No more reason to hack the planet.
The newest hero changes coming to Overwatch‘s Public Test Realm have been detailed.
In the latest developer update video, game director Jeff Kaplan explains that an error made during the main game’s latest patch meant that some heroes received changes which were not yet ready for release.
Instead, they were meant to roll out in an update to be tested on the game’s public test realm server, which is out now and includes balance changes to heroes Mei, Doomfist, and Sombra.
Mei has been buffed with her freeze duration going from 1 second to 1.5, and a few extra shots have been added to her secondary icicle fire. Doomfist’s ammo recovery to his hand canon has also increased.
Sombra receives some of the biggest changes with her ultimate no longer charging through use of her hacked health packs. Instead, her weapon damage will now be responsible for charging her EMP so changes have been made to her gun to help with this.
Hacking health packs to build up her EMP is something frequently used in Lunar Colony maps in league matches – which have just finished Stage 1 playoffs – so if these changes do get pushed through to the main game we could see some follow-on changes there.
It will now also take less time to hack an enemy hero and may stop more abilities than it did previously. Lastly, her translocator ability will take longer to expire, giving players more of an opportunity to get out of sticky situations.
Kaplan also talks about changes the team have been testing but have not been added to the PTR for Hanzo, including changing his scatter arrow ability and giving him further mobility.
Lastly, he wraps it up by saying the team is also looking to adapt Torbjorn and Symmetra to be more viable hero picks.
For those not playing on the PTR, the Lunar New Year event is currently live until March 5.