Breaking news: Destiny 2: Beta guide - date, start time, sign up process and content

Sections

Roadhog's one-shot may be nerfed - Overwatch

New playtesting options likely to be explored in-house.

If you enjoy nothing more than mooching around the battlefield as Roadhog, hooking fools and dropping them with a single blast of your weapon, the good times may possibly be coming to an end soon.

Overwatch's Geoff Goodman has been on the forums talking about a number of hero options over the last day or so (including a possible Wraith Form cancellation option for Reaper), and he's also given some thoughts on Roadhog's killer combo.

Asked whether Roadhog even had to be built around this one-shot approach, Goodman explained that this was not in fact the original design philosophy for the hero.

"There was a time where we tried an experiment with him where we allowed his victims to act first when they were hooked," he began.

"This meant that hooking anyone with an escape button always got away, unless it was down. Some heroes would be able to use their 'escape' options but still end up dying due purely to the position change the hook caused (Mei Cryo-freeze, Reaper Wraithform, etc)."

"Overall this was obviously pretty terrible for Roadhog, but it was an interesting experiment. If we ever did anything like that to remove a ton of power from his hook, we'd have to change other things about him to make sure he was still viable."

Our most popular Overwatch guides:

So if Roadhog's fundamental combat move does get changed, it looks as though we'll have to adapt to a buff granted to the character simultaneously.

Pressed by a commentator to consider simply allowing hooked "victims" to at least fire back during the hooking-in process, Goodman explained that this was something he'd considered in the past - but never actually got around to play-testing.

Turns out that might change soon:

"I had thought about this once before but to be honest we never actually tried play testing that version. It'd be pretty easy to try out though, its probably worth testing and seeing how it feels for both parties. "

Do you think there's enough skill involved in playing Roadhog to justify his power level? Would you like to see the devs take a different approach to tweaking this hero? Let us know how you'd like the developers to tackle the problem in the comments.

Comment on this article

  • There are no comments on this article yet! Could you be the first to post one?

Destiny 2

Discover the very best information about Destiny 2:

D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Titan Sentinel guide

All you need to know about the Titan Sentinel subclass in Destiny 2.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Beta start times around the world - US, UK & Europe

Exact start times for the Destiny 2 beta, wherever you are in the world.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: Flashpoint guide

Everything we know about the new PvE activity coming to Destiny 2.

D
D

Destiny 2

Destiny 2: The Inverted Spire guide - Protheon, Modular Mind

A complete guide to completing the first Strike unveiled by Bungie.

D
H

Hearthstone

Site Update - Fatherhood Edition - Hearthstone

We're getting Metabomb ahead of the game a little this month.

H
H

Hearthstone

Deck Tier List (Standard) - July 2017 (Season 40) - Hearthstone

Our latest and updated list of the best decks to play in the current metagame.

1 H
H

Hearthstone

Best Hearthstone decks - July 2017 (Season 40) - Standard - Hearthstone

Our one-stop guide to the best decks you can play on the Standard ladder in Season 40.

H
H

Hearthstone

The best Wild Hearthstone decks - July 2017 (Season 40) - Hearthstone

Our guide to the best decks you can use to climb the Un'Goro Wild ladder.

H

Overwatch

Discover the very best information about Overwatch:

O

Overwatch

Best Tank Hero - June 2017 (Season 5) - Overwatch

Our updated evaluation of the best Tanks in Overwatch this month.

O
O

Overwatch

Tier List Season 5 (June 2017) - Overwatch

The second edition of our tier-by-tier evaluation of the Overwatch hero roster for Season 5.

O
O

Overwatch

Highlight changes mean you'll soon be able to export your best plays - Overwatch

Overhauled highlight system currently in testing on the Overwatch PTR.

O
O

Overwatch

Loot Box changes now in testing on the PTR - Overwatch

Expect significantly fewer duplicates with the new system.

O