Overwatch 2 is making some “stunning” modifications to the tank class, and one standard character, specifically, is getting a fairly large overhaul within the course of. Yesterday, Blizzard revealed new seems for Widowmaker, Reaper, McCree, and Pharah. On high of this, it additionally revealed some gameplay modifications to the characters from the primary recreation who’re again for the sequel. And proper now, it seems like Reinhardt is getting re-worked greater than another character, or a minimum of any of the sport’s main characters.
As famous, Blizzard is making some modifications to the tank class it describes as “stunning” and that brings them nearer to the motion. In different phrases, tanks ought to be proper on the epicenter of the motion, like their class title suggests they need to be. In Overwatch, this is not all the time the case, nevertheless it’s one thing Blizzard is working onerous to make sure is the case for the sequel.
“One of many extra stunning modifications that we have been exploring for Overwatch 2 PvP is a change to the tank function fully,” mentioned Jeff Kaplan, the sport’s lead designer. “We wish to attempt to make them extra toe-to-toe brawlers and fewer characters that simply stand again and shield different individuals.”
For Reinhardt, this implies modifications to each his cost and his Hearth Strike that may give gamers extra management over the hero and permit gamers to play extra aggressively. Can Reinhardt nonetheless be performed identical to an enormous protect and place holder? Yeah, nevertheless it seems like gamers might be extra aggressive with the hero within the sequel as properly.
“So, for instance, for Reinhardt we have given him two costs of the Hearth Strike so he can throw Hearth Strikes much more aggressively and extra typically,” added Geoff Goodman, the sport’s lead hero designer. “Additionally his cost, he is capable of cancel now, and you’ll steer it extra aggressively so you can’t fairly flip a nook, however you may positively extra precisely pin targets. And since you may cancel it, it permits you to use it extra aggressively and actually go after these key targets with out feeling like you are going to sacrifice your entire positioning to get there. He is virtually most terrifying now, with the ability to unleash his full arsenal extra typically than simply being the man with the protect.”
Blizzard notes that each one of those modifications are a work-in-progress, or in different phrases, removed from remaining. By the point you play the sport, some or all of those modifications might change themselves. That mentioned, proper now it is nonetheless unclear when the sport will launch.
Overwatch 2 is in growth for PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Change. For the time being of publishing, there’s been no phrase of PS5 and Xbox Collection X/S variations.