Overwatch is in Need of Support

A support hero specifically. I bought Overwatch on release day and since then I have usually played it every day for at least an hour. It’s a great game and rekindled my love of online FPS’s which I was quickly losing interest in. The lore surrounding the game, it’s world, the unique characters, all of this set Overwatch apart for me. It’s creator, Blizzard have done a great job, in my view, of listening to fan input and complaints. Sure, they’ve changed a few things characters recently that a large portion of the player base wasn’t too happy about, but these changed haven’t ruined the characters, they just made them different.

One thing that a big chunk of the player base wants is a new support character. For those that don’t know, Overwatch’s heroes are divided into four classes. Offence, defence, tank and support. The amount of heroes in each class is as follows respectively: 8, 6, 6, 5. As you can see Offence has the most heroes and while that’s all well and good a new support would go a long way to adding variety. Since launch on May 24th 2016, the game has welcomed Ana to the support class. She is a great addition but the class sorely needs some new freshness installed. All the support heroes in my view are fun to play as but after playing them for so long it’s losing its charm. I like to play as an all rounder and do play the classes that need playing. That tends to be support as most people lock straight in as offence or tank. And, I can hardly blame them. Offence has so many options to choose from and both it and tanks are up in the front lines, right into the fray. Supports tend to stay back and cover the teams rear while providing healing. While that’s fun and a vital part of your team, it can get stale when you’ve played that character a lot. I tend to play Mystery Heroes now as the random nature of it and the lack of needing to fill a class slot for your team, means I don’t feel obliged to play support. But, for those that play competitive or support is what they’re best at, a new hero to play as would be amazing.

Supports for me offer the most interesting opportunity. Four of those supports have healing functions. Symmetra differs, as she can set up portable turrets to assist her team, but her biggest support contribution is in her ultimate’s. A shield generator or a teleporter. I like this idea of a support that does something different to healing. The teleporter is a great tool as it lets your team back into the fight quicker and with full health. Another hero with something similar but a bit more offensive would be a good move as Symmetra doesn’t get picked as much when attacking. Quick idea off the top of my head but a character similar to Symmetra but also Torbjorn. Say you have a wall that is connected to a room on the other side. Imagine having a character who could essentially Put a door through that wall.  Like Symmetra’s teleporter. Perhaps from the same business of even a rival company. This would help flesh out the lore of the world and Symmetra’s background.  The door would allow your team mates to pass through and get behind the unsuspecting team. Offence classes are usually the flankers but with this and coordination, your entire team can be flankers. This isn’t a fully fledged hero proposal. I can see flaws with the idea already and am unsure about the other abilities this new hero would have. The point I’m striving to make is that a new support doesn’t need to be a healer. It could be something more Symmetra based or a hybrid of the two. You could walk through the door and it heals you too or something else entirely. Support means that that character helps your team. It’s a great class to get creative and weird with. Blizzard is good at being creative and I’m sure they can do infinitely better than my idea.

One other trait that would make a new support class ten times better. Make them a Talon agent or a bad guy of some kind. All the supports are nice people. Symmetra, not so much. She’s not cartoon villain evil like Reaper, which is what I want or similar. My magic door man could even be a burglar or spy or something. Overwatch is a world full of character. Right now though the good heroes outweigh the bad or selfish heroes. I want to see more clashes of ideals, and conflicts.  Roadhog and Junkrat are fantastic characters. They’re selfish but they’re not evil. They’re fun to learn more about and to imagine their devilish escapades. Goody two shoes are fine but I always prefer to watch a flamboyant villain. It’s what makes the best villains in films. A dose injected into this game would be a treat. Reaper is spot on. He’s Saturday morning cartoon baddie. But where is the evil support of that? Bad guys need to be healed too. Or a character who creates fancy weapons or gadgets for their evil schemes. Where is the eccentric follower like Igor in Frankenstein, for the Talon organisation? Mercy supports Overwatch so who supports Talon. And before you say Sombra, she’s a wild card. She’s like Catwoman. She has her own agenda and helps when she wants to. A good bad support is needed. I’m hoping we get one in the short future.

Anyway, go play Overwatch  if you haven’t already. Currently the Halloween event is on and Junkenstein’s Revenge is a great mode.  I can’t recommend the game enough. Feel free to comment and I hope you enjoyed the read.