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Every new Overwatch 2 hero Blizzard could be adding to sequel roster

Published: 9/Jul/2020 9:08 Updated: 10/Jul/2020 1:06

by Isaac McIntyre

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Blizzard’s unconventional Overwatch 2 sequel is on its way, and with it is coming a proper series storyline, single-player modes, and even more characters for the already supersized roster ⁠— but who will be Overwatch heroes 33, 34, 35, and beyond?

Overwatch’s roster is already pretty stacked. Most recently, Blizzard added character-copying Echo as Hero 32, and Jeff Kaplan confirmed she would be “the last Overwatch hero” added to the original series release.

The developers have revealed, however, that there will be “multiple” heroes added alongside the release of the sequel title. They’ve remained relatively quiet about just how many players may be getting their hands on though.

Now, without further ado, here’s five possible launch heroes we think ⁠— and one that we definitely know ⁠— players will be getting when Overwatch 2 finally arrives in the next year or two.

Sojourn

Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.
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Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.

New Overwatch character Sojourn is the only hero on this list that has already been officially confirmed by Blizzard ahead of the sequel release. The squad captain was with the team in the “Golden Age,” and has stuck around long after.

Back in 2019, game writer Michael Chu revealed Sojourn was a “central figure” in Overwatch, and added she would be a “critical character moving forward” into the franchise’s sequel.

For the first time in Overwatch history, players will be able to get their hands on a playable version of the Canadian hero in the sequel. She made her first Overwatch 2 appearance in the title’s ‘Recall’ teaser trailer.

Sojourn marks a special moment for Overwatch too; the presumed DPS hero will be the first black woman to join the game’s roster. She also seems like a stout Canadian patriot; the new hero wears a maple leaf proudly on her shoulder.

King

D'va's old rival King could make a great off-tank in the series sequel.
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D’va’s old rival King could make a great off-tank in the series sequel.

King is an interesting character in Overwatch lore. He has never sided with the game’s actual villain group, Talon, but he’s certainly one of the major antagonists in D’Va’s original lore. His real name is Kyung-soo Han, and he’s part of Mobile Exo-Force.

D’Va’s main esports rival would certainly play similarly to the Korean hero, but is that really a bad thing? She’s had a minor rework since 2016, but apart from that, she’s been a solid part of the Overwatch lineup since her release.

King would stand out from his Korean counterpart with his own personalized mech, 신기전 (Singijeon). The stylized humanoid mech has a group of missile arrays mounted on its back, and wields two fire-arrow rockets as well.

Mauga

Blizzard has promised more supports and tanks coming in Overwatch 2. Baptiste's old ally Mauga seems to fit that to a tee.
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Blizzard has promised more supports and tanks coming in Overwatch 2. Baptiste’s old ally Mauga seems to fit that to a tee.

Baptiste’s former friend Mauga has been described as a “big dumb brute,” which makes him perfect as a launch tank for Overwatch 2. Even better, that’s just a ploy; the Talon mercenary is a deadly, cunning strategist.

The mountainous warrior was actually confirmed to be the 31st hero in the game as well, but developers eventually pivoted to Sigma instead. It stands to reason they wouldn’t have ditched their work though, so expect Mauga in OW2.

Junker Queen

The Junker Queen is one of Overwatch's more mysterious characters.
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The Junker Queen is one of Overwatch’s more mysterious characters.

If there’s one thing Blizzard loves doing before they debut new Overwatch heroes, it’s to tease them all non-stop. They did the same with characters like Doomfist, and they’ve certainly added enough hints about Junker Town leader Junker Queen.

The Australian character has been on players’ wish lists for some time too. She’s tied to the lore of Wrecking Ball, Junkrat, and Roadhog, and can often be heard talking while battles are going on throughout the Junkertown map.

There’s not much known about the Queen beyond a few sprays and her voice as well. That means Blizzard has a relatively clean slate for the new Australian hero if they decide to add her to Overwatch 2; the world is their oyster.

‘Jetpack Cat’

The notorious
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Infamous concept hero “Jetpack Cat” could find a second wind in Overwatch 2… hopefully.

Don’t worry, this one is more of a request from the Dexerto staff than anything serious in terms of confirmation. Blizzard, please bring back the fabled ‘Jetpack Cat’ that was first revealed for Overwatch back in 2017.

Overwatch 2 is the perfect place to drop this high-flying feline in too. There’ll be a deluge of new characters and stories, so Blizzard will have a chance to tell the story of the cat armed with wings, and avoid it being just that little bit too ridiculous.

The first four heroes above are likely on the menu. The Jetpack Cat, unfortunately, may not have a place in Overwatch 2 to the same degree. But, we can all dream…

Overwatch 2 is expected to be released later this year, according to leaks.
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Overwatch 2 is expected to be released later this year, according to leaks.

When is Overwatch 2 expected to be released?

Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 doesn’t have any official release date locked in just yet. That means there’s no telling when players will be able to get their hands on the newest characters. One leak has suggested late 2020, which could fit.

This does line up with rumors we’ll see new Overwatch 2 heroes in Autumn. As mentioned above, however, Blizzard has not yet penned in an official release date for the sequel.

It looks like first off the menu will be more tanks and supports, once DPS candidate Sojourn has dropped. Blizzard vice president Jeff Kaplan said there were already “multiple supports and tanks in development” for the sequel.

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Overwatch Oct 29 update buffs McCree, Mei, Brig and more: patch notes

Published: 29/Oct/2020 18:47 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 18:51

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has just gone live on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, bringing in several major buffs from the Experimental Card, but not Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix increase.

Notably, for fans of McCree, they’ll be pleased to know that his reload speed has been buffed along with his health, going from 200 to 225.

The change in health may seem minor, but in the heat of battle, it can be the difference between landing a fatal shot on an enemy or dying before firing that last bullet.

Mei has also received a massive buff with her ammo not being restored by 15 per second when she’s in Cryo-Freeze. This should make her a massive threat when she’s healing up as when she comes out, she’ll be locked and loaded.

Mei uses ice block
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Mei will now gain ammo when in her block.

Additionally, her Ice Wall sees its cooldown reduced, so that ability will be up more often.

Moving onto Brigitte, the shield maiden is getting a small health buff, which should help her get the Inspire passive online and improve her survivability.

Meanwhile, Baptiste is getting several changes by being able to shoot faster at the expense of losing one damage per shot and sees her healing buffed by 10.

McCree on Hanamura
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McCree just got a lot deadlier.

However, the big Amplification Matrix buff is not going through yet. Community Manager Josh Nash wrote that the dev team thinks, “the width increase from 5 to 9 meters is a positive change to Baptiste’s gameplay because it makes the ability more easily usable for his allies without gathering closely together. We’re planning to add this update to the live game in an upcoming patch after an art polish pass.”

Finally, Widowmaker is getting a small health nerf with her base HP dropping from 200 to 175. This should help keep her in check at the highest levels of play.

Full patch notes:

HERO UPDATES

Baptiste

Biotic Launcher

  • (Primary Fire) Recovery time reduced from 0.45 to 0.38 seconds
  • (Primary Fire) Damage reduced from 25 to 24
  • (Secondary Fire) Recovery increased from 0.8 to 0.9 seconds
  • (Secondary Fire) Healing increased from 50 to 60

Developer Comments: We’re making some adjustments to Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher firing cadence that will make dealing damage quicker and landing a healing grenade more impactful.

Brigitte

General

  • Base health increased from 150 to 175

McCree

General

  • Base health increased from 200 to 225

Peacekeeper

  • (General) Reload time reduced from 1.5 to 1.2 seconds

Mei

Cryo-Freeze

  • Now restores 15 ammo per second

Ice Wall

  • Cooldown lowered from 13 to 12 seconds

Developer Comments: Since we previously made Mei’s primary fire relatively more expensive, she spends more time out of ammo and this was particularly noticeable when unable to reload while in Cryo-Freeze. To help smooth out this gameplay she now regains some ammo during Cryo-Freeze.

Symmetra

General

  • Base shields increased from 100 to 125

Widowmaker

General

  • Base health reduced from 200 to 175

Developer Comments: We’re making some max health adjustments in 25 HP increments to allow for more fine tuning of heroes’ power. Until now this was done in 50 HP increments to help simplify the understanding how many hits an enemy hero could withstand.