Overwatch 2 Developer Blog: Tuning Hero Balance for Launch

October 4th is on the horizon and the group has been arduous at work making ready for the launch of Overwatch 2. For right this moment’s replace, let’s take a while to speak about Hero Balance for launch day, and break down our philosophy and method to balancing the sport with our new seasonal mannequin for Overwatch 2.

Balancing with Seasonal Releases

Overwatch 2 brings with it a brand new 9-week Season cadence that may persistently introduce new maps, heroes, sport modes, and extra for gamers to expertise. For heroes extra particularly, our plan is to usually launch a brand new hero each different season, which mixed with our ongoing additions of recent maps and sport modes and our common stability updates, ought to reward totally different methods and playstyles, protecting the sport recent and dynamic for years to come back.

Importantly, every season can even see impactful hero stability modifications because the season begins to assist our targets of regularly balancing the sport and protecting the reside service feeling dynamic. This means new seasons will really feel extra distinct and particular with stability altering considerably after we transfer to the subsequent season. We are additionally ready to make extra stability changes if the necessity inside a season arises to handle hero stability and energy and maintain our sport feeling honest and enjoyable.

Season 1 Preview

The second public Beta introduced with it an abundance of hero efficiency information. This, together with participant suggestions from the broader neighborhood {and professional} gamers, has been instrumental in defining the hero stability panorama at launch. Informed by this information and suggestions, the Hero Design group has mapped out some stability updates that gamers from the Beta will acknowledge as modified from the top of our second public Beta take a look at earlier this yr. You’ll have a possibility to see most of those modifications in motion first in the course of the subsequent Overwatch League match cycle, the Countdown Cup, beginning on September twenty second. Until then, let’s dive right into a preview of what to anticipate on October 4th.

Junker Queen

  • Commanding Shout

    • Allied well being bonus diminished from 100 to 50 HP
    • Allied period diminished from 5 to three seconds
    • Temporary well being now not decays over its period
    • Cooldown elevated from 11 to fifteen seconds

Based on information and suggestions acquired from beta testing and (extra not too long ago) from observing skilled play, we imagine the non permanent well being granted by Junker Queen’s Shout skill has confirmed too sturdy general and enabled a dominating group composition on the very higher ranks of play. Reducing the well being acquire and period whereas growing the flexibility’s cooldown are meant to scale back the general energy of this skill and make its use extra deliberate and fewer forgiving.

We’ll proceed to watch Junker Queen’s efficiency and win-rate, in addition to broader participant sentiment within the weeks following launch.


  • Temporary well being now grants 50% diminished final cost as a substitute of zero final cost

Temporary well being not giving final cost added a number of hidden energy to its impact, lowering penalties for riskier choices and playstyles. This is especially efficient in situations the place you’ll be able to grant non permanent well being to different gamers. For the gamers doling out the injury, doing vital injury however gaining no final cost might be significantly irritating and unrewarding. With this modification, our objective is to protect among the benefits granted by non permanent well being whereas including a reward for gamers who contribute to their groups by way of injury dealt.

  • Damage Role Passive – New Passive: Eliminations grant 25% elevated reload and motion velocity for two.5 seconds. Does not stack with itself however will refresh the period
  • All heroes now refund as much as 30% final energy on hero swap

Upon saying the change for as much as 30% final energy to switch when swapping DPS heroes, we noticed a number of suggestions asking why that wasn’t a broader change for all heroes. After continued testing, we agree, and are making a change so all the roster ought to have entry to as we launch.

Of course, meaning the DPS position as soon as once more finds itself with no position passive. So together with this modification, we’re introducing a brand new passive to DPS that will increase their motion velocity and reload velocity by 25% for a quick window after getting an elimination. We imagine that this modification is the correct stability of rewarding gamers who carry out properly within the Damage position with out being overpowered. However, in future seasons, we might proceed to experiment with what these passives do as we glance to shake up the meta commonly.


  • Base well being elevated from 250 to 275
  • Base armor elevated from 250 to 275
  • Energy Javelin cooldown diminished from 8 to six seconds

For a hero rework that has been lauded as enjoyable to play, arduous to kill, and significantly potent for an in-your-face Tank playstyle, Orisa continues to be a difficult hero to stability, with one of many lowest win-rates within the sport. Giving a hero extra well being is a dependable resolution and growing the frequency of her Energy Javelin ought to maintain her feeling energetic and more practical as she prices down the entrance line.


  • Boosters affect injury elevated from 10 to 25
  • Micro Missiles cooldown diminished from 8 to 7 seconds
  • Call Mech final value diminished by 12%

D.Va has been barely underperforming compared to different tanks in 5v5. Increasing the injury on Boosters affect will add extra weight to that “rush-in” second for her, leaning into her strengths as a fast-moving engager who can push deep into the enemy strains.


  • Inspire period diminished from 6 to five seconds

Even with the removing of stun from her Shield Bash, Brigitte continues to be very sturdy in 5v5, particularly in group compositions that take full benefit of the passive therapeutic supplied by Inspire. This change doesn’t have an effect on Brigitte’s uncooked therapeutic per second, nevertheless it ought to make her general effectiveness much less beneficiant in conditions the place she’s unable to reapply Inspire.


  • Biotic Launcher main hearth injury elevated from 24 to 25
  • Biotic Launcher main hearth minimal falloff vary elevated from 20 to 25 meters


  • Pressing Crouch throughout Guardian Angel now launches you straight up
  • Angelic Descent can now be activated by holding Crouch whereas airborne

Mercy’s beta change permitting her to Guardian Angel cancel and increase the place she is wanting added a considerable quantity of flexibility to her motion. However, boosting upward was troublesome for a lot of gamers, on condition that they wanted to rapidly search for earlier than activating after which look down once more to survey the battlefield. To deal with this, the Crouch enter will now launch her upwards no matter her going through path. In addition, Crouch can even activate Angelic Descent whereas within the air, much like bounce. This provides a much-needed high quality of life enchancment when performing the vertical increase with Crouch.


  • Ironclad passive is enabled once more (20% injury discount whereas reworked)

Since introducing the newly upgraded Bastion, we’ve tracked a normal sentiment about his new equipment being a bit too potent, significantly when in Sentry kind. To deal with this earlier concern, we eliminated the Ironclad passive with a objective of reigning in that perceived energy. Now that we’ve had extra time and sport information to judge, we imagine that returning the Ironclad passive won’t push him over the sting.


  • Hellfire Shotguns unfold diminished from 8 to 7 levels


  • Railgun power acquire from non-player targets (limitations, turrets, and many others.) diminished by an extra 50%


  • Hack skill lockout period elevated from 1 to 1.75 seconds

The period of Hack’s skill lockout usually goes unnoticed, except it’s getting used as an energetic interrupt. While we’re not wanting to return to earlier lockout numbers, we do need Sombra to have barely extra time to really feel as if the flexibility is efficient. This change stays consistent with our targets for much less crowd management talents in Overwatch 2, and we’ll proceed to carefully monitor efficiency information and participant suggestions to make sure that this stays the case.

Like all of you, we’re eagerly anticipating the launch of Overwatch 2 on October 4th, 2022. The group has been arduous at work on ending touches and tons of recent content material for the months forward. We’ll have rather more to share about Overwatch 2 over the subsequent a number of weeks main as much as launch.

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