author: Jacob Blazewicz
Overwatch 2 Annoyed Players With Changes They Demanded
Kiriko from Overwatch 2 has many fans, but by some miracle she stirs up controversy all the time: either by „spoiling” characters, or by being at the center of complaints about microtransactions.
Kiriko gives Overwatch 2 players a hard time, and this is unrelated to her effectiveness in combat. Fans are worried that because of the kunoichi Brigitte may soon temporarily disappear from the game.
So far, Blizzard Entertainment has been forced to withdraw three characters from the game: Torbjorn and Bastion returned to OW2 on October 25, while Mei will remain absent until November 15. In the latter case, the reason was an interaction with Kiriko that enabled her to get into normally inaccessible places (off the map, for example).
Kiriko breaksanother heroine
The problem with Brigitte is also related to Kiriko, although it was formally detected back in 2018, long before the release of Overwatch 2. The key to reproducing the bug is the Kitsune Rush ability, which reduces cooldown.
When Brigitte's shield is destroyed, this ability is "frozen." However, if we use Kitsune Rush to reduce the cooldown of this skill, the shield will have only one point of durability - but it will not receive damage. In other words, it will be indestructible.
The only inconvenience is blocking the impact with a shield. You can still use other abilities, as long as it doesn't take you longer than 2 seconds (because the shield starts to regenerate endurance after such a time).
Given the potential of this bug and how easy it is to replicate in the game, it's hardly surprising that players are expecting an imminent parting with Brigitte until this loophole is patched. Especially since Blizzard recently mentioned the possibility of remaking the heroine in a major update.
Confusion with skins
Kiriko also annoyed players with her outfit. We're talking about the Witch skin, which was initially only available as part of a bundle, which costs 2,600 Overwatch coins in promotion.
Blizzard's decision to sell skins only as part of bundles was widely criticized. Apparently, the company has caved in under pressure and starting today, Witch Kiriko and other skins can be purchased separately for 1,900 Overwatch coins (about $15).
Paradoxically, the decision has annoyed some players. First of all, some people have already purchased the bundle, even though they were interested in the skin itself. As a result, they feel cheated by Blizzard, which introduced an otherwise welcome change without notice.
Second, as streamer Stylosa points out on Twitter, the bundle's page on the Battle.net store does not indicate that skins can be purchased outside of the bundle. This comes on top of complaints that, according to players, the price of the skins is too high.