After the first week of the game’s technical beta, Blizzard has announced a number of changes for Overwatch 2. The first in a series of planned weekly updates, the studio behind Overwatch 2 has shown what it has learned so far and how player feedback is helping to shape the development of the project.
Blizzard has claimed that “most heroes are falling into a healthy range overall for play rate and win rate across different skill levels.” They were also able to identify several outliners which will be targeted to balance the patch schedule, in the latter half of this week.
They also clarified, “We have heard clearly that support players feel both tanks and damage players have more new content to enjoy and explore in this Beta. Longer-term, we believe the most effective way to tackle this issue is to add exciting new support heroes to the game, and that is part of our plans.”
Blizzard has said that existing support heroes will probably get new and refreshed abilities during the beta testing. But these changes will likely be kept for implementation during the next stage of the test. The current Overwatch 2 beta will run until May 17th and will only be available for PC. But Blizzard has shared its idea to include console players for all future tests.
Now, the OverWatch 2 beta includes; the usual 5v5 PvP mode, the new push mode, ping system, four hero reworks (orisa, Doomfist, Bastion, Sombra), A new her (Sojourn), all OW1 maps, and four new maps(Circuit Royal, Midtown, Toronto, and Rome).
Both the Fire and Medal systems of Overwatch 2 have been shelved by Blizzard, which included a reworked scoreboard screen that matches other competitive games. Lastly, they said that “For Overwatch 2, players can expect the new scoreboard screen to display key statistics in real-time for all players in the game. These statistics include eliminations, assists, deaths, damage, damage mitigated, and healing.”
“The team may also look at reworking the Fire system sometime in the future to complement the scoreboard system as we believe it can provide excitement for high-performing players.” The Overwatch 2 has been delayed until at least 2023, as announced by Blizzard last November.