During the grand final of the Overwatch League, Blizzard shared a brand new update to Overwatch 2 including two character spotlight videos. Those of you who have played Overwatch will recognize the two characters being Bastion and Sombra. Both heroes were present in the original game and are getting both visual and mechanic reworks in Overwatch 2.
Blizzard first showed off Bastion who now has a refined new design. He is still the oversized noisy robot we know from the original game but his metal chassis has been tweaked to represent a more futuristic look. According to Blizzard, this is due to his new friendship with Torbjörn which has led to him crafting new gear for Bastion.
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Bastion also now wears a hat which apparently makes the character more approachable (it looks like a sad last-minute add-on if you ask me). When it comes to his skills, Blizzard has ditched Bastion’s self-repair kit meaning he can no longer fix his wounds in combat. Instead, he now has a protective shot that can bounce off walls and stick onto players.
His Recon fire is now slower, has very little recoil and has increased range. Bastion can now fire accurately at players from quite a distance on the other side of the map. Bastion no longer has the tank mode that saw him move about the map as a mini tank while shooting rockets at his enemies. Instead, his ult now transforms him into an artillery machine and players can choose three spots on the map where they can fire rockets down from above.
Bastion’s most powerful attack, his Sentry Form, now transforms him into a vehicle and he can shoot his mini-gun while he drives around the map. It also has a cooldown. This skill was previously locked in movement and had no cooldown.
Next up we have Sombra. Blizzard says that Sombra is getting a massive rework that focuses on reducing her ability damage to align it with Overwatch 2. Sombra’s hackability now has an extremely short cooldown. The hack disables player’s abilities for 1 second but also reveals their position through walls to other players on the team. Sombra also deals 50% more damage to hacked enemies.
Sombra’s ultimate not only disables other player abilities for a short time but also hacks multiple enemies around her. It also deals up to 40% of their health and grants Sombra 50% damage buff towards them. Sounds a bit broken? Lastly, players can now hack while invisible.
Overwatch 2 is looking pretty cool but we need more. The game is currently in development for PS4, PS5, Xbox and PC. Blizzard has not announced a release date but the shooter is expected to arrive sometime in 2022.