Overwatch Patch Notes – April 17, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

GAMEPLAY UPDATE

Retribution

  • The evacuation drop ship will now leave incapacitated players behind to complete the mission

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Scatter Shot to have an 8 second cooldown (down from 10)


Retribution

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Talon units from attacking players who boarded drop ships
  • Fixed a bug with the placement of the hero panel when viewing a highlight recorded during the Retribution mission
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat to count as two heroes when boarding the evacuation ship if he was using RIP-Tire inside it
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the evacuation phase from counting players who had become incapacitated inside the ship
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the evacuation phase from counting players if they were in the corners of the dropship.

Uprising

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra’s EMP to instantly eliminate Detonators

Overwatch Patch Notes – April 10, 2018

A new patch is now live on PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Archives 2018

Experience pivotal moments from history in Overwatch Archives. Join a team of four heroes and participate in cooperative, story-driven missions that give a new perspective on the era before the fall of Overwatch.

This year, take command of the agents of Blackwatch and face off against Talon in an exciting new brawl, Retribution. Players also get a second chance to stop an omnic insurrection as last year’s Uprising mission returns for a rematch. You’ll earn Archives Loot Boxes as you play, unlocking new cosmetics based on moments from Overwatch’s past including legendary skins like Blackwatch Moira, Scion Hanzo, Soldier: 24 Reaper, Talon Doomfist, Specimen 28 Winston, and more.

To learn more about Overwatch Archives, click here. 

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Players can choose to “Avoid as Teammate” with a dropdown menu in the Career Profile

Developer Comments: The addition of the “Avoid as Teammate” option gives players the ability to craft their online gameplay experience. Up to two players can be selected with this feature. If you use the “Avoid as Teammate” option on a player, the matchmaker will no longer place you on a team with the avoided player for one week. To learn more about this feature, click here. 

Report Menu

  • The “Poor Teamwork” dropdown menu option has been removed
  • The “Griefing” dropdown menu option has been renamed “Gameplay Sabotage”

Developer Comments: Due to player confusion about the most appropriate category to report players for poor or toxic gameplay, we are removing the Poor Teamwork option from the reporting system. Players should instead use the Gameplay Sabotage option when players actively harass or disrupt their own team with game mechanics or their actions. Players should not be reported simply for performing poorly, since everyone occasionally has a bad game.

Heroes

  • Sombra’s “Enemies Hacked” commendation card now also displays her offensive assists
  • Brigitte’s Golden Weapon variant will now also give her a golden shield
  • Changed Mercy’s Valkyrie voice line

HERO UPDATES

Brigitte

  • Barrier Shield
    • An option to “Toggle Barrier” has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte

D.Va

  • Micro Missiles
    • Explosive damage reduced from 6 to 4
  • Boosters
    • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 10

Developer Comments: D.Va’s burst potential is a bit too high, so we’re reducing the damage of her Micro Missiles and Boosters impact. Prior to this change, each missile dealt 3 impact damage and 6 explosive damage. We’re reducing explosive damage from 6 to 4 but leaving the impact damage the same, the net result being 21% damage reduction.

McCree

  • Added additional voice lines for Lifeguard McCree

Mei

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Now pierces through enemies

Developer Comments: This change helps Mei combat multiple targets that are clumped up and makes it easier for her to keep freezing a specific target if another enemy gets in the way. This change also helps her ultimate more consistently freeze enemy targets, especially if they are near each other. Note: While her shots now pierce enemies, they still do not pierce barriers such as Reinhardt’s shield.

Reaper

  • Death Blossom
    • Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use
  • Wraith Form
    • Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%
    • You can now cancel the ability by pressing the Shift or Primary Fire hotkey

Developer Comments: These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets.

Moira

  • Biotic Grasp
    • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target
  • Coalescence
    • Now becomes more transparent the closer its visual effects are to a player’s camera
  • Fade
    • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target

Developer Comments: Due to issues with visibility, we have made most of Moira’s visual effects fade away the closer they are to the camera. We have also made modifications to Coalescence to greatly increase the ability for foes and allies alike to see through it when facing it.

Zenyatta

  • Orb of Destruction
    • Secondary fire rate of fire reduced by 15%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta is meant to be able to deal a lot of damage, especially for a support, but his alternate fire burst damage was a bit too high. This change keeps the overall damage the same but lowers the DPS slightly and makes it harder to hit multiple shots at very long ranges.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused camera movement to be jittery when players ran against a moving ramp
  • Fixed a bug that prevented oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers in spawn rooms from propelling after taking damage

AI

  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to attempt running outside of the spawn room before the match began on Assault/Escort maps

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana’s sidearm from displaying golden coloration from her Golden weapon when Overwatch League skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion from firing projectiles immediately after going into Tank configuration
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion from being knocked back while transforming during Configuration: Tank
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ganymede’s tail feathers to be cropped during Bastion’s Toast Victory Pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s Gatling gun barrel to disappear if he took damage while reloading in Sentry mode
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion to not animate or play sound effects when transforming from Recon to Sentry mode while trapped inside Zarya’s Graviton Surge
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion to emit blood instead of oil visual effects when Overwatch League skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s impact effects from playing when hitting the environment
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s aim to be slightly offset after using Shield Bash
  • Fixed a bug that caused details to detach from Brigitte’s Rocket Flail when she swung it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s hero portrait on voice line icons to have low resolution when unlocked from Loot Boxes
  • Fixed a bug that caused team names on Brigitte’s armor to distort when Overwatch League skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s hand to clip through her head when her Hilarious emote was used
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Rocket Flail and melee sound effects to stop playing after a few strikes
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s shield to emit blood visual effects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Rocket Flail to not cast a shadow when using her Cheer emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s flag to disappear and abruptly reappear during Rally when using her Rocket Flail
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s High Five spray to have a transparent square in her torso
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Excelsior decal to fragment in unintended areas
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s foot, leg, and shield to clip into the ground during her Defender highlight
  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s camera to jitter when spectating Doomfist during his Meteor Strike
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike from landing where it was telegraphed when standing close to a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to access unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to penetrate angled surfaces as he descended
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from impacting enemies
  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va to face the wrong direction during her default victory pose when posed to the left of her MEKA
  • Fixed a bug that caused the glass window of D.Va’s cockpit to distort when her Palanquin skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the triangle texture on D’Va’s MEKA control stick from glowing when her Officer skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s dagger from displaying golden coloration from his Golden weapon when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat from being knocked back while piloting his RIP-Tire
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s skin textures to have a visible seam
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Ornament spray to appear at a low resolution
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s shoulder strap to clip into his shoulder when during his Medal victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Peacekeeper to grow substantially during the hero select screen when certain skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused the symmetry of McCree’s collar to distort when the Van Helsing skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to shoot through Mei’s Ice Wall when trapped behind it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s The Witch spray to appear at low resolution
  • Fixed a bug that caused a hero to unavailable to pick in the Hero Select screen if the dead player had the Hero Select screen open after selecting a new hero
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to float outside the Attacker spawn room in Dorado before the beginning of a match
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to float outside the Attacker spawn room in Dorado before the beginning of a match
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Orisa’s Halt! to sometimes affect enemy targets behind walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter visual effects to display after it was interrupted by Sombra’s EMP
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to clip through the floor during Soldier: 76’s Light’s Out highlight
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Photon Projector beam to move plants erratically on Ayutthaya
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s non-cybernetic arm to have a gap along its seam
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn to wipe his face with his hammer in his hand during his Refreshing highlight when certain skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn’s to emit the sounds effects of his default skin when his Magni skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Alliance and Horde emotes to animate at a slow framerate
  • Fixed an issue with Tracer’s neck animation during her Bomb Spin emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Recall to activate differently based on the player’s latency
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s wrist twist during his Glasses highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s legs to clip into each other during her Casual victory pose when her Xuan Wu skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s Particle Cannon would clip into her torso during her Check Out This Gun victory pose when her Xuan Wu skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented textures on Zarya’s nails from loading if an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Zarya’s logo textures to flicker when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zenyatta’s Orb of Destruction to appear it fired from his chest if he used his melee ability immediately following a fully charged Orb of Destruction

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the two-minute leaver warning from appearing in chat during off-season games
  • Fixed a bug that caused ungrouped players under level 25 that clicked on the Competitive Play option to receive the error message, “All Group Members Must Be Level 25”

Ayutthaya

  • Fixed a bug that caused certain hero abilities to glow blindingly bright
  • Fixed a bug that caused certain textures to not load
  • Fixed a bug that caused shadows to appear where they shouldn’t on the terrain
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on top of doorways
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to shoot enemies exiting their spawn room

Blizzard World

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Pharah to fly indefinitely when falling against the Pylon in the StarCraft II area
  • Fixed a bug that allowed turrets to be built and hidden inside vines
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players could stand on a ledge above the spawn room outside the Diablo area
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to get stuck between a column and bush in the StarCraft II area

Dorado

  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to get stuck between a table and corner inside a building while using Seismic Slam
  • Fixed a bug that prevented an interior windows on the last point from blocking abilities (e.g. D.Va’s Self Destruct)
  • Fixed a bug that allowed small heroes to use decorative pipes and avoid taking damage

Eichenwalde

  • Fixed a bug that allowed sprays to be applied to the spawn door behind walls

Hanamura

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mei’s Ice Wall to reach unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on a doorway ledge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Pharah to regain Jump Jet fuel at an increased rate on the second point

Hollywood

  • Fixed a bug that caused Pharah’s wingtips to poke through walls

Ilios

  • Fixed a bug that allowed projectiles to pass through rubble

Junkertown

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her turrets inside a wall
  • Fixed a bug that prevented turrets from being built on a television if it was damaged

Lijiang Tower

  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston to clip through outdoor walls and take damage

Nepal

  • Fixed a bug that caused some textures to not load
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on a rock in an unintended area
  • Fixed a bug that prevented a control point hologram from activating after the start of a match
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on a ledge in an unintended area
  • Fixed a bug that caused the bell tower to hover
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to shoot grenades through a closed spawn door
  • Fixed a bug that caused large heroes to get stuck between chairs in the spawn room

Numbani

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to shoot grenades through a closed spawn door
  • Fixed a bug that caused large heroes to get stuck between chairs in the spawn room

Oasis

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on library archways

Volskaya

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on some ledges
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to shoot projectiles through the ceiling
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the Custom Game spectator camera to escape the intended play area
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on an invisible ledge

Watchpoint: Gibralter

  • Fixed a bug that caused a rock pile in the environment to appear off-color
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji to get stuck in a spawn room wall

Practice Range

  • Fixed a bug that caused target dummy arms to jitter when they were destroyed
  • Fixed a bug that caused the weights to defy the laws of physics

UI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “Restore Defaults” button from resetting all settings in the Social Options tab
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to delete characters in the “Save Highlight” text box if they pressed down the delete input while their settings were below 60 FPS
  • Fixed a bug that caused the user interface to indicate two control points on a single control point map when playing a custom game

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – March 29, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

GAMEPLAY UPDATES

General

  • Turrets no longer target barriers directly, but will still target enemies behind them

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused visual effects to be absorbed into surfaces
     

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused turrets to target Brigitte’s Barrier Shield while facing them when the shield wasn’t deployed
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations

Overwatch Patch Notes – March 20, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Hero: Brigitte (Support):

An engineer with peerless armor-constructing abilities, Brigitte Lindholm is a valiant squire who fights on the front line to protect her allies.

Brigitte’s armor engineering capabilities make her a stalwart support hero, capable of holding her ground in combat while also providing healing and armor for her teammates. Her primary weapon is her heavy-hitting Rocket Flail that she swings in a wide arc in front of her to smash multiple enemies at once. Whip Shot enables Brigitte to fling her flail forward, striking enemies at a distance and knocking them backward. With each blow, Brigitte’s passive ability, Inspire, heals nearby allies over time.

Brigitte’s Barrier Shield deploys a frontal energy barrier that can absorb a limited amount of damage and protect any allies directly behind her. Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, she can use Shield Bash to lunge forward and stun the first enemy in her path. Drawing on her engineering prowess, Brigitte can create Repair Packs to instantly heal wounded allies or provide armor to teammates at maximum health. When Brigitte is at her strongest, she can activate her ultimate ability, Rally—a galvanizing call to arms that generates a substantial amount of armor for nearby allies and increases Brigitte’s movement speed so she can lead them into battle.

To learn more about Brigitte, click here. 

Brigitte will be available in Competitive Play in Season 10. To learn more, click here. 

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Changed the name of Junkrat’s Scarecrow spray to Hayseed
  • Updated Mercy’s Toast victory pose

HERO UPDATES

Sombra

  • Hack
    • Now goes on a 2-second cooldown when interrupted by damage
    • Now more consistently interrupted when targets break line of sight

Developer Comments: Developer Comments: We’re also removing the 0.1 second window of time during a hack where it couldn’t be canceled via line of sight or with other abilities including Tracer’s Recall and Zarya’s Particle Barrier, which was originally put in place so the hack wouldn’t be interrupted by small objects such as light posts. We’ve implemented a separate fix for that issue, so she should still be unaffected by those small objects.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • The Team Information Screen now displays the ultimate charge of your teammates

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from traveling forward if he had been hit by an enemy Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented players from aiming Doomfist’s Rocket Punch when facing an enemy
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to jump over Doomfist’s Rocket Punch when on an incline
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to cancel if he could not get close to his target
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut cooldown countdown from displaying if he was in a movement hindering ability (e.g. Zarya’s Graviton Surge or Junkrat’s Steel Trap)
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch cooldown to delay counting down if he was in a movement hindering ability (e.g. Zarya’s Graviton Surge or Junkrat’s Steel Trap)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from hitting enemies that were close to him
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat’s RIP-Tire kills from being credited in the Kill Feed if the targets had a long death animation (e.g. D.Va’s Mech)
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Regeneration to occur instantly if she took damage while at full health
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s wings to separate from her body if her Zhuque skin was equipped during her Toast victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Orb from receiving kill credit if it expired at the same time it killed an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Fade visual effects to indicate the direction she was traveling in when she used the ability
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Charge from pinning enemies
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the chunks from the pumpkin in Reinhardt’s Pumpkin Smash emote from appearing after he obliterated it with his Rocket Hammer
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to appear at the top of an opponent’s screen if he used it against an enemy Mercy when she used Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra from receiving environmental kill credit if she kills an enemy using Hack
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Sombra to be visible to enemies without displaying a “Detected” notification during Stealth
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes failed to teleport players using Symmetra’s Teleporter if they used an ability that increased their movement speed when passing through it (e.g. Doomfist’s Rocket Punch)

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused some objects to block projectiles on Blizzard World (e.g. souvenir carts)

UI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “Restore Defaults” button from resetting all settings in the Social Options tab
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to delete characters in the “Save Highlight” text box if they pressed down the delete input while their settings were below 60 FPS
  • Fixed a bug that caused the user interface to indicate two control points on a single control point map when playing a custom game

Overwatch Patch Notes – February 27, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

HERO UPDATES

Doomfist

  • Hand Cannon
    • Ammo recovery rate increased from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds per bullet

Developer Comments: This change will help Doomfist more consistently be able to use his weapon as part of his combos.

Mei

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Freeze (slow) duration increased from 1 second to 1.5 seconds
    • Weapon alternate fire ammo cost reduced from 25 to 20

Developer Comment: Increasing Mei’s slow duration helps her freeze targets that are particularly elusive such as Genji or Lúcio. Lowering her alternate fire ammo cost allows her to more safely use it without costing her the ability to freeze enemies.

Sombra

  • EMP
    • No longer blocked by small objects (e.g. sign posts)
  • Hack
    • No longer gains ultimate charge from health pack healing
    • Cast time reduced from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds
    • Now disables the following abilities:
      • Genji—Cyber-agility
      • Hanzo—Wall Climb
      • Pharah—Hover Jets
      • Lúcio—Healing Boost and Speed Boost (turns off current song entirely), Wall Ride
      • Mercy—Angelic Descent
  • Machine Pistol
    • Machine Pistol spread reduced from 3 to 2.7
  • Opportunist
    • Enemy health bars are now visible when health drops below 100% (formerly 50%)
      • Her ability to detect enemies through walls at 50% or less remains unchanged
  • Translocator
    • Duration increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds

Developer Comment: The goal of these changes for Sombra is to remove the necessity for her teammates to take damage and heal themselves with her hacked heath packs to try to get her ultimate charged up quickly. Her ultimate will now come up less often, but there are more abilities that are disabled by Hack so it is more effective when used. Previously, Opportunist would only activate when an enemy’s health bar dipped below 50% but now the passive will reveal all damaged enemies which should help Sombra identify targets in her line of sight to pick off. Overall these changes should make her more effective and less reliant on her ultimate.

MAP UPDATES

Blizzard World

  • Some health pack sizes have been reduced
  • Some health pack locations have been changed
  • Additional health packs have been added

Developer Comments: Health packs are a valuable resource in Overwatch and positioning around them is key to holding ground on defense or keeping up momentum on offense. We have moved the location of some health packs and included additional ones to improve game play on Blizzard World.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

Mercy

  • Valkyrie
    • No longer shows enemies’ health bars unless they have taken damage

Developer Comment: This helps remove some clutter from Mercy players’ screens when they use her ultimate

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Capture the Flag statistics from displaying on the Career Profile if the match was played on Ayuttheya in the Arcade

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented announcement voice lines from triggering on Blizzard World

Overwatch Patch Notes – February 13, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

HERO UPDATES

Lúcio

  • Wall Ride
    • Activating Wall Ride will now cause the flag to drop during Capture the Flag matches

Developer Comments:Lúcio’s Wall Ride allowed him to reach unintended places in Capture the Flag maps, which made it overly difficult for opponents to stop him. So, we have changed the ability to cause the flag to drop instead for better balanced matches.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a typo that caused the Lunar New Year banner to display the wrong end date for Overwatch Lunar New Year
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the client to crash after a player used the Hero Skin Selection dropdown menu in Hero Select

Capture the Flag

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Winston to pick up the flag while airborne after activating his Jump Pack
  • Fixed a bug that caused flags dropped near ceilings to get stuck inside of walls

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei to levitate if she used Cryo-stasis

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from playing games in the Arcade if they were using a trial account

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused hero ultimate charges to reset after the first death if a player changed their skin using the Hero Skin Selection a second before the match began
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s reaction animations to loop continuously after taking damage following the destruction of her Particle Barrier

UI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Weekly Rewards timer in from displaying correctly in the Arcade

Overwatch Patch Notes – February 8, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Seasonal Event: Lunar New Year 2018

Get ready to ring in the Year of the Dog!

This year, we’re celebrating Lunar New Year with over 50 new seasonal items including legendary skins like Red Phoenix (Zhu Que) Mercy, Black Tortoise (Xuan Wu) Zarya, White Tiger (Bai Hu) Genji, and Black Lily Widowmaker. Experience our updates to our Capture the Flag mode—including a competitive Capture the Flag mode and Sudden Death—on a brand-new map, Ayutthaya.

To learn more about the new Capture the Flag changes, click here. 

Hero Skin Selection

Fashion-forward heroes, rejoice! Players can now change hero skins with the “Select Skin” dropdown menu in the Hero Select screen at the start of a match. Show off your favorite unlocked skins when playing solo or coordinate with your friends to be the best dressed on the battlegrounds of tomorrow.

HERO UPDATES

Doomfist

  • Hand Cannon
    • Damage reduced from 11 to 6
    • Number of bullets fired increased from 6 to 11
    • Spread pattern made more consistent

Developer Comments: We have made a lot of progress with Doomfist’s movement in recent patches but we wanted to revisit his Hand Cannon. While the damage per bullet has been lowered, the number of bullets he fires per Hand Cannon shot has been increased which makes his overall damage output unchanged. Overall, these changes will help his Hand Cannon feel much more consistent.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Matchmaking UI now displays the game mode players have queued for while waiting for players
  • Competitive Play leaver messages now display as a chat notification
  • The Hero Select screen now displays the game mode and map type

Heroes

  • Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony will now display its target’s hero name

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the mouse cursor to lose focus when using third party overlays (e.g. Discord)
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the Overwatch League scheduled matches of the day from loading

AI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented bots from voting on cards at the end of the match on Hybrid and Control maps

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that prevented capture progress UI on Assault and Hybrid maps from displaying the correct team colors
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to use the Hero Select screen during the loading screen at the start of a match

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Infra-sight from functioning if it was used at the same time as another Widowmaker’s Infra-sight
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn to collide with his turret
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to continue targeting Junkrat’s Steel Trap after it was destroyed
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from being able to stand on top of enemy players
  • Fixed a bug that allowed backfilling players to enter at 9th place during the match
  • Fixed a bug that caused targets hacked by Sombra to appear purple instead of red
  • Fixed a bug that caused the displayed hero on the lobby screen to appear in low detail when entering and exiting the Overwatch League screen

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to summon infinite bots in custom games
  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va to lose her Self-Destruct ultimate if she died out of her mech when the “Spawn with Ultimate Ready” option was enabled
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Victory voice line to play when a match ended in a draw while spectating

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused airborne heroes to lose speed when changing direction
  • Fixed a bug that prevented golden weapon visual effects from displaying when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused heroes’ scoped shots to be calculated as misses in the accuracy statistic
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana’s Candy emote from displaying when viewing Kill Cam footage
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to impact with D.Va’s mech before it materialized during her Call Mech ability
  • Fixed a bug that prevented kills caused by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from receiving environmental kill credit
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji from sheathing his katana after using his Whirlwind emote
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji from using his Cyber-agility occasionally
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Dragonstrike to be calculated in the accuracy statistic
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s Wall Climb from activating occasionally
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Caduceus Staff to disappear when using the Parasol emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy to fly in an unintended direction if she was stunned during Guardian Angel
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy from destroying breakables she collides with in her flight path when using Guardian Angel
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Valkyrie flight controls to not be precise when using Resurrect
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Biotic Grasp’s hits against barriers to be calculated as misses in her accuracy statistic
  • Fixed a bug that extended the cooldown of Orisa’s Halt! by one second if it successfully pulled an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to block Reaper’s Death Blossom if she used her Marioneta emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt to have a blank expression during his Toast victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that allowed projectiles to sometimes penetrate Reinhardt’s Barrier Field
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Charge bonus damage from being dealt if the target was sandwiched between a charging friendly Reinhardt and a charging enemy Reinhardt
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt to knock back a target instead of pinning them if he collided with an enemy at the start of his Charge
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s canister from appearing when viewing Overwatch League skins
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to clip the first-person camera when pulling in a target
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s EMP from canceling an enemy Sombra’s Hack if it was in progress
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Shield Generator from displaying in the Overwatch League skin preview screen
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s lava ball from appearing in his Batter Up emote if his hammer was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s hair to not hang properly in the Hanging Around Highlight Intro when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s Venom Mine to use Overwatch League team colors when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook animation from playing when using the ability
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston to lose some upward momentum when using Jump Pack off small inclines
  • Fixed a bug that caused Overwatch League team decals to disappear from Winston’s suit when he used Primal Rage
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zenyatta’s Discord Orb to fly in an odd direction if its target died before arriving

Hero Gallery

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from purchasing non-hero sprays

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused some heroes to get stuck behind the lamp post directly outside the first Defender spawn room in Blizzard World
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to reach unintended locations in Blizzard World
  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s Micro Missiles from passing through piñatas on Dorado
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat’s RIP-tire to travel under the trailer at the final point on Hollywood
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Orbs from bouncing off the wooden pillars on Hollywood
  • Fixed a bug that caused the UI to show a fraction of a meter to go when reaching checkpoints on Escort and Assault/Escort maps

UI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the hero portrait from displaying when watching Highlights when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented player portraits from displaying during the Play of the Game, Kill Cam, Spectating, and Highlights

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 30, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-purchase Goodies

When you pre-purchase a Digital Deluxe version of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth you’ll receive several Warcraft-themed goodies in Overwatch. Show your faction pride on the battlefields of tomorrow with emotes for Tracer; Horde- and Alliance-themed voice lines for Torbjörn; Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas, and Saurfang sprays; and Kul Tiras and Zandalar player icons.

To pre-order World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, click here. 

HERO UPDATES

Junkrat

  • Concussion Mine
    • Now will deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center

Developer Comments: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts of damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.

Mercy

  • Valkyrie
    • No longer makes Resurrect instant
    • No longer grants a bonus Resurrect charge
    • The speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%
    • Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds

Developer Comments: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s face and hair textures from loading when her Black Cat skin was equipped

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 23, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Assault/Escort Map: Blizzard World

Relive where you took your first steps in Azeroth, where you confronted the Lord of Terror, and where you spawned your first zerg rush—all of these epic memories come together on Overwatch’s newest Assault/Escort hybrid map, Blizzard World! This theme park brings the magic of Blizzard’s many worlds into one place so your most epic memories can come to life as you attack and defend the payload across Azeroth, Tristram, and the Koprulu Sector.

The Blizzard World map will be disabled in Competitive Play until the start of Season 9. It will be available in Quick Play and Custom Games starting with today's patch. 

Cosmetics Update

Starting now, loot boxes have been infused with over 100 cosmetics inspired by Blizzard World, Overwatch animated shorts, and more! Collect new legendary skins, including: Barbarian Zarya, Black Cat D.Va, Crusader Reinhardt, Ecopoint: Antarctica Mei, Kabuki Hanzo, and emotes such as Mercy’s Parasol, Sombra’s Marioneta, and Tracer’s Bomb Spin. Additionally, players will discover new highlight intros like Bastion’s Reconfigure, Soldier: 76’s Lights Out, Winston’s Roll, and many more.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused weapon accuracy on the career profile to be displayed as 100%

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Concussive Mine and Steel Trap to disappear if he placed them before using RIP-Tire

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 9, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum
For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Overwatch League Skins Now Available

Time to suit up, heroes! Starting now, you can directly support your favorite Overwatch League team (or teams!) by purchasing brand-new team skins to rep via the League Token system. Home-team skins are now available for all 12 teams and all 26 Heroes.

To learn more about Overwatch League team skins and the League Tokens, click here. 

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Players can now watch the Overwatch League stream via the Overwatch League menu option when games are live
  • Weapon accuracy is no longer increased or decreased when shooting at Genji’s Deflect or abilities that block projectiles (e.g. Winston’s Barrier Projector or Mei’s Ice Wall)

User Interface Updates

Heroes

  • Zenyatta's Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony will now display its target’s health bar

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that prevented earned items from being displayed when a Loot Box was opened
  • Fixed a bug that caused a duplicate “Current Competitive Season” selection to appear in the Career Profile dropdown menu
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from being able to navigate in-game menus with the tab key
  • Fixed a bug that prevented UI elements for Tracer’s Blink from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the ammo count for Doomfist’s Hand Cannon from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Bastion and Torbjörn bots from pathing to some areas on the first point of Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Lúcio bot to fall off the map while navigating King’s Row

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused the meters remaining to display twice when players approached the final five meters on Escort and Escort/Assault maps

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Ultimate Duration Custom Game modification from properly adjusting Soldier: 76’s Ultimate length

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Play of the Game highlight and the end-of-match screen to not display for the last player to die in the match

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from destroying breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Doomfist’s Rocket Punch knock back to be inconsistent if he collided with an enemy using a movement ability (e.g. Winston’s Leap)
  • Fixed a latency issue that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to travel through an enemy instead of dealing damage
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch’s directional movement to be unpredictable
  • Fixed an issue that allowed enemies to jump over Doomfist’s Rocket Punch instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused enemy players hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to sometimes move along the wall impacted instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to move along the terrain if he impacted it with Rocket Punch
  • Fixed an issue that caused enemies hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to impact inclines instead of traveling up them
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to deal wall impact damage to Mercy if she used Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to activate before intended if he was near Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Doomfist to fall through the ground if he used Seismic Slam on inclines
  • Fixed an issue that canceled Doomfist’s Seismic Slam when it was unable to reach the targeted location
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire camera perspective to linger on the target after detonating
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire to be silent to enemies while traveling on rooftops or when airborne
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Snowball’s antenna to stretch out of proportion when Mei’s Beekeeper skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Mercy’s Resurrect “Reviving” message to remain on the targeted player’s screen after the cast was finished
  • Fixed a bug that caused players targeted by Mercy’s Resurrect to no longer see their Respawn timer if her cast was interrupted by an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from using Moira’s Biotic Orb if she used Fade or died while using Biotic Orb
  • Fixed an issue that caused Moira’s “Ultimate almost ready” voiceline to sometimes play when her Coalescence was fully charged
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Charge to knock back enemies instead of pinning them
  • Fixed a bug that caused the visual effects of Sombra’s EMP to display when the ability was interrupted by an enemy player
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to face the incorrect direction after she teleported with Translocator
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Torbjörn’s turrets to not fully heal when he used Molton Core
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Carbon Zenyatta’s in-game portrait from displaying the correct color

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Eichenwalde that caused the “Checkpoint Reached” voiceline to play when the payload reached its final destination
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony