Overwatch 2: Blizzard Enables Controversial Aim Assist Feature in Crossplay

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Blizzard released a new update for Overwatch 2 recently and it is a pretty controversial one, to say the least. That’s because the company has now enabled Aim Assist in PC-Console crossplay.

Before anything, aim assist is a feature that helps controller users aim better by making the crosshair move more accurately once it has “snapped” onto a target.

That said, aim assist is now enabled in Overwatch 2 Crossplay, a godsend for those who play on consoles.

According to the dev team, they have found that console players are opting into a bad time when they play with their friends on PC, especially since the mouse and keyboard combo is regarded as the “more accurate” choice when playing such games.

For this reason, they have decided to enable aim assist in all matches except for Competitive. It is worth noting that this is only applicable to those playing Overwatch 2 on consoles, meaning PC players will not receive the same benefit even if they’re using controllers on the said platform.

The game’s latest patch has also rolled out the audio transcription feature for PC players in select countries. This feature creates audio transcriptions from temporary voice chat recordings, which will help the devs impose sanctions on bad actors. This is part of their ongoing “Defense Matrix” initiative to keep the game as toxic-free as possible.

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  • Boosters
    • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 15
  • Call Mech
    • Fixed in last update- Call Mech ultimate cost reduced by 12%
  • Particle Barrier
    • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
    • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds
  • Projected Barrier
    • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
    • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds
  • Shuriken
    • Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24
    • Damage reduced from 29 to 27
  • Steel Trap
    • Fixed in last update- Arming time increased from 0.5 to 0.75 seconds
    • Fixed in last update- Trapped duration reduced from 3 to 2.5 seconds
  • Hack
    • Ability lockout duration reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds
    • Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the 8-second effect
    • Hacked enemy damage multiplier reduced from 40 to 25%
  • Swift Step
    • Invulnerability duration reduced from 0.4 to 0.25 seconds
  • Fixed a bug where Brigitte's shield could become invulnerable under certain conditions
  • Fixed a bug with Seismic Slam being stopped early by obstructions
  • Fixed a bug with being able to jump during Seismic Slam
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  • Commanding Shout and Rampage now correctly drop the flag in the Capture the Flag game mode

So, what are your reactions to Blizzard’s move to enable aim assist in Crossplay in this update?

Overwatch 2 is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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