Overwatch 2 will not happen until 2022 at the earliest, but it will change the way you play hero shooter. During livestream developer Blizzard organized on Thursday, Aaron Keller, new game director announced that the series is moving to a five-on-five player-to-player format. With Overwatch 2, your team composition will be made up of two damage dealers, two support heroes and a single tank. In short, you will have one less damage sponge on your team by Overwatch 2 that you are currently doing Overwatch.
For the most part, the game is upgraded to a five-on-five format to make it easier to understand and more readable. “Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with what 11 other players are doing on the battlefield,” Keller said. “Removing two of them simplifies everything. It allows players to understand everything around them and make better choices.” He was quick to point out that “Overwatch has changed over time.” It can be hard to remember a time before Blizzard role queue introduced, but when the game was released it was possible for more than one person on your team to play the same hero. “We think this is the next step in how Overwatch should be played,” Keller said.
As you can imagine, changing the number of players involved in a match has profoundly affected other parts of the game. Blizzard has redesigned tanks to make them more aggressive. Some of the changes currently being tested by the studio include a new alternative fire for Winston’s Tesla Cannon which makes it easier for him to finish off fleeing enemies. In other cases, Blizzard has made off-tank tanks like D.Va more resilient by increasing their health reserves and boosting defensive capabilities like Defense Matrix. As a result of this change, the design of the game’s levels had to change as well. In Overwatch 2, maps like Toronto and Rome will feature more cover for players to dodge behind. Unsurprisingly, the Overwatch community isn’t sure what to make of the change just yet, especially without knowing how heroes like Orisa and Roadhog will fit into the new meta.
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