It’s high noon? MORE LIKE LOW NOON, COWBOYS. Is “low noon” even a thing? Stop trying to make it happen, Tarryn. Anyway, Blizzard has released an update for the PC version of Overwatch that, between this, that, and the other fix, reduces McCree’s dastardly Fan the Hammer ability and Widowmaker’s scoped shot damage. The same update is expected to drop on Xbox One and PS4 as part of a bigger update “at a later date”.
According to the patch notes over on Battle.net, McCree’s alternate fire bullet damage has been pushed from 70 to 45, but the reload time has also been shortened from 0.75 seconds to 0.3 seconds.
“McCree was performing too well against all targets, making him feel like a must-pick in many situations,” the developer explains. “By reducing the damage of his alternate fire, McCree is now significantly weaker against tanks like Roadhog and Reinhardt, but still maintains his lethality against smaller targets like Tracer and Genji.”
Widowmaker’s alternate fire base damage has also been scaled down from 15 to 12, but the headshot damage multiplier has been boosted from 2X to 2.5X to somewhat make up for it, and the cost of deploying her Infra-Sight Ultimate ability has been increased by 10%.
“In the right hands, Widowmaker can often feel unstoppable—even when just landing body shots instead of critical heads shots. The changes to her alternate fire weaken body shot damage while leaving her headshot damage unchanged,” says Blizzard. “Additionally, we felt her Ultimate ability, Infra-Sight, was coming up a little too frequently, especially considering its impact on the game.”
Other changes include:
- Improved stability of the High Bandwidth option in Custom Games
- Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain Ultimate charge whenever damage boosting an ally who was attacking a barrier or Ice Wall
- Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on certain maps
- Fixed an issue with collision on certain areas of Dorado not blocking line of sight
No changes to Junkrat and Torbjörn, so I can carry on dominating games with an exploding tire and a hammer. Go me.