Overwatch 2 Redesigns Of Sombra, Baptiste Revealed By Blizzard

Even though new hero announcements have been scarce for Overwatch 2, Blizzard’s upcoming sequel to its wildly popular team-based FPS, some returning characters are getting a facelift. Both Baptiste and Sombra will be getting a visual upgrade when Overwatch 2 releases.

Overwatch released in 2016 as the fourth major franchise for Blizzard, following the Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo games. Overwatch evolved to become Blizzard’s first proper esports title, with the Overwatch League beginning in 2018. The game continued to expand throughout its five-year run, introducing new heroes, game modes, and maps. In 2019, Blizzard announced that a sequel game, Overwatch 2, was in development. Overwatch 2 will include a new player versus environment (PvE) game mode as well as the return of its competitive player versus player (PvP) mode.


In a video shown during the Summer Game Fest kickoff (and shared by the official Overwatch Twitter account), Blizzard revealed that two of the returning characters from the original Overwatch, Sombra and Baptiste, will get visual updates in the game’s sequel. Sombra, a stealthy hacker that can turn enemy equipment against them, was the second new character to be released after Overwatch released. On the other hand, Baptiste was released three years after Sombra in 2019. A medic who wields a biotic launcher that fires off grenades, Baptiste will likely be the final support character released during the original Overwatch‘s lifespan.

The character redesigns appear to showcase aesthetic changes more than gameplay tweaks. For Baptiste, his blue and orange color scheme is altered to feature more teal, grey, and white. In Sombra’s case, purple remains the primary color on her design, but the new model incorporates a bit more blue into her costume and onto her weapon. Both of these changes appear to be significant upgrades to their current character models in Overwatch.

While Overwatch players might have their qualms with Sombra and Baptiste as heroes insofar as their gameplay is concerned, it is nice to see that Blizzard is not simply content to ship the sequel to one of their flagship franchises with re-used assets from the original. Blizzard has already confirmed numerous gameplay updates for Overwatch 2 compared to Overwatch. This includes the new types of PvP game modes and new class passives. Of course, though, the biggest improvement that Blizzard has confirmed for Overwatch 2 is the inclusion of cross-platform play. So while character redesigns pale in comparison to all these new features, the attention to detail is still quite admirable.

Source: Overwatch/Twitter


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