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Developer Update – October 2018

In the October Developer Update, Jeff Kaplan discusses the Overwatch World Cup Viewer, expectations for BlizzCon, and some upcoming Balance Changes to Roadhog, Reaper, Symmetra and Mercy.

If you don’t have enough time to watch the video, here is the TL;DR:

Overwatch World Cup Viewer (BlizzCon)

  • Overwatch World Cup Viewer will allow you to watch all of the matches from a spectator point-of-view.
  • Ability to move cameras around to different players, different points-of-view, even freeview.
  • Top-down icon view showing player positions, ult casting, etc. also included.
  • Beta version only available through the client (PC only)
  • Long-term plan is to allow for this spectator mode to be used fro esports AND personal use.

BlizzCon Expectations

  • Not announcing a new map at BlizzCon

Balance Changes

  • Buffs for Roadhog, Reaper, Symmetra and Mercy.
  • Mercy will receive buff to Valkyrie.
  • Improving how hook feels for Roadhog and improved shotgun consistency.

If there’s anything I’m taking from this developer update beyond the usual, is that this almost confirms a hero announcement at BlizzCon.  It seems odd that Jeff Kaplan would go out of his way to outline no new map announcement to temper expectations, yet mention nothing about a new hero if none was ready to roll out.

So… are we finally getting the Junker Queen?

Developer Update – September 2018

If you don’t have enough time to watch the video, here is the TL;DR:

  • Torbjorn
    • Secondary ability will pivot from tossing armour, to giving Torb a short boost similar to “old” ultimate.  Tossing armour & scrap retrieval will be removed.
    • Turret will auto-build to level 2 & can be tossed a short distance.
    • Molten Core ultimate will be revamped and have Torb shoot a pool of molten lava that does significant AoE damage with bonus damage to armour.
    • Rivet gun changes to be announced at a later date.
  • General Hero Changes
    • Orisa’s gun will experience minor changes.
    • Solider 76 & McCree will receive minor changes to improve viability.
    • Pharah changes will reward high-skill player, reduce splash damage in low-skill areas.
  • Colour Blind Improvements
    • Options to select colours that work for you.
  • Events
    • New cosmetics will continue to be added.
    • Junkenstein gets a “bride” in Hallowe’en Terror.
    • Hallowe’en Terror event won’t change significantly.
  • Development Team Focus
    • Balance changes
    • Quality of life changes
  • Third Social Feature
    • Coming soon, just not this soon due to technology challenges to get it right.

While more will trickle out as these updates hit the PTR, and the patch notes get updated, it will be really interesting to see how the rework of Torbjorn will impact his pick-rate in Overwatch League.  Will an attack Torb be a viable option?  Or will he remain a choke-point champion limited to area control?

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