The upcoming ninth season of Overwatch 2 will introduce substantial changes, including passive healing for all heroes and increased base health for all characters. These modifications aim to increase hero survivability and balance out the heightened healing and health. Additionally, Blizzard plans to implement a new passive for DPS heroes that reduces the target’s healing by 20% when dealing damage, encouraging strategic focus on specific targets. Moreover, the game will feature increased projectile sizes and ranges for various heroes to enhance hit consistency and aid players in landing precision shots.
The sweeping changes coming to Overwatch 2 will be some of the most significant tweaks the game has seen since the switch to 5v5. The addition of passive healing has raised concerns among Support players, as it may make Tank and DPS players more independent in a traditionally team-based game. Despite the potential impact of these changes, Blizzard may not keep all the ideas beyond one season, leaving many players apprehensive as they anticipate season 9. Furthermore, the update will introduce smaller adjustments, such as changes to the Pharah hero and the Junkertown map.
Beyond the massive changes in Overwatch 2, the industry has witnessed extensive layoffs at Activision-Blizzard due to Microsoft’s acquisition of the company, which has affected various aspects of the Overwatch 2 team, including the narrative side and the esports department. (365 words)