13 February 2018 - 14:43

Jeff Kaplan: Mei doesn't need a major rework

She could use some improvements, but nothing huge.
Overwatch Staff Reporter
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Does Overwatch defense hero Mei needs a major adjustment to her kit? According to Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan, the answer is no.

Kaplan explained in a Jan. 25 Developer Update that Mei is one Overwatch hero that is being worked on internally, alongside Hanzo and Symmetra. But in a forum post on Feb. 12, Kaplan added that the Mei change will not be major.

Related: Hanzo's Scatter Arrow could get replaced in Overwatch

"We disagree that Mei needs a major rework," Kaplan said. "We are trying some improvements to her but they are not major." Kaplan didn't detail the adjustments for Mei. Symmetra, though? She's going to get a more serious adjustment. "Symmetra will require more work to get into a better place and therefore take longer to address," Kaplan added.

The Overwatch game director has previously described both Mei and Symmetra as situational heroes—meaning it's okay if they have relatively low usage rates.

Hanzo is another Overwatch defense hero that'll need some work, albeit he seems to be receiving a more intensive tweak. In January, Kaplan suggested that Scatter Arrow could outright be removed. Last week, Overwatch principal designer Geoff Goodman expanded on Kaplan's statements, discussing with fans what hasn't worked so far.

Sombra has a few adjustments on the Overwatch PTR right now, a few of which were accidentally pushed live with the latest Overwatch patch. Doomfist adjustments were pushed live alongside the Sombra tweaks—but, confusingly, those were supposed to go live without hitting the PTR.

There's no word yet from Blizzard on when Mei or Symmetra's adjustments could make it to the Overwatch PTR.

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