Overwatch 2 Characters List: All Heroes
The time is approaching for Overwatch 2 characters to finally step up to the plate and showcase what they have to offer, as the sequel to the popular hero shooter is fast approaching. With the change to 5v5 gameplay, knowing which Overwatch 2 heroes are coming, including any new faces, is crucial. So here's everything you need to know about the full list of Overwatch 2 characters so far.
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New Overwatch 2 Characters
The Overwatch 2 Hero Sojourn is a DPS character, blessed with enhanced movement mechanics, a deadly rail gun, and more, detailed in our Overwatch 2 Sojourn abilities guide. Recent Overwatch 2 Sojourn gameplay leaks show the Canadian DPS with a mean knee slide and a fresh exo-suit that packs a hidden weapon.
Also arriving in Overwatch 2 is Junker Queen. This Aussie is a Tank hero with plenty of gear to keep herself alive and control the battlefield. Perhaps her most powerful ability is the passive that lets her heal damage over time to all wounds. We can see Junker Queen quickly becoming a staple character for players that like to solo queue.
Completing the role trio is Kiriko, who strolls into Overwatch 2 as a Support character. So far, she looks to be an incredibly powerful healer - especially with her ability to teleport to teammates through walls. And she has an adorable little fox pet for an Ultimate ability. Who can say no to that?!
Returning Overwatch 2 Characters
As the first-ever Overwatch hero to be added to the game after the original squad was released, Ana will continue to be a meddlesome sniper in Overwatch 2.
Ashe is returning to Overwatch 2 with a slightly new look, which has already been showcased in a recent release from Blizzard. Now sporting an all-black wild-west assassin vibe, Ashe looks ready to beat anyone in a Mexican standoff.
Bastion is getting a major re-work for Overwatch 2, as the robot will now be able to move whilst operating his Sentry Turret, as a result of the fast-paced game. The Overwatch 2 Hero Bastion will also lose the power to self-repair, whilst being equipped with a new bouncy sticky bomb.
Another Overwatch 2 hero that is being adapted slightly is the pretty-faced brutus of Brigitte. This ready-to-rumble stalwart of the franchise is having her kit changed drastically, including losing her stun grenade in favour of some new abilities.
Previously known as McCree, the Overwatch 2 hero will continue operating under his new name, Cole Cassidy. The Cowboy's name was changed due to ties with his creator, Jason McCree, who was named in the Activision Blizzard lawsuit of workplace harassment. Cole Cassidy, destined to write a new journey in Overwatch 2, will continue as a damage hero.
It wouldn't be an Overwatch title without D.Va, and the sweetheart of the franchise is set to return. However, the tank will undergo some big changes, as her entire class will be getting much-needed buffs to combat the loss of an off-tank in the Overwatch 2 5v5 adaptations.
When you consider that reworks are also coming for Doomfist, it's no wonder that the game has been delayed due to the current hero pool. In the sequel, he will become much more defensive and have his crowd-control effects adapted, although you still won't want to be caught by one of his uppercuts.
As the last Hero to make their way into the pool, it's no surprise that Echo will also be joining the Overwatch 2 character line-up, which has already been showcased in advertising material.
The assassin of the title, Genji, will be continuing his warpath in Overwatch 2, and like most damage heroes, he'll likely be very familiar in gameplay.
Much like Genji, Hanzo will not be worked around too much as he returns as an Overwatch 2 hero, although his new look does reflect a certain essence of hunk, to fans' delight.
From hunk to Junk-rat, another character with a deep-rooted history in the game is returning. However, the Overwatch 2 variant of Junkrat will see his Trap ability be overhauled, allowing opponents to move slightly in the trap to avoid the Mine combo.
Apart from a fresh new look, Lucio will be returning to Overwatch 2 as good as old and could be a popular choice for players when starting up.
Falling victim to the 5v5 gameplay, where there's much more emphasis on movement, Mei will return, albeit without the ability to completely freeze opponents with her Endothermic Blaster. Instead, her ability will slow opponents and deal more damage.
After seeing her Resurrect ability swapped from a team-based ultimate to a single-use cooldown, Mercy is returning to Overwatch 2, although her kit may be tweaked again to provide mobility rather than a revive.
Moira has been confirmed as an Overwatch 2 hero, although there remains a lot of uncertainty around her kit. With a rework originally on the cards, we've yet to hear much about how she will be adapted into the sequel.
Having already featured in the Overwatch 2 beta, Orisa's kit has changed significantly, as only her Fortify ability remains. Three new abilities have been added, making up for three original moves that have been stripped away.
Blessing the skies in the Overwatch 2 hero pool will be Pharah, whose abilities will remain rather consistent, much like the other DPS characters.
A new look is the only thing on its way for Reaper, as the shady villain will be continuing to be meddling in the shadows of Overwatch 2.
Despite most tanks having a rework in Overwatch 2, ahead of the launch, Reinhardt seems to be almost untouched, as this Gandalf-looking brute is one of the more mobile of his group.
Much like Reinhardt, Overwatch 2 pros have revealed that Roadhog will play very similarly to how he does in the first game. The lack of changes means he's either really effective or dreadful, with very little middle ground.
The Tank pool may have been hit with some heavy blows, but Sigma is as ready as ever for Overwatch 2, and his abilities are set to have only minor adjustments.
A straight-up shooter like Soldier 76 doesn't need much tweaking to be placed in any game, and after being revealed to be in Overwatch 2, he'll feel right at home blasting his way around the new maps.
The first hero to have her reworked kit revealed is Sombra, as the developers showcased her new look alongside details of her new abilities. Sombra’s new passive boosts her damage output to hacked enemies by 50%, and she can also see hacked enemies through walls. Sombra could be one of the most deadly Overwatch 2 heroes.
Very few details have been leaked surrounding Symmetra in Overwatch 2, but all that we know is that she is coming back to the title in her usual mystique manner.
Torbjorn is as stubborn as an ox, and developers are reluctant to go anywhere near him going into Overwatch 2. Expect the same old damage output from this hero.
Tracer is coming to Overwatch 2, although in what capacity it is yet to be seen. Developers have teased some big changes, but nothing is yet to be set in stone.
She's sleek and slim and a fan favourite in the franchise, so it's no surprise that Widowmaker is coming back to Overwatch 2 with a fresh new skin to emphasise her iconic hair.
Winston's fate in Overwatch 2 was in doubt when the game was announced. However, the developers have since made major changes to the tank to give him some much-needed love.
Our favourite cheeky chops is getting some major upgrades in the sequel, as Blizzard will look to utilise Wrecking Ball's mobility and power to make him one of the more well-adapted Overwatch 2 heroes.
Bringing the muscle, as always, is Zarya, who will be ditching her pink hair for a blonde tone and leaning into her image with a brand-new pink outfit in order to pack sass into her every punch.
Zenyatta has been eyed in Overwatch 2 showcases, and fans are already liking what they see, with some nice visual changes to her abilities that make using Zen much easier.
Leaked Overwatch 2 Characters
Finally, one of the more far-fetched theories is that Magnus will be coming to the sequel, as a released showcase appears to have his statue erected in the background. As a character never previously shown before, eagle-eyed fans expect Magnus to be another of the new Overwatch 2 heroes.
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