Brigitte Gameplay Q&A with Geoff Goodman


This makes me happy. This really does make me happy.

Thank you Geoff.

Also, Brigitte is an awesome addition to the game. Her kit is fun, her design is great and she has an amazing lore. Well done.


Between the kits of Brigitte and Moira it seems like Overwatch continues to shift further away from being a shooter and more towards something MOBA-esque. Is that something the team actively takes into consideration with future heroes?


If you ask me, Mr. Goodman, Ana could really use a mobility upgrade of some kind. She can’t really get into as many good spots as others and can’t have a good angle for healing.


I don’t understand this, someone please explain


Why not rework the healing- try some interesting changes that might make her less suited for slow tank-heavy-play and more of a generalist so she could have a better chance of fitting in for more people in more games, as a strong main healer? I know I hate having to shoot the same squishy three times for them to be fully healed so I can move on to my next target.

We know her weakness to it(dive) isn’t about mobility- Zen has none and is easier to hit but he is the staple support. One might say because his utility, discord, has no cooldown. So maybe experiment with a weaker sleep or nade on a lower CD?

One of the major weaknesses I have yet to see a dev address about her is the absence of sustain that isn’t attached to bionade, considering how strong bionade is. Every healer has an easy to access or relatively quick way to get their own health back without wasting an ability on themselves. Moira leech, Lucio passive, Zen shield, Mercy passive, and Brig will have her passive albeit that one is a bit more strict than the others.

(Geoff Goodman) #283

Both Moira and Brigitte had very early prototypes near each other actually. There was a time where we just really felt like we need to add more healer options to the game asap, so we got to playing around with different prototypes and mechanics. In fact, Brigitte (who we just called ‘pally’ internally) was the one that first started with Moira’s Biotic Orb ability (though she only had the heal part of it). Initially Brigitte’s prototype was sort of… ‘lets see if we can do a healer who only healed via powerful cooldowns’, so thats where the bouncing heal ball started.

Eventually we wanted to push the tank hybrid angle much more which lead to her Inspire passive and armor ultimate. We weren’t even sure, originally, that it was going to be Brigitte or just some new character that has yet to be seen, but once her kit started coming together it really felt like a perfect fit.

Brig would be completely balanced if she simply moved slower while attacking
Why did they add brigitte?
If heroes are ready why are you shelving them for 4 months or more?

With release of Moira and now Brigitte, and with such game changing, exciting ults they have, do you think Mercy’s ult as is leaves a bit to be desired especially in comparison to Rally’s armor boost and Moira’s long range burst heals?


He’d like to date the fictional character that is Brigette.

Dev was going along with his joke:)


to counter dive a flame thrower with after burn effect is perfect


If anything, she’s going to make dive even stronger. Rally’s lengthy duration plus having a strong frontline is crucial to her ability to heal effectively. She could also effectively make the rising tank meta more prominent. (Not that the tanks aren’t already a little overtuned).


Can you tell us what ideas you all have in regards to buffing/re-working Symmetra?
What parts of her kit are you guys looking at?

(Geoff Goodman) #289

Ever hero is different, but in Brigitte’s case she certainly was born from a gameplay desire first. Initially we weren’t even sure it was going to be Brigitte or someone new, but once we started playing her and her kit started coming together it really felt like a great fit.

Why did they add brigitte?
If heroes are ready why are you shelving them for 4 months or more?

I know this doesn’t have to do with Brigitte, but is Bastion on your balance list? He’s in a very weird spot atm.


Does the matchmaker need to be retuned for each new character added?


i am curious do you think roadhog is in a good place right now? and are there any plans to change his hook back to 6 seconds since the reason why his hook was increased to 8 seconds no longer exists?

with her armour ability it should make getting value out of hooks much more difficult


Does Brigette share her godfather’s fascination with Hasselhoff?


Do you think Brigitte is the hero neccesary to have heroes like Torbjorn and Reinhardt see more play?


Asking the real questions here


How are new heroes handled by a performance based SR gain/loss?


Since the release of Brigittem, is the next anime short is focus on Trob? or is it zen?