In a developer update earlier today, it has been confirmed that Overwatch 2 will be in a 5v5 format instead of 6v6. Also, new maps have been showcased along with some hero changes.
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Overwatch has always been known for its 6v6 format. But today in an Overwatch 2 developer Livestream focusing on the game’s PvP elements, the format has been shifted to a 5v5 format instead.
With the previous format, the standard composition would include 2 Tanks, 2 Dps, and 2 Healers. The new format cuts off a tank role making it 1 Tank, 2 Dps, and 2 Healers.
With only 1 tank, the gameplay of Overwatch 2 will be quite different in many aspects. Especially previous off-tank players will be the most affected by this change. But game director Aaron Keller assures that with the new changes and passive abilities of the tanks, all of them will be viable in single tank compositions.
The new maps look amazing and it shows a lot of time and effort has gone into them. The new maps have also been created with 5v5 in mind but there will be no significant changes to the previous maps for the new format. For Overwatch 2, the devs have also gone with making some really creative payloads like a robot or a racecar. Maybe that will finally get people to push it?
Hero Changes and new skins
Mei’s freeze Ability which was probably one of the most annoying abilities in the game gets a huge nerf as it is unable to freeze enemies anymore. Also, Winston gets a buff with his tesla cannon charge gearing him up for single tank compositions.
With these changes, many people might be left confused. But director Aaron Keller believes that is the next step of the game which will ensure more streamlined fights which will be more exciting to watch and play.