As promised, Blizzard is going to be more communicative when it comes to the development of Overwatch 2. The closed beta is currently ongoing, and it’s already seen some big changes with familiar heroes.
Probably the biggest change has been done to Roadhog who has had an alteration to his ultimate. The developer notes (via Polygon) read:
This ability has changed from a ‘Channeled’ ultimate (e.g. Pharah, Reaper, Cassidy), into a ‘Transform’ ultimate (e.g. Soldier: 76, Genji, Winston). This is what that means:
The weapon no longer automatically fires, and you must press Primary Fire to use the ultimate
You can use normal abilities during Whole Hog without canceling the ultimate
Stuns will no longer cancel the ultimate
Besides Roadhog, the devs have also given Zenyatta an improvement. Since Zen isn’t really great when it comes to close range, they’ve given his kick a knockback ability that will push enemies farther, and put them in a range where Zenyatta can take them on. “Zenyatta has trouble fighting at close range, so he was at a disadvantage if an enemy flanked or jumped on top of him… His new passive, Snap Kick, will help him create space and put enemies at his fighting range.”
Lastly upcoming hero Sojourn has also seen an alteration when it comes to her alt fire, which now launches a wider projectile.
It’s going to be a while before more players can get access to the beta, but it’s great that we are getting updates.
No release date has been set for Overwatch 2, but you can check out the original Overwatch now available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.