Overwatch 2: Blizzard Reveals Massive Changes to Bastion in Upcoming Sequel

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Blizzard has recently revealed the massive changes coming to Bastion in Overwatch 2. Read on to find out more about his rework.

Bastion has always been a divisive character. Those who play Overwatch's casual game modes will be glad to choose him as they can rain hell down on their enemies using his Sentry Form. However, using Bastion in Ranked play is frowned upon as more experienced players can easily counter him.

That said, his rework will pretty much change the way you approach things with him on the battlefield.

Bastion Rework

So, what changed? Well, almost his entire kit. According to Geoff Goodman, Lead Hero Designer for Overwatch 2, Bastion will no longer have his self-repair ability. Instead, it is replaced by a projectile that can bounce off walls and surfaces. It can also attach to enemies and will explode after a short delay. The radius is considerably large, so you can use this to gain an advantage.

There are also some important changes to his Recon Form. His weapon doesn’t have bullet spread anymore but has a longer range than the original. This means that his weapon essentially turns into a pseudo sniper. The drawback is that its rate of fire is reduced to even things out. Goodman said that this has always been their vision for Bastion’s Recon Form.

Those using his Sentry Form extensively may be stoked that they can now move while in that mode. Keep in mind that movement speed is reduced, and overall damage output is decreased by 40%. You will have infinite ammo as compensation.

It is also worth noting that you cannot simply transform from Recon to Sentry anytime you please because it now has a short cooldown between transformations.

Bastion’s tank ultimate has been replaced by Configuration: Artillery. While in this form, you can call down up to three artillery strikes anywhere on the map, though you have to do this within a limited time frame.

To “cap” it all off, Character Art Director Arnold Tsang said that they've modernized his design by using “sleeker and more modern materials.” And to help him stand out, they gave Bastion a hat as an extra touch of character. 

If you want to see all of these changes in action, you can watch the video below:

What can you say about Bastion’s rework? Are you in favor or is there something you want to be altered before Overwatch 2 is released?

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