Mercy Wings Now Free to Console Players


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.

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    1. Well I don’t really buy their excuse, to be honest. They could put codes in the box and patch in some code redemption thing on consoles. Other games like Borderlands 2 do this. Or just use the PSN/XBL code redemption function. It sounds more like it’s a way to advertise Overwatch to console players because awareness is lower among them than among PC players. I game on both PS4 and PC but I still think of Overwatch more as a PC game.

      That said, it doesn’t bother me at all. Really, who cares? We’re looking at a very small niche of people who (a) aren’t buying Overwatch yet (b) want Overwatch-themed items (c) actually wear wings in D3 (d) don’t play on console. I’m not saying any of those things are individually rare but they are in combination.

    2. Give literally zero ****s.

    3. Like you Flux, I also don’t care.

    4. To balance the comments a little: I am a completionist and I buy special editions of other games for the Diablo cosmetics, so… [whiny/entitled mode on] Yeah, sure! Give them all of our toys but god forbid giving us any of theirs. I’m refering to Tyrael wings from collectors edition which supposed to be excusive but somehow found their way to consoles and sweet red wings exclusive to console whoch we’ll never get. Way to support your orginal and biggest fanbase – PC gamers. /whining Now, that I got this out of my system, seriously, it’s a bummer that there is stuff I won’t be able to get (even if I would be willing to pay for a console version copy) but I’ve learned to live with it. I understand the marketing reasons behind it. We, the PC crowd, ARE the backbone of Diablo’s fanbase, ergo we’ll buy and support it regardless. Console crowd has to be coerced. That said it desn’t mean I have to like it.

      • Just try to bear in mind that you can’t so easily split people between “just console” and “just PC”. If you re-read your own post bearing in mind that many people use both PC and consoles, it basically stops making sense. You’re talking about things like some futuristic war that everyone’s involved in rather than the reality: a crapload of people use both and this childish partisan approach is removed from reality. It sounds like someone who identifies as “A Burger King fan” getting really indignant that “McDonalds fans” have a certain toy this month in their Happy Meal.

    5. Who gives a shit about this crap?

    6. It’s nice they finally did something nice for console players (beyond porting the latest patch content) into the game, considering the sorry state public games are in on console. It’s an utter wasteland of bad players using modded items (I’m convinced the console space is nothing more than a honey pot to lure these bad players away from the PC side, thus making Blizzard’s PC security efforts easier). The whole Diablo IP is in danger because of how little policing (read: no policing at all) they do with the console version. With recents stories indicating Blizzard is taking the console space seriously as a profit center, they could easily implement sanity checks for items which turn hacked items into crafting materials the moment you load your game, thus protecting the Diablo brand on the platform. This would force modders to move towards resident programs running on jailbroken consoles to cheat, and would restore the integrity of public matches for legitimate players.

      • The console version is basically the offline mode that some fans think they want. Consoles very successfully run games like Final Fantasy XIV, an MMO with a userbase as large as WoW. Other publishers use their additional software like uPlay, WB Play, Origin, etc. on PS4 and Xbox.

        Blizz could have made the console version use the same Battle.net-based system as the PC version but they chose not to. Whether they did it for this purpose or not, it does act as a kind of alternate dimension of what PC D3 could have been like.

    7. I put on these wings yesterday on Xbone – Figured \What the hell?! These are sweet!\, but I COMPLETELY thought it was a tie-in to Aria from Killer Instinct Season 2 on Xbone! I thought it was a cross-game bonus for Xbox people… You have to admit those wings look oddly similar to Aria’s wings… http://tinyurl.com/ariaswingsD3

    8. Meh. The Demon Hunter wings and helm xmorg you get from WoW’s fancy edition xpac look much better. Especially the helm. Very appropriate, although a little annoying, that only Demon Hunters can use it. (Of course, not enough to re-sub and pay out the nose for pets and junk).

    9. Nothing will ever be as pretty as my Diablo 3 CE Tyrael wings.

      Who cares about console plebs?

    10. don’t give a shit about this , they suck just as the stupid game they come from

    11. I bought the Diablo three collectors edition for PC when it launched, I have exclusive items that I was very upset could not transfer over when I bought the PlayStation 4 version. I do not have Tyraels wings, and I don’t understand why because I have seen some people with it.

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