The latest Overwatch update went live today and brought with it significant changes to several heroes. Arguably the most controversial ability, Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow, has been replaced. A new map has been added and balance changes were made.
Blizzard Entertainment has been testing out these changes on the PTR before finally pushing it to live servers today. Scatter Arrow has been replaced with Storm Arrows, which allow Hanzo to rapidly fire up to six arrows. These arrows are fired at full power and have reduced damage. Another new ability for Hanzo is Lunge, which allows him to leap horizontally by pressing jump while mid-air. The Sonic Arrow saw a cool down reduction but the radius and duration of the ability have also been decreased.
“The goal of these Hanzo changes is to allow him to have new options and maintain his high damage output, while removing the frustration of fighting against the old Scatter Arrow. Hanzo is now much more mobile with his new Lunge ability, and with the combination of the bow projectile speed increase and the new Storm Arrows ability he can now deal his high damage more consistently than ever before.”
Junkrat’s frag launcher projectile’s are now smaller and the speed of his Rip-Tire has been lowered slightly. Tracer’s Pulse Bomb now deals 300 damage down from 400. Genji’s deflect hit-box size has been reduced. The angle of Brigitte’s Shield Bash is reduced to 60 from 90. Lucio’s wall ride is much smoother and allows you to turn corners without having to leave the wall. His Soundwave does not consume ammo and can be used while reloading.
New Map – Rialto
Rialto is the new escort map set in Venice. As is the case with all new maps, Rialto will not be available in competitive games until a future update. The update fixes a number of bugs related to heroes and maps, and adds the ability to toggle Mercy’s passive ability, Regeneration, in custom games.