Since the battle pass system was announced for Monitor 2 Earlier this year, the community was eagerly waiting to hear more about how many players will have to grind for all the glittery freebies the sequel will provide.
Leaks dominating Surveillance on air last week, player impatience turned into a threat to sow hell over the inclusion of unlockable heroes.
Before the riots formed, Blizzard developers released information about the Monitor 2 battle pass system, what Season 1 of the free and premium paths will look like, and how new heroes will be unlocked.
Monitor 2 Season 1 Battle Pass
Monitor 2 will operate on a “seasonal” model where the battle passes and the content will change every nine weeks. Season 1 kicks off on October 4 when the game launches in early access and the developers have outlined exactly what the battle pass will look like and what will be included.
First, the Battle Pass will be available to everyone and applied automatically: free players will have the opportunity to unlock around 20 tiers (out of over 80) of content just by playing the game. New heroes fall under this content .
“If the season introduces a new hero, they will be earnable through the free Battle Pass track,” the developers said in a blog post.
Before hardcore gamers pull out the forks, they should know that does not apply to them, at least for the first season.
Players with a base Surveillance just log in before Season 2 to receive a Founder’s Pack that will automatically unlock the game’s newest hero, Kiriko.
Monitor 2 players looking for more rewards can upgrade to the premium Battle Pass for 1000 Surveillance Coins, the new currency of the suite. One thousand coins equals $10. This premium track includes a 20% battle pass XP boost, six new skins, tons of new cosmetics, and access to the game’s first customizable Mythic skin, Cyber Demon Genji. Paying for a premium pass unlocks the other 60 “tiers” out of the 80 included on both sides of the pass.
Each season of Monitor 2 will introduce a new battle pass with a new theme. Season 1’s theme is “cyberpunk”, which is pretty obvious from the cosmetics it contains.
New cosmetics and rewards
Free and premium battle pass tracks include cosmetic types that are brand new to Monitor 2. Players will have access to Business Cards, which add personalization to a player’s profile, and Weapon Charms dangling from their favorite weapons. Memories can also be unlocked.
During a press conference, the developers confirmed that these are 3D elements that a hero can display during a game while using an emote.
A salt shaker and a pizza were mentioned as possible keepsakes.
An interesting addition that many Destiny 2 players can recognize the addition of “prestige” tier titles, which will become available after completing all battle pass tiers. It’s just bragging rights, but everyone loves being able to flex their dedication to the game.
Shop and Monitor 2 challenges
Loot boxes are a thing of the past in Monitor 2 and they’ve been replaced with an in-game store, much like the ones all other FPS titles use to distribute cosmetics. There will be featured articles every week and there will even be a “Just for You” section featuring articles based on the heroes you regularly play.
Surveillance Coins can be purchased with real money; one hundred coins equals $1. Bonus coins will be added if players purchase larger quantities.
If you’re worried about putting real money into a free game, there are other ways to win Surveillance Parts that don’t involve pulling out your credit card. Monitor 2 includes challenges in various categories, from daily challenges to lifetime achievements. Daily challenges will reward battle pass progress, but weekly challenges will reward Surveillance Coins.
Although it’s apparently quite an achievement, completing all weekly challenges nets players 60 Surveillance Coins. Over the course of a nine-week season, a dedicated player could earn up to 540 coins to use in the store. If you keep track, that would also be more than half the price of next season’s battle pass. Grinders can save a pretty penny if they keep going.
Today’s Season 1 Battle Pass announcement also included a few hints at some extras fans can look forward to. The developers noted that they are working on a “new base game mode” that will come with new maps, slated to launch later in 2023. This announcement also included a preview of a seasonal event that will launch during Season 1: A new take on a classic favorite titled “Junkenstein’s Revenge: Wrath of the Bride.”
Monitor 2 and all facets of the Battle Pass will launch in Early Access on October 4.