- Overwatch 2’s removal of a custom javelin from the Forest Spirit Orisa skin has left players feeling disappointed and regretful of their purchase.
- Most of Orisa’s skins in Overwatch 2 only feature the default neon green javelin, making the few skins with custom javelins stand out.
- The lack of updates to the javelins on existing skins, and the introduction of paid skins with custom javelins, highlights the need for improvements to Overwatch 2’s cosmetic system.
Overwatch 2 recently removed the custom javelin from one of its Orisa skins, causing a player to regret their purchase. While this discovery is disappointing enough on its own, it reveals a deeper problem with Overwatch 2’s Orisa skins, and the cash shop in general.
Many skins in Overwatch 2 have weapons, projectiles, and other features that change based on the character’s current skin, each of which can be viewed in the gallery. For Orisa, her Energy Javelin is one such item, usually only visible when it is thrown, during her ultimate, or in certain Overwatch 2 Highlight Intros and VIctory Poses.
Unfortunately, most of Orisa’s skins in Overwatch 2 use the default neon green javelin. However, months ago, the old Forest Spirit Orisa skin was given a wooden spear. Though it appeared to be lacking textures, the unique javelin was enough to entice Overwatch 2 fan and Orisa main xRetz to buy the skin. However, xRetz was disappointed to find that, months later, the javelin was reverted to its default appearance, removing the reason he bought the skin in the first place.
The Star Sheep Orisa skin released in December 2022 was the first skin to give a custom appearance to her Energy Javelin. In Overwatch 2 Season 5, the GR-IFFON skin from the Battle Pass also got a custom javelin, and the new Carved skin currently in the shop also has one. Besides them, all other Orisa skins use the default Energy Javelin–even skins like red Demonic Orisa or the purple Null Sector skin, where the green weapon looks strikingly out of place.
Many players pointed out the Forest Spirit skin’s Energy Javelin was obviously unfinished. These fans said the untextured weapon reminded them of an item from Runescape, and that it is no surprise it was removed. However, the fact that months have gone by without Overwatch 2 finishing the javelin – and that no other skins have even had their javelins recolored – calls into question if it will ever change them on Forest Spirit Orisa or any of her other skins. That newer cosmetics primarily purchased through microtransactions have gotten custom javelins only makes matters worse.
With over 700 comments on their Reddit post in less than a day, it is no exaggeration to say that Overwatch 2 fans have a lot of things to say about Orisa’s skins. XRetz spent $15 on this cosmetic – a fact many players believed was a mistake in the first place – only for a piece of it to be taken away without fanfare, so their disappointment is understandable. If nothing else, this incident is proof that Overwatch 2’s cosmetic system and cash shop could use an improvement.
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