Game director Aaron Keller addressed the Diablo 4 Moira skin controversy and provided details about the Overwatch 2 Season 7 midseason patch.
Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller posted an update about Season 7 and the future of the game. Read on for the details about the Diablo 4 Moira skin, hero updates, the Overwatch 2 Season 7 midseason patch, and more.
Overwatch 2 Diablo 4 Moira skin controversy
At the start of Overwatch 2 Season 7, some players were unhappy that the Diablo 4 Lilith Moira skin required the Ultimate Battle Pass bundle. In an update, Keller acknowledged this and stated that legendary skins in seasonal Ultimate Battle Pass bundles will continue to happen, but his team will make sure to include more ways to unlock the game's most popular skins.
"We do sell an Ultimate Battle Pass bundle every season with legendary skins in it and will continue to do so. However, the lesson that we’re taking away from this moment is to make sure that we provide more ways to acquire some of our most popular skins," Keller stated.
Sombra rework and player feedback
As for the current state of the game, Sombra's rework features Virus as a new ability. The hero's current kit also encourages a more active playstyle. According to Keller, Sombra is trending in a great direction.
"Sombra's win rate quickly jumped 4-5%, with it being slightly higher at lower tiers and bottoming out in Masters and above around 46-47%," Keller stated.
He also noted that more folks typically play reworks or new heroes before returning to their main ones. However, Sombra seems like a new main for players.
As for what's in store for the hero in the future, Keller noted that his team is looking into the effectiveness of her EMP ultimate and the frequency of her cooldowns.
Overwatch 2 delays Roadhog rework
Meanwhile, Roadhog is still getting a rework, but it won't arrive in the Overwatch 2 Season 7 midseason patch. Keller revealed that the updates will pertain to his primary fire, Take a Breather, plus an all-new ability.
- Reworked primary fire
- Changes to Take a Breather
- An all-new ability
"Based on quite a few last-minute tweaks to the kit, he won't make our midseason patch, but instead will be coming later in the season," Keller explained.
Overwatch 2 Season 7 midseason patch
Based on Overwatch 2 stats and community feedback, the upcoming midseason patch will include a series of changes to many of the support heroes. These updates will target their utility and open up windows of vulnerability.
Keller then provided some information about Orisa and Bastion. The Overwatch 2 team is currently in a wait-and-see phase with Orisa after her recent tweaks. As for Bastion, the team plans to slightly nerf Assault in the midseason patch. Keller briefly mentioned Zarya as well, but did not include details.
Overwatch 2 collaborations, new hero, competitive, and Battle Pass changes
According to Keller, over 35% of Overwatch 2 players duked it out in the game's 2023 Halloween modes on the first day of Season 7. He also mentioned the hero abilities featured in the Trials of Sanctuary game mode.
"We're talking about what an expanded version of this mode could look like, a way to get even more progression and player choice," he stated.
"Also, we've heard from players that they want to see us take a look at our competitive system as well as our Battle Pass," he added. "These are two of the top priorities for the Overwatch team. We'll be detailing the direction of our reworked competitive mode at BlizzCon. However, we'll be talking about a new take on our Battle Pass and shop changes a little later, most likely early next year."
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