Blizzard messes up PvP in Overwatch 2 and makes it 5 vs. 5 players

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Overwatch 2 is getting some big changes to PvP gameplay from Overwatch. The Blizzard developer team has announced this. The most important change is that the game is now 5v5, instead of 6v6.

In a two-hour developer update , the developers talked about the various changes to the game Overwatch 2, which has yet to be released. Roles are thereby secured: two support heroes, two DPS heroes and a tank. A second tank is not required.

The main reason for this is to make the game more balanced and clear. “There’s a lot going on in an Overwatch game,” says game director Aaron Keller. “Sometimes it’s just hard to keep track of what eleven others are doing. Getting two of those players out makes a game much clearer.” He also says, “Tanks can be problematic.”


The fact that the game is now five against five has major consequences for the heroes. Tanks do get even stronger because they are alone and get more abilities. They are also less affected by crowd control. Other heroes are rebalanced. For example, the attackers, the DPS heroes, get higher movement speed and support characters get passive healing.

Specifically, Reinhardt gets two Fire Strike charges and more wiggle room for his Charge ability and the option to cancel it. Zarya keeps two bubble charges, but she can choose to give them both to herself or her teammates. Winston gets an alternative long-range shot. Mei can no longer freeze enemies with her primary. Instead, she can slow them down and her Endothermic Blaster will do more damage. The developers have not yet told anything about changes to other characters.

Maps and UI

The Blizzard team took a good look at the maps in Overwatch 1 and decided they should be less linear in the upcoming Overwatch game. They become less sensitive to choke, but have more angles to attack from. The new maps in Overwatch 2 are New York, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Monte Carlo.

In addition, the UI and HUD are adjusted in-game so that they are clearer. Blizzard showed no new heroes in this developer update and no release date has been announced yet. A month ago , Blizzard announced that Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is leaving. Aaron Keller said on his departure that Overwatch 2 will no longer be released this year.

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