Blizzard shared first impressions of the Overwatch 2 beta and outlined what changes are coming as a result of player feedback.
The biggest change comes to support heroes, with Blizzard accepting the feedback that there is much more interesting new content for tank and damage players to discover.
“We believe the most effective way to address this issue is to add exciting new support heroes to the game,” Blizzard said in a blog post.
However, the development team is also working on updating current support heroes, similar to how Doomfist and Orisa received revisions that could be added to this beta but are more likely to be included in later testing periods.
Blizzard also confirmed that more brand new heroes will be coming to Sojourn, along with more maps and features ahead of the official PvP launch. The beta’s UI, including menus, player profiles, etc., will also receive “a significant amount of general polish and refinement” ahead of full release.
The updated scoreboard — which removed both the fire and medal systems from Overwatch 1 and presents stats more traditionally — remains, but Blizzard has more changes planned. A Damage Mitigated section will be added to track things like the amount of damage blocked or reduced by abilities like Ana’s Nano Boost and Baptiste’s Immortality Field.
Overwatch 2 PvP beta screenshots
Blizzard also clarified that the current scoreboard, like the entire user interface, is not final and the development team regularly tests different styles and layouts.
Finally, there are big changes coming to ranked play, but Blizzard hasn’t given much information on what those will be. “We are planning some significant overhauls to our core ranked and competitive mode systems,” it said, but “these are not yet ready for public testing at scale.”
The sequel has certainly proved popular so far, as Overwatch gameplay has peaked in Twitch viewership following the launch of the beta.
The closed test began on April 26th and will run until May 17th, giving select players the chance to try out the new hero Sojourn and four new maps, as well as revamps of older characters like Bastion and Sombra.
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