Overwatch 2 Season 7 Reworks Sombra, Adds New Diablo-Themed Event Mode
It's spooky season for Blizzard's FPS, and that means Halloween-themed events and skins.
Overwatch 2 Season 7 will overhaul the stealthy DPS Sombra, while offering an assortment of Halloween-themed events and skins to help players to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.
As teased by Blizzard earlier this week and elaborated on in more detail in a recent blog post, Overwatch 2 is receiving a Diablo IV crossover when Season 7 kicks off October 10. Called Trials of Sanctuary, players will step into the shoes of heroes like Reinhardt, Pharah, and Sombra (each donning their best Diablo-themed cosplay) to battle against Lilith Moira and her army of minions, including Butcher Roadhog and Azmodan Wrecking Ball. Over the course of a match, players can acquire items dropped by enemies to power up their abilities.
The Halloween events from previous years, Junkenstein's Revenge and Wrath of the Bride, will also return alongside new challenges that can be completed for Battle Pass XP, Overwatch Credits, and Halloween-themed cosmetics. For one week only (October 10-17), players will additionally be able to spend Overwatch Credits to unlock heroes added in Overwatch 2: Sojourn, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Ramattra, and Lifeweaver. Blizzard is sweetening the deal even further by giving 3,000 Overwatch Credits to all players for free who log in from October 10-16 as an apology for a bug with the game's Anniversary Event challenges last season.
In total, there will be 17 new Halloween-themed skins available during Season 7, some of which are included in the game's Battle Pass. Completing the Season 7 Battle Pass will unlock a new Mythic skin, Onryo Hanzo.
Though Halloween is certainly taking center stage, there's more than just costumes coming with Season 7. Sombra will receive a major rework, gaining a passive stealth ability and a projectile ability, Virus, that deals damage over time. Roadhog will be receiving a long awaited rework later on in Season 7. A new control map, Samoa, will make its debut at the start of Season 7, as will a reworked version of Route 66 map from the original Overwatch.
Overwatch 2 recently made its debut on Steam with Season 6, but quickly became the platform's worst user-reviewed game of all time. Many of the reviews cite disappointment with Blizzard's decision to cancel Overwatch 2's Hero Mode, a major PvE component that was billed as one of the main reasons for the sequel. Game director Aaron Keller acknowledged those complaints shortly after the game's launch on Steam in a blog post, where he said Hero Missions were "an ambitious project that we ultimately couldn't deliver," but laid out the team's path forward.
"If we can’t turn back the clock, then what can we do," Keller said. "We can keep adding to and improving Overwatch 2. That is how we move forward. This means more maps, heroes, game modes, missions, stories, events, cool cosmetics, and features - an ever-expanding, evolving, and improving game. This is the future of Overwatch. One where we will continually create and innovate on what is making the game great now for the players who are playing now."