Overwatch 2 has a severe assist scarcity proper now. The function is proving slightly unpopular, with queue instances considerably shorter for these courageous sufficient to sort out babysitting two diving DPS and a tank that is one way or the other midway throughout the opposite aspect of the map. I have been queueing flex nearly solely, getting a task that is not assist as soon as each 20 video games or so if I am fortunate. Overwatch 2 has made me hate enjoying assist (opens in new tab), partly fuelled by function fatigue and likewise because of it turning into much more thankless than the primary Overwatch.
Blizzard has lengthy been conscious of issues surrounding the assist function (opens in new tab). However with queue instances struggling massively in Overwatch 2 because of the discrepancy, the developer appears to lastly be taking notice. In a developer weblog (opens in new tab) from govt producer Jared Neuss, he acknowledged that the crew must make assist a extra fascinating alternative.
“With the transfer to 5v5, we’re seeing longer queue instances than we would like for each tank and injury gamers,” Neuss mentioned. “Whereas there is no silver bullet for this situation, the crew has a LOT of concepts that we wish to experiment with for the upcoming seasons.”
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That features specializing in the assist function, and the way Blizzard “could make it extra enjoyable and rewarding to play.” Neuss says the crew is “discussing focused assist hero reworks, recreation system updates, and even some role-wide modifications to enhance assist high quality of life.” There could also be some tweaks to battle cross expertise rewards sooner or later, too. Proper now it is 500XP on your first recreation of the day queued at assist or flex, with each recreation after that rewarding 100XP. That is only one% of a stage, not a lot incentive to dive into an underappreciated function.
There aren’t any particular modifications but, however Neuss says because the crew settles on methods to enhance the expertise it’s going to feed that information again right down to gamers. Extra incentive for assist roles positively looks like a good suggestion. I am uncertain how bigger assist package reworks may gain advantage the function until they find yourself leaning into an elevated give attention to injury output. Blizzard beforehand mentioned one tactic is to easily make extra assist heroes, with it being the least populated function. However with season 2 introducing tank hero Ramattra (opens in new tab), we’ll have to attend just a little longer for that roster to fill out.