Overwatch update replaces Hanzo's Scatter Arrow and introduces the new map Rialto

There's a new Overwatch update out today, and it has a big slate of changes to sort through. The biggest things are the new map Rialto, which we first played through in the PvE mission Retribution, and the long-awaited Hanzo rework, which replaces his Scatter Arrow with a new ability. 

Here's everything that's changing:


Storm Bow 

  • Projectile speed increased from 85 to 100

Sonic Arrow 

  • Cooldown decreased from 20 seconds to 12 seconds
  • Duration decreased from 10 seconds to 6 seconds
  • Radius decreased from 10 meters to 7 meters

New abilities:


  • Press jump while in the air to leap horizontally

Storm Arrows

  • Replaces his existing Scatter Arrow ability
  • Hanzo can now rapidly fire up to 6 arrows that deal reduced damage but are always fired at full power

"The goal of these Hanzo changes is to allow him to have new options and maintain his high damage output, while removing the frustration of fighting against the old Scatter Arrow," read the developer comments. "Hanzo is now much more mobile with his new Lunge ability, and with the combination of the bow projectile speed increase and the new Storm Arrows ability he can now deal his high damage more consistently than ever before."


Frag Launcher

  • Projectile size decreased from 0.3 to 0.2


  • Tire movement speed decreased from 13 to 12

"These changes are aimed at lowering some of the most frustrating parts about playing against Junkrat," Blizzard said. "Decreasing the Frag Launcher’s projectile size means he will have to aim a bit more carefully to land powerful direct hits and slowing the RIP-Tire’s movement speed gives his opponents slightly more time to destroy it before it detonates."


Wall Ride

  • Wall riding is less likely to be interrupted along a single surface
  • Can now go around corners (both outside corners, and inside corners) without having to leave the wall
  • Can now land back on the same wall after leaping away, provided his leap takes him far enough away from the original jumping off point
  • Added a minimum time that the jump key must be held before Lúcio can ride around corners


  • No longer consumes ammo
  • Can now be used while reloading

"Wall Ride has been significantly overhauled to allow it to function more smoothly across more areas of every map," Blizzard said. "Lúcio players should instantly notice a huge improvement in where and how Wall Ride can be used. In addition, Sonic Amplifier’s Soundwave ability was unnecessarily controlled by both a cooldown and an ammo cost, so we’re removing the ammo cost."


Pulse Bomb

  • Max damage decreased from 400 to 300

"Pulse Bomb was too good at killing tanks, who can be easy to stick due to their size," Blizzard said. "This damage reduction makes it less powerful as a tank-destroyer, while keeping it lethal against most other heroes."



  • Hitbox size has been reduced

"The hitbox on Genji’s Deflect was big enough that it would sometimes reflect projectiles that were pretty far away from him," Blizzard said. "We’ve tightened up the hitbox, which should solve this problem while still fully protecting him from projectiles that would hit him from the front."


Shield Bash

  • Cone angle reduced from 90 to 60

"When fighting against Brigitte, it often felt like Shield Bash was able to hit you when you felt like you should have dodged it," Blizzard said. "On the flip side, when playing as Brigitte sometimes you would hit the wrong enemy in the middle of a fight. With the cone being reduced the ability is more accurate to its visual representation."