Overwatch 2 has finally introduced the first new season of content for 2024 – with the unveiling of it’s Champions trailer.
Showcasing a massive overhaul of the competitive system, a dark and terrifying eldritch horror theme – and a surprise collaboration with a classic, beloved anime:
It’s time for your competitive comeback! Get ready to become Champions 🏆— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) February 7, 2024
💥 Full Competitive Rework
👁️ New Cosmic Crisis
🐙 Eldritch Horror themed Battle Pass
🥇 New Hero Mastery: Gauntlet
✨ And SO much more!
Jump into #Overwatch2 Season 9: Champions when it launches Feb 13 pic.twitter.com/XUQBrlPwM9
Coming with a proper ranked reset, the competitive overhaul seeks to improve the experience for players by offering a more granular system for tracking skilled play – with metrics working on a match by match basis. The example in the video even suggested it was accounting for each action within a round, so good lord that is a very (very) close eye on personal performance. Maybe now my Junkrat play will be properly recognised.
Beyond that, a smorgasbord of cosmetic options appears for both the battle pass and shop options – with a couple of cheeky Valentines Day options also sneaking their way in. The Mythic tier skin has been allocated to Moira this time round, turning her into a Cthulhu-esque techno cultist.
The very end of the trailer however offers a surprise, with a very familiar audio sting blasting from the route 66 juke box – a classic sax blast from the anime Cowboy Bebop.
No details are available as to the nature of this collaboration just yet, but based off previous examples we can likely expect some thematic character skins and perhaps a unique game mode that leans into the spirit of the anime.
Whatever the expectation, we will see a whole lot more when Overwatch season 9 launches on February 13!
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