Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes - January 24th 2023 - Prima Games

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes – January 24th 2023

RIP Roadhog 1975 - 2023

by Nikola L

The Roadhog nerf patch is here in Overwatch 2 (that’s what we’ll call it, apparently), and Prima Games is here to let you know exactly what updates and changes it’s brought to Blizzard’s popular hero shooter.

Blizzard’s Announcement on Patch Notes for Overwatch 2 – January 24th, 2023.

The new patch is now live on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

Blizzard is offering you to send feedback regarding these patch notes, which you can do in their General Discussion forum. For an up-to-date list of Bugs and where to report them, visit their Bug Report forum.

HERO UPDATES

Tank

Two tanks have received changes in these patch notes: Orisa and Roadhog. Here’s our take on the situation behind Roadhog:

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Orisa

Fortify

  • Health bonus reduced from 125 to 75

Roadhog

Chain Hook

  • Impact damage reduced from 30 to 5
  • The enemy’s final position distance from Roadhog after being pulled increased from 3 to 4 meters

Scrap Gun

  • Damage per pellet reduced from 6.6 to 6
  • Recovery time reduced from 0.85 to 0.8 seconds
  • Reload time reduced from 2 to 1.75 seconds
  • Maximum ammo increased from 5 to 6

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Developer comments: These changes aim to reduce the frustration of dying in one shot immediately after being hooked and pulled by Roadhog. Chain Hook is still a powerful utility to forcibly reposition enemy players, so it will still often lead to eliminations. Its effectiveness will now be more dependent on specific hero matchups and how the hooked target is able to respond.

Damage

Sojourn got rightfully nerfed, in our opinion. See what Blizzard did:

Sojourn

Railgun

  • The energy gain is no longer based on damage done by primary fire. Each primary fire hit against an enemy player now grants 5 energy
  • Primary fire damage per projectile reduced from 10 to 9

Developer comments: The energy gain adjustment will help smooth out Sojourn’s average Railgun charge time because it won’t benefit as much from critical damage or damage boost abilities. Hitting armored targets or other sources of damage reduction will result in quicker energy gains than before.

Previously, damage boosts and critical damage had an amplified effect for Sojourn since it reduced the time to build energy and lowered the threshold at which her Railgun secondary fire became lethal. The reduction to primary fire damage will further slow that down as well.

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Support

It’s a staple that every new character in modern games is overpowered, so Kiriko is getting a slight nerf:

Kiriko

Healing Ofuda

  • Recovery time increased from 0.85 to 1 second

Developer comments: Despite Kiriko’s healing projectiles being slow-moving and single target, her average healing output per match is higher than we’d like. We’ve seen players tend to get overly focused on maximizing her healing potential and only use primary fire for extended periods of time. Rather than reduce the amount of healing per projectile, which may lead to feeling locked into focusing on primary fire even more, we’re increasing the recovery time before she can start firing the Healing Ofuda. Increasing recovery times opens the opportunity to weave in secondary fire Kunai more freely.

BUG FIXES

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue with the “Winged Sandals’ weapon charm’s ‘How to Unlock’ text
  • Adjusted footstep audio mixing to make enemy footsteps more audible

HEROES

Lucio

  • Fixed an issue with Lucio’s Hermes skin exhibiting incorrect physics

Reinhardt

  • Fixed an issue with Reinhardt’s Hammer appearing deformed during the Sweethardt emote

Sojourn

  • Fixed an issue where Sojourn’s Cyber Detective Skin would fail to load

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed an issue with Adaptive Shield where it could be incorrectly applied before the cooldown was complete

Nikola L

Gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on my own, back in the 90s :) I have been through a lot of different video, board, and card games and it seems that I do not intend to stop any time soon.