Overwatch 2 screenshot of Genji's Battle Pass Season 1 mythic quality skin

[Update #2]: Overwatch 2 is officially nerfing Genji, Zarya, Sombra, D.Va and Kiriko... but only in three weeks, on November 15th!

[Update]: Overwatch 2's Halloween Terror update has now arrived alongside a brand new co-op mission and sadly only three new legendary skins.

As a part of the recent developer update Blizzard announced that they are happy with how all of the heroes are performing and that they have no current plans for any changes outside of nerfing Zarya in Total Mayhem. Furthermore, they revealed that their goal is to release balance updates at the start of each season, seemingly implying that we'll only be getting one massive balance patch every two months.

With that in mind, you can imagine my surprise when Overwatch 2's Game Director Aaron Keller just went onto Twitter to say that not only will they be releasing a mid-season balance update, but that they will also be nerfing a few of the overperforming heroes! While the mixed messaging is a bit annoying given that Blizzard has vowed to be better about communication with the sequel, I'm still happy about this development as only having one balance update per season would've been utter madness for a rapidly evolving game like Overwatch 2.

Speaking of the changes, no exact details have been announced just yet. That said, you can look forward to small number adjustments for heroes like Zarya, Genji and D.Va, as well as a few major tweaks to Sombra and her eternally annoying hack ability.

The first three should be fairly easy to balance as their abilities are well designed and it's only the numbers that are out of whack, but I have no idea what Blizzard can do with Sombra. She's historically either been ridiculously overpowered or completely useless, and all of it is due to the power of her hack. Yet despite how fundamentally problematic that ability is, you can't really remove or redesign it since it's such a core part of Sombra's character. It's quite the conundrum!

Once Blizzard presents their answer to that problem and reveals all of the balance changes, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, have fun flying through the ranks in Competitive Play as Blizzard has just fixed a major bug that caused players to rank lower than deserved, as well as progress far slower than expected through the tiers.