Game-breaking Overwatch 2 Beta exploit gives Roadhog his strongest ultimate yet - Dexerto
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Game-breaking Overwatch 2 Beta exploit gives Roadhog his strongest ultimate yet

Published: 6/May/2022 1:09

by Brad Norton

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A new game-breaking exploit discovered in the Overwatch 2 Beta following the May 5 update makes Roadhog stronger than ever with an absurdly powerful ultimate trick.

As with any given Beta, bugs are to be expected. While developers test various features and tweak a range of settings, things have a tendency to fall apart from time to time. 

The very first Overwatch 2 Beta has therefore had its fair share of issues since servers went online on April 26. From hackers to lobby-crashing bugs, we’ve already seen a number of critical issues impacting the experience. Certain problems have been significant enough to see heroes outright pulled from the game.

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Now, we could be just hours out from yet another Tank being disabled. Following on from the May 5 update that tweaked a number of key heroes, Roadhog is stronger than ever. Perhaps too strong, even, in light of a devastating new exploit that’s making the rounds.

Previously when casting Roadhog’s ultimate ability, all players had to do was aim. The beefy hero would automatically fire his Scrap Gun for a few seconds, dealing damage and knocking back anyone caught in front of him.

With the May patch, however, things changed. Rather than auto-firing, the ultimate must now be manually controlled. On paper, this allows players to time their shots, control their recoil, and even use regular abilities without canceling the ult.

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In practice though, players quickly uncovered a crucial oversight. Mashing your left click as quickly as possible ignores all fire rate limitations. Thus, when an auto-click function joins the equation, Hog can now unload a ridiculous amount of damage in the blink of an eye, obliterating any heroes in the vicinity.

“Looks like a flamethrower,” fans said in response to a breakdown of the exploit by Reddit user Nerfgun3.’ 

Making the matter worse is the fact Roadhog can no longer be interrupted during his ultimate. If you encounter a player in the Beta attempting this exploit, there’s simply nothing anyone can do to stop it.

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While not quite as game-breaking as the recent Wrecking Ball issue, Blizzard has been quick to act on glaring exploits in the Beta. Thus, we’re likely to see a hotfix of a quick reversion of the patch in the coming hours. We’ll keep you posted here as the situation develops.