Overwatch artwork showing off Widowmaker's Scorpion skin

[Update #2]: Bad news, I'm afraid. It looks like Overwatch 2's downsized PvE content will be locked behind a $15 purchase.

[Update]: Overwatch 2's Season 6: Invasion preview shows off the Story Missions and new Flashpoint game mode

As I've said in my review for the original Overwatch, there is nothing more annoying than being one-shot by someone you can barely even see, let alone interact with. Unfortunately, snipers have only gotten more obnoxious since then, especially in Overwatch 2 as the removal of the off-tank role has given them far, far more room to work with.

However, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon! After listening to the community complain about Hanzo and Windowmaker for many years at this point, Overwatch 2's Season 5 will finally be taking steps to address their most problematic aspects. As such, Widow will have a much greater damage fall off and will need to either land multiple shots or fight from closer range, while Hanzo will lose his ability to one-shot 250 health heroes on top of his Sonic Arrow ability getting more recognizable for the enemy side.

On the other hand, the newest support Lifeweaver will be getting a variety of buffs that will hopefully make him gel better with Overwatch 2's fast-paced gameplay. The details are still few and far between, but you can expect to see an increased damage and healing output, a heal on Life Grip, a reduced hitbox, as well as some quality-of-life tweaks to Petal Platform.

The final big change with Season 5 will be the reintroduction of soft crowd-control abilities, namely for Mei and Cassidy. Mei won't be getting her freeze back, but spraying enemies with the Endothermic Blaster will now build up to a massive slow. Meanwhile, Cassidy's Magnetic Granade will be losing some of its damage in exchange for an effect that slows and blocks movement abilities. While the Mei buff feels a bit odd given that she's in a good place, you definitely won't catch me complaining about the Magnetic Grenade rework as that's currently one of the most unfun abilities to go up against in a straight up duel.

Once we get all of the details, most likely once the 'proper' Season 5 reveal goes live, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, you can read a little bit more about Overwatch 2's future at the official website.

Oh, and if you haven't heard already, Overwatch 2 will be drastically downscaling the scope and amount of PvE missions.