Overwatch’s resident punch is switching roles to overwatch 2, going from a damage hero to a tank. Blizzard spoke a bit about how the hero will play differently in the sequel during a live stream from the developer on Friday. From the looks of it, he’s a little overpowered in the Overwatch 2 closed alpha that’s been running for the past week.
Describing the new Doomist on the stream, Blizzard compared its new playstyle to that of Winston. “He basically has a jump similar to Winston’s jump,” said game director Aaron Keller. The Overwatch version of Doomfist now has a jump that increases damage the higher he falls, but if the tank version of Doomfist’s jump behaves like Winston’s jump, it can vary in height depending on how high he looks up.
Keller also described the Doomfist tank as “most survivable” with “nice escape” features. This, again, sounds a bit like Winston, but Doomfist will likely use his gigantic fist to push enemies into submission.
Detecting that Keller’s comments about Doomfist’s enhanced abilities might seem daunting to players who know the current version of the hero is a powerhouse, lead hero designer Geoff Goodman assured viewers that the Doomfist tank “does a lot less damage” than when he was a damage hero. However, Goodman also said that Doomfist is currently dominated in the closed alpha and needs a nerf.
Tanks are expected to have lower lethality than damage heroes, but for a hero that has always been known for his ability to disrupt groups of enemies and instantly kill with his fist attack, switching to a line-of-the-line fighter role front sounds a little weird. It will be interesting to see how the new Doomfist adapts to Overwatch 2’s unfamiliar 5v5 format.
The developers also spoke briefly about other reworks that will be released in beta on April 26, including new versions of Orisa, Sombra, and Bastion. Previously, developers showed early versions of Shadow and Bastion in the sequel, but they didn’t get as much screen time on this live stream, so we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out exactly what they do.