Roadhog is one of the next heroes to receive a revamp in Overwatch 2, as he will be updated to be more suitable for the 5v5 gameplay of the sequel. It looks like this change will happen at the same time as the Junker Queen buff, since Blizzard seems to be putting a lot of attention on the tank class.
This information comes from Alec Dawson, the lead hero designer for Overwatch 2. Following the release of the most recent mid-season update, Dawson stated that a so-called “mild overhaul” will bring additional changes to Roadhog in mid-to-late January, indicating that the developers have ambitious plans for the popular tank pick.
After the most recent patch went live with no changes to Roadhog, Dawson explained on Twitter that the hook-wielding foe would not remain unchanged forever. The hero designer confirmed, “Overall, he’s receiving a minor overhaul to better position him as a 5v5 tank.”
According to Dawson, the patch we received on December 15 should include some changes to Roadhog. These were delayed until January, however, due to “technical issues.”
We do not yet know what the new Roadhog will look like, but according to Dawson, its one-shot capabilities are being nerfed, so don’t expect to bully Mercy Mains in next month’s race. However, it is unclear how to rebuild Roadhog into a better 5v5 tank besides giving him an ability that benefits the entire team.
While some fans were disappointed, the vast majority seemed relieved that Roadhog’s hook and one-hit combo were no longer available. In fact, the majority of responses did not discuss the Roadhog news at all but instead protested the recent Doomfist nerf. To be fair, many of us continue to be confused about it.