have you seen this robot (opens in a new tab)? He is about 7’3″, about 2 tons, and has a polite bird on his shoulder. After nine days missing from the game without any updates, Overwatch business leader Jon Spector announced (opens in a new tab) on Twitter that Bastion would finally return to Overwatch 2 on October 25th. By that time, he will be gone for over two weeks. Spector also announced that the Junkertown map has been removed to fix a bug affecting graphics performance, but it will return the same day as Bastion.
Blizzard made the call to temporarily remove Bastion (opens in a new tab) of Overwatch 2 on Monday, October 10 after a bug was discovered that allowed the robo-hero to endlessly use his mortar ultimate ability to devastating effect. Torbjörn was also targeted for bug fixes at the same time, but he remains playable in Quick Play while Blizzard works on him.
Good news, everyone. Bastion and Torbjorn are located in Junkertown, and we are arranging for them to rejoin the other Overwatch agents on 10/25.October 19, 2022
Bastion was not so lucky. What Blizzard initially described as a “quick trip to the workshop” will last for 15 days. The newly reworked hero was not only unplayable in matches, but all evidence that he even is in Overwatch 2 has been completely removed from the client. You can’t go into training mode with Bastion, play him against bots, or even look at his cosmetics in the main menu. In fact, he no longer appears in the list of heroes at all, forcing me to question whether he ever really existed.
The wait for Bastion’s safe return lasted long enough that community reactions began to graduate light-hearted selves (opens in a new tab) anticipating his return to hard doom (opens in a new tab) and a mild aggravation that Blizzard was not communicative on the matter. It’s true that nine days is a bit of time to wait for an update, which is also a bit odd considering how vocal Overwatch’s official support channels have been about the game’s other ongoing issues like server outages and inventory imbalances.
new_hero_leak_found_some_locked_achievements from r/Overwatch
Spector’s statement is a welcome relief, but it doesn’t mention why a bug that seems so commonplace on the surface (pressing two buttons at the same time to undo an ending) was apparently difficult to crack. The uncertainty must have rubbed off on my Bastion main friend who told me last night that he stopped queuing for DPS because of the jolt of disappointment he feels when the character pick comes out and he remembers the sad state of affairs.
The October 25th update can’t come soon enough, because as a Twitch streamer Hoshizora notes, Bastion has now been missing from Overwatch 2 longer than he’s been in it.