Genji Will Soon Get A Buff In Overwatch

by Robert Workman


Think Genji is a little too powerful for his own good in Overwatch? Well, apparently you’re not alone.

Principal designer Geoff Goodman recently took to the official game’s forums to address a forthcoming buff for the powerful ninja character, explaining that the patch will adjust certain issues, particularly with his ultimate ability. With that, players ended up with a reduced number of sword slashes with the character, something that the patch will fix in terms of increasing his speed. 

“Before the last major patch, the amount of sword swings you could get changed depending on your latency. Strangely, if you had higher latency you could swing more often. This bug was fixed, which caused some players to suddenly get less swings than they were used to,” Goodman explained.

“Looking into this bug in more detail, the ping threshold before you could gain a single extra swing was somewhat low, so many people probably got used to 7 swings rather than 6.

“With that in mind we’re going to increase his swing speed overall so he’ll gain that 7th swing back for all players, regardless of latency. I’m not entirely sure when we can get that update into the players hands, but we’ll make sure its in the patch notes when it hits.”

Once this fix is put into place, we’ll see better balancing for Genji overall, and less reliance when it comes to latency with the character. But, alas, Blizzard hasn’t provided a date as to when this patch will be put into effect. It shouldn’t be too long, though, especially with the avid Overwatch community being the way it is when it comes to making requested changes.

You can check out what kind of buffed up effect Genji’s Dragonblade will have in the video below, so you have a better idea of what some players are talking about. The video, from PVP Live, goes into a little detail about just how glitchy it is, as well as how latency can play a part.

It’ll be a good fix for the future, especially when it comes to die-hard Genji fans.


Overwatch is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.