The latest patch for Overwatch 2 has rolled out on all platforms, including PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a series of updates to three of the game’s characters. Overwatch 2 is home of more than 300k concurrent players and this beast just dropped an update!
In Season 5, Cassidy has been the subject of much debate. In response to player feedback, the developers have made adjustments to Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade, which was deemed too overpowering, particularly his ability to throw the grenade across the map.
Mei, another hero who has been a topic of discussion, has received some adjustments to her primary fire freeze. Despite making the primary fire gameplay more engaging, Mei’s overall effectiveness was negatively affected by trading damage for more slowing utility. The developers are shifting some power back into her damage.
Lifeweaver, the support character who has received a lukewarm reception, is also undergoing some changes. The developers have tweaked his damage abilities, reducing spread and increasing ammo count, in an attempt to enhance his DPS.
Map Bug Fixes
In addition to these hero adjustments, several map bugs have been addressed. This includes a fix for a game-breaking glitch on the Antarctica Peninsula Paraíso map, which allowed Mercy players to exploit a bug and disrupt gameplay.
Cassidy’s Magnetic Grenade:
The developers aim to require more precise aim and intention when using the Magnetic Grenade, particularly at longer ranges. The adjustments should allow for more counterplay opportunities.
- Seeking radius has been reduced from 1.5 to 1.3 meters.
- Homing duration has been lowered from 1 to 0.75 seconds.
Mei’s Endothermic Blaster and Deep Chill (Passive) Update:
Mei’s Endothermic Blaster:
Despite making the primary fire gameplay more engaging, Mei’s overall effectiveness was negatively affected by trading damage for more slowing utility. The developers are shifting some power back into her damage.
Mei’s Deep Chill (Passive):
The developers have adjusted the maximum slow effect when this passive ability is activated.
- Maximum slow applied when this effect activates has been reduced from 75% to 65%.
Support Character Lifeweaver’s Thorn Volley:
Lifeweaver, despite offering substantial healing and defensive utility, has been struggling with the consistency of his offensive damage output when not in close range. The following changes are designed to enhance the effectiveness of well-aimed burst fire with the Thorn Volley weapon, particularly when Lifeweaver is positioned further away from his allies.
- The number of projectiles to reach maximum spread has been increased from 0 to 20.
- Maximum ammo has been increased from 70 to 80.
- A bug that prevented competitive Titles from unlocking after earning them in the previous season has been fixed.
- An issue with the audio that caused problems with the “Team Radio” feature has been resolved. Call outs from team members should now more accurately reflect their locations.
- A bug that incorrectly displayed the challenge requirement for games played in the “Flex Your Power” weekly challenge has been fixed in a previous update.
Antarctica Peninsula and Paraíso:
- A location that allowed players to escape the spawn room has been fixed.
- An issue causing low FPS performance when specific heroes were in certain areas has been resolved.
- An issue with an Attacker’s spawn room that allowed the Defenders to enter has been fixed in a previous update.
- A bug with Rocket Punch that could result in not applying knockback during some heroes’ abilities has been fixed.
These updates are expected to improve the overall gameplay experience and balance among heroes. As always, the developers will continue to monitor player feedback and make necessary adjustments in future patches.