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This New Overwatch 2 Skin Actively Sabotages Your Game

The "Overwatch" community has had more than a few gripes with the sequel. One of gamers' biggest complaints is the series' new monetization system. Gone are the free loot boxes in exchange for a rotating store that lets gamers buy skins outright, similar to how it works in "Fortnite." However, many have complained that the prices for the items are way too high, with one item even being more expensive than its real-life counterpart. Gamers have also argued that the premium currency takes too long to accumulate for free-to-play players.

So far, to the dismay of fans, Blizzard has done nothing to rectify the situation, aside from some Battle Pass changes. Instead, things are getting only worse. With the introduction of the "Overwatch 2 Battle for Olympus event" came a new skin that players are better off not buying. Interestingly it's not the price tag driving gamers away — but the fact that it puts players at a disadvantage when equipped.

New Widowmaker Medusa skin seen as pay-to-lose

As soon as the new Battle for Olympus Event skins got into the hands of gamers, something seemed off. On January 3, Professional "Overwatch 2" player and Widowmaker main Kephrii Tweeted, "the new Medusa skin is so loud it actively punishes you for using it."

Attached to the Tweet was a video of a hiding Widowmaker equipped with the Medusa skin having their location pinpointed by a player following the sounds of the skin's hissing snakes. In another clip, Kephrii showcased that the sounds the snakes make can drown out enemy footsteps. And as "Overwatch" players know, being able to hear footsteps is incredibly important at high levels.

Reactions to the Tweet were mixed. Some argued that the hissing snakes wouldn't be as audible in team fights when ability sounds are going off in unison. The same users also stated that if a player doesn't want to be at a disadvantage, they can just not buy the skin. In contrast, some called it blatant pay-to-lose while criticizing the monetization system.

This isn't the first time a skin has affected competitive gameplay. Recently a "Warzone 2.0" skin flew off digital shelves because it gave players a substantial advantage in matches. "Call of Duty" developers eventually fixed the skin, to the dismay of players. However, Blizzard has not announced if it will be fixing the Medusa skin — or if it agrees with the other fans that the hissing sounds have little impact on gameplay.