Next week (September 26) players will get a first hand look at exactly how some of those changes will work during the League Grand Finals’ preshow and halftime show.
Taking to Twitter, it was confirmed that the showcase will feature an Overwatch 2 exhibition match played by Overwatch League professionals alongside details of Sombra and Bastion’s reworks. Bastion will also have an entire new look that will tie into the entire design philosophy of Overwatch 2.
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that Bastion would be among the heroes “reworked from the ground up”, which Blizzard said will result in “major changes to how the hero plays. This shift will result in rebalancing and adjustments across the board.”
Woo woo woo whee woo whee!
Group up with the Overwatch team on September 25 as we reveal new Overwatch 2 updates live during the @OverwatchLeague Grand Finals.
🛠️ Sombra and Bastion’s reworks
✨ Bastion’s New look
🆚 OW2 Exhibition Match pic.twitter.com/fDdohgGuNA
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) September 16, 2021
The 2021 Overwatch League playoffs begin on September 21, and will be livestreamed on YouTube. The grand final starts September 26, 1am BST.
It’s also been confirmed that Overwatch 2 will change the makeup of PVP matches. The developer revealed that the game will move from two teams of six, which is the current group size in the original Overwatch, to two teams of five. Moreover, the composition of the teams will now be limited to one tank character, two DPS and two support.
“We feel like this is the next step in the way that Overwatch ought to be played,” said Keller.
In other news, Overwatch 2 may finally have a release window in sight, with reports that the hero shooter sequel could arrive in the second quarter of 2022.
The news followed on from a leak that suggested that Overwatch 2 being released in 2022 was very unlikely, as development is taking “longer than expected”.