Game director Jeff Kaplan revealed the first info on Rapid Shot - the new ability that will replace Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow - and shared an early concept art.
During the developer update of February 14th, Jeff Kaplan announced that the Overwatch team was working on a new ability to replace Hanzo’s Scatter Arrow. They tried to address some issues with the present ability, such as the frustrating foot-shots, but any change ended up being a nerf for the hero.
Afterwards, he talked about a new skill with which Hanzo could fire arrows in rapid succession. Lead designer Geoff Goodman joined the conversation in the Blizzard forums:
The dev team continued working on it during the past month, therefore we don’t know yet the final results, but today Jeff communicated some news to the community:
Some fans believe that the ability is a little too obvious for the opponents, but Jeff pointed out that it is intentional because “You need to know when Hanzo is in that mode”
He also explained some changes to Sonic Arrow, which are helpful to enhance the map awareness of the team:
Finally, he confirmed the new “dash”, without revealing further information.
According to the developer update, it is a quick horizontal leap that allows Hanzo to leap in whatever direction he is facing. The ability can be used to disengage or to reach cool places of the map, and should have a small cooldown to balance the huge boost in mobility.
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