Bastion Is Getting Buffed Up

Bastion, one of my most hated foes in Overwatch due to his ability to spit out bullets almost as fast as my Tracer can blink away, is getting an overhaul. Blizzard designer, Geoff Goodman, confirmed on Blizzards forums that they would be buffing the bullet spitting bot.

This information was given in response to a player “Rarithlynx” and their complaint that the character just wasn’t getting his due. The gamer wrote earlier this month that; “Bastion is the only hero that’s been ignored ever since launch. He has received a handful of reworking in the beta, but has never been looked into ever since”, and many players seemingly agree with this opinion.


Admittedly many other characters have been reworked since the games inception, ranging from Torbjorn, Windowmaker, Hanzo and Symmetra. In fact more characters like Sombra have been recently added to the game, and she can easily become quite the menace to Bastion with her hack – making him quite useless in a fight.

Blizzard seems to have taken these complaints to heart, or were thinking of them previously, and have some changes in mind. Geoff Goodman had this to say about the upcoming changes to Bastion:

  • •Recon Mode – Lowered spread and increased magazine size, to help with general viability in this mode.
  • Sentry Mode – We’re looking at focusing this mode into more of a tank-buster and barrier-buster mode, while also making it feel less suicidal to be transformed. To that end we’re testing stuff like increased spread and removing headshots, but taking less damage while transformed.
  • •Self-Repair – We’ve been testing a few big changes to this that are feeling really good so far. Currently our internal build has Bastion able to use Self-Repair while moving and also having it no longer interrupted when taking damage. To balance that out it is now on a resource system (similar to the route D.Va’s defense matrix went). These changes have turned this ability from a more niche rarely used ability, to a much more powerful and core survivability tool.

The Self – Repair system alone sounds, if it works the way it’s described, like it will really make Bastion a force of nature. Though we will see how the upgrade goes when it reaaches the PTR, Overwatches Public Test Region, I’m already dreading meeting Bastion on the battlefield again.

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