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Overwatch fans question play of the game changes

Published: 22/Nov/2018 16:02 Updated: 22/Nov/2018 17:15

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players on Reddit are asking about the status of an improved Play of the Game system mentioned by Developers back in 2016.

Possible changes to Overwatch’s infamous Play of the Game system were mentioned by Overwatch’s lead hero designer Geoff Goodman in an interview with Kotaku all the way back in November of 2016.

In the interview, Goodman mentions that the Overwatch team is working on what they called “Play of the Game 2.0”, which he said would basically give more credit to players involved in the play.

He used the example of a Genji using Dragonblade on a group of enemies after a Zarya ultimate, currently the Genji would get Play of the Game, but under the new system, Goodman said both players would be recognized.

The post to the Overwatch subreddit by user rubenburgt asks what happened to the new Play of the Game system, because it hasn’t been mentioned or heard of since the Kotaku interview.

Some users responded in the comments saying it was probably on Blizzard’s to-do list, but most likely pretty far down. 

Others thought that the recent introduction of the new Overwatch World cup viewer, could be setting the stage for an overhaul of the Play of the Game system.

Play Of The Game 2.0. It was only talked about it more than 2 years ago. What happened to it? from r/Overwatch

Blizzard hasn’t responded to the post, but Overwatch Developers have mentioned “special stuff” coming in 2019, which could include an overhaul to the system.

Many commenters said they would be happy to see a new PotG system, but would prefer Blizzard focus on other issues, like hero balance, that the community has been discussing recently.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.