Overwatch fans are feeling underwhelmed with some of the new hero redesigns coming to the game’s long-awaited sequel.
Blizzard started sharing new hero looks at BlizzConline last year, showing more high-tech and polished versions of Reaper, Widowmaker, and others. During the Summer Game Fest kickoff, Blizzard decided to share some more hero reworks. This time it was Sombra and Baptiste, who will have a few visual updates in Overwatch 2. But it clearly was not enough to please most fans.
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Baptiste had his color scheme changed from blue and orange to teal, grey, and white. But Sombra stole the show with her more subtle redesign. Still in purple, the new Sombra features fully purple hair, a little bit sleeker outfit, a spiral piece of tech on the shaved side of her head, and a face with a bit more expression. One noticeable difference was Sombra’s muscle definition.
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Even though many people found Sombra’s look to be appealing, the Overwatch community immediately questioned Blizzard. A lot of people said that the new skins looked essentially the same as the old ones with some minor tweaks. Other fans responded that Blizzard “thought we were too dumb to notice.”
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The new hero designs brought up a familiar debate in the Overwatch fandom. Why is Overwatch 2 a sequel, and will there be enough new content to make it worth a second purchase? Is Overwatch 2 even a real sequel, or just a pricey content update?
Overwatch 2 has taken a long while to come out, but Blizzard developers have shown few updates over the last year. These have included new maps, new game modes, and new hero missions with skill trees and new abilities. Developers have also showcased some intended quality of life changes, like making weapons feel more powerful.
But many fans still feel that Overwatch 2 is a money grab and that most of these updates could have been brought to the existing game. Overwatch 2 is still in the works and new updates, campaigns, and heroes are on the way.