Overwatch May Nerf Widowmaker in Future Update

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Overwatch game director Jeff Caplan says that the development team are currently conducting ‘internal experiments’ in regards to balance changes for Widowmaker.

Now that Blizzard’s Overwatch has been out for a few weeks, millions of players have had plenty of time to try out each of the 21 different heroes currently available in the game. While the game has been nothing short of a resounding success, there have been some issues regarding certain heroes being excessively overpowered or unbalanced.

This, in turn, has prompted Blizzard to announce that the title’s next update will nerf McCree, while also addressing certain shortcomings of other heroes like D.Va. But according to a recent forum post from Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, McCree and D.Va aren’t the only characters that are currently being looked into.

In a new thread over at the Blizzard Forums, one particular hero that some players have deemed as being overpowered is Widowmaker, and questions were asked as to whether Blizzard is looking into the character. Kaplan promptly replied to the forum thread and stated that the development team is indeed looking into balance changes for Widowmaker, and that “internal experiments” are currently underway to see if the character can be nerfed while still remaining viable.

“Widowmaker is on our radar. We are discussing her. We have some internal experiments going to see if we can keep her viable while lowering the frustration threshold a little bit. Right now, this is just exploration. If something more comes of it, we’ll let you know.”

The cast of Blizzard's Overwatch

While the character is a defensive sniper hero, players have deemed that in the hands of a skilled gamer, Widowmaker’s traits make her by far the most dominant character in the game. Not only do shots from Widomaker’s sniper rifle recharge too quickly and cause an excessive amount of body damage, its machine gun configuration is powerful enough to rival Soldier 76‘s assault rifle. Couple that with the character’s powerful ultimate technique “Infra-Sight”, which allows her and her team members to see through walls while not alerting the opposing team of its usage, and it’s easy to see how Widowmaker would be overpowered in the hands of a skilled Overwatch player.

How and when Blizzard will address Widowmaker’s balance issues remains to be seen, but players can at least expect a thorough job from the renowned developer. One thing is for sure, let’s hope that the balance changes for Widowmaker, McCree, and D.Va come into effect before Overwatch‘s Competitive Ranked Mode launches later this month.

Overwatch is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Source: Blizzard Forums