Overwatch “Remaster” Update Rolls Out Huge Character Balance Changes

Overwatch originally released back in 2016, and just recently made its way to Nintendo’s Switch console. Blizzard made sure to continuously roll out updates, balance changes, and even supported the game’s competitive scene and made sure to listen to pro players’ feedback. However, the studio recently decided to shake things up and release a significant balance update.

The update itself is labelled as a soft “remaster” of the title, as it brings serious balance changes to almost all of Overwatch’s hero roster. Even the title’s new hero, or villain actually, Sigma received his fair share of changes. Here are all the changes.

Defense Matrix
Regeneration rate increased from 12.5% to 16% per second
Delay before regeneration begins lowered from 1 second to 0.75 seconds
Protective Barrier
Cooldown increased from 9 to 10 seconds
Scrap Gun
Ammunition increased from 5 to 6.
Kinetic Grasp
No longer blocks Chain Hook and Whip Shot
Gravitic Flux
High gravity effect duration reduced from 1.2 to 0.9 seconds
Experimental Barrier
Regeneration rate reduced from 175 to 150 per second
Now has a 1 second cooldown after recalling the barrier
Initial 0.2 second cast time removed
Barrier Projector
Duration increased from 6 to 9 seconds
Health increased from 600 to 700
Immortality Field
Health decreased from 250 to 200
Speed boost’s effect increased from 20% to 25%
Amp It Up
Speed boost’s amplification increased from 50% to 60%
Wall Ride
Speed buff reduced from 40% to 30%
The extra beams created by Valkyrie now ignore enemy barriers
Biotic Grasp
Self-healing reduced from 30 to 20 health per second
Rocket Punch
Time to reach max charge increased from 1 to 1.4 seconds
The Best Defense…
Shield health gained per hit reduced from 35 to 30
Cooldown increased from 4 to 6 seconds
Cooldown now begins immediately upon deploying the beacon or if it is killed by an enemy
Photon Barrier
Duration reduced from 15 to 12 seconds
Health reduced from 5000 to 4000
Sentry Turret
Damage per second reduced from 50 to 40
Photon Projector
Players impacted by the primary fire beam should now hear a louder impact sound
Pulse Pistols
Damage falloff now starts at 13 meters, up from 10 meters

Overwatch is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Let us know your thoughts on the title’s latest update and the significant changes Blizzard decided to bring on to the competitive hero-based shooter.

[Source: Overwatch]