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Overwatch's Widowmaker Is Frustrating, Blizzard Agrees

Blizzard is in discussions to lower "the frustration threshold" of Widowmaker.


Blizzard recently discussed upcoming nerfs to Overwatch heroes McCree and D.Va, and now it looks like Widowmaker could be in line for some of her own changes.

Game director Jeff Kaplan responded to a player's request on the forums to take a look at changing Widowmaker, as the player finds her to be "by far the most dominant hero in the game." Kaplan said that they're conducting internal experiments to see if they can lower "the frustration threshold," while still keeping the French sniper viable.

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"Right now, this is just exploration," he explained. "If something more comes of it, we'll let you know."

Players on the forums note that Widowmaker's power shots recharge too quickly, her rate of fire is too fast, and her secondary SMG deals too much damage. Kaplan did not mention what aspects of the hero Blizzard has experimented with. We'll keep you updated as more information about future Overwatch balance changes is revealed.

Kaplan recently talked about the "confusion" around Overwatch's tick rate.

"One of the things that players are upset about is that if they get shot, where they perceive they were behind a wall, that this is a problem with server tick rate," he said. "Certainly there are contributions that could happen with both the server and the client update rates that could cause something like that to happen, but usually, in most cases, you're talking about latency."

He also discussed the possibility of PS4/Xbox One cross-play, but he says that "there hasn't been any progress" made on that front.

In other Overwatch-related news, Blizzard has teamed up with Facebook to let players sign into with their social media accounts and stream games directly to their timelines. This means friends and family can watch you play Overwatch, Hearthstone, and other Blizzard games on Facebook.

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