Zarya could be in store for another big rework, as Blizzard devs go through the feedback from the Overwatch 2 pro playtest.
We already knew Zarya would be getting a substantial update in Overwatch 2, but now devs are considering even more changes after pro players tested out the game.
Shortly after the playtest, Blizzard devs held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit where they revealed pros agreed that Zarya was weaker than they initially thought.
Zarya is throwing Blizzard for a loop
As Reddit user Drewbawb pointed out, many pros said Zarya felt too weak following the preview match, with the changes to her bubbles feeling more like a nerf than a buff.
According to Overwatch hero designer Josh Noh Zarya is one hero that devs thought would play much different before the test at the OWL Grand Finals.
“Internally the resounding feedback has been that Zarya is far in the other direction,” Noh revealed. “Many think she is too strong and constantly high energy with being able to bubble herself twice.”
He added that because of this feedback, devs were keeping a close eye on the hero, and could possibly be making even more changes to her abilities as we get closer to release.
“The current internal cooldown is 9 seconds and it’s easy to tune that lower if she isn’t performing well,” Noh added. “but at some point it breaks down and too many of those barriers quickly gets annoying to try play against.”
So, while Zarya has already had her changes revealed, she could play much differently by the time Overwatch 2 comes out.