Overwatch 2 players fear Season 9 changes will make the game too “easy”

Carver Fisher
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Overwatch 2 Season 9 promises sweeping changes to every hero’s projectile and hitscan hitboxes, making them much easier to land on targets. Players are concerned that these changes may end up making shots way too easy to hit, lowering the game’s skill ceiling substantially.

Season 9 is something Overwatch 2 players have been looking forward to for a while. As soon as the Competitive 3.0 changes were announced, players’ excitement to hop into comp matches and grind out ranks was ignited.

However, changes to the size of both projectile and hitscan heroes’ attacks will make it much easier for everyone to land shots. Combined with the brand-new anti-heal passive on DPS heroes, there’s some concern that DPS characters will just roll over entire teams.

It’ll take some time with the new patch to determine how the meta will be affected by Season 9’s adjustments, but players are wary.

Overwatch 2 players skeptical of Season 9 changes

To give you the rundown of the biggest changes in Season 9 (if you want more detail you can read the leaked patch notes), here’s what you need to know:

Hitscan shots, projectiles, beams, and many large projectiles are having their hitbox drastically increased in Season 9. Overwatch 2 has a long-standing reputation as one of the hardest competitive shooters on the market due to just how well you have to be able to track to hit moving targets like Mercy, but that may be changing next patch.

A visual put together by Reddit user Zelltribal put things into perspective for a lot of Overwatch 2 players as to just how big a deal these changes are. And, while some players are excited that it’ll be easier to land shots, others are a bit more skeptical.

“The fact that this change wasn’t tested on a PTE or experimental playlist is criminal. This sh*t is going to be insanely broken and with the reduced healing passive tanks are going to be useless and get melted.” replied one user.

“This change will make aiming scarily easy,” claimed another.

This sentiment is reflected across the entire Overwatch community. While some are excited that big changes are coming, others feel as if they may exacerbate the current problems with Overwatch 2.

“All I know is this patch will either be a complete disaster or surprisingly good shakeup cause these are some major changes.” said one Redditor. Another replied with, “It’ll almost certainly be heaven for dps players and a living hell for tanks. So likely a massive disaster.”

With such a large list of drastic changes, it comes as no surprise that players are cautious about just how well these switch ups will go over.

About The Author

Carver is an editor for Dexerto based in Chicago. He finished his screenwriting degree in 2021 and has since dedicated his time to covering League of Legends esports and all other things gaming. He leads League esports coverage for Dexerto, but has a passion for the FGC and other esports. Contact Carver at carver.fisher@dexerto.com