Overwatch 2 Season 7: Release date, new map, Hero changes, more
Hot on the heels of the biggest Overwatch 2 season ever, Blizzard is already working on Overwatch 2 Season 7. A brand-new content drop with new features, a new map, and of course, plenty of Hero adjustments, so let’s take a look at everything we know so far.
Overwatch 2 is currently in the midst of what may go down as the biggest season in franchise history. Season 6 delivered long-awaited PvE content, a powerful new Hero with Illari, and plenty more in between. But as always with live-service games, players are already looking to the horizon for what comes next.
Overwatch 2 Season 7 is next up for the game and it’s also shaping up to be a doozy. With hefty balance adjustments, a new map, and no doubt plenty of surprises along the way, there’s a lot to look forward to.
So before it all kicks off, here’s the full rundown on everything you need to know about Overwatch 2 Season 7.
Overwatch 2 Season 7: Release date
Overwatch 2 Season 7 will be released on October 10, as announced in the official teaser of Season 7.
Overwatch 2 Season 7: Hero buffs & nerfs
Each season of Overwatch brings with it a ton of buffs and nerfs – like Season 6 did. So far, we know for sure that Blizzard is going to give a serious overhaul to Sombra.
Aaron Keller, Lead Level Designer on the game, had this to say in an interview: “Sombra has a few small changes coming next season, but in Season 7, she’ll debut her larger rework – complete with a new ability!”
Following up in a September 22 blog post, we also know for certain key nerfs are on the way for the likes of Zarya, Orisa, and Torbjorn to name a few. Meanwhile, both Mei and Zenyatta are in store for some more sizable reworks, particularly to their freeze and Discord effects respectively.
Overwatch 2 Season 7 new Control map: Samoa
Blizzard outlined its philosophy some time ago regarding seasonal updates for OW2. Each new season will either be headlined by a new Hero or a new map. Season 6 was the outlier as it went overboard and delivered a new Hero, new maps, and even a new game mode!
This time around in Season 7, we’re back to the usual cadence with one new map on the way. Here, fans have a new Control map to look forward to, one set in Samoa.
As confirmed on September 26, the vibrant locale was revealed with a single teaser image ahead of a proper deep dive to follow on October 1.
Little is known about the layout of the new map thus far, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating a great deal already. Some even believe this new map all but locks in Mauga’s highly-anticipated debut, but we’ll just have to wait and see on that.
Overwatch 2 Season 7: Halloween Event
As Season 7 is releasing around Halloween, the annual event will no doubt make a return with Season 7.
Titled Rise of the Darkness, 2023’s Halloween event is a crossover with Diablo 4 and turns Blizzard World into a horror-themed version of itself.
Although we don’t have any details of what game mode to expect, previous Halloween game modes, Junkerstein’s Revenge, and Wrath of the Bride were both PvE brawl modes, and this new game mode will most likely not differ.
Overwatch 2 Season 7: Skins
In the days leading up to Season 7’s release, the devs have been teasing players about what skins we can expect. Season 7’s mythic skin will be Onryō Hanzo, which will be fully unlocked at Tier 80 of the Battlepass.
That wraps up everything we know about Season 7 so far. Be sure to check out our other guides for OW2 we have for you right here:
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