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Ahead of Overwatch 2’s launch next month, Blizzard has released a preview of the changes players can expect. A big change from previous betas is a new passive ability for each hero class, while DPS role characters get a speed boost.
In Betas, DPS heroes retain 30% of their ultimate ability when swapped for another character, and this buff will also apply to tanks and support heroes. To give DPS characters a more clearly defined role, Blizzard explained in a blog post that these heroes will benefit from passive movement and increased reload speed after eliminating an opponent.
“We’re introducing a new passive to DPS that increases their movement speed and reload speed by 25% for a short window after getting a kill,” Blizzard explained. “We believe this change is the right balance to reward players who perform well without overwhelming them in a loss role. However, in future seasons, we can continue to experiment with what these passives do to shake up the meta on a regular basis. “
Blizzard has also tweaked some roster item details, including slightly reduced Orissa base health and armor, D.Va booster effect damage rate more than doubled, Baptiste’s biotic launcher’s main fire points damage the light buff, and reactivated Bastion’s Ironclad passive. Blizzard added that Overwatch 2 will have a 9-week season cadence that will introduce new maps, heroes, game modes and more to players.
Overwatch 2 enters Early Access on October 4, 2022 for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Switch. This will only be for the game’s PvP mode, with the PvE mode coming in 2023. Starting October 2, the original Overwatch game servers will shut down and transition to Overwatch 2, Blizzard has confirmed.
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