As Season 5 of Overwatch 2 draws close, Blizzard Entertainment has announced a significant change to its Hero Challenges, stirring anticipation and raising questions among the game’s worldwide community. While the Hero Challenges have provided an alternate route for players to unlock new heroes outside of the season they were introduced in; Blizzard is set to replace the current progression system with a new one, starting from Season 6: Invasion.
The shift to the new progression system is expected to launch alongside the upcoming Overwatch 2: Invasion, scheduled to go live on August 10. A significant point of contention is that progress made in the current Hero Challenges will not be carried over into the new system. However, Blizzard has assured its player base that all rewards unlocked before the change will remain intact.
This development urges players to hasten their efforts and complete any outstanding challenges before the end of Season 5. Overwatch 2: Invasion will bring a new animated short, “Calling,” due for an in-game debut on August 4. The highly anticipated launch also promises three new PvE story missions, requiring a separate purchase and a new Support hero. Further details about these additions are expected to emerge in the coming days.
In a recent post, Blizzard elaborated on the forthcoming player progression updates in Overwatch 2: Invasion.
“Lifetime challenges for each of the heroes are currently in place, with the completion of these challenges unlocking player icons. These lifetime challenges and player icons will be integrated into the new player progression system when Overwatch 2: Invasion launches,” they stated.
Yet, they emphasized that any current progress on these lifetime challenges would not transfer into the new player progression system, sparking concerns and prompting players to complete their challenges before the season’s end.