Overwatch 2 Developers Tease New Abilities for Upcoming Tanks and Supports

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Overwatch 2 developers are excited about the new heroes that will be coming to the game. As Overwatch 2 prepares for its launch on Oct. 4, they recently hinted at the abilities of the game's tank and support heroes in an interview with Eurogamer.

"With some of the new heroes that we're developing, and one in particular that I can think of, we will be adding a brand new mechanic to the game and it is something that players have been asking for for a long time, so there's a really exciting release coming up soon," said Aaron Keller, game director.

Though the details have not yet been released, these new heroes will cater to player's gameplay style. "So there are three roles in Overwatch: there's tank, DPS, and support. And when we introduce new heroes, we're very intentional about what type of hero we're going to build. And if you look at the current roster in Overwatch, there are more DPS than there are of the other two roles. And so one of our objectives is to slowly start closing that gap."

More specifically, it was suggested that Mercy players might be getting a new hero for their stockpile of characters to play as. "If you think of a healer like Mercy, [that style] appeals to specific player types. And I think that there's room in the hero roster to make another healer in a similar vein," said Keller. "The same way that sometimes we, in the original game, we used to talk about making an 'anchor tank' or a 'main tank with a barrier', there's other flavours of a particular hero that we think we can make, that will appeal to people that like to play the game in a particular way."

Similarly, Keller indicated that more tank characters are being added as well: "So over the course of the first year, you'll see several tank and support heroes added to the game."

As of now, Sojourn, The Junker Queen and Kiriko will be available at the release of the upcoming season.