Overwatch 2 To Make Big Changes To Two Well Known Characters

Doomfist is now a tank.

QuintLyn Bowers
By QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor April 21, 2022
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Overwatch 2 Character Changes

Overwatch 2 is going to be a good bit different from the original game, despite taking place in the same universe and featuring many of the same characters (as well as new faces). We already know that teams in Overwatch 2 will be dropped from six to five, and we’ve learned about a new hero. And now, we know that centaur omnic Orisa and Doomfist are being completely reworked.

Blizzard revealed that as part of their shift to the 5v5 system, they will be changing the roles of some characters. This is because the system now requires tanks in a party – in addition to two support and two damage. The first character to take on this new role is the damage dealer Doomfist. While he’ll keep some of his old kit, he's trading some of his damage-dealing skills in for some protective abilities and a significant health increase. His health has jumped from 250 to 450.

Unfortunately for fans of this character, his Rocket Punch and Seismic Slam now deal less damage. Although, that may not hurt as much as the loss of Uppercut. Interestingly, part of the logic behind this change seems to revolve around the difficulty in balancing Doomfist as is.

Another character being reworked is Orisa. In fact, players may not recognize her – by her kit, anyway – when they see her. She’s losing most of it. Supercharger, Protective Barrier, and Halt! Have all been replaced by Energy Javelin. This is a push ability that if used properly to push enemies into a wall can deal some serious damage. She can now also pull enemies to her using Terra Surge and is immune to crowd control when doing so.

Players interested in testing out these new changes won’t have to wait long, provided they get into the beta test on April 26. Signups are still open for those who would like a chance to participate.

Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

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