Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes – what changes should you expect?

Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes – what changes should you expect?
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Want the Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes? With Season 8: Call of the Hunt on its way, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up to speed with all the changes coming to Blizzard Entertainment’s team-based shooter. So what’s changing this season?

That’s what we’re going to answer here as we take you through the Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes ahead of the Season 8 start time. Be sure to put on that Season 8 preload in the background and read on while you’re waiting.

New patch notes for Overwatch 2 season 8

Here’s a rundown of everything of note from the Season 8 patch notes for Overwatch 2. For simplicity’s sake, we’re splitting these changes up into categories to help you make sense of it all a bit faster.

New and returning features

  • The new Hero Mauga is arriving. He’ll be added to the lineup this update.
  • Weapon skins. Along with all Season 8 skins arriving in the pass, Call of the Hunt will include dedicated weapon skins for Reaper, Reinhardt, and Mercy, separate from their Hero skins.
  • New game modes. Battle of The Beasts is a 4v4 PvPvE gamemode arriving in Season 8. The Winter Holidays period will also see the return of celebrations with Winter Wonderland 2023.
Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes: Heroes with new weapon skins.
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General gameplay updates

  • Endorsement decay will be reduced slightly, and Endorsement needed for level 5 will also be getting reduced.
  • Anna, Ashe, Ramattra, Mercy, Bastion, Lifeweaver, and Widowmaker will be getting extra reticle settings added.
  • Suspension times for leaving unranked matches will be increased, with 4 out of 20 leaves resulting in a 20 minute ban, and 6 out of 20 leaves resulting in a four hour ban.
  • Hero Mastery training courses will be added for all heroes over time, beginning with courses for Lucio, D.Va, Mei, Echo and Genji arriving this season.

Competitive play updates

  • MMR decay now only occurs at the start of a season for Competitive play.
  • MMR decay won’t be applied to roles that qualify for a rank.
Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes: A team of heroes posing in front of a door.
Image by Blizzard

Hero updates

  • All heroes will now get a maximum ultimate charge preservation of 25% instead of 15%.
  • Doomfist is getting a nerf to health regen and ultimate cost.
  • Muaga is getting more health, armor, and reduced hit boxes right out the gate. All his abilities are also getting stronger.
  • Rammattra is losing 100 health, gaining 100 armor, and getting a slight range and damage buff to Void Accelerator.
  • Sigma’s Experimental Barrier will get a slight regen rate nerf from 100 to 85.
  • Winston’s Tesla Cannon will now ignore armor damage reduction.
  • Mei will be getting an ammo nerf for Endothermic Blaster.
  • Soldier 76’s Biotic Field will have a longer, 18 second cooldown.
  • Sombra will get a damage nerf.
  • Torbjörn is getting more Overhealth for Overload, from 75 to 100.
  • Tracer is getting a minor damage buff.
  • Baptiste is getting an ammo nerf.
  • Bridgette’s Whip Shot is getting a damage nerf.
  • Kiriko is getting some projectile speed and healing buffs.
  • Activating Mercy’s Valkyrie ability will no longer disconnect the Caduceus Staff from its target.

Map updates

  • Paraíso, New Queen Street, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar will be getting a visual overhaul with festive decor.
  • A number of bug fixes for maps including Busan, Horizon Lunar Colony, Nepal, and more will come into effect.

That’s everything we’ve got for you on the Overwatch Season 8 patch notes. There are of course a whole lot of bug fixes coming alongside all of these changes. Other than that, the changes laid out promise a fair bit of rebalancing that will certainly affect the metas, though nothing too ground-breaking for the competitive scene. We’ve got plenty more for you on the coming season though. Whether you want an overview of the Season 8 battle pass or you just want to learn more about the new Mythic skin, we’ve got you covered.

Overwatch 2 Season 8 patch notes FAQ

Will there be a mid-season update for Overwatch 2 Season 8?

While not confirmed, there will almost certainly be a mid-season update for Season 8 of Overwatch 2.

Is Overwatch 2 Season 8 reworking any heroes?

So far, it looks like most Hero changes for Overwatch 2 Season 8 are rebalances, nerfs and buffs rather than any reworks.