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Jeff Kaplan teases “radical” changes coming to Overwatch multiplayer

Published: 5/Dec/2019 22:23

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has hinted at some unexpected upgrades coming to the game’s multiplayer.

In an interview with Edge magazine, via Unit Lost, Kaplan was asked if there was anything about Overwatch that he’s glad the team has a chance to balance with Overwatch 2 currently being developed.

He explained that while the team is hard at work redesigning the look of the original game’s heroes and they are completely revamping the user interfaces, there could be even more changes coming that would greatly impact the multiplayer.

Blizzard EntertainmentWhat could the ‘radical’ multiplayer changes be?

“We are experimenting with more radical changes for PvP internally – but I don’t want to commit to any of those yet,” he added. He went on to reference the addition of role lock and how with the Role Queue system, major changes that can improve the game will be added to the game instead of waiting for a sequel.

Radical PvP changes sound like they could be just about anything, but they are major. The use of the word ‘radical’ implies a huge shift in the game, something similar in size or scale to that of Role Queue which flipped the game on its head.

Unfortunately, Kaplan didn’t elaborate on what those changes could be, but the fact they are being internally tested potentially even for the standard game, speaks volumes. Just recently, Overwatch introduced a map pool for competitive seasons and a natural evolution of this would be to allow users to vote on which map they want to play on.

An Overwatch animated series?

In the same interview, Kaplan touched on his ‘dreams’ for Overwatch and the team’s vision. He told Edge: “We’ve always thought of Overwatch as a universe, not a single game. The original game was the first expression of Overwatch, but we dream of what other forms of media could feature Overwatch. Movies? An animated series? What other game types would everyone love to see in the Overwatch universe? We hope that the characters of Overwatch exist far into the future and are expressed in ways that we can’t even imagine today.”

With the lore in Overwatch finally picking up steam heading into the long-awaited sequel, an Overwatch animated show or movie could bring an even bigger audience to the popular franchise.

Blizzard Entertainment Overwatch animated series? Take my money.

It is expected that an Overwatch mobile game of some sort would be in development if it isn’t already. At BlizzCon 2018, Executive Producer Allen Adham said the company was working on mobile titles for all of their IPs.

It will be interesting to see what is announced in the near future for Overwatch.

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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
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Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.