Overwatch recently launched its new patch that adds the new Horizon Lunar Colony map as well as Hero adjustments in McCree, Reaper, and Roadhog as seen in PTR.
The main attraction for Patch 22.214.171.124 is the new Assault Map: Horizon Lunar Colony that’s a little different from other maps with the moon gravity feature, and it is currently available for Quick Play and also Competitive.
Another nice addition is that the Oni Genji and Office D.Va skins, which were previously only available by playing Heroes of the Storm with a Battle.net friend, have been added to classic loot boxes.
Here are the Hero updates from the patch:
- Targets now begin locking on after 0.2 seconds, instead of 0.8 seconds
- Damage accumulated over the first 1.0 seconds increased from 20 to 80 (damage per second after the first 1.0 seconds is unchanged)
Developer Comment: McCree’s ultimate can deal a lot of damage if it has a lot of time to build up, but it was often too difficult to get even a small amount of damage out before being stopped or killed. These changes make it more flexible and powerful.
- The Reaping (Passive)
- Removed health orbs
- Now regains 20% of all damage done to heroes as health
Developer Comment: Reaper’s old healing passive was useful if you could kill a bunch of enemies in a row. But since enemies needed to be dead for it to work, it wasn’t very helpful unless the situation was already in your favor. His new passive lets him get immediate benefit from it, especially when fighting Tank heroes, which tend to be larger targets that deal lower damage.
- Head hitbox size reduced by 20%
- Scrap Gun
- Bullet damage decreased by 33%
- Fire rate increased by 30%
- Clip size increased from 4 to 5
Developer Comment: Roadhog’s head was abnormally large compared to similarly-sized characters, so we’re reducing its size to increase his survivability. The Scrap Gun changes reduce the power of his hook combo and alternate fire burst damage potential while still keeping his DPS roughly the same.
Lastly, it’s been reported that there’s been an ongoing bug with the Hero Orisa’s “Supercharger” Ult that increases the damage inflicted by allies. Normally her Ult doesn’t charge up while she has one active, but after the recent patch she’s been able to build up her Ult at the same time the Supercharger is active, allowing her to almost chain Ults for every team fight.
You can see it in motion in the video below:
Overwatch is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.