In a new comment on the Overwatch subreddit, game director Jeff Kaplan states that Blizzard will nerf Torbjörn’s turret damage for the PS4 and Xbox One come next month.
Ever since the release of Overwatch last month, millions of players have had plenty of time to get up to speed with Blizzard’s newest first-person shooter. While Blizzard has done a fantastic job in crafting the current 21 character roster, some balance issues regarding specific heroes have come up, most notably McCree and Widowmaker. Given the depth of the available characters as well as the skill disparity between console and PC players, some balancing problems were always going to come up in Overwatch, and it appears that Blizzard has decided which hero will be the next receive a nerf.
Over in the Overwatch subreddit, there have been a number of discussion threads that single out Torbjörn and his turrets as being overpowered on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and that this has caused some issues regarding how matches play out. In response to a recent Torbjörn thread, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan stated that Blizzard is planning to reduce the character’s turret damage by 30% on consoles come mid-to-late July. As for PC players, the character and his turrets will remain untouched.
“In an upcoming patch, we will reduce the damage done by Torbjörn’s turret by 30% on Xbox One and PS4. PC will remain unchanged.
ETA – Mid to late July depending on 1st party certification times.”
For most players who play Overwatch on consoles, this announcement that Blizzard will be nerfing Torbjörn’s turrets isn’t too surprising. Just a couple of weeks ago, the fan site Master Overwatch compiled the win-loss data for all of the game’s 21 heroes, and it was found that Torbjörn and his turrets have an average win rate of 61.6%, which puts him at number two on the best performing heroes list.
While players face the same problem with Torbjörn on any platform, the overpowered nature of the character’s turrets are much more pronounced on consoles. One of the few ways to counter Torbjörn’s turrets is to snipe them using Widowmaker or Hanzo, but given the disparity between console and PC controls, players are less inclined to choose Widowmaker or Hanzo on consoles, thus giving Torbjörn a bigger edge. The prospect of facing a team of Torbjörns on consoles isn’t a particularly inviting one, and it has undoubtedly caused a number of players to rage quit.
Addressing the issue with Torbjörn in such a timely manner is yet another demonstration of Blizzard’s renowned ongoing post-launch support, and it couldn’t come at a more timely manner as Overwatch‘s competitive play mode is due to launch very soon. Hopefully this Torbjörn nerf will help restore some parity in Overwatch‘s console matches, and perhaps it’ll deter players from rage quitting too often during the game’s upcoming ranked play mode.
Overwatch is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Jeff Kaplan – Reddit