The mid-season update for Overwatch 2’s Season 1 has had its release date pushed back again further, after having previously been postponed for weeks. Craig “WyomingMyst” Simpson, an Overwatch community expert, stated that the reason for the delay is to “resolve a significant issue” in a post that was made on the forum to announce the delay. No specific wording was given as to what this critical issue is, but if Blizzard is pushing it back, it was probably a game-breaking bug that either gave some heroes a significant advantage or completely shut down the game. No specific wording was given as to what this critical issue is.
Initially, there was no time period given for the deployment of the delayed patch; however, Blizzard has said that they now anticipate that it will go live on all platforms on November 17, at 1 PM Central Time. If you are currently participating in a game at this time, you will be kicked out of the game and have to upgrade the game client before you may rejoin a match.
As was already noted, this is not the first time that the mid-season patch has been held up for whatever reason. Although the only material that has been made publicly available is a series of buffs and nerfs to Zarya, Genji, Kiriko, and Sombra, the update also includes bug patches that might potentially bring Mei back, as well as something that Blizzard is referring to as “core content.”
If you watched the most recent Overwatch League Postseason, unfortunately, the incentives and perks you were supposed to receive for doing so have been delayed, as has the rotation of items in the Overwatch League Shop. However, the rotation of items in the Overwatch 2 in-game shop will continue to occur as planned.
It is hoped that whatever is preventing this update from being released will be resolved as quickly as possible. At this point in the season, the update that was released at the midpoint of the season may also be dubbed the three-quarter patch.
Within the first couple of weeks of December, the end of the season will have arrived with startling rapidity. While it is possible that another update may be released around that time, it is highly doubtful that it will include as many changes to heroes as this one is planned to. However, it will include a new battle pass that players can start progressing through at that time.