In the midst of the ongoing litigation against Activision Blizzard for gender discrimination, as well as other events, Overwatch 2’s production has fallen into the background. That isn’t to say that development on Overwatch 2 has come to a halt.
Blizzard’s crew is still hard at work on the online multiplayer shooter, and they’re probably itching to tell fans more. Today, it’s been confirmed, with plans for Sombra’s overhaul in Overwatch 2 being revealed.
“Boop! All-new ability upgrades for Sombra in Overwatch 2,” Blizzard tweeted. The article includes a chart that breaks out all of Sombra’s attacks and abilities, highlighting what hasn’t changed, tweaked, and is completely new. While Sombra isn’t totally reimagined, Overwatch players will agree that she’ll play in Overwatch 2 in a very different way.
To begin, Sombra’s passive ability Opportunist has been dramatically improved. Sombra can currently identify opponents with less than 50% health, even through barriers, thanks to Opportunist. Sombra’s passive now has an offensive component, giving her a highly hazardous 50% damage bonus to hacked targets. The Machine Pistol basic assault of Sombra, on the other hand, has been side-graded. The damage has been lowered from 8 to 7, while the spread of bullets has been reduced by 20%.
When it comes to Sombra’s skills, Translocate hasn’t been modified, thus her mobility in Overwatch and Overwatch 2 is the same. Stealth has undergone some interesting modifications. The detection radius was extended from 2 to 4 meters, and the fade-in duration was halved.
Hack, on the other hand, no longer disables Stealth, however it does temporarily reveal Sombra. Hack has been changed in a similar way, but for a different reason. It now has a 3-second cooldown and an 8-second duration.
However, instead of locking abilities for five seconds, it only locks them for one second, and it also shows opponents to the player’s whole squad. Hack, when combined with Sombra’s Opportunist extra damage, turns a player into a huge target.
All new ability updates for Sombra coming to Overwatch 2. pic.twitter.com/Z678niEUb5
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) September 26, 2021
Finally, Sombra has the EMP Ultimate ability. To begin, EMP no longer deals “extra” shield-specific damage, implying that the entire 10,000 damage is replaced. On the other hand, Sombra’s Ultimate will deal 40% of an enemy’s current HP. That implies that even if adversaries have no shields or armor or have low or full health, EMP will have a beneficial effect — even if it won’t kill them.
To say the least, Sombra’s gameplay in Overwatch 2 will be drastically altered. The most significant shift is linked to Hack and her passive partner, Opportunist. Sombra’s strength will be creeping up on opponents, hacking them, and inflicting 50% more damage while remaining undetected.
Her capacity to instigate large-scale team fights has been reduced in favor of tactically interrupting opponents at critical periods and doing independent damage. To say the least, Overwatch 2 will be a major meta change.