Overwatch’s new Horizon Lunar Colony assault map is now live on the game’s test servers, but that’s not the only new thing that’s coming to the game. Blizzard has announced a host of new tweaks to McCree, Reaper, and Roadhog, which are bound to please some players while making others gnash their teeth.
McCree is getting a buff to his deadeye ultimate, which will allow him to lock onto targets after 0.2 seconds as opposed to its current 0.8. The damage is also getting increased from 20 to 80 over the first second. Reaper players won’t have to scour the battlefield for health orbs. Instead of picking up the healing items from dead enemies, he’ll now regain 20 percent of damage done as health. The hitbox around Roadhog’s head is getting reduced by 20 percent, a move similar to what happened to Winston a few months ago. His scrap gun is getting a 33-percent damage reduction, though its fire rate is getting increased by 30 percent and its clip size is getting increased to five, from four. Blizzard says that move is being made to reduce the power of his hook/scrap gun combo, without significantly reducing his overall DPS.
In addition, Oni Genji and Officer D.Va, two legendary skins that were previously only obtainable by participating in special events in Blizzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm, are being added into standard loot boxes. Game director Jeff Kaplan had previously stated that the exclusivity of these skins was limited, but no timetable was given.
A variety of other fixes are included in the PTR update, which will eventually be released across all of the game’s platforms. Take a look at the complete notes here.
The change I’m happiest to see is that the Oni Genji and Officer D.Va skins are coming to classic loot boxes. I wanted those, but I didn’t feel like playing Heroes of the Storm to unlock them.