Overwatch 2 approaches post-launch content differently than its predecessor and Season 2's start and end dates mark the first test for its new live-service format.
With Overwatch 2, Blizzard aims for a more steady content cadence that keeps things interesting while avoiding long periods without any new additions. Season 2 may provide an opportunity to tweak the model itself, after players hopping in at launch provide feedback. Read on below to learn more about it, including when its start and end dates will occur.
Overwatch 2 Season 2 Start Date
Overwatch 2's Season 2 has locked in its start date to December 6, 2022. Blizzard plans to release content for the sequel every nine weeks, which would put its end date on or around February 7, 2023.
- Overwatch 2 Season 2 Start Date: December 6, 2022
- Overwatch 2 Season 2 End Date: February 7, 2023 (GameWatcher estimation)
It's unclear at the moment if current seasons end on the same day as new ones begin, but this will very likely be clarified closer to the date when Season 1 draws to an end.
Overwatch 2 Season 2 Battle Pass and Content
Overwatch 2 Season 2 introduces new tank hero Ramattra, who can change forms as part of his core kit, alongside the new Shambali Monastery Escort map.
Speaking of maps, Rialto and Blizzard World are set to return, while players will experience Oasis and Nepal at different times of the day.
At the same time, Hollywood and Watchpoint: Gibraltar will be removed from the rotation, but still be available in custom games as part of Overwatch 2's Season 2.
Balance changes are also on the way, targeting heroes that are performing a little too well. Sojourn's Rail Gun lethality will be addressed, "encouraging players to make use of Sojourn’s high mobility to close the distance for the more devastating right-clicks."
Doomfist is set to receive "significant changes that better support his role as the team’s front line, while still maintaining the playstyle core to his Hero identity," while Ana, Bastion, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Mercy, and Symmetra will also be tweaked.
While Season 1's battle pass went all-out cyberpunk, Season 2's is all about Greek mythology.
Players who pick up the Premium Battle Pass can get the new Zeus Junker Queen Mythic skin alongside Legendary Poseidon Ramattra, and Legendary Hades Pharah.
The heroes above and others will be "imbued with awesome god-like powers" as part of the Battle for Olympus limited-time event, which kicks off on January 5, 2023 and lasts until January 19, 2023.
Prior to that, Winter Wonderland will be available between December 13, 2022 and January 4, 2023, while the Lunar New Year event will take place from January 17, 2023 through February 1, 2023, both featuring "new and improved rewards."
Each event during Overwatch 2's Season 2 will reward players a skin for participating and completing challenges, including Epic Ice Queen Brigitte, Legendary Winged Victory Mercy, and Legendary Kkachi Echo. Twitch Drops will also offer additional chances to earn cosmetic items.
Starting with Season 2, Hero Challenges allow you to unlock missing heroes from Overwatch 2's sizeable roster. You can select the challenge pertaining to the hero you want to unlock, which sends you to the Practice Range, where you can learn their abilities.
The final step involves winning matches, according to the developer. You can also skip the whole process and obtain the new heroes from the in-game shop.
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