Blizzard has stated that the free-to-play shooter Overwatch 2 will not get any major rebalances to its pool of characters until the game begins its second season in early December.
The game’s creators updated players in a blog post on how the firm is tracking things like gaming activity, map changes, and competition rankings in the days after the game’s release. Blizzard has announced that the next major patch, launching on October 25th, will include a specialized change to the tank Zarya.
Since the release of Overwatch 2, no hero’s stats have been outside of Blizzard’s expectations. According to Blizzard’s analysis, “every hero in the roster has a win-rate between 45% and 55%,” and the company has no plans to make any “rapid balance modifications” based on the results.
Instead, “our team is aiming to implement a number of balancing modifications for Season 2 that are in accordance with our design goal of ensuring the overall game feels balanced and fair while providing each season a more unique personality,” the developer said.
In the first season, Blizzard said they would listen to player input and keep an eye on how heroes were doing, but they wouldn’t be making any changes until the second season. However, they have ideas about who might be rebalanced, and tanks are squarely in their sights.
All eyes are on Junker Queen, the newcomer, and Doomfist, the cyber law, who may get some buffs to his Power Block and Meteor Strike, respectively. Zarya’s ability to reposition her Particle Barriers is a new skill that might undergo modification.
Heroes who specialize in dealing damage, including Genji, Sombra, Symmetra, and Torbjorn, have been on Blizzard’s radar as potential targets for future rebalancing. They also claimed they were thinking about ways to enhance the game’s presentation of and appreciation for players of varying skill levels and divisions, and they are making adjustments to maps as they rotate in and out.
Blizzard has published a lengthy update blog post detailing the state of the game after its first release.
Ollie enjoyed playing the game for his upcoming Overwatch 2 review, but he is on the fence about whether or not it deserves to be called a sequel. It was supposed to complement Overwatch 1, but it ended up supplanting it, he explained.
Players who haven’t played the original will have a much smaller pool of heroes to choose from at the outset and will have to put in more time with the Battle Pass to have access to the remainder. The fact that it is free to play speaks volumes.
The second iteration of Overwatch may be obtained for free on Battle.net. Since it will be some time until the game’s balance is adjusted, you can consult Ollie’s handy guide to the top characters in Overwatch 2.