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Bastion cooldown rework could balance controversial Overwatch hero

Published: 27/May/2020 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Bastion has proven to be an incredibly difficult Overwatch hero for developers to balance, but a new rework idea to his Sentry Mode could be just what the Omnic needs to be viable at all ranks.

In the upper tiers of play, Bastion seldomly gets used due to his boom-or-bust nature. The vast majority of his power comes from being in Sentry Mode – a turret form that outputs insane amounts of firepower at the expense of being unable to move.

This trade-off often isn’t worth it, and normally leads to Bastion being forced out of Sentry Mode by an opposition dive or well-executed focus fire. It takes a team with coordination to bring him down, and if they have that, then Bastion’s usefulness is negated.

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Most of Bastion’s value comes from Sentry Mode.

Meanwhile, in lower ranks, Bastion can be a bit of a nightmare where the coordination and skill isn’t as great. As a result, Bastion’s firepower can easily overwhelm teams and become overpowered in those ELOs.

A new suggestion for Bastion has received a bit of traction on the Competitive Overwatch Subreddit, where user ‘jenksanro’ presented their rework concept.

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Recon Mode is hardly ever used.

By turning Bastion’s Sentry Form into a cooldown-based ability that lasts for six seconds, while buffing the Omnic’s Recon Form, he’d get the best of both worlds.

“Instead of allowing Bastion to transform at will, make his turret form a cooldown in the same vein as Torbjorn’s Overload, so that the Bastion had to choose his moment to go into turret mode and deal maximum damage rather than sitting in it constantly,” the poster proposed.

“I think this change would make Bastion more dynamic and thoughtful to play, but still keep his core fantasy/design, while greatly lowering the frustration of playing against him,” they added.

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Many players think Bastion needs a rework.

For the most part, Bastion’s Recon form is rarely if ever used as his hitbox is relatively large and just lacks the firepower needed to compete against Recon.

While jenksanro didn’t go into how they’d buff Recon, one possibility could be to transfer some of his Armorclad passive to Recon to further reduce damage – it currently only applies to Sentry and his Tank Ultimate.

Hopefully, someone at Blizzard sees the post and pitches it to the folks who can actually try out this change so we could see it in our ranked games in the future.


Overwatch Genji voice actor adds fuel to Overwatch 2 delay rumors

Published: 28/Jan/2021 3:42

by Brad Norton


Rumors of an Overwatch 2 delay could have some merit to them as Genji’s Korean voice actor Gaku Space has reportedly not even begun work on the highly anticipated sequel.

Overwatch 2 was revealed in 2019 and ever since, Blizzard has remained completely silent on the matter. No further information has come to light since the initial demonstration but that hasn’t stopped the community from speculating.

Recent reports have suggested that the game has been delayed internally, with a 2021 release no longer in the cards. New job listings also point towards the sequel being much further off than fans were expecting.

Adding further fuel to the fire, the voice behind Korea’s Genji has chimed in on the speculation. Despite being one of the first six revamped characters on display for Overwatch 2, the voice actor has allegedly “not started recording” new dialogue.

“Yeah I’m still working on Overwatch, but I haven’t heard anything about Overwatch 2,” the voice actor said in a January 26 interview according to translations from Reddit user ‘Evenstar6132.’

While this initial statement could have just been avoiding the topic, he soon followed up to confirm that he’s had “nothing” to do with Overwatch 2 up until now.  “What’s going on Blizzard? I’m not fired am I?”

A good amount of unused recordings from earlier sessions could be in the bank for the sequel. Though this would mean no fresh dialogue has been recorded for Genji in all manner of new situations.

Voice lines won’t be readily available for Genji interacting with new heroes, playing new modes, or visiting new locations. Let alone the lengthier sections from the upcoming campaign as well.

Without any of these lines in place, it reaffirms the speculation behind an Overwatch 2 delay. We could still be quite far off from the game’s full release. In fact, Naeri claims the title “will be released at the end of 2021” at the absolute earliest.

Blizzcon 2021 is set to kick off on February 19, with fans hoping to see new updates on Overwatch 2.

We’ll have to wait and see what the developers have in store, but without voice recording finalized across multiple regions, it’s safe to assume a release date won’t be closeby.