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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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Fortnite v6.30 Update Arrives

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A new update has arrived for Fortnite, and v6.30 brings with it Wild West LTM, Dynamite and Ghost Pitsol.

Epic Games seems to be honing in on the overwhelming success of Red Dead Redemption 2 with both the release of Ashe in Overwatch and the introduction of the very RD2-ish Wild West Limited Time Mode, where you can defeat enemies using “weapons from frontier times” like Six Shooters or Double-Barrel Shotguns, in this week’s update.

Here is the rundown:

Fortnite Battle Royale patch notes

Limited Time Mode: Wild West

Fight for the Victory Royale using a limited set of weapons and items such as Hunting Rifles, Shotguns and Dynamite.

Available Weapons:

  • Hunting Rifle
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Six Shooter
  • Minigun

Available Items:

  • Campfire
  • Bandages
  • Medical Kits
  • Dynamite
  • Slurp Juice

Supply Drops can contain:

  • Epic Six Shooters
  • Legendary Double Barrel Shotguns and Miniguns
  • Slurp Juice

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • New Weapon: Dynamite
  • Uncommon rarity, found in stacks of 3.
  • Available from floor loot, chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.
  • 70 damage to players and 800 damage to structures.
  • Explosion is in the shape of a flat cylinder
  • 1600 units in diameter and 384 units in height.
  • Initiating a throw will start a 5-second fuse that can’t be canceled.
  • Throw range is shorter than standard Grenades.

EVENTS

  • New Tournament: Scavenger Pop-Up Cup Duos
  • Scavenger game mode adjustments:
  • Material cap reduced from 500 to 300.
  • Drop count of Clingers and Grenades increased from 3 to 5.
  • Safe zone changes
  • Reduced the radius of Circle 3 from 20000 to 15000
  • Reduced the radius of Circle 4 from 10000 to 7500
  • Circle 4 is now the first circle partially outside of the previous safe zone (was circle 5)
  • Increased chances of supply drops in later circles
  • Circle 9 now travels twice as far but takes twice as long to close

Fortnite Save the World patch notes

HEROES

  • 8 Bit Demo returns to the Weekly Store.
  • Explosives expert who groups enemies with Decoy before finishing them with a hail of missiles.
  • Available Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM EST until Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM EST.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Ghost Pistol added to the Weekly Store.
  • A slow firing pistol that shoots ghostly projectiles that pass through walls and enemies.
  • Available Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM EST until Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM EST.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bosses Rathalos, Giga Bowser, and Galleom In Action

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bosses are in action in the following video, giving you a look at Giga Bowser, Galleom, and Monster Hunter’s Rathalos.

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Man Throws Fit at Gamestop Over Fallout 76

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Let’s face it, we have all purchased a game and ended up wishing we hadn’t. But one man who wasn’t happy with his recent purchase of Fallout 76 took it a little bit too far with his reaction at a Gamestop store, and thanks to a post on ResetEra, we can see it all unfold.

Thank you Internet!

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