Sombra will be able to stay invisible for as long as she likes after the next Overwatch update
- Lead Overwatch Designer Geoff Goodman revealed the change on the forums
- She will also be able to destroy her Translocator and keep it up permanently
- However, her stealth speed boost is lower and she can’t contest while invisible
Sombra has been out for around a year and a half now but Blizzard are still struggling to help find her place in the Overwatch meta.
Considering the the next hero is a hamster called Hammond, it appears Blizzard have become a bit braver in their approach to the game – they certainly haven’t held back on the new Sombra changes.
Lead Overwatch Designer Geoff Goodman revealed on the public forums that Sombra will soon be able to remain in stealth mode infinitely.
To help Sombra play like Blizzard want her too, she will be able to stay invisible permanently
Goodman admitted that the changes started purely as the dev team seeing how far they could push the boundaries but soon found that infinite stealth allowed her to play as the sneaky infiltrator as they originally planned.
And that isn’t the only big change either as her Translocator will no longer have a time limit. Before, Sombra would have a limit of 20 seconds to return to her Translocator.
Now, Sombra can roam around with a lot less risk involved – before she would have to time her abilities perfectly to put on a solid offense. To match this change, Sombra can now destroy her own Translocator by looking at it and hitting the interact key.
Sombra will also soon be able to keep her Translocator up permanently and change its position
This is a huge change which certainly gives her a lot more options and adaptability however, it’s balanced because she has to see the locator to destroy it, meaning she can’t change its place at will.
These changes certainly give Sombra much more power but Blizzard have tried to counteract that, mainly her stealth, with a few changes. Her bonus movement speed while invisible has been nerfed from 75% to 50% but most importantly, she won’t be able to contest objectives while invisible.
Sombra players will be able to pick their battles but if they want to win, they will have to fight. These changes should roll onto the PTR at the same time as Hammond which we assume, isn’t far away.
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