Overwatch 2 mid-season update patch notes (November 17)

Following a delay earlier in the week, the Overwatch 2 mid-season update has finally launched. The update brings changes to the roster of heroes as well as a slew of bug fixes.

Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch 2 is the follow-up to the competitive hero shooter Overwatch. The game builds upon the first-person predecessor to deliver a more refined experience while retaining the core mechanics and the hero roster. With a new battlepass system replacing the original loot box and the title going free-to-play, there is reinvigorated interest in the franchise.

Currently, in its first season, Overwatch 2 mid-season patch brings a slew of changes to its hero roster, as well as a major list of bug fixes. Let’s take a closer look at the patch notes.

Overwatch 2 mid-season update – Hero Updates

The Overwatch 2 mid-season update brings a slew of changes, including buffs and nerfs to its hero roster. While D.VA, got a buff, Zarya, Genji, Junkrat, Sombra, and Kiriko got nerfed for balancing the matches.


Fusion Cannons

  • Spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75


  • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 15

Call Mech

  • Fixed in last update – Call Mech ultimate cost reduced by 12%


Particle Barrier

  • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds

Projected Barrier

  • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds



  • Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24
  • Damage reduced from 29 to 27


Steel Trap

  • Fixed in last update – Arming time increased from 0.5 to 0.75 seconds
  • Fixed in last update – Trapped duration reduced from 3 to 2.5 seconds



  • Ability lockout duration reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds
  • Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the 8-second effect
  • Hacked enemy damage multiplier reduced from 40 to 25%


Swift Step

  • Invulnerability duration reduced from 0.4 to 0.25 seconds

Overwatch 2 mid-season update – Bug fixes


  • PC Only – The Default setting for audio mix has been changed to “studio reference”
  • Resolved an issue where some players could be stuck in Bronze 5 even after several rank updates
  • Console Only – Fixed an issue where the PC interface was being forced on for some console players
  • Console Only – Fixed a bug on console where your game could freeze if you opened and closed a Hero cinematic
  • Console Only – Fixed an issue where ‘Capture Highlight’ could not be unbound from Left D-Pad
  • Addressed multiple leaderboard issues causing inaccurate placement and ordering
  • Players who get healed will no longer see the healing status effect on their screen while they have full health.
  • Fixed an issue in Overwatch 2 where players would sometimes be placed into an empty game
  • Resolved a bug that prevented players from rejoining their competitive game after being disconnected
  • Fixed a bug in Overwatch 2 where typing in chat could purchase an item from the Hero Gallery
  • The ‘No Name Card’ selection in the Name Card interface is now selectable.
  • Fixed a display issue in Overwatch 2 where players were shown the incorrect amount of Overwatch League tokens, which made them unable to purchase items. The display now shows the correct amount of tokens a player owns.
  • The ‘Avoid Teammates’ button is no longer hiding behind the Recent Players list.
  • Fixed an issue in Overwatch 2 with the Challenge ‘Farsighted’ not correctly tracking and/or completing
  • Fixed an issue in Overwatch 2 with the Challenge ‘Damage Sponge’ not correctly tracking and/or completing
  • Resolved instances of the player’s screen becoming blurry/out of focus
  • Fixed an issue in Overwatch 2 where some players were missing the Noire Widowmaker skin
  • Various visual improvements to the First Time User Experience
  • Fixed in last update – Practice bots now show up through walls correctly when you play as a healer.



  • Fixed additional areas in the map that were causing performance issues in some cases



  • Fixed a bug where Brigitte’s shield could become invulnerable under certain conditions


  • Cassidy now correctly drops the flag during Combat Roll in the Capture the Flag game mode.


  • Fixed in last update – Fixed a bug with Seismic Slam being stopped early by obstructions
  • Fixed in last update – Fixed a bug with being able to jump during Seismic Slam


  • Fixed an issue with the Genji Mythic Skin’s hit volumes
  • Fixed in last update – Fixed an issue where players could get infinite Dragonblade Custom Games


  • Fixed in last update – Jump/wall climb no longer destroys breakables.

Junker Queen

  • Commanding Shout and Rampage now correctly drop the flag in the Capture the Flag game mode.


  • Fixed an issue where Kiriko could escape map boundaries using Swift Step


  • Has been added back to the line-up
  • Fixed several issues with Mei’s Ice Wall that allowed players and projectiles to occasionally pass through it or slip off it


  • Audio – Made a change to the sound of Mercy’s first-person glide to address frequencies that some players found uncomfortable


  • Fixed in last update – Fixed an issue where quick melee did not swing Reinhardt’s hammer


  • Sojourn can no longer pick up the flag in Capture the Flag when using Power Slide


  • Fixed in last update – EMP can no longer be damage boosted


  • Fixed in last update – Fixed an issue where quick melee did not swing Torbjorn’s hammer

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed an issue with Adaptive Shield that could cause you to lose health in some cases

Overwatch 2 is available for free on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Battle.net. Interested players can jump right in and try out the game today.

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