Overwatch’s Battle on Olympus event is an absolute disaster.
Overwatch’s “Battle for Olympus” event has been launched collectively by Overwatch players. An unbalanced exercise in frustration with an equally frustrating series of challenges that are as “grinding” as they are rewarding.
- Overwatch got its latest seasonal event in the form of “Battle of Olympus.”
- A Greek-themed episode that pits many of the most famous Greek gods against each other.
- Players have mentioned that the event is a frustrating slog due to the hero selection and extreme challenges.
- Many of the new seasonal skins aren’t even available in the game’s Battle Pass.
Over the years, Overwatch has had many unique weather events that allow players to experience unique gameplay styles. From playing makeshift volleyball as Lucio to having a snowball fight as Mei.
Seasonal events are always one of the highlights of the Overwatch experience, especially when they bring unique character-specific cosmetics such as new highlight intros, legendary and epic skins for various characters, as well as new emotes and victory poses. too
The Battle for Olympus event pits 7 unique heroes in a free-for-all deathmatch while giving each hero unique ultimate abilities. For example, Widowmaker’s ultimate can now stun enemies looking directly at her, giving her easy headshots.
While this sounds good on paper, the 7-hero roster that is available is not thought of for such an event. Making playing too many heroes a very frustrating experience.
However, this is nothing compared to how bad the challenges are. Especially since most of them require the player to get 300 individual kills with all 7 heroes.
As such, players have started calling the worst episode in Overwatch history the “Battle for Olympus”.
— PlayStation Lifestyle (@PSLifeStyle) January 6, 2023
This causes many players to cheat with other players and aim for them instead of taking on the challenges.
What adds insult to injury is the free legendary skin available in the event. Instead of any new skins available for the event, players will receive an old Mercy Legendary skin as a reward for completing 6 challenges from the event.
Players are understandably upset about this, in particular, Overwatch pro player Siegel also spoke out about Blizzard’s recent practices in his stream.
Player on Twitter The Battle of Olympus event has also expressed disappointment. Many of them echo similar concerns.
This event is probably the worst event I’ve ever seen in Overwatch. The rewards are not worth the struggle and the event itself is seriously impressive. This game man… pic.twitter.com/sG72KRj5QM
— CosmicCola (@CosmicSensei) January 7, 2023
Highlights of the Battle for Olympus event are its newly added 7 skins. 6 of these skins are legendary for Widowmaker, Roadhog, Ramattra, Pharah, Lucio, and Reinhardt, while the last is an ultra-rare legendary skin for Junker Queen.
While the 3 legendary event skins can be unlocked through the paid Battle Pass. The rest are unfortunately locked behind a paywall, costing $30 each.
Overwatch’s new event highlights a prevalent problem with Overwatch 2 as a whole, as the game loses the generally fair—if occasionally—annoying loot box system from previous games that players only usually get. But lets earn skins by playing the game.
On top of that, it’s also not possible to obtain skins from the game’s paid Battle Pass, forcing players to purchase skins individually.
Hopefully, this is something we can expect to improve as Overwatch 2 continues to receive new seasonal content.
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