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Blizzard’s Geoff Goodman Discusses Torbjörn Rework

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Blizzard’s Geoff Goodman, lead designer on Overwatch,is discussing a rework of Torbjörn and how things are progressing, during an interview with VG247.

“I originally was sort of thinking, ‘Let’s not do anything too massive’,” Goodman tells us, before going on to explain how Torbjörn’s upcoming changes will transform the character in a big way.

“With Torbjörn, the issues we’re trying to solve are that he’s a little overly defensive focused,” Goodman explains. “We need him to be more viable on offense in a non-payload situation. It doesn’t mean he needs to be equal on offense, but we need him at least to not be a troll pick.”

Torbjörn’s power snowballs seem to be the most problematic and he seems ineffective until he set’s down a turret and upgraded it.

“You don’t get to use some of your abilities, your turret’s not as strong, it’s not as much of a threat without your ultimate ready to go,” Goodman said. “It feels like feast or famine with him a lot of time. That’s a thing we’re trying to solve.

“It’s cool when characters have their ultimate and there’s a power spike – being able to use your ultimate at the right time is a big part of the game – but it’s a little too much for him. It does everything, basically.”

The team plans to completely overhaul how Torbjörn’s turrets work.

“Currently, in our internal build, he just tosses it out – not super far, almost like a Tracer Pulse Bomb distance,” Goodman explains. “So you can kind of throw it like that and it deploys itself automatically on level two. It takes a little time to do that but you don’t have to hammer it or anything.

“This plays a lot better on offense – especially because you can run up, throw it in a flank spot and be immediately shooting again and not feel like you have to sit there hammering it. Being able to use that and have an extra threat shooting from the side feels really powerful. We can obviously tune the turret if it ends up being too strong or anything, but that’s the place we’re starting from.”

Molten Core, Torbjörn’s ultimate ability, may not be back as the team is working on a new ultimate when he is re-released.

“We may end up with a completely different ultimate at this point because it ties up too much of his power, but that’s still very much in flux so it’s hard to say,” Goodman says. “First thing we did was try a lot of different takes on Molten Core – maybe we could make it really cheap and take some stuff away from it, we tried it so it only affects the turret and doesn’t give you any buffs, and we tried the reverse so it only affects you.

“We definitely tweaked some of the base ability, so you could reload faster as that was frustrating before – you would run out of ammo in the middle of ulting and you can’t shoot anymore. As of now, I think we’ve decided to move away from Molten Core entirely.”

Currently, there is no specific time table for the rework to take place.

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Epic Games Delays Fortnite Season 6, Implements 400% XP Bonus Weekend

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Epic Games has announced that Fortnite Season 6 will be delayed until September 27th, two days after it’s initial release date of September 25th.

While the delay is a drag, Epic did unveil that this weekend would be 400% bonus XP, a nice consolation prize for the delay.

 

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Blizzard Cracking Down on Pursuit, Visor, Third-Party Apps in Overwatch

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The use of third-party apps such as Pursuit and Visor, are getting the crack down by Blizzard, who emailed a number of Overwatch players advising them to cease using the apps, primarily used to improve their performance in competitive games, in Overwatch.

“These programs provide benefits not normally achievable in the game, and detract from the integrity of the game environment,” Blizzard said, (h/t Sabriel Mastin on Twitter)

“This is only a warning and we are not penalising your Blizzard or Overwatch account at this time. Continued use of unauthorised third-party programs will result in action taken against your account.”

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Destiny 2: Forsaken 2.0.3.1 Hotfix Tweaks Ace of Spades Quest, Telesto Bling Well Exploit

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Bungie has implemented a brand new hotfix that addresses a few bugs, as well as tweaks the Ace of Spades quest to be much more easier to complete.

Hotfix 2.0.3.1 officially arrived on Thursday and in regards to the Ace of Spades Exotic quest, players no longer have to use a hand cannon to kill five invaders in Gambit, they can now complete the task by using a hand cannon in Gambit to kill general enemies.

The fix also addresses an exploit in the Blind Well horde mode in the Dreaming City.

Here are the patch notes:

Heroic Adventures

  • Fixed an issue where Barons were providing Legendary rewards outside of Heroic adventures
  • Barons in Heroic adventures now reward one guaranteed Legendary per day
  • Subsequent kills grant Legendary rewards at a reduced rate

Weapons/Items

  • Fixed an issue where players can get stuck with the Origin Story or the Last Dance weapons if they use the character level boost after obtaining them in Homecoming
  • Fixed an issue where BrayTech Legendary Scout Rifle dismantled into Mod Components

Dreaming City

  • The Offering to the Oracle now sorts to the Pursuits bucket, rather than Consumables
  • Removed the weekly bounty that required players to redeem an Offering for the Oracle
  • The Dreaming City weekly challenge now requires only two weekly bounty completions
  • Fixed an issue where some enemies would improperly spawn chests after being killed
  • Players can no longer obtain Dreaming City rewards when repeating the mission “Awakening”
  • Fixed an issue where Telesto could be used to accelerate progression of objectives in the Blind Well

Gambit

  • Players may now progress the “Cayde’s Will” quest step by defeating either invaders or general enemies with Hand Cannons
  • Turned off rejoin functionality in Gambit

 

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