If you found time this afternoon to boot up your Battle.net desktop launcher, you might have noticed that an Overwatch update 1.0.4 began downloading. Luckily, unlike the last update, Blizzard has given us the patch notes detailing the changes that were made on the PC version of the game.
First and foremost, McCree and Widowmaker have received balance changes. As Blizzard notes, McCree performed too well against all targets, and gamers were flocking to him when DPS was needed.
Therefore, reducing his alternate fire’s damage from 70 to 45 makes him significantly weaker against the big tanks like Roadhog and Reinhardt, but he’s still lethal against smaller opponents. The recovery time for Alternate Fire was decreased from .75 seconds to .3 seconds.
As far as Widowmaker is concerned, her Widow’s Kiss and Infra-Sight have both been adjusted. With her Widow’s Kiss, body shot damage has been weakened from 15 to 12, and the headshot damage multiplier has increased from 2x to 2.5x (meaning you’ll have to aim for the head to be lethal).
What’s more, the unscoping animation has to completely finish before players can pull the scope back up. Infra-Sight has also been adjusted, increasing the Ultimate’s cost by 10%.
Other minor bug fixes were implemented with this Overwatch update, including map collision issues and a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on some maps.
By the sounds of it, the tweaks made to Widowmaker might be a little overkill, but we’re hoping she’s still a formidable option when you need a sniper.