines and 12 sprays.
It costs 1000 Overwatch coins which is the in-game premium currency. You can either earn that currency with in-game challenges or you can buy it with real-life money. Note that the challenges are limited and you can earn up to 540 coins per season if you complete all the challenges.
So, you would need to complete all challenges for two seasons to earn a battle pass. 500 coins are worth $5, and 1000 coins are worth $10. If you do the math, you would come to the conclusion that you would need to spend money to get the premium battle pass.
If you play regularly, and complete challenges earning those 540 coins per season, it means that you would have to pay 30$ per year to unlock all premium battle passes from all the seasons.
If you buy the premium battle passes you would spend $60 a year, which is not much but for the average player who is playing a free-to-play game, it’s not really bad because the game doesn’t lock all the heroes so it is possible to earn all the heroes through the free battle pass tier, although you would have to put a lot of time in the game.