Overwatch: Changes and New Modes

Permit us to conduct somewhat of a “State of Overwatch” address, if you will.

So Overwatch came out. It’s awesome, but still a work in progress like most multiplayer only games these days. Some of will come in the form of tweaks, some in the form of a new mode, but we’ll be waiting longer for one rather than the other.

Let’s start with the new mode. The team at Blizzard have been working on a ranked matchmaking mode, Competitive Play, which is due to come out later this month (though someone on the Overwatch twitter accidentally said late July). Whether or not the new mode rolls out across all the platforms on the same day or if it makes its first stop on PC then moves across remains to be seen.

And now the changes, which might come as welcome news to anyone who doesn’t like hearing that “It’s High Noon…” Your boy McCree is being eyed up for a nerf or two, as the designers have said that his flashbang+fan-the-hammer combo is a little too good. Principal Designer Geoff Goodman took to the forums to address this, saying that: “It’s probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets such as Tanks and barriers.” He goes on to say that he doesn’t have any concrete changes lined up, but if anything, the hammer fanning is the most likely to be changed.

On the flipside, D.Va is on the buff list, as Geoff feels that she should be geared more as a viable “aggressive initiation tank”. Basically, D.Va looks for fights and then people finish them for her. Your other boy and Edgelord-in-Chief Reaper is also getting a change, but only cosmetic. His teleport move will now show up as blue if said Reaper is friendly or not. This Reaper fix has apparently been completed internally and will be rolling out over the next couple of weeks.

And there’s your lot. Some of you were probably expecting a Bastion nerf, but Hanzo is the one man Bastion nerfer. What do you think of the changes? Let us know in the comments below, and check out our review!

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