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    Much wings. So golden.

    Much wings. So golden.

    Blizzard has announced that the Merch Wings, shiny golden cosmetic angel wings that will come to the PC/Mac exclusively as a reward for buying Overwatch Origins, are now available to all players with the Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4/XBone. This is causing some controversy, since PC/Mac players can *only* get these new Wings of Merchy by dropping $60 on the special edition of Overwatch, and they won’t be available until that game is released… while anyone with a PS4/Xbone can turn them on right now. (But only on console, not on real Battle.net.)

    Blizzard posted a mini-FAQ explaining this, and it’s largely due to technical reasons. Here’s an excerpt of the key portion. Mercy Wings Now Free to Console Players:

    Q. Why are the Mercy Wings available at no cost to players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

    Due to restrictions with the way certain licenses (like cross-game promotional items) can integrate with our games on PS4 and XB1, players who purchase Overwatch™: Origins Edition are unable to claim the Mercy Wings bonus item in Ultimate Evil Edition on those platforms.

    While these players will be able to redeem the Origins Editions bonus items — including the Mercy Wings — on PC and Mac when they become available, we still wanted to find a way to let our community enjoy the Wings on PS4 and XB1.

    After some research, we found that we could offer the Mercy Wings as a reward for linking an SEN or XBL account with a Battle.net account. Though this solution makes the Wings available to all Ultimate Evil Edition players on PS4 and XB1 (and not just to those who had purchased Overwatch: Origins Edition), we think it’s the fairest option available.

    I’m not a fan of the various cosmetic wings and find them distracting in-game, but I know a lot of players like them and will even buy special editions of other Blizzard games to get them. For those of you who care, is this a real problem? That people on console (where everything is hacked anyway) have advance access to the visual perk you paid real money to get on your PC/Mac account?

    Here’s the full quote of the Blue FAQ.

    Mercy Wings Now Available on PS4 and Xbox One

    With the launch of patch 2.4.0 on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™, a new Overwatch-themed cosmetic item has been added: Mercy Wings. This item is available at no additional cost to players who own Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ – Ultimate Evil Edition™ on PS4 and XB1 and can be claimed by linking their Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) or Xbox Live (XBL) account with their Battle.net account.

    Q. How do I link my Sony Entertainment Network and/or Xbox Live account with my Battle.net account?

    To link your SEN account:

  • Step 1: Create an SEN account, if you don’t already have one.
  • Step 2: Visit http://battle.net/playstation.
  • Step 3: Log in to Battle.net with your account, or create a new Battle.net account.
  • Step 4: Press “Continue.” You will be redirected to Sony.
  • Step 5: Log in to your SEN account.
  • To link your XBL account:

  • Step 1: Create an XBL account, if you don’t already have one.
  • Step 2: Visit http://battle.net/xbox.
  • Step 3: Log in to Battle.net with your account, or create a new Battle.net account.
  • Step 4: Press “Continue.” You will be redirected to Microsoft.
  • Step 5: Log in to the XBL account.
  • Success! Your SEN and/or XBL accounts are now linked with your Battle.net account.

    Q. Will I have to link both of my Console accounts to my Battle.net account in order to get the Mercy Wings on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One?

    No. You do not need to link both accounts.

    If you link your SEN account, you will receive the Mercy Wings on PS4.
    If you link your XBL account, you will receive the Mercy Wings on XB1.

    Q. How do I claim the Mercy Wings after linking my account(s)?

    To claim your Mercy Wings, simply log in to Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 or XB1 and create a new game. Once you’re in-game, open your Inventory. Under the miscellaneous “Bag” category, you should find the item “Mercy’s Gaze” containing the Mercy Wings in the “Items” tab.

    If you do not see the Wings right away, exit the game and wait a few minutes before re-logging.

    Q. Why are the Mercy Wings available at no cost to players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One?

    Due to restrictions with the way certain licenses (like cross-game promotional items) can integrate with our games on PS4 and XB1, players who purchase Overwatch™: Origins Edition are unable to claim the Mercy Wings bonus item in Ultimate Evil Edition on those platforms.

    While these players will be able to redeem the Origins Editions bonus items—including the Mercy Wings—on PC and Mac when they become available, we still wanted to find a way to let our community enjoy the Wings on PS4 and XB1.

    After some research, we found that we could offer the Mercy Wings as a reward for linking an SEN or XBL account with a Battle.net account. Though this solution makes the Wings available to all Ultimate Evil Edition players on PS4 and XB1 (and not just to those who had purchased Overwatch: Origins Edition), we think it’s the fairest option available.

    Please note that the Mercy Wings are not yet available in the PC and Mac version of Diablo III, and that you will need to purchase Overwatch: Origins Edition to claim them on that platform. We don’t have a date for when the Mercy Wings will be available on PC/Mac, but will be sure to keep players updated as info becomes available.

    For more information on Overwatch: Origins Edition, click here.

    Q. If I claim the Mercy Wings on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, can I still receive them on PC if I purchase Overwatch: Origins Edition?

    Absolutely. If you purchase Overwatch: Origins Edition (on any platform), you will be eligible for the Mercy Wings on PC/Mac. Claiming the wings on console will not affect this.

    Who cares wins?

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