Season 2 of Overwatch 2 is coming soon, with a new tank hero, a new map, and a new battle pass to boot. Along with Twitch drops and a new game mode to fit with the theme of Season 2, a lot of content is coming to Overwatch 2. This new season begins on Dec. 6, 2022, and will end sometime in mid-February 2023.
⚡ New Season = New Hero, new map, new Battle Pass, and more! ⚡
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) November 29, 2022
Ramattra and the Shambali Monastery are the two biggest additions
Out of all the new content, the biggest content drop consists of the new tank hero, Ramattra, and the new Escort map, Shambali Monastery. We’ve seen a lot more of Ramattra in recent days, with his abilities coming to light. His dual-form nature and unique playstyle will bring more variety and fun to the tank role.
Alongside Ramattra, the new Escort map of the Shambali Monastery fits into his backstory. Joining the map pool, this map looks to be an Escort version of the control map Nepal, with a similar design. However, with Shambali joining the map pool, others will move out.
The new map pool for Season 2
Alongside the new map, Rialto and Blizzard World are coming back for Season 2. The two maps leaving the map pool are Hollywood and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Asides from that, the only other changes in the map pool are day/night cycles for Oasis and Nepal.
Many fans knew that out of all the heroes needing changes heading into Season 2, Sojourn was the target. The update post involving Season 2 recognizes this, mentioning how the balance team will be “focusing on the lethality of her Rail Gun at distance for Season 2, encouraging players to make use of Sojourn’s high mobility to close the distance for the more devastating right-clicks.”
Asides from upcoming Sojourn changes, the team also mentions significant changes to Doomfist, considering his weak nature in Season 1. Lastly, heroes such as Ana, Bastion, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Mercy, and Symmetra are receiving some adjustments starting on Dec. 6.
New Battle for Olympus game mode, battle pass
On top of all the changes, the new theme for the battle pass revolves around greek mythology. So, both cosmetics in the battle pass and a new game mode revolve around this theme. The new Mythic level skin is for Junker Queen, dubbed Zeus. Along with other Greek god skins in the pass for Ramattra and Pharah, the heroes are getting their Greek makeover.
Then, the Battle for Olympus game mode adds more to the theme. While details about this game mode are limited, the team has confirmed that this game mode will be available starting Jan. 5 and will last until Jan. 19. All we know about it so far is that certain heroes will gain god-like abilities in this game mode.
Twitch drops and Catch Up hero challenges
As per usual in Overwatch 2, another content drop means another round of Twitch drops. For fans who got the Twitch drop skins from both launch and the Overwatch League playoffs, Season 2 brings more. Just like previous events, make sure to link your Battle.net account to your Twitch account and watch hours of Overwatch 2 streams to unlock your cosmetics.
Last but not least, the Overwatch 2 team is introducing ways for fans to unlock heroes that were only available for a time. For example, for players who join after Dec. 6 and haven’t unlocked Kiriko, a new challenge will appear in the game. After choosing it and playing that hero in the practice range and winning games as them, you can unlock them. They will also be available in the in-game shop to purchase.
Keep in mind that if you have played the original Overwatch, you get Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko for free as long as you login before Season 2 ends.
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