Blizzard Talks About Overwatch 2 Beta, Shares Plans To Buff Support And Improve Queue Times

As the first week of Overwatch 2’s technical beta comes to a close, developer Blizzard is sharing its plans for the game moving forward. According to a blog post published on the official Overwatch website, the team’s current top priorities are making support characters more desirable to players–which will ultimately lead to shorter queue times–as well as improving the game’s UI.

Right now, undesirable support characters seem to be the game’s biggest issue. During the technical beta, Blizzard says it observed that support heroes were “too vulnerable to diving and flanking attacks with fewer shields and no second tank focusing on protecting them,” making them too passive and not very viable options for players. Because of this, the queue time for tanks and damage players has continuously risen.

In order to counteract these complaints and the rising queue times, Blizzard says it has made a “significant adjustment” to the role, including upping their overall durability and power. However, these changes are only part of the studio’s initial plan for improving the game’s balance. Long term, the team believes the most effective way to tackle the issue is by adding “exciting new support heroes to the game,” which they intend to do in the future.

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Author: Jessica Howard