Overwatch 2 hero changes revealed so far, from Mercy to Tracer - Dexerto

Every Overwatch 2 hero design change revealed so far: New looks for Mercy, Tracer, more

Published: 22/Jun/2022 6:25 Updated: 22/Jun/2022 6:26

by James Busby


Overwatch 2 has tweaked the designs of many fan-favorite Heroes, so make sure you check out all the changes ahead of the game’s launch.  

Overwatch 2 aims to shake up the meta with its 5v5 team comps and keep players entertained with its new PvE content. However, one of the most exciting additions is the new hero design changes. Not only do the heroes in Overwatch 2 have a fresh new look, they also have even greater detail than ever before.

The game’s release may be a while off, but that hasn’t stopped Blizzard from teasing the new designs for Mercy, Tracer, and the rest of the ragtag crew. Overwatch’s colorful cast of characters continues to be some of the most beloved in gaming, so it only makes sense that the devs would want to make some adjustments. 


While these character changes may be rather minor, they do help to distinguish both titles from one another. Without further ado, here are all the Overwatch 2 character designs. 



Mercy Overwatch

First up on the list is that of Mercy, the supportive guardian angel who serves as one of the game’s most useful healers. Mercy has ditched the high ponytail and opted for a shorter hairstyle, which features a smaller halo. Her wings and combat medic outfit also feature new gold highlights, which help to make her armor really stand out.


Lucio Overwatch

Lucio is the next support that gets some love in Overwatch 2. His dreadlocks have been switched to a much darker brown, while green dye has been used to further compliment his armor. The black arm and leg guards also really pop with the fluorescent green coloring, giving Lucio even greater style than ever before. 



Renhardt Overwatch

Overwatch 2’s Reinhardt no longer hides his face behind his helmet – instead, the stalwart tank has decided to show his grizzled face to the world. Not only does this valiant hero feature his lion crest on his arm, it also now appears in the center of his breastplate. 

If that wasn’t enough, Reinhardt has also beefed up his shoulder pads and finished off his hulking armor with gold trim. After all, every knight needs a cool-looking armor set they can rely on. 


Winston Overwatch

Everyone’s favorite genetically engineered gorilla also has a fresh look, albeit an incredibly minor one. Winston’s bulky shoulder pads have been replaced with smaller ones, while his energy pack has seen some adjustments. Instead of featuring various emblems on his armor, Overwatch 2’s Winston has a much simpler look to it. 



Tracer Overwatch

Tracer’s iconic brown bomber jacket has been replaced with a grey version. The next notable feature is the addition of her new running shoes. The time-jumping adventurer is known for her incredible speed, so it makes sense that Blizzard would want to alter this in Overwatch 2. 

Next up is Tracer’s arm guards. They may still maintain the same white coloring, but they have been streamlined to help cut back on drag. 


Genji Overwatch

The cybernetic shinobi has received one of the biggest design changes in Overwatch 2 – in fact, the only two mainstays are that of Genji’s helmet and iconic sword. Instead of wearing his usual hightech gear, Genji has opted for a more casual approach for combat. Despite donning what appears to be an armored jacket and grey trousers, the deadly ninja still oozes cool. 



Mei Overwatch

The fluffy fur frills that were present on Mei’s boots have been removed and the lower section of her coat has also seen some adjustments. The intrepid climatologist also no longer has a trusty item belt. While some Mei fans may not agree with these changes, it seems that Blizzard has been keen to declutter her old design. 


Widowmaker Overwatch

Widowmaker’s redesign was one of the first Overwatch characters that received a lot of acknowledgment from the community. Nearly everything from Widowmaker’s original outfit has been changed. 

The deadly assassin’s sniper is much bulkier and shares the same dark purple coloring of her outfit. Widow’s Infra-Sight goggles also no longer completely cover her head, while the eagle-eyed sniper’s long purple hair has been braided. It’s certainly a lethal look for this popular character. 



Reaper Overwatch

Reaper’s design has always oozed that of a shady villain. After all, this former Overwatch founder isn’t exactly known for his kindness. Featuring a jet-black hood and cape, Reaper can effortlessly blend into the shadows. 

His new redesign is a much simpler one. Everything from Reaper’s bulky belt to his leg guards and jagged spikes have all been removed. After all, the best assassins operate best under the cover of darkness. 


Pharah Overwatch

Pharah is one of the least altered heroes in Overwatch 2. In fact, the only changes are to her hairstyle and armor coloration. If you liked the mech suit design of Pharah’s original design, then you’ll definitely like the one in Overwatch 2. 


McCree Overwatch

Blizzard has tidied up this scruffy cowboy’s hair and changed his light brown attire for a darker tone. His red poncho has received a modern redesign and now features a pocket on the side – making it particularly useful for storing cigars and ammunition. Rounding of the outfit are some armored kneepads and a pair of futuristic cowboy boots. 


Torbjorn Overwatch

Torbjorn has often been a little neglected by both Blizzard and the Overwatch community, but the sequel aims to rectify that. Not only does Torbjorn have a fancy new hammer and goggles, but the turret-loving engineer also has a fancy new beard. 

To make matters even better, Torbjorn has a magnificent mane of golden hair. This leaves us questioning why he always hid it beneath that old visor? 


Overwatch 2 Baptise design
Blizzard Entertainment
Baptiste’s look has been given an overhaul for the sequel.

Losing his iconic scarf, Baptiste’s look has been tweaked, but still retaining his iconic teal and orange color scheme. His boots have been changed, with a teal wash of color of the front, and his chest piece has been changed to a white and grey. He’s received a fancy new haircut, too!


Sombra Overwatch 2 hero design
Blizzard Entertainment
Sombra has a sleek new look for Overwatch 2.

The elusive Sombra has been kept mostly the same, except for a few simple tweaks to her look. With fully purple hair, and extra adornments on her long jacket, her look is still as recognizable as ever. Subtle shifts in the placement of color to her look has been made, and the tone of purple has been adjusted to be slightly darker overall.


Bastion’s visual upgrade makes his base colors more vibrant while adding some extra personality. Not only does Ganymede remain on his right shoulder, but Bastion also drops into the fight with a dandy hat now as well.


Ashe in Overwatch 2
Sojourn’s reveal trailer gave us our first look at Ashe’s redesign in Overwatch 2.

While Blizzard is yet to officially reveal Ashe’s redesign, the hero was briefly visible in Sojourn’s reveal trailer. Not much has changed for this particular Damage character, but Ashe now rocks some new boots, a different coat, and even has a slightly shorter haircut.


Overwatch 2 Roadhog gameplay
Sojourn briefly battles with the new-look Roadhog in the latest Overwatch 2 footage.

Similar to Ashe, Roadhog hasn’t yet been formally revealed in Overwatch 2. Though that didn’t stop the Tank hero from popping up for just a few quick seconds in the Sojourn reveal. For Hog, everything from his new jacket to a completely redesigned hook have been spotted already.

Soldier: 76

Soldier 76 in Overwatch 2
The new-look Soldier (left) appeared next to Junker Queen in her gameplay trailer.

Overwatch fans got their first in-game look at the new, older, Soldier in the background of Junker Queen’s gameplay trailer on June 21. The iconic hero now has a full beard and a visor that only covers his eyes, not the lower half of his face as before.


Junkrat in Overwatch 2
Junkrat could briefly be seen before Junker Queen wiped him out in her gameplay trailer.

The Junker Queen gameplay reveal also gave us our first look at the new Junkrat in action and well, the deranged hero looks more insane than ever.

So, there you have it, every character that has received a change in Overwatch 2 thus far. We’ll be adding more to this list as soon as we hear more news.