Overwatch Hero Bastion is Finally in Line for a Minor Overhaul

January 31, 2017Written by Michael Briers


As promised, Blizzard has outlined the long-requested changes being made to Bastion, Overwatch‘s mech Support class that has proved contentious among the shooter’s legion of fans.

Lead Designer Geoff Goodman had previously outlined “some changes,” but in a new blog post, Goodman has targeted three principal areas to be tweaked. All of these “high-level” tweaks will be rolled out through the Overwatch PTR. He continued: “We’re still testing and tweaking things with Bastion but we’ll hopefully have a PTR build coming fairly soon so you guys can try it out!”

Here’s an overview of those potential changes:

Recon Mode – Lowered spread and increased magazine size, to help with general viability in this mode.

Sentry Mode – We’re looking at focusing this mode into more of a tank-buster and barrier-buster mode, while also making it feel less suicidal to be transformed. To that end we’re testing stuff like increased spread and removing headshots, but taking less damage while transformed.

Self-Repair – We’ve been testing a few big changes to this that are feeling really good so far. Currently our internal build has Bastion able to use Self-Repair while moving and also having it no longer interrupted when taking damage. To balance that out it is now on a resource system (similar to the route D.Va’s defense matrix went). These changes have turned this ability from a more niche rarely used ability, to a much more powerful and core survivability tool.

We’ll keep you updated as Blizzard begins to move these changes closer to Overwatch‘s PTR.

[Source: Blizzard]