Symmetra won’t just be for trolls anymore. Her kit is getting a complete revamp, and it looks pretty amazing.
Detailed in a Developer Update video featuring Overwatch‘s game director Jeff Kaplan, the updates to Symmetra are mighty and exciting. Most interestingly is the fact that Symmetra will have two choices of ultimates. The hard-light wielding support character will still have her signature Teleporter (now with more health and shield reserves), but also has the option to instead create a Shield Generator. This new ultimate is another stationary object, but projects shields on allies. Making this ultimate-worthy is the fact that it places a substation shield (75) on all allies, regardless of line of site.
With the new ultimate, Symmetra’s ability to place shields on allies has been replaced. In its place, however, is the Photon Barrier. Much like an automated Reinhardt shield, the Barrier floats forward at roughly the movement speed of a character. It stays on its trajectory/speed until destroyed.
For those in love with Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets, you haven’t been looked over, either. Gamers will now be able to place all six of the turrets in rapid succession, without having to wait for a massive cooldown after the third. The car wash has never been so deadly.
You can see the Shield Generator and Photon Barrier in action on the Public Test Region on PC, or you can just check out the tweaks in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber FuzzleHC:
As noted above, the Symmetra changes are now live on Overwatch‘s PTR. There’s no word on when we can expect them to go live for the main build on PC, or on consoles.
Source: PlayOverwatch on YouTube