Overwatch 2 players react to Sojourn in the PvP closed beta

Olivia Richman • April 30, 2022 11:44 am

One of the most exciting parts of the Overwatch 2 beta has been finally seeing new hero Sojourn in action. Sojourn is the first new hero to be added to the Overwatch roster since Echo and is one of the most anticipated parts of Overwatch 2. But has Sojourn lived up to the hype now that players have finally played her?

The Overwatch community has been discussing Sojourn since the beginning of 2021 when Blizzard first confirmed she was coming to Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon. The first black female character on the Overwatch roster, Sojourn looked to be a powerful soldier who would most likely be focused on dealing damage and making calls for her team.

As time went on and Overwatch 2 continued being delayed, the development team offered more insight into Sojourn to keep her hype alive. Players found out she’d have a strong Rail Gun weapon that all but confirmed she was a DPS hero. But would she be any good?

Is Sojourn good in the Overwatch 2 beta?

Sojourn has been revealed to be a highly mobile soldier that relies on pinpoint accuracy to make an impact in the Overwatch 2 beta. Her Rail Gun has a primary and secondary fire, the first of which generates energy when a target is hit. The secondary fire allows Sojourn to use that stored energy to blast out a slow yet powerful shot. Sojourn can definitely be good, but she requires a skilled hand to function at her best.

Sojourn’s Power Slide is one of the most important parts of her kit. It’s a ground slide that can be canceled into a high jump, allowing Sojourn to rapidly reach locations that give her a vantage point and take out enemies by surprise. Between that mobility option and her general focus on damage, Sojourn is a strong DPS with a high skill ceiling.

Sojourn was first played in the closed alpha, which consisted mostly of Overwatch League players and other competitive players in the community. A leak at the time hinted that Sojourn was actually a bit overpowered and developers stated before the beta that she was still in the process of being balanced.

Closed beta participants still feel that Sojourn is one of the strongest heroes in the game. While her primary fire doesn’t do the most damage, Sojourn is a menace in the right hands due to her high mobility and the amount of damage she can output with good aim.

Another complaint about Sojourn has been that she plays too similarly to Soldier 76, another hero with a focus on damage and mobility. Instead of sprinting, Sojourn has the ability to reach higher parts of the map, which has made her more impactful than Soldier 76 and could potentially nullify Soldier’s position in the game.

While seen as destructive in the right hands, Sojourn has also been applauded by streaming players and their viewers alike for being fun. Her mobility and aggressive style make her an entertaining addition to the Overwatch 2 roster, especially with all of the game’s DPS losing a bit of their firepower in Overwatch 2.

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