My first impressions of the game are really bad tbh. I'm a big fan of Overwatch and have played quite a lot of it throughout it's lifespan even when it was declared "dead" by a lot of people. I don't know whether to blame the Overwatch devs themselves or just the higher ups at Activision Blizzard for the direction it took and is going.
We got 2+ years of absolutely no content in exchange for what? 5v5 (one less tank in play), "better sound", better graphics, new ui and a ping system? All of which could've been added via game updates throughout that same timespan. The physics and, as far as I know, the engine being used are the same. I say "better sound" because what they essentially did was add an audio filter and cranked up the gunfire sound. It doesn't sound bad but the gunfire sound is so obnoxiously loud comparative to the rest of the sound effects it drowns out enemy ability sounds a lot of the time. I can barely hear Sombra's hack sound effects when firing or being fired upon.
As a support player OW2 leaves a lot to be desired in it's current beta state. They barely even touched the role except to nerf brig and the fact that there's one less tank means that the support role is indirectly nerfed as a whole. I'm a Moira main and with one less tank to heal and the battles mostly being chaotic 1v1s, I feel encouraged to dps unlike in OW1 and her dps is pretty bad. There's a lot less team dynamic and gameplay, that's the aspect I like about OW1 and it looks like it's becoming less of a priority in OW2. If a wanted to solo carry a team I'd just play Apex.
I'm sure for dps and ESPECIALLY tank players it feels refreshing but for support players it's same old , same old except now our role is being left in the dust. I feel bad for zen, brig, and ana mains, they have no mobility and in 5v5 it looks like mobility is even more important.
Hopefully the devs realize that the support role needs to be heavily looked at or else they're going to make the same mistake they made with the tanks in OW1, and no one will want to play them. It is a beta after all so they have more than enough resources and time to change things to make it work as a whole.
Overall I dislike how it took over 2ys and counting to deliver these minor QoL updates and how they're treating support players but I'm still cautiously optimistic for the future of the game.
Last edited by tsogud - on 29 April 2022