For as many the number of people who defend some of the changes, there are many more who despise the changes.
I hate the 5v5, to me it takes away the strategy, the team work. No one plays it like a team game anymore, it’s just ‘pocket, shoot, brawl, win/lose’. Because of one less tank, flankers get free real estate on the backline. DPS got an insanely OP hero that has not been tweaked yet to better balance them. Tanks are all brawlers. This game might as well be DPSwatch because that’s what the game wants to be; all action, all running and gunning.
I liked Overwatch because it was different, it was a breath of fresh air. Where everyone else was contending to be the next CoD or Halo game, Overwatch was something unexpected, something we hadn’t had since TF2 came out. Then someone thought it’d be great to basically make it a CoD but with roles.
Moving on from that, the most egregious atrocity to grace our sights is the horrendous monetization. It’s so greedy and scummy to take something that was once free and lock it behind not just a paywall, but a greedy paywall. $7 for a gun buddy? $20 for a crappy skin? Really? And the Battle Pass, the thing that’s been done to death has reared its ugly head into yet another game trying to scoop out every last penny from your bank account.
I hated it when Halo Infinite was announced to having it and I hate it now. It would be fine if it wasn’t trying so hard to be like Destiny’s BP system. Where sure, a few things are free, mostly crap you don’t want, but the stuff you do want you have to pay $10 for. (Don’t get me wrong, I understand at the end of the day it’s a business and they have to make money. But game developers made their quota and then some before this BP and free to play system, this has just made them realize they can abuse so many tactics to hopefully fill their pockets faster before their game hits the ground and explodes.)
Next we have the cosmetics, none of them have caught my eye. No one cares about voice lines, they’re just something to annoy people by being spammed. Sprays I don’t think most care about either. And what about these weird holographic trophy things? I certainly don’t care about them. Most I ever cared about were skins and emotes.
TL;DR Everything about Overwatch 2 feels like a massive downgrade, a slap in the face of loyal players who’ve been here since 2016. All so they can fill their pockets or give someone the middle finger at the expense of their own image.