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Is Overwatch 2 Becoming Too Complex for New Players?

The Overwatch 2 community has raised concerns about the increasing complexity of the game, making it more difficult for new players to jump in. With the introduction of new heroes, abilities, and game modes, the game has evolved significantly since its launch in 2016.

Many players argue that the growing hero roster and the interactions between abilities have shifted the game's balance, making it harder for newcomers to learn and understand. Ability interactions have become “counter-intuitive,” requiring players to learn niche interactions and exceptions.

For example, a Reddit user pointed out that a new player might shoot grenades as Junkrat without taking any damage, but then accidentally kill themselves when playing heroes like Pharah or Soldier who are vulnerable to friendly fire. Similarly, another player discovered that Reinhardt's charge ability has no effect on Torb turrets, stopping as if hitting a wall. These examples highlight the complexity of the game and the need to learn each hero's unique interactions.

Newer players shared their experiences of still learning the game even after playing for hundreds of hours. The complexity of Overwatch 2 continues to be a challenge for them, and they are constantly discovering new things. However, there is hope that Blizzard will implement measures to help ease new and returning players into the game. The introduction of Hero Mastery missions is a step in that direction, providing players with a playground to learn a character's abilities.

It remains to be seen how Blizzard will address the issue of complexity in Overwatch 2, particularly with the continuous release of new heroes. The community hopes that the developers will find a balance that allows both new and experienced players to enjoy the game without feeling overwhelmed.

– Reddit user Der_Sauresgeber
– Overwatch 2 community discussions