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Overwatch 2 Season 9: Release date, ranked reset, jade weapons, hero, and more

Here’s everything to know about the new season!

Overwatch 2 Season 9 is almost here! Read on for everything you can expect in the new season, including information about the Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date, ranked rework, jade weapons, hero playtest for Venture, and potential Overwatch 2 Season 9 patch notes and leaks.

The Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date according to the game itself (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
The Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date according to the game itself (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date

The new season of Overwatch 2 is slated for Feb. 13, according to the Season 9 trailer and the in-game Battle Pass. However, note that an email announcement stated that the new season is going to be Feb. 19.

The Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date according to an official email (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
The Overwatch 2 Season 9 release date according to an official email (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Season 9 ranked reset

During BlizzCon 2023, the game's developers stated that Overwatch 2 Season 9 will get a ranked reset alongside the return of placements. However, there will not be a full MMR reset. Under the new Overwatch 2 ranked system, your rank will be updated after every match as well. Your screen will have a progress bar to indicate this.

Overwatch 2 emerald weapons (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2 emerald weapons (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Season 9 emerald weapons

Emerald weapons, now known as jade weapons, will also be entering Overwatch 2 Season 9. These weapon skins will be obtainable through Competitive Points. However, your current Competitive Points will be converted into a legacy currency. This means you'll have to earn new Competitive Points in the new season.

Overwatch 2 Venture screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Overwatch 2 Venture screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Will Overwatch 2 Season 9 get a Venture playtest?

The next Overwatch 2 hero will be Venture, who will also join the game's LGBTQ+ roster! Venture will arrive in Season 10. Like with Mauga, a playtest before a new season is possible.

Everything to know about Overwatch 2 Venture

Preview footage of Venture showed them bursting out from the ground and doing some additional damage. The hero also borrowed underground to get from one area to another. Additionally, the footage showcased Venture's vertical mobility, weapon that shoots a projectile, and more.

Venture using their drill (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Venture using their drill (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

"The dig also — the most important part of this is it makes you invulnerable," Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller said during BlizzCon 2023. "So it's like you can't be hit when you're underground. It's a great way to escape. It's also a great way to get in close to players. You pop up like that."

Venture gameplay screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Venture gameplay screenshot (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

You can read more about Venture's gameplay and abilities through our BlizzCon 2023 coverage!

Overwatch 2 Season 9 patch notes

According to Keller, every hero will get a self-healing passive in Overwatch 2 Season 9. This means tank and damage characters will be able to heal themselves. However, note that these heroes will have a tuned-down version of the current support roster's self-healing passive.

Current roster of Overwatch 2 heroes (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)
Current roster of Overwatch 2 heroes (Image via Blizzard Entertainment)

Overwatch 2 Season 9 leaks and rumors

During a livestream, Overwatch 2 player Rupal "Rupal" Zaman appeared to have accidently leaked some patch notes. It is unknown whether or not these notes are real.

That's all for now. Stick around on esports.gg for more Overwatch 2 news, guides, and updates!