For April Fools’ Day, Blizzard launched a sweeping sequence of adjustments to Overwatch that makes many heroes on the roster a nightmare to cope with. 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 demise by summoning her mech, resulting in full crew kills like this one:
So after I say some heroes at the moment are a nightmare to cope with, I actually imply they’re enjoyable to play with (and infrequently towards).
In fact, these adjustments are at present restricted to Overwatch’s Experimental sport mode, the place Blizzard usually checks out minor balances adjustments. Don’t count on it to be round ceaselessly, particularly with a brand new seasonal occasion (Overwatch Archives) kicking off April 6.
A lot of Overwatch’s “joke” adjustments ought to keep or be integrated into the primary 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 complete patch notes for Experimental mode are additionally delightfully cheeky.)
A number of the higher adjustments to Overwatch in Experimental mode tackle the sport’s defend drawback. Sigma now not has a defend 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, now not offers its signature immortality, as an alternative lowering general injury.
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 form of damaged. I’m undecided Soldier: 76’s ult actually wanted a buff. And the variety of characters flying round now feels unsustainable in the long term. However nearly all the things feels enjoyable.
A few of these adjustments to heroes are successfully a preview of Overwatch 2, which can embody character development and hero skills. These skills will probably be restricted to the sport’s PvE cooperative element, 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 unexpectedly.
With Overwatch 2 nonetheless far off and no new blood within the sport for almost a 12 months (since Echo arrived), it’s been nice to see Overwatch really feel recent once more, if just for a short time.