Cosmic events, stellar skins and cosmetics, and a milky way of gameplay updates: with Overwatch 2’s latest hero at the center of the orbit, we welcome you to the Overwatch 2 Space Opera!
Unlock our newest hero, Lifeweaver, and support your team through biolight healing and utility. Jump into the Premium Battle Pass to earn Galactic Emperor Sigma and other out-of-this-world space opera cosmetics.
Let’s jump into some of the things you can expect to see in-game this season!
Plant the seeds of victory with Lifeweaver
Lifeweaver is a scientist from Thailand who harnesses his biolight technology on his mission to heal the world. Despite being on the run from Viskar, he is determined to use his technology to make a difference for those around him. His charm and wit are sure to bring a smile (and maybe a blush) to the heroes who encounter him on the battlefield.
Lifeweaver wields a diverse kit that enables him to heal and rescue his teammates. Healing Blossom blasts charged bursts of recovery for injured allies. Swap to his second primary fire, Thorn Volley, and become a thorn in your opponent’s side. Raise your teammates to new heights with Petal Platform or pull them to safety with Life Grip. Lifeweaver can provide incredible sustained healing and protection with his ultimate ability, Tree of Life.
Celebrate Thai New Year with B.O.B. and Weave
Our first event of Season Four, celebrating Lifeweaver and his Thai origins, starts now through April 25. Dive into the all-new arcade mode, B.O.B. and Weave, where you and two other teammates will go head-to-head in a 3v3 deathmatch. Everyone plays Lifeweaver, and each team will get a single B.O.B that call be pulled around the map using Life Grip to eliminate your enemies.
Don’t forget to complete your event challenges to earn special Lifeweaver and Thai New Year rewards before the fun ends April 25!
If you joined us for our ‘Twitch Makes Overwatch’ livestream last December, then you helped Game Director Aaron Keller and Art Director Dion Rogers design a new control map from scratch, complete with death pits, jump pads, and lots of giant fish! Well, we finished Talon’s secret underwater lair, and this non-canon map will be available for play in the Arcade for a limited time from April 25 to May 1.
Rescue or conquer the galaxy
Embark on a space opera PvP event starting May 9 through May 22 where you’ll join either the Watchers or the Infinite Empire in an epic battle for galactic supremacy.
Starwatch: Galactic Rescue is 4v4 game mode that takes place on a reworked Horizon Lunar Colony where Watchers will attack against the defending Infinite Empire. Assemble your team from select heroes to represent the Watchers and Infinite Empire and battle your way through new objectives (and surprises!)
You may notice some of our heroes' loyalties through the space opera Premium Battle Pass Cosmetics. Will you play as Space Prince Lucio or Extraterrestrial Winston from the Watchers? Or will your sympathies lie with Infinite Ace D.Va or Seer Mercy from the Infinite Empire?
Regardless of your allegiance, you can complete your Starwatch challenges to earn free event rewards starting May 9 through May 22!
The gods return to the battlefield
Zeus Junker Queen and our other powerful deities are back, as Battle for Olympus makes its return for Overwatch 2 from May 23 through May 29.
Zeus Junker Queen will take on her powerful rivals once again in this explosive Free-For-All. You’ll also now be able to gather your friends and build a near-omnipotent team, as Battle for Olympus is now available as a Team Deathmatch ruleset too!
Celebrating Life, Friendship, and Love
As part of Overwatch 2’s ongoing goal to bring hope for the future, we are happy to bring new events later this season that bring us together as a community. First, we’re introducing the Gardener Symmetra Skin Epic in the Symmetra Challenge. Complete in-game challenges to earn this skin along with other spring-tastic rewards when it goes live from May 23 to May 29.
Finally, we’re incredibly happy to bring our first-ever Pride event to Overwatch 2 starting June 1. We’ll have more to share later in the season, and we can’t wait to celebrate your friends, family, and who you are together in Overwatch 2!
Hero Updates for Season Four
This season includes additional balance updates, including a reworked ultimate ability for Brigitte. First up, we are making small changes to Sigma, Reinhardt, and Cassidy focusing on pulling back their lethality a little bit.
We listened to feedback from y’all regarding our changes to Mercy that were introduced in Season 3. While our goal was to make her healing more engaging when saving low-health allies, her sustainability shifted from her mobility to being able to stay alive through her passive and Valkyrie, making her not as fun to play or play against. We’re reverting these changes, with a slight adjustment to how guardian angel works to keep her boosted jump under control.
Next up, we’re looking to address Brigitte’s ultimate ability Rally to be more engaging and powerful when she is using the ultimate. Brigitte now gains a fixed amount of recoverable armor and powers her shield up with increased size and health, along with the ability to stun. So, when you hear her battle cry, get ready for some wild brawls.
Competitive and Matchmaking updates in Season Four
We’ve made additional updates to improve the Competitive experience in Overwatch 2. Starting this season, you’ll no longer see a dip in your displayed tier and division as we remove seasonal decay. Also, to help show how close you are to your opponents, the average skill rating of the match will now be displayed at the start of the game.
After the match, you’ll be able to see your current win and loss record as you progress to your next competitive update. When you reach competitive updates, you’ll be able to see how close you are to the next division in your skill tier.
Finally, we’ll be improving the matchmaking experience for when players are backfilled into an Unranked match, prioritizing that players that enter a match in progress are as close to the skill rating as other players in those matches. This should help make sure that each match feels fairer for everyone.
Season Four starts April 11
This galaxy-sized season begins next Tuesday at 11 AM PDT, so be sure to log on and try out Lifeweaver next week!