Blizzard have published the latest Public Test Realm (PTR) patch notes for Overwatch and they contain some interesting changes for a few of our heroes as well as the release of Rialto as a playable escort map on the PTR.
The biggest change outlined in the notes are some big changes to Hanzo. As was rumoured, he’s a received a rework. Gone is the Scatter Arrow ability that was the bane of literally everyone’s life and replacing it is his new ability Storm Arrows. Hanzo can now rapidly fire up to 6 arrows that deal reduced damage but are always fired at full power using this ability. This has the potential to change how Hanzo plays completely.
Not only that but his general projectile speed has been increased from 85 to 100, the cooldown, duration and radius of Sonic Arrow has been reduced (encouraging players to use it more frequently and to scout more specific locations), and he has another new ability (Lunge) which allows him to leap horizontally when in the air. Basically, Hanzo is now more mobile and more dangerous than ever before.
Now on to the smaller changes coming to the Overwatch PTR:
- Lucio – soundwave will no longer consume ammo (YAY) and his wallride will allow him to go around corners without leaving the wall. Wallriding should generally be much smoother now too, thanks to some other minor changes Blizzard are making.
- Tracer – her pulse bomb now does 300 damage instead of 400. Blizzard have said that she’s currently too good at killing tanks (who are much easier to land the bomb on) so this should make this less likely while still leaving her free to kill squishies.
- Junkrat – he now needs to aim his frag grenades a little better as the projectile size has been reduced. Not only that but the speed of his Rip-Tire has also been reduced, making it easier to spot and destroy before it detonates.
- Genji – the hitbox for deflect is now smaller, reducing the amount he can deflect. He’ll still be completely covered from the front though.
Just remember, once Blizzard sees how these changes are working in practice, they may be tweaked further before coming to the live environment.