Blizzard has revealed some new information about their upcoming ‘Overwatch 2.’ Announced a couple of years ago at BlizzCon; fans have been anxious for any additional information. The Overwatch 2 Developer PVP Livestream revealed character reworks, new maps, and the biggest change in the game since its launch.
In Overwatch 2, some heroes will see minor changes and others will receive full reworks. We got to see Mei’s new Endothermic Beam. It no longer freezes players but instead does additional damage while slowing them. The change further pushes Mei from support to DPS. Winston is getting a ranged attack so he can be used as a “bruiser” damage. All characters will get visual updates, but some, like Torbjörn, are getting a whole new look to reflect the passage of time.
We have a slew of new maps coming in Overwatch 2. Iconic sights of New York with gothic buildings and taxis dotting the streets. A bright Rome blends the ancient society with the future tech of the Overwatch universe. We will also visit Monte Carlo, Toronto, and Rio. All featuring familiar colors and landmarks.
The biggest change is a shift from 6 vs 6 to 5 vs 5 matches. In the current game, there are two healers, two damage players, and two tanks. In Overwatch 2, there will only be one tank. Many reasons are given for the change including faster ques times for damage players and fewer shields to shoot through. Player reactions have been widely negative right off the bat. This is expected with any major changes. Players are worried about characters like Roadhog, a less “tanky” tank. If you can only choose one tank then you should pick something that can determine a battlefront, like Orisa. Blizzard states they will be increasing an off-tank’s damage to make them more viable for both as a bruiser damage and a pushing tank. We will further debate this massive change on the next Geek Freaks podcast.
We don’t have an exact release date for Overwatch 2 yet, but is expected in 2022.
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