Blizzard to introduce Overwatch 2 gameplay and Bastion overhaul next week
In early September, Blizzard announced that the Overwatch League season 2022 would be played with an early release of Overwatch 2. It was an unexpected announcement for several reasons, not least because we really don’t know much about Overwatch. 2. Blizzard revealed some big changes to its PvP format earlier this year, but much of it (including a release date) is still in the dark.
That will change soon, to some extent: Blizzard announced today that we’ll take a closer look at what happens in Overwatch 2 on September 24 during the pre-show and half-time of the Grand Finals of the Overwatch League 2021.
Woo woo woo whee woo whee! Reunite with the Overwatch team on September 25 as we reveal the new Overwatch 2 updates live during the @OverwatchLeague Grand Finals.🛠️ Sombra and Bastion’s reworks✨ Bastion’s New look 🆚 OW2 Exhibition Match pic.twitter.com/ fDdohgGuNASeptember 16, 2021
The presentations will include a preview of upcoming character updates for Bastion and Sombra, an analysis of how Bastion’s new look “ties in with Overwatch 2’s design philosophy” and the highlight of the night, a Overwatch 2 exhibition match played by Overwatch League pros.
Speaking of Bastion’s new look, here it is up close. He has a new hat!
The Bastion cover is the same one worn by Torbjorn in his “Ironclad” skin, bearing the logo of the Ironclad Guild, an R&D group formed before the Omnic Crisis. Bastion’s passive, which reduces damage taken by 20% in Sentry or Tank setups, is also referred to as Ironclad. Whether that’s a hint of deeper changes to come for the character (it’s not yet clear whether Bastion will still have his Sentry setup, which hasn’t been particularly effective in the high-level game, in Overwatch 2) or just a cute accessory is not known at this point.
Even more mysterious is Sombra’s reshuffle. The hero has undergone a few significant changes over the years, including a redesign that made her invisibility limitless, but it’s unclear what Blizzard plans for her in the sequel.
The 2021 Overwatch League playoffs begin on September 21 and will be streamed live on YouTube. The full program is available at overwatchleague.com.