Overwatch 2 devs want more “Mercy-style” support heroes with less aim focus

Overwatch 2 developers have been open about the types of heroes they want in the long-awaited sequel, and have teased releasing more supports similar to Mercy’s.

The fierce cast of Overwatch heroes boast an incredibly diverse set of abilities that suit a variety of playstyles. While pinpoint accuracy snipers can find themselves on Widowmaker, sneaky playmakers can go after big environmental kills with Lucio.

With so much choice, it’s surprising that there’s only a handful of characters that don’t require precision to make an impact, with Mercy being one of the prime examples.

As it turns out, Mercy-style heroes are exactly what the Overwatch 2 developers have been talking about expanding the line, especially with more characters planned post-launch.

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Expect more support heroes like Mercy in the future.

Overwatch 2 will add more supports like Mercy

In a recent interview, Lead Hero Designer Geoff Goodman spoke about new heroes who might not be as goal-heavy as Ana or Baptiste, and the team’s design philosophy.

“We want to make sure there are more ways to express your skills than just aiming. Mercy was a really early example,” he said, explaining that he personally disagrees with those who consider her a low-skill heroine. “It takes so much skill to position yourself well and to decide when to rezz.”

According to Goodman, the team wants to continue adding these types of heroes and plans to do so.

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There could be fewer targeted supports in the future.

“Lately we’ve been talking, mostly on the support side, about adding more Mercy style rather than less goal orientation. Some of our more popular backers like Zenyatta and Ana are very goal oriented, but we started to think maybe we needed more of the pure Mercy style,” he continued.

Goodman went on to explain that these heroes would be more focused on their own team, but would be able to make big plays “off-target.” It’s definitely something we talk about a lot and plan to do more of in the future,” said the Hero designer.

Overwatch currently has a few more supports in the works, including a teased fox-like hero. We’ll have to see if they end up becoming more like Mercy when they’re finally revealed in the upcoming seasons of OW2.

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