For April Fools’ Day, Blizzard launched a sweeping sequence of adjustments to Overwatch that makes many heroes on the roster a nightmare to take care of. Mei is now a tank with a ton of well being. Junkrat can drop three of his bear traps without delay. And McCree will get an ammo refund each time he lands a headshot.
Oh, and D.Va can crush her opponents to dying by summoning her mech, resulting in full workforce kills like this one:
So once I say some heroes are actually a nightmare to take care of, I actually imply they’re enjoyable to play with (and sometimes towards).
In fact, these adjustments are at the moment restricted to Overwatch’s Experimental sport mode, the place Blizzard usually assessments out minor balances adjustments. Don’t count on it to be round perpetually, particularly with a brand new seasonal occasion (Overwatch Archives) kicking off April 6.
Lots of Overwatch’s “joke” adjustments ought to keep or be integrated into the principle sport, many followers say, as a result of they’ve made Overwatch enjoyable once more. Almost 5 years into the hero shooter’s existence, a sequence of April Fools’ Day goofs have breathed new life the sport. (The full patch notes for Experimental mode are additionally delightfully cheeky.)
A number of the higher adjustments to Overwatch in Experimental mode handle the sport’s protect drawback. Sigma not has a protect in any respect; as an alternative, he can fly across the map with out regard for gravity. Baptiste’s Immortality Area, successfully one other layer of protecting, not supplies its signature immortality, as an alternative reducing total harm.
Zenyatta has elevated mobility via restricted levitation (enjoyable!). Reaper can now “fly” in his ghostly Wraith mode (is sensible!). Mercy can now goal enemy gamers and zoom towards them utilizing her Guardian Angel ability (which makes Valkyrie-mode Mercy much more terrifying).
Few of those adjustments really feel “balanced.” Roadhog’s chain hook getting a shorter cooldown timer when it lands feels type of damaged. I’m unsure Soldier: 76’s ult actually wanted a buff. And the variety of characters flying round now feels unsustainable in the long term. However virtually every thing feels enjoyable.
A few of these adjustments to heroes are successfully a preview of Overwatch 2, which is able to embody character development and hero skills. These skills will likely be restricted to the sport’s PvE cooperative part, so far as we all know, and so they’ll combine up how we play heroes we’ve spent a half-decade with now. The Experimental patch additionally looks like a simple method for Blizzard to barely break everybody within the sport, and check out dramatic adjustments suddenly.
With Overwatch 2 nonetheless far off and no new blood within the sport for practically a 12 months (since Echo arrived), it’s been nice to see Overwatch really feel contemporary once more, if just for a short time.