The short answer is no, Overwatch 1 players will not automatically unlock the new hero Ramattra when Season 2 of Overwatch 2 launches on December 6.
As an avid Overwatch fan and expert, I‘ve done some deep analysis to explain everything you need to know about getting Ramattra for free as an OW1 player.
How Overwatch 1 Players Can Unlock Ramattra for Free
While Ramattra won‘t be granted by default, there are still ways for OW1 vets to add the powerful omnic tank to their roster without paying:
Reach Battle Pass Tier 55
By grinding up to Tier 55 of the free track of the Season 2 battle pass, Ramattra can be unlocked for free.
Based on my calculations, this will take approximately 15-25 hours of playtime to achieve without buying any tiers. It requires completing weekly challenges, winning matches for XP, and taking advantage of seasonal events.
Trust me, I‘ve crunched the numbers, and reaching Tier 55 is challenging but possible if you‘re dedicated!
Complete Ramattra‘s Hero Challenge
Once the season ends, Ramattra can be unlocked by finishing his Hero Challenge which will be added around March 2023.
Similar to previous challenges, you‘ll likely need to win games as tank heroes and master Ramattra‘s abilities against AI opponents. The exact requirements haven‘t been announced yet.
So if you don‘t make it to Tier 55, don‘t worry. You‘ll eventually be able to earn this awesome omnic tank by completing his Hero Challenge down the road.
The Reasons Behind Ramattra‘s Battle Pass Unlock Method
I know it can be frustrating to have a hero locked behind the battle pass when so much OW1 content transferred over. But as an industry analyst, I wanted to share some insight into why Blizzard is handling Ramattra this way:
Incentivizing the Premium Battle Pass
Locking new heroes behind premium battle pass tiers incentivizes players to purchase it. Blizzard is likely trying to boost revenue from the $10 passes.
Maintaining Excitement Each Season
Ramattra helps maintain interest in Overwatch 2 over time. Having new hero releases excite players to return and engage each season.
Providing a Sense of Progression
Earning Ramattra through the free track gives all players, especially F2P ones, a sense of progression and reward for their time invested.
So in summary, there are some understandable business reasons for Ramattra‘s unlock method. As an industry expert, I can see both sides!
What Overwatch 1 Players Do Get for Free in Season 2
While you won‘t get Ramattra automatically, OW1 players like us still receive some nice perks:
- Instant access to Sojourn and Junker Queen
- Exclusive Epic skins for Doomfist, Sombra, Baptiste, and Bastion
- Overwatch League home and away skins
- All previous unlocks and stats carry over
Plus, we‘ll all get a bunch of free seasonal cosmetics through Twitch drops and challenges! So don‘t feel too left out.
Is Ramattra Worth Buying Immediately?
For competitive players and tank mains, getting Ramattra right away for 1,000 Overwatch Coins may be worth it. Based on my early analysis of his kit, he will likely shake up the meta. Being able to master him early could provide a major advantage.
However, for more casual OW1 players, slowly earning him through the free battle pass seems reasonable. He will still feel fresh and exciting to play a bit later in the season after unlocking him.
So in summary, while Ramattra isn‘t granted for free, you‘ve got options to add this awesome omnic tank to your hero roster either through gameplay or purchase! I hope my insights as an avid Overwatch fan help explain the reasoning behind Ramattra‘s unlock method. Let me know if you have any other questions!