It’s the big Overwatch update we’ve all been waiting for as Blizzard has released the latest patch for PC, PS4 and Xbox One early yesterday. The patch brings a new map, and overhauls both D.Va and Mercy drastically.
While the change to the two characters shouldn’t come as a surprise to those following the Overwatch updates as they were first announced in August and been live on the Public Test Realm for the last few weeks. Still, they are quite the game changer.
D.Va has gained a new ability called Micro Missiles which will allow her to send a barrage of rockets that can be activated while firing her weapons or using another ability. Also, her primary attack, the Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying. While she gets a boost offensively, her Defense Matrix is getting nerfed as its resource depletes twice as quickly, but its regeneration has been increased to 12.5% per second (up from 10%).
“D.Va’s Defense Matrix uptime has proven to be too strong, but simply reducing it without making other changes would make her too weak (and far less interesting to play),” Blizzard explained in the patch notes. “Instead, we’re adding a new ability and giving her the ability to fire while flying. These changes give D.Va new options while maintaining Defense Matrix’s ability to shut down big enemy attacks.”
Mercy will have an even more significant change. Instead of her Resurrect Ultimate ability, she gains a new Valkyrie ability, which “unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie suit” by buffing her weapon and each of her abilities in different ways; among these, she gains the ability to fly freely with Hover. Resurrection is still a major part for Mercy but now has been moved to a standard ability, but will only revive one target rather than all her teammates.
“While resurrecting downed allies is a core part of Mercy’s gameplay, the way her Ultimate functioned was causing a number of problems,” Blizzard said. “It was frustrating to play against, and it incentivized Mercy players to hide away from important battles, instead of taking part in them. This version turns Resurrect into a single target ability. It’s still an important part of Mercy’s kit, but plays much better for both Mercy players and her enemies. Valkyrie, her new Ultimate, gives her the opportunity for big game-making plays and opens a number of new options for her.”
This patch also introduces Junkertown, the home map of Roadhog and Junkrat, as well as several other improvements and tweaks. The update is out now for all consoles.