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Overwatch developers admit Brigitte was OP on release

Published: 8/Mar/2019 20:55 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 21:12

by Bill Cooney

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Brigitte is still one of the most divisive Overwatch heroes months after her launch, and now developers have admitted she entered the game unbalanced.

Many players blame Brigitte for the domination of the GOATs meta in high-level Overwatch, as she’s been widely picked throughout the competitive season.

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Though she’s gotten quite a few nerfs since her release, nothing has managed to dethrone Brigitte as one of the game’s most infamous support heroes.

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Now, Overwatch Developer Geoff Goodman admitted Brigitte entered the game overpowered on the official Overwatch forums.

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“I’d say at this point it’s pretty clear Brigitte’s initial balance was pretty far off the mark,” Goodman said. “She has been nerfed multiple times since then and she is still very strong.”

Goodman also said if he could go back, he would take another look at the updates they gave to Hanzo in May of 2018.

“Although I really like the way Hanzo has turned out,” Goodman wrote, “I somewhat regret increasing his projectile speed specifically.”

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That doesn’t mean players should expect to see Hanzo’s projectile speed changed in an upcoming nerf, but it was something Goodman wondered if the Overwatch team could have done differently.

A lot of players will say that Brigitte is still overpowered and needs even more changes, but we still don’t know exactly how the hero will continue to change going forward.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.