Sombra, Genji, Zarya, D.Va, Kiriko Nerfs Coming in Nov. 15 Overwatch 2 Update

"There are some Hero balance adjustments we’d like to make sooner."
"There are some Hero balance adjustments we’d like to make sooner." / Blizzard

Blizzard is planning to release a hero balance update for Overwatch 2 on Nov. 15, the studio announced Friday.

After initially mentioning that it did not expect to make any immediate balance changes until the launch of Season 2, it appears Blizzard will indeed be dropping several major nerfs in Overwatch 2 shortly.

"There are some Hero balance adjustments we’d like to make sooner," Blizzard's blog post reads. "As promised, we’re focused on some tactical adjustments meant to bring current standouts like D.Va, Zarya, Genji, and Sombra more in line with the rest of the roster."

Here are the official Hero adjustments Blizzard plans to release in its next patch:


  • Hack 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  • Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the effect
  • Hacked damage multiplier reduced from 40 to 25%


  • Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24
  • Shuriken damage reduced from 29 to 27


  • Barrier duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Barrier cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds


  • Fusion Cannon spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75
  • Boosters impact damage reduced from 25 to 15


  • Swift Step invulnerability duration reduced from 0.4 to 0.25 seconds

Ultimately, it's certainly not surprising that these five Heroes will be tuned down just a bit. However, what is perhaps eyebrow-raising is that Sojourn is nowhere to be named, potentially leaving her right at the top of the DPS meta moving forward.

Season 2 of Overwatch 2 is expected to begin on Dec. 6, complete with a new hero and a new map.