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Overwatch 2 January 24 Update Notes

Blizzard Entertainment has just bolstered the challenge of Overwatch 2 with a new patch! Roadhog, one of the game’s Tank heroes, is now feeling much-needed balance changes. His Chain Hook ability can no longer provide devastating amounts of impact damage – it’s been reduced to only five points instead. Additionally, his final placement after being pulled in by an enemy has been extended from three meters out to four for added challenge and excitement.

Scrap Gun’s firepower has been toned down, but it now reloads faster and carries more ammo. On the flip side, Orisa may have gotten a bit weaker since Fortify only gives 75 bonus HP instead of 125 – that could hurt in tight battles! Sojourn also improved her Railgun so she won’t be stuck waiting on energy to fire anymore.

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Overwatch 2 January 24 Patch Notes

HERO UPDATES

TANK

ORISA
Fortify
  • Health bonus reduced from 125 to 75

ROADHOG

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.

Chain Hook
  • Impact damage reduced from 30 to 5
  • The enemy 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

DAMAGE

SOJOURN

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.

Railgun
  • 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

SUPPORT

KIRIKO

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.

Healing Ofuda
  • Recovery time increased from 0.85 to 1 second

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
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