Here’s everything to know about the upcoming Overwatch 2 season, including details about emerald weapons, the rank reset, and more.
Overwatch 2 Season 9 is slated to arrive with new updates in terms of its ranked system, jade weapons, and more. Read on for the Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date, live countdown, and details on what to expect soon in terms of the Overwatch 2 competitive rework and rank reset!
Overwatch 2 Season 9 countdown
The new Overwatch season is kicking off on Feb. 13. This is because when you launch the game itself and access your Battle Pass, it indicates that the current season is going to end on that date. The new Season 9 trailer also noted that the launch date is going to be Feb. 13.
Overwatch 2 Season 9 gets jade weapons
According to Overwatch 2 senior systems designer Gavin Winter during BlizzCon 2023, emerald weapons — now known as jade weapons — will arrive in Season 9. The BlizzCon 2023 presentation also featured some unfinalized artwork for these weapons.
Winter added that the Overwatch 2 team wants to give players the chance to earn a new rank as well, which will happen through the redistribution of players at every rank.
"As part of this redistribution, we're also adding a new rank above Grandmaster called Ultimate," Winter said. "We wanna give out competitive rewards every year, too. So in Season 9, we'll be adding emerald weapons."
Overwatch 2 Season 9 competitive rework and rank reset
A competitive rework will also arrive in Overwatch 2 Season 9, according to Blizzard. This Overwatch 2 competitive rework will remove the requirement of getting five wins or 15 loses. Additionally, this new competitive system will update a player's rank after each match. This will be in the form of a progress bar.
"When we launch Season 9, we'll also be resetting ranks and bringing placements back to Overwatch 2," Winter said during BlizzCon 2023. "So this isn't a full MMR reset, but it will give you a chance to make a big change to your rank because your placement games will account for a lot more. We wanna do that every year along with some big changes to our systems and hero balance."