Torbjorn is Getting a Console Exclusive Nerf Next Month

It seems as if the reign of the turret will soon be coming to a close in Overwatch, as Torbjorn will be receiving a large nerf in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game.

In a thread titled “Torbjorn is utterly ruining this game on PS4” on the game’s subreddit, user canadlaw said:

Everything about this game is fun EXCEPT for the fact that Torbjorn is in it. He just completely ruins the game for everyone. I have a 51% win rate overall, so I’m just pretty average at the game. However, my Torb win % is 80%, and I’ve played him a bunch so that’s not just a couple wins. Every other match is basically whether a team can successfully turtle with their Torb (or, more likely, your 2 or 3 Torbs). If correctly combined with a Reinhart and some good players, some maps are virtually unwinnable on attack. This game is super fun other than him. The heroes feel varied and bring entirely different play styles which are fun and unique. However, inevitably playing “kill the turret and try to make a push before they can set up again” is super fucking boring and ruins the experience.

In a rarity outside of the game’s official form, game director Jeff Kaplan replied, saying:

In an upcoming patch, we will reduce the damage done by Torbjörn’s turret by 30% on Xbox One and PS4. PC will remain unchanged.
ETA – Mid to late July depending on 1st party certification times.

While Torborn’s turret does automatically lock onto enemies, it is much easier to take care of with the high accuracy of a keyboard and mouse. However, controllers lead to a slower reaction time, making Torbjorn much more of a threat on consoles. Also, the lack of text chat or any major voice chat in the console version of the game makes it harder for teammates to work together and destroy the turrets.

Sadly, it seems like this patch won’t be live in time for the game’s first season of competitive mode, which you can read more about here.


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