Furthermore, without the defense provided by a second tank players are likely to use the environment more and play more strategically and aggressively. And since Overwatch and Overwatch 2 will have parity, this means PvP teams will shrink to five for both versions when Overwatch 2 comes out.
Blizzard says that the change to 5v5 will update Overwatch’s classic roles. Starting with the sequel, Tanks will change significantly and become more front-line brawlers than stationary shields.
In addition, each role will get a passive role bonus that will complement each heroes’ unique ability.Tanks will have knockback reduction and reduce ultimate charge gain when taking damage from enemies. Damage heroes will get a movement speed bonus, and Support heroes will have automatic self-healing if they don’t take damage for an extended period of time.
This is one of the biggest shake-ups to Overwatch PvP and could potentially re-shape the competitive scene. By dropping the team count to 5, the contentious 2-2-2 Meta (2 Tanks, 2 Damage, 2 Healer) will no longer be possible, and it will give Tanks players a potentially bigger hand in the action.
It remains to be seen how this new team count will shake out in action but stick around for more news from today’s Overwatch 2 briefing.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.