Out of the 25 characters on the Overwatch roster, mech pilot D.Va is one of the most popular, with Blizzard even selling a very expensive D.Va statue. Although the character is loved by many, D.Va’s kit of abilities is far from perfect.
In a post on the game’s official forums, Blizzard has now confirmed that it is currently working on a D.Va rework. Overwatch principal designer Geoff Goodman reveals that this includes changes to her existing abilities, including the ability to use her Fusion Cannons while flying. D.Va’s Defense Matrix ability has also been nerfed significantly, as Blizzard has doubled its energy drain, which will reduce its uptime by half.
Additionally, D.Va will be getting a brand new ability in the form of ‘Micro Missiles.’ Goodman explains that Micro Missiles allow D.Va to launch “a long salvo of small missiles that explode on impact, dealing damage in a small radius around them.” The missiles can also be fired as D.Va uses her other abilities and when firing her Fusion Cannons.
The Overwatch developer also confirms that these D.Va changes will be available for testing on the Overwatch PTR (Public Test Region) “soon.” Major D.Va glitches have affected the game before but Blizzard will want to conduct a long enough testing period in order to make sure that these new tweaks and abilities work as intended.
When the D.Va changes arrive on the PTR, it should also give players enough time to get to grips with a shift in the game’s meta. Goodman explains that “the goal here is to reduce her reliance on Defense Matrix and make her more fun to play,” also allowing the character to deal more damage and for D.Va players to play more aggressively as well. Using Micro Missiles while flying could alter the way D.Va takes on certain heroes, with Goodman giving Pharah as an example.
As Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan recently said that the game is balanced, it will be interesting to see whether Blizzard makes any more big changes to compensate for the D.Va tweaks. Will players adjust enough that no changes to other heroes are needed? Or could they get a small boost to help with the new threat? This will rely on the feedback that the company gathers when the changes hit the PTR but it will be interesting to see what the company comes up with next.
Overwatch is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.