Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – July 18, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that could cause updates to the chat feed to cause hitches in game performance.

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – July 16, 2019

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

Summer Games 2019

The Summer Games are back! Hone your competitive edge with Season 3 of Copa Lúcioball, and beat the heat with legendary skins like Surf ‘n’ Splash Torbjörn, Wave Hanzo, and Kendoka Genji. Unlock these and more, along with seasonal items from previous years!

New Feature: Subtitles

Choose between 3 additive levels of subtitling: Critical Gameplay, Critical Gameplay + Conversations, and Everything.  This new feature was created to improve the gameplay experience for players that are deaf or hard of hearing, and also for players who enjoy reading closed captions.

WORKSHOP UPDATES

General

  • Added the ability for scripters to measure the server performance of the current game instance.
    • Three new values make this possible:
      • Server Load - Provides a percentage representing the CPU load of the current game instance.
      • Server Load Average - Provides a percentage representing the average CPU load of the current game instance over the last two seconds.
      • Server Load Peak - Provides a percentage representing the highest CPU load of the current game instance over the last two seconds.
    • As these numbers approach or exceed 100, it becomes increasingly likely that the game instance will be shut down because it is consuming too many resources.
    • A new preset example displays these values as HUD text in the upper-left corner of the screen. The rule in the preset can be copied into other scripts to help identify performance problem areas.
  • When a game instance shuts down due to excessive Workshop script load, a new error message is displayed in the chat window (instead of the “unexpected error” message).
  • Additional strings added.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that could cause players who have selected a hero during the Hero Select Phase to have their hero deselected when the Setup Phase begins.
  • In spectator mode, health and armor types are now properly displayed in the order they are consumed when taking damage.
  • Color blind - Fixed a bug that caused incorrect default colors to be applied to the objective UI depending on when you attack or defend while having only 1 color blind color set.
  • Orisa's Supercharger, Baptiste's Immortality Field, and Ashe's own Dynamite are now valid targets for aim assist.

Workshop

  • Fixed a bug that caused "Set Invisible" to function incorrectly for Reinhardt when using secondary fire while viewing in third person.
  • Custom Game: Fixed a bug that could cause AI bots to become stuck on their way to the capture point on the Oasis: University map.
  • Fixed the “Disable Built-In Game Mode Respawning” and “Set Respawn Max Time” actions.
  • Custom Game: Fixed a bug where Widowmaker's Venom Mine damage wasn't affected by custom game damage scalars.
  • Fixed a bug that caused controllers to lose focus when deleting a rule, action, or condition that is not displayed on screen.
  • Fixed a bug that caused an "Invalid Options" error message after importing some older workshop share codes.
  • Disabling certain actions no longer cause an infinite loop.

Replays

  • Fixed a bug that caused the FOV button to not function when watching a replay.
  • Fixed a bug that caused player outlines to disappear when skipping or scrubbing while following a player in first person or third person.
  • Fixed a bug that caused hero effects to remain on screen when skipping ahead while paused.

Maps

Hanamura

  • Fixed a bug that allowed certain heroes to become stuck in the roof outside of Point B.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed some heroes to float between building rooftops near the Point A choke.

Havana (PvP)

  • Fixed a bug that allowed a defender to enter the attacker's spawn room (left exit, 2nd attack spawn room).

Numbani

  • Updated lighting for highlight intros.

Heroes

Baptiste

  • Fixed a bug where Baptiste's Amplification Matrix was not boosting healing effects.

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug where Seismic Slam could fail to register.

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug where D.Va's Defense Matrix would fail to absorb projectiles around a corner in certain circumstances.

Baptiste

  • Fixed a visual inconsistency with Baptiste's head with his Spec Ops skin equipped.

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that could cause a dead Hanzo's bow to appear floating above the ground, when that Hanzo had his Kabuki skin equipped.

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug where Roadhog's chain would sometimes not render in first person.

Moira

  • Fixed a bug where Moira's Coalescence would sometimes not render in first person.
  • Fixed a bug where Moira was still briefly visible after using Fade.

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug where Sombra's Translocator would be on cooldown after respawning.
  • Fixed a bug where an enemy could sometimes use an ability if Sombra hacked them while they were already hacked via EMP.

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that made it possible to use Torbjörn's Molten Core and hammer at the same time.

Winston

  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston's nameplate and health bar to be covered by his body when he used Primal Rage.

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Wrecking Ball's mines to be destroyed by an enemy Wrecking Ball rolling through them without taking damage.

Zenyatta

  • Fixed a bug that caused Zenyatta's in-game and highlights portrait to not display his Zen-Nakji skin.

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – July 2, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Workshop: Fixed the “Disable Built-In Game Mode Respawning” and “Set Respawn Max Time” actions.
  • Replays: Added Replay keybinding options

Heroes

Baptiste

  • Fixed a bug where Baptiste's Amplification Matrix was not boosting healing effects.

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – June 18, 2019

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

Baptiste's Reunion Challenge

We’re bringing Baptiste's journey in the short story “What You Left Behind” to Overwatch with some special, unlockable in-game content. Wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you themed sprays, a player icon, and a new epic skin – MEDIC BAPTISTE!

Tune in to participating Twitch broadcasters while they’re playing Overwatch anytime through July 2 to earn six Baptiste's Reunion Challenge sprays!

To learn more about Baptiste's Reunion Challenge, click here.

New Feature: Replays

Experience your past Overwatch games from a whole new perspective with Replays.  Replays allows you to watch your ten most recent matches from any vantage point.  Whether you want a first-person, third-person, or bird's-eye view, you can see it all with this tool.  Hone your strategies by slowing down or speeding up the game to see exactly how a critical moment played out, get a better view of the action from above, or even turn off the UI completely. 

Learn more about Replays: Blizz.ly/OverwatchReplays

HERO UPDATES

Baptiste

Biotic Launcher

  • Increased heal ammo from 10 to 12.

Amplification Matrix

  • Ultimate duration increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds.

Developer Comments: Given the dual nature of Baptiste’s weapon, he ends up having to reload often. We’re increasing the amount of ammo he has to work with so he can get more firing time while healing. Similarly, increasing the duration of Amplification Matrix will allow allies more time to get into position to make use of it.

D.Va

Defense Matrix

  • Reduced length of Defense Matrix from 15 meters to 10 meters.

Developer Comments: Defense Matrix is a very powerful defensive ability and can often feel oppressive from far away. Reducing the range on it will require D.Va to position herself more carefully to take advantage of its effects.

McCree

Peacekeeper

  • Primary fire recovery reduced from 0.5 seconds to 0.42 seconds.

Developer Comments: On average, McCree’s damage output wasn’t quite making up for the relatively low mobility or utility in his kit. Reducing his weapon’s recovery time improves the potential damage output without affecting the number of successful shots to kill an enemy.

Orisa

Protective Barrier

  • Barrier can be deployed without interrupting reload.

Developer Comments: Orisa has one of the longest weapon reloads and interrupting it to deploy a new barrier felt too disruptive to her gameplay. This change allows her to reload as needed while still being able to protect herself and her team.

Symmetra

Teleporter

  • Teleporter interact range increased from 1 meter to 1.5 meters.

Developer Comments: This is primarily a quality of life improvement as it was possible to create a teleporter that Symmetra was unable to interact with unless she moved toward it.

Torbjörn

Rivet Gun

  • Secondary Fire damage per pellet reduced from 12.5 to 10.5 (105 dmg total per shot).

Developer Comments: The combined damage output of Torbjörn’s secondary fire with his Overload ability was too high given his recently increased survivability.

GAME MODE UPDATES

Assault

  • Time awarded for capturing Point A on all Assault maps has been reduced from 4 minutes to 3 minutes.
  • Upon losing Point A, any defenders that are dead, or that die shortly thereafter, will have a maximum respawn of 3.5 seconds.

Developer Comments: Assault match lengths are averaging higher than we're happy with, particularly in Competitive where there are multiple rounds. We're also concerned with how often Offense fully captures Point A and Point B. Reducing the round time from 8 to 7 minutes should address both these concerns, as less overall time rewards better Defense.

Additionally, sometimes Defenders fight late with good intentions at Point A and end up staggered from their team when A falls, leaving their team with uneven footing to defend a rush to B. In these situations, temporarily lowering the respawn time to get those Defenders back with their team should be a better match experience and doesn't punish players so harshly for wanting to defend Point A.

WORKSHOP UPDATES

General

  • Visual update applied
  • Check boxes added to support operations on multiple conditions/actions/rules.
  • You can now disable conditions/actions/rules without deleting them.
  • (PC) When copying conditions/actions/rules, the contents will also be copied to your clipboard in a text format.
  • (PC) When pasting conditions/actions/rules, the editor will use the text from your clipboard.
  • Increased maximum number of effects from 64 -> 128.
  • Added ‘Modify Global Variable At Index’.
  • Added ‘Modify Player Variable At Index’.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Communication Wheel: “Acknowledge” pings triggered through the Communication Wheel can now target objectives.
  • Fixed a bug where explosions could play in the wrong position if a mispredicted impact happened on the client.
  • Fixed an issue where some UI effects weren't being properly colored when color blind settings are set on console.
  • Tutorial: Weapon UI is now hidden until your weapon is available.
  • Havana PvP – Fixed a bug that could cause the payload to get stuck leaving the Distillery checkpoint.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the Play of the Game animation to be cut off before it ends.
  • Fixed a bug that could limit the number of effects displayed on screen at the same time.

Workshop

  • Custom Game: Fixed a bug where AI Soldier: 76 wouldn’t fire his Helix Rocket at the same target twice.
  • Custom Game: Fixed an issue where ‘Nearest Walkable Position’ would use a location in a spawn room instead of the specified location when the spawn room doors were closed.
  • Custom Game: Fixed a bug that could cause AI Soldier: 76 to be unable to use Biotic Field.
  • Custom Game: Fixed a bug where disabling primary fire doesn't disable it for transform effects like Hanzo's Storm Arrows, Genji's Dragonblade, Soldier: 76's Tactical Visor, Torbjörn's Molten Core, Bastion's Configuration: Tank, and Winston's Primal Rage.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra and D.Va from using their Ultimate abilities when using the ‘Set Ultimate Charge’ action to grant 100% Ultimate charge.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from focusing on the Rule checkbox when using a controller.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the "Stop holding button" from clearing the action when using a wait before the action.
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to always be returned to the Custom Game Browser when backing out of any game, if the player had been to the Custom Game Browser previously.
  • Fixed a bug that forced Console Players to press the button twice when attempting to enter a numerical value when using a controller.  Console Players are now able to bring up the virtual keyboard for manual numerical entry via one button press when using controller.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause variable values displayed in the Inspector to fail to update after making changes and restarting the match.

Heroes

Ana

  • Anti-Heal will be cleared when Sombra uses her translocator to teleport.

Baptiste

  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana's shot sound effects to be played on Baptiste when his Immortality Field is hit by her Primary Fire.

Brigitte

  • Enemy barriers now block line-of-sight for Brigitte's Rally.
  • Fixed a bug where armor damage mitigation was too effective when multiple instances of armor were stacked on top of each other.

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist to access out-of-bounds areas of the the Havana map during his ultimate.
  • Fixed an issue where Doomfist's Rocket Punch would sometimes impact stairs.
  • Fixed issue where Doomfist's Seismic Slam was not showing its electricity effect on affected entities.
  • Fixed a bug that could result in Seismic Slam not hitting targets when it should.

Genji

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s damage boost from being applied to deflected projectiles.

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo's targeting reticle to appear on kill cam for players killed by his Dragonstrike Ultimate.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo's hands to clip into his legs during the Meditate emote on several skins (Cyberninja, Lone Wolf, Scion, Young Master).

Lucio

  • Fixed a bug that prevented portions of Lucio's 2019 Pacific All-Stars skin from being visible in highlight and in-game portraits.

Orisa

  • Fixed a bug that caused Supercharger to self-destruct when placed in certain locations.

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Roadhog's hook to function when he was hacked by Sombra.

Sombra

  • Translocator will now escape slippery surfaces more easily and not be able to be stuck to them.
  • Fixed an issue where a material effect on Sombra’s hair would cause it to cast a shadow while invisible.

Symmetra

  • Resolved an issue where Enemy and Friendly UI color options were incorrectly being applied to Symmetra’s Photon Barrier.

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some of Torbjörn's visual effects from being applied when he used Overload with certain skins equipped.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn's turret to sometimes destroy itself.

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – June 3, 2019

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, PS4, and Xbox. 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue with Deathmatch games that caused matches to be canceled when there were fewer than 7 players remaining.  Deathmatch games will now be canceled when there are fewer than 4 players remaining.
  • Quickplay leaver penalty now working as intended for Deathmatch modes.
  • Fixed a bug that caused voice lines to stop playing in the Hero Gallery after playing 128 of them.

Localization

  • Added remaining Japanese translations for Anniversary unlocks and Workshop content.

Heroes

  • D.Va
    • Changed the decal on the Academy D.Va skin from "판결자" to "가디언".
  • Torbjorn
    • Fixed a bug that allowed Torbjorn’s turret to shoot through walls in certain locations.
  • Ashe
    • Fixed a bug where Ashe wasn't gaining ultimate charge while B.O.B. existed.
  • Brigitte
    • Changed Brigitte’s “Take a hike” Anniversary voice line to “Get out of here”.
  • Roadhog
    • Changed Roadhog’s “You’re a talker. I don’t like talkers.” Anniversary voice line to “I’m beached as, bro.”

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – May 21, 2019

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: Overwatch Anniversary 2019

Celebrate Overwatch’s third anniversary with brand new items, including Legendary and Epic skins like Riot Police Brigitte, Academy D.Va, Carbon Fiber Doomfist, Honeydew Mei, Orbital Pharah, Gargoyle Winston, and many more! Did you miss any Overwatch festivities over the previous years? Don’t worry—you’ll be able to unlock items from past events using credits (or by opening Loot Boxes!) Relive the thrill of previous seasonal brawls in the Arcade, with a brawl of the day rotating throughout the Anniversary celebration.

Thank you so much for playing Overwatch with us over the past three years! Your continued support and enthusiasm help drive us to keep creating. We look forward to celebrating with you in-game!

Workshop

We’re excited to share a new in-game feature called the Workshop! The Workshop greatly expands the game customization features available in the Game Browser by providing a simplified game scripting system. Enhance the Overwatch game modes you know and love with new game rules, new victory conditions, adjustments to the hero movement and abilities, and much more. Once you’ve designed an awesome new game mode, create a code to share it with your friends or the whole community*! To get started using the Workshop, see our Workshop blog post. We’re excited to see what you come up with!

(* Codes created in China cannot be shared with the rest of the world. Codes created outside of China can’t be used by players in China.)

Note that Workshop is a complex feature that we’re still iterating on, so we may need to adjust or turn it off as we work to improve it. Please post any questions or issues in the Workshop forum.

GENERAL UPDATES

Plays of the Game

  • Improved the kill cameras during the Play of the Game replays to better match what happened in-game

HERO UPDATES

Baptiste

  • Immortality Field
    • If it lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform

Wrecking Ball

  • Minefield
    • If a mine lands on a moving platform, it will move along with the platform

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Play of the Game replays to be jittery when played at framerates higher than 60
  • Made stability improvements

Heroes

Baptiste

  • Fixed a bug where Immortality Field would become stuck under some objects
  • Fixed a bug where Immortality Field would behave oddly when placed on a moving platform
  • Fixed a bug where a healing grenade would appear in his Biotic Launcher when it is out of ammo
  • Fixed a bug where the healing grenades from the Biotic Launcher wouldn’t hit teammates when deflected by Genji’s Deflect

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug where D.Va’s speed when using Boosters decreased dramatically when flying over some platforms

Doomfist

  • Fixed an issue where Seismic Slam would sometimes not damage people when it should have

Genji

  • Fixed a bug where Genji couldn’t climb up certain pillars on the Havana map

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug where Hanzo couldn’t climb up certain pillars on the Havana map

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug where Junkrat would slide off a moving platform when using his ultimate

Moira

  • Fixed a bug with Moira’s Scientist skin where her lab coat would clip into itself while using the Erlenmeyer victory pose

Orisa

  • Fixed a bug where damage boosting from a teammate’s ability (such as Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix) would count towards Orisa’s damage amplified statistic when using Supercharger

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug where Wrecking Ball could use Piledriver without regard to its ability cooldown in some circumstances

KNOWN ISSUES

Overwatch Anniversary

  • Some event rewards (Skins, Icons, etc.) aren’t translated into Japanese. We’re working on finishing up these translations. We’ll add these translations in an upcoming release.

Workshop

  • The in-game link to the Workshop Forum will currently send you to the English, Chinese, or Korean forum, depending on your region. This will be fixed in an upcoming release.
  • Workshop isn’t completely translated into Japanese. We’re working on finishing up the translations. We’ll add these translations in an upcoming release.

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – May 9, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a display issue with Mercy’s 2019 Atlantic All-Stars skin for computer using lower graphics settings

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – April 29, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue where the Overwatch application would minimize if you switched your language to Chinese Simplified or Japanese
  • Fixed an audio related issue that would potentially cause the Overwatch application to crash

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – May 7, 2019

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 Map: Havana

Havana, a vibrant, historic port city where the winds of change blow strong, is home to Overwatch’s newest Escort map!

Begin your trip at the Taller de Sebastián, where the classic cars that line Havana’s bustling streets stop for refueling and repair. Escort a truck of rum barrels on the sun-drenched cobblestone roads, fighting off those who try to stop you. As you make your way, duck into a colorful building to escape enemy fire and savor the impressive flavors of Havana at La Cocina de Miranda or Café del Sol. Battle your opponents through the alleys until you reach the Don Rumbotico rum distillery, a once little-known local treasure that has recently earned international acclaim. Finally, guide the jalopy through the distillery to its destination at the Havana Sea Fort, a historical landmark recently purchased by an anonymous financial group and closed to the public.

All-Star Skins

To celebrate the Overwatch League 2019 All-Stars, we’re adding two new Legendary skins— 2019 Atlantic All-Star Mercy and 2019 Pacific All-Star Lúcio! These skins will be available from May 7th to May 22nd.

BUG FIXES

Maps

Havana

  • Fixed text errors on Taller de Sebastián and several posters
  • Fixed a bug where players would slide along the bottom of the pillars and the wall corners on the second floor of La Euforia
  • Fixed an issue where players could become stuck on the Yucca plants

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – April 18, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

Genji

  • Fixed a rare bug where Genji couldn’t use any of his abilities until he reloaded or used his melee attack

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – April 16, 2019

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: Overwatch Archives 2019 — Storm Rising

Experience a decisive moment in Overwatch’s history during the Overwatch Archives event! Get ready to travel back in time and visit beautiful Havana, Cuba where Overwatch agents are hot on the trail of the notorious businessman and Talon associate Maximilien. Team up with your friends to capture and interrogate Maximilien—whose knowledge could shape the future of Overwatch. Relive the action of previous Archives events, where you’ll fight off hordes of Talon agents while escaping Rialto and stop an Omnic insurrection in King’s Row. You’ll earn Archives Loot Boxes as you play, unlocking cosmetics from Overwatch’s past, including Legendary skins like Deadlock McCree, Scientist Moira, Talon Baptiste, Socialite Ashe, and many more!

HERO UPDATES

Junkrat

  • Frag Launcher
    • Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25
    • Grenades now bounce less but explode sooner

Developer Comments: With this change, we’re looking to slightly increase the range at which Junkrat can land direct hits. The speed of his bombs has increased, but we tuned it so this wouldn’t affect the arc of his projectile. This means that aiming with it will feel the same. The grenades bounce less and explode sooner, which will allow Junkrat to aim them more deliberately. This will reduce the amount of rolling grenade spam when playing against him.

Reaper

  • Shadow Step
    • Can now be used in air
    • Time to exit Shadow Step reduced from 1.0 second to 0.5 of a second
    • Reaper is now invisible for the entire time it takes to exit shadow step
    • Railings and other breakable objects no longer block teleporting
    • Disabled by Zarya’s Graviton Surge and Junkrat’s Steel Trap

Developer Comments: Shadow Step was originally intended to be purely an out-of-combat mobility tool to traverse the map, since Wraith Form was already a great tool for disengaging. However, this made Shadow Step very situational, so we’re increasing its flexibility to make it a better, less niche ability. This will enable Reaper to use Shadow Step in more offensive situations.

Symmetra

  • Teleporter
    • Railings and other breakable objects no longer block teleporter placement and teleporting

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

Hero Gallery

  • You can now set your Victory Pose choice to random

Social

  • There is now an option to set your profile so only your current group can view it

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the player’s view to become jittery while standing on certain objects
  • Fixed an issue where the camera would be offset slightly when changing rapidly into third person view
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to shoot through unintended small gaps on the Ilios, Nepal, and Temple of Anubis maps
  • Fixed a bug where your view would become level with the horizon after using Symmetra’s Teleporter

Heroes

Ana

  • Fixed an issue with the steam not rising correctly from Ana’s cup in the Tea Time emote
  • Fixed a bug where Ana didn’t receive audio or visual cues when a hero she boosted landed a shot

Ashe

  • Fixed a bug where the Orb of Discord sound effect would play when Bob was affected by Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord
  • Fixed an issue where Bob wouldn’t consistently stop and damage large objects deployed by heroes, like Junkrat’s RIP-Tire or Orisa’s Supercharger, if he encountered them while running

Baptiste

  • Fixed a bug where Immortality Field wasn’t immediately destroyed when it is hit by the payload

Bastion

  • Fixed a bug where Bastion would take damage while in Sentry Mode if it was hit into a wall by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug where enemies would not collide with walls while being knocked back by Rocket Punch
  • Fixed a bug where Seismic Slam wouldn’t break objects that should break
  • Fixed an issue where Rocket Punch would knock back Orisa even if she was using Fortify

Mei

  • Fixed a bug where Mei could not be healed by other heroes while using Cryo-Freeze

Mercy

  • Fixed a bug where Mercy didn’t receive audio or visual cues when a hero she boosted landed a shot
  • Fixed a bug where Mercy didn’t receive defensive assist credit from healing beams when using Valkyrie

Orisa

  • Fixed a bug where Orisa would take damage while using Fortify if she was hit into a wall by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug where Reinhardt was unable to raise his shield properly while looking upwards if he had opened his shield while looking downwards

Soldier: 76

  • Fixed a bug where his Heroic victory pose didn’t loop properly

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug where Symmetra would gain ultimate charge when her Sentry Turrets were attacking objects deployed by other heroes (Wrecking Ball’s Minefield, Torbjörn’s Deploy Turret, etc.)

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug where Torbjörn would gain ultimate charge when his Deploy Turret was attacking objects deployed by other heroes (Wrecking Ball’s Minefield, Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets, etc.)

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug where Widowmaker’s rifle goes into her head and shoulders while walking and aiming her scope, when wearing the Biathalon skin
  • Fixed a bug where dying did not cancel Infra-Sight

Maps

Black Forest

  • Fixed a bug where flying heroes could get stuck on trees and wall climbing heroes could get stuck on birds’ nests

Busan

  • Fixed a bug where flying heroes could get stuck on trees
  • Fixed a bug on the Sanctuary map where heroes would bounce when standing on the edge of the first capture point

Castillo

  • Fixed a bug where Reaper could Shadow Step to unintended places

Dorado

  • Fixed a bug where the spectator camera started at the incorrect position

Horizon Lunar Colony

  • Fixed a bug where players could get stuck on top of a worktable

King’s Row

  • Fixed a bug where Junkrat’s RIP-Tire could get stuck in the grates on the ground in King’s Row

Oasis

  • Fixed a bug on the University map where a hero that touches the enemy team’s spawn room doors will take significant damage

Numbani

  • Fixed a bug where D.Va would get stuck behind a desk when using Call Mech
  • Fixed a bug where ivy on walls was preventing certain abilities from impacting enemies, like Winston’s Tesla Cannon and Doomfist’s Meteor Strike

Rialto

  • Fixed a bug where players killed on a specific bridge would fall through the bridge
  • Fixed an issue where players could become stuck between a dolly, the wall, and a counter

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

  • Fixed a bug where Wrecking Ball would get stuck on ventilation ducts

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – March 19, 2019

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: Baptiste (Support)

Baptiste is battle-hardened combat medic who wields an assortment of experimental devices and weaponry to keep allies alive and eliminate his enemies. Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher fires a three-round-burst that rewards accuracy and recoil control with significant damage output. His alternate fire lobs grenades that heal allies near the point of impact. With Regenerative Burst, Baptiste activates an intense surge that heals himself and nearby allies over time. When danger is near, Baptiste can toss out his Immortality Field to prevent allies from dying. Baptiste moves around the battlefield with Exo Boots, jumping over obstacles and clearing distances that would stop other heroes. Baptiste deploys his Amplification Matrix as his ultimate, which doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles.

GENERAL UPDATES

Armor

  • Beam-type damage is now reduced by 20% when hitting armor
    • Mei: Primary Fire
    • Moira: Alternate Fire, Coalescence
    • Symmetra: Primary Fire, Sentry Turret
    • Winston: Primary Fire
    • Zarya: Primary Fire
  • Damage over time effects are no longer mitigated by armor
    • Ana: Primary Fire
    • Ashe: Dynamite
    • Hanzo: Dragonstrike
    • Mei: Blizzard
    • Moira: Biotic Orb
    • Widowmaker: Venom Mine
    • Zarya: Graviton Surge

Developer Comments: The damage taken by armor from damage over time effects, such as Widowmaker’s Venom Mine, and beam weapons, like Symmetra’s Photon Projector, varied greatly. Now it will be more consistent and predictable.

Damage Boost

  • Damage boost is now applied when a projectile is fired rather than when it hits a target

Developer Comments: Previously, the effects of damage boosting were only accounted for if the damage-dealing hero was being boosted as they landed a hit. Now, damage is applied to the projectile as it is fired. This means the damage-dealing hero doesn’t need to be boosted when the projectile hits an enemy for the damage boost to be accounted for.

Knockback

  • Knockback distance is now more consistent
  • Heroes that are flying can now be knocked back and slowed

Developer Comments: Knockbacks are now less affected by how the enemy was moving when they were hit. Instead of having small or large knockbacks that depend on chance, knockbacks will feel similar regardless of the enemy’s movement leading up to the knockback. Allowing flying heroes, like Mercy when using her Valkyrie ability or D.Va using her Booster ability, to be properly knocked back makes for more fluid, realistic gameplay.

Sound

  • A new sound plays when you land a hit while damage boosted
  • A new sound plays when you land a hit, but it doesn’t do any damage

Developer Comments: With the addition of Baptiste, we wanted to be sure that you can tell when your hits were being buffed or nullified, regardless of what hero you’re playing.

HERO UPDATES

Ana

  • Nano Boost
    • Heal reduced from 300 to 250

Developer Comments: Giving Nano Boost an instant heal effect enabled players to survive longer and made Ana’s ultimate valuable. However, it was a bit too strong when healing heroes with large health pools.

Doomfist

  • Rising Uppercut
    • Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds
  • Seismic Slam
    • Cooldown reduced from 7 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Reducing the downtime of Doomfist’s abilities will give him some power back and make his gameplay feel more fluid.

Hanzo

  • Sonic Arrow
    • Detection radius increased from 7 to 9 meters

Developer Comments: Because of how dense the environment is on some maps, the Sonic Arrow can feel ineffective in some areas. Increasing Sonic Arrow’s detection radius should make it more effective.

Junkrat

  • Frag Launcher
    • Impact damage increased from 40 to 50
  • RIP-Tire
    • Cost increased by 10%

Developer Comments: Junkrat is one of the best barrier and tank busters in the game, and this change will help solidify this role. This doesn’t change the Frag Launcher’s explosive damage, which remains at 80. The total damage for direct impact is now 130, up from 120. Since we increased Frag Launcher’s damage output, Junkrat builds his ultimate too quickly. We’re increasing the cost of his ultimate to balance this change with his increased damage-dealing capabilities.

Lúcio

  • Amp It Up
    • Speed Boost’s amplification reduced from 70% to 50%
  • Crossfade
    • Speed Boost’s effect reduced from 30% to 20%
  • Sonic Amplifier
    • Soundwave now counts towards Offensive Assists
  • Wall Ride
    • Speed buff increased from 20% to 40%

Developer Comments: The knockback on Lúcio's Soundwave is a great tool for pushing enemies into situations that get them killed, so they should be rewarded an offensive assist for doing so. Lúcio’s ability to increase his teammate’s speed was too strong, especially when used on high health/low range heroes. We’re decreasing the overall power of Lúcio's Speed Boost but increasing the speed bonus he gets from using Wall Ride so his mobility isn’t impacted too much.

McCree

  • Fan the Hammer
    • Damage reduced from 55 to 50
  • Deadeye
    • Damage per second increased from 275 to 550 after locking onto targets for 1.5 seconds

Developer Comments: After reducing armor’s effectiveness for all heroes, Fan the Hammer doesn’t need to deal quite as much damage. Increasing Deadeye’s damage after being locked on for a bit makes it more effective when attacking high health, static targets (like barriers) and heroes with over 250 health. It will not impact how dangerous this is for heroes under 250 health.

Mei

  • Endothermic Blaster
    • Primary fire damage increased from 2.25 to 2.75 (45 to 55 damage per second)
  • Ice Wall
    • Health reduced from 500 to 400

Developer Comments: Increasing the damage of Mei’s primary fire should make her Freeze and Icicle move combination more potent. Making the pillars on Mei’s Ice Wall easier to destroy means less waiting for the wall to disappear on its own and more opportunities to counter it.

Moira

  • Biotic Grasp
    • Heal over time duration increased from 3 to 4 seconds
    • Total healing increased from 50 to 65

Developer Comments: These minor changes make Moira’s passive healing effect on Biotic Grasp slightly more effective when topping off an ally’s health.

Orisa

  • Fusion Driver
    • Movement speed penalty while firing reduced from 50% to 30%

Developer Comments: As a defensive tank, Orisa can have trouble pushing forward with the team. Allowing Orisa to move faster while firing should make it easier to apply pressure on the enemy team and use her barrier in proactive ways.

Pharah

  • Rocket Launcher
    • Minimum explosion damage increased from 16.25 to 20

Developer Comments: This change sets the Rocket Launcher’s minimum damage to where it was before we rebalanced its direct impact and explosive damage in a recent patch.

Reaper

  • The Reaping
    • Healing received from dealing damage reduced from 50% to 40%

Developer Comments: A recent change that increased Reaper’s healing while he dealt damage was a bit too strong, sometimes making opponents feel like Reaper was unstoppable.

Soldier: 76

  • Pulse Rifle
    • Damage increased from 19 to 20
  • Sprint
    • Delay before you can fire the weapon after using Sprint reduced from .5 to .3 seconds
  • Tactical Visor
    • Can target RIP-Tire and Immortality Field

Developer Comments: This change should potentially allow Soldier: 76 to kill an enemy hero one shot sooner. Reducing the time between when you use Sprint and when you can fire should make the ability more fluid and responsive. Giving Tactical Visor the ability to target Junkrat’s RIP-Tire and Baptiste’s Immortality Field drone is a quality of life improvement, since these are both critical targets.

Sombra

  • Hack
    • Cooldown is reduced by half when hacking a health pack
    • Changed the visual appearance to more clearly indicate when something has been hacked

Developer Comments: The cooldown on Hack often made it feel less effective to target health packs instead of players. This will make both health packs and players viable targets for hacking.

Symmetra

  • Photon Projector
    • Primary Fire’s damage ramps up 20% faster

Developer Comments: This will allow Symmetra to more consistently reach peak damage output from her Photon Projector.

Torbjörn

  • Base health increased by 50 armor (250 maximum health)
  • Overload
    • Armor gain reduced from 150 to 100

Developer Comments: Torbjörn’s survivability was a bit low, so we’ve shifted some power from his Overload ability to his base health.

Widowmaker

  • Infra-Sight
    • Reveals enemy health bars
    • Now canceled on death

Developer Comments: Infra-Sight had no counter to its effect, so it now ends when Widowmaker dies. To balance out its higher risk of use, Infra-Sight now reveals enemy health bars to Widowmaker’s team.

Wrecking Ball

  • Adaptive Shield
    • No longer cancels Roll mode

Developer Comments: This will make Adaptive Shield a more powerful survival tool, since being forced out of Roll mode left Wrecking Ball more susceptible to fire.

Zarya

  • Particle Cannon
    • Alternative Fire’s explosion radius changed to 2 meters, regardless of energy level

Developer Comments: Zarya’s damage greatly increases when at high energy, while also gaining increased beam size and a larger explosion radius. This often allowed Zarya to deal too much damage and made the explosions from the Alternate Fire on her Particle Cannon nearly impossible to avoid. This change will still allow Zarya to deal a lot of damage, but makes it more difficult to actually apply the damage.

Zenyatta

  • Orb of Destruction
    • Damage increased from 46 to 48
  • Orb of Discord
    • Effect reduced from 30% to 25%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord makes him a nearly irreplaceable support hero on your team. We’re reducing its impact for Zenyatta’s team, but increasing the potency of the Orb of Destruction to compensate for its lesser effect.

BUG FIXES

Callouts

  • Fixed a bug where the “Need Healing” callout wouldn’t display in chat if the hero you targeted didn’t have healing abilities

Camera

  • Fixed a bug where, when playing certain heroes, the camera would clip into the hero when looking straight upwards

Career Stats Menu

  • Fixed a bug where the season labels for Competitive CTF and Competitive 6v6 Elimination didn’t display

General

  • Fixed a bug where damage boost stat tracking was incorrect in some circumstances

Hero Gallery

  • Fixed a bug where, if switching between Junkrat Skins, one of the bombs on his vest would spin

Heroes

Ana

  • Fixed a bug where Ana’s clothes would clip into her hip pouch while doing the Yut Nori emote

Ashe

  • Fixed a bug that prevented audio feedback from playing to indicate ammo was low on Ashe’s rifle if it had three or fewer bullets

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug where Seismic Slam didn’t pull in enemies as intended

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that made D.Va very difficult to knock back while she was firing her Fusion Cannons

Genji

  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s Dragonblade to end before the deflect duration was complete
  • Fixed a bug where Genji would be knocked back unusually far when using Swift Strike to hit Doomfist’s Rocket Punch

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug where Hanzo’s leg would visibly move while he was in his Meditate pose

Mercy

  • Fixed a bug where Mercy’s left knee would bend unnaturally when stunned by McCree’s Flashbang

Orisa

  • Fixed a bug that made Orisa very difficult to knock back while she was firing her Fusion Driver

Reaper

  • Fixed a bug where a button on the shoulder of Reaper’s Lu Bu skin appeared to be floating

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug where a piece on Reinhardt’s back displayed incorrectly while using the Guan Yu skin in the Hammer Down highlight intro
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Reinhardt’s Earthshatter to hit people further off the ground than intended in specific circumstances

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug where Sombra’s stealth exiting sound effect wouldn’t play if an emote was used to exit stealth mode
  • Fixed a bug where Sombra couldn’t quick melee while using her Hack ability

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug where Symmetra would gain ultimate charge while casting Photon Barrier

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn from using Molten Core in custom games if Ability 2 was disabled

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Venom Mine from damaging a hero if they triggered it at the edge of its trigger radius

Maps

  • Hollywood
    • Fixed a bug where the winning team’s hero lineup wouldn’t display correctly
  • Horizon Lunar Colony
    • Fixed a bug that caused the hanging tires near the first point to rotate a Self Destructing D.Va mech
  • Paris
    • Fixed a bug where the sounds coming from the Nous vous surveillons apartment weren’t playing

Overwatch League Skins

  • Fixed issues with the colors of skins for new Overwatch League teams

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.
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BUG FIXES

Heroes

Mei

  • Fixed a bug where turrets, AI bots, and Ashe’s Bob would target a friendly Mei’s Ice Wall

Maps

Rialto

  • Fixed a bug where players would fall through boats to their death

Sound

  • Fixed a bug where the elimination sound effect would play after destroying a barrier
  • Fixed a bug where the elimination sound effect wouldn’t play after getting a kill assist
  • Fixed a bug where the Deathmatch end of the game screens and the Play of the Game animation didn’t have music

UI

  • Fixed a bug where the kill icon wouldn’t display after getting a kill assist

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – February 19, 2019

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.

New Map – Paris

Paris, an elegant city of art and romance, is the home of our newest Assault map.

Begin your journey at the Cabaret Luna, where the velvety alto voice of preeminent diva Luna charms movie stars, revolutionaries, locals, and tourists alike. After the encore, step outside to see the sights and seize victory. Artisanal shops line the streets as you approach the first point, so duck in to sample a macaron or escape enemy fire. Battle through alleys and corridors before clashing with your foes on the banks of the Seine. Once you establish dominance over your adversaries, make your way to Maison Marat and deliver the coup-de-grâce.

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Non-recoverable health, shields, and armor are now consumed before recoverable health, shields, and armor
    • Previous priority order: non-recoverable shields, recoverable shields, non-recoverable armor, recoverable armor, non-recoverable health, and recoverable health
    • New priority order: non-recoverable shields, non-recoverable armor, non-recoverable health, recoverable shields, recoverable armor, and recoverable health

Developer Comments: In Overwatch, a health type order determines the prioritization of subtracting health, shield, or armor types when a hero takes damage. For example, if a hero has recoverable shields and takes damage, the damage taken will diminish the recoverable shield before it subtracts from their recoverable health. Previously, it was possible for heroes’ recoverable shields to be prioritized for damage and regeneration, allowing their non-recoverable armor to persist. With the order adjustment, heroes who have been granted non-recoverable armor or shields will now consume those resources before recoverable health, armor, or shields.

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES UPDATES

General

  • Players can appoint lobby ownership to other players in custom games

BUG FIXES

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug in Mystery Heroes that caused the HUD to display an “Unspecified” notification when transitioning from Skirmish to a match

Heroes

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused heroes to use the “Behind You” voice line if affected by a damage over time ability

Ashe

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the lit fuse on Ashe's dynamite from being visible if it was deflected by Genji
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy or Ana to see a skull hit marker on their screen if they were healing Ashe when she detonated her dynamite
  • Fixed a bug that caused the lever on Ashe’s rifle to slip out of her hands when she used her Flourish emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe's rifle to glow significantly brighter when hit with Ana's Nano Boost
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe’s reload to cancel if she used the “Hello” emote

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va from being visible to teammates if her Junker or Scavenger skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the flags on D.Va’s mech from animating during her Lying Around highlight intro if her Junker or Scavenger skins were equipped

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused the arrow arcs of Hanzo's Storm Arrow ability to be visually incorrect

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug with Junkrat's Mine Like a Steel Trap achievement that prevented Ashe's Bob from counting as a valid target
  • Fixed a bug that caused the tail on Junkrat’s Krampus skin to clip into the ground during his Shot Put highlight intro

Mei

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei's hat to fold into itself when she used Cryo-Freeze with the Mei-rry skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bob to stop attacking Mei if she used Cyro-Freeze on top of his head

Reaper

  • Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s shoulder to clip through his collar during the Executioner highlight intro if his Lü Bu skin was equipped

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt's Earthshatter from hitting an enemy if they were pinned by his charge but survived after traveling the maximum distance
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer to make a hammer sound rather a blade impact sound if his Guan Yu skin was equipped

Soldier: 76

  • Fixed a bug that caused the visual effects for Soldier: 76's Tactical Visor to persist after the ability ended if the Ultimate Duration slider was set above 100% in a custom game

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug where Symmetra's teleporter could be used to reach unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s turrets to float in midair after being teleported onto a moving object

Hero Gallery

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from previewing Orisa's Supercharger in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from rotating hero models in the Hero Gallery if the Mouse 1 button was bound to a keybind in the Miscellaneous section
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Owned and Unowned filters from displaying accurate results in the Hero Gallery

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from using the word "support" in the Game Browser
  • Fixed a bug that caused a backfill player to become a spectator if a group leader rejoined the match after leaving

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to throw her Translocator to unintended locations in Blizzard World
  • Fixed a bug that caused heroes to clip into a railing when spawning in Château Guillard
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to throw her Translocator through a certain wall in Dorado
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s turrets to attach to the wall behind her rather than the intended target in Numbani
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe's Bob to instantly break destructible tiles on Petra

Social

  • Fixed a bug that prevented an accurate error message from appearing when a player tried to accept a friend invite if their friend list was full

UI

  • Fixed a bug that caused performance issues whenever the kill feed updated
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s ultimate indicator to float in the spectator UI when Meteor Strike was fully charged
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Quick Melee icons from displaying in the kill feed
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “Draw” notification from displaying color blind colors
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the melee icon from appearing in the kill feed after eliminating training bots, Torbjörn’s turret, Orisa’s Supercharger, D.Va’s mech, and Ashe’s Bob

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – January 24, 2019

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.

New Seasonal Event: Lunar New Year 2019

Get ready to ring in the Year of the Pig!

We’re celebrating the 2019 Lunar New Year with a festive Capture the Flag version of the Busan map, Season 2 of Competitive Capture the Flag, and a load of loot! Unlock new seasonal items, including legendary skins for Huang Zhong Hanzo, Lü Bu Reaper, Guan Yu Reinhardt, Zhang Fei Torbjörn, Hong Gildong Tracer, and Zhuge Liang Zenyatta.

To learn more about Overwatch Lunar New Year, click here.

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Armor
    • Damage reduction from armor reduced from -5 to -3

Developer Comments: Before this change, armor reduced all incoming damage by up to 5, maxing at half of the normal amount. This change reduces the damage reduction to 3, while still capping at half. This change will be most noticeable for heroes who fire quickly or in bursts, such as shotguns, and do more than 6 damage per shot. For example, Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle will now do 16 damage per shot to armored opponents, up from 14 (an increase close to 15%).

Armor was a bit too strong overall, especially when heroes were being healed quickly and often. This change will help more heroes fight against higher-armored enemies.

Brigitte

  • Rally
    • Now has a maximum duration of 30 seconds

Developer Comments: Sometimes Rally could cause a snowballing effect, making it too difficult to deal with the increased health of Brigitte’s allies before she built up another one. This change limits how long Rally’s effect lasts after its initial cast, to make it a bit more manageable in those situations.

D.Va

  • Defense Matrix
    • Cooldown increased from 1 second to 2 seconds

Developer Comments: This change allows D.Va’s enemies to play around her Defense Matrix by increasing its downtime between uses.

Reaper

  • The Reaping
    • Life steal increased from 30% to 50% of damage dealt

Developer Comments: Reaper’s passive enables him to play aggressively when near enemies. This change allows him to keep the pressure up while he’s dishing damage to his enemies. The added life steal is particularly effective against tanks, as they tend to do less damage than other heroes, and also take more damage from his Hellfire Shotguns due to their larger hit volumes.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to detonate on the wrong side of Orisa’s Protective Barrier when it was placed on the front

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball’s proximity mines from being disabled by Sombra’s EMP

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that prevented the team color on the payload progress bar from switching after a round transition

Maps

Nepal

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to capture or contest the point from its exterior on Nepal’s Shrine stage

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – January 25, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some players from receiving the Captured and Delivery Interruption reward sprays after completing the achievement requirements

Developer Comments: Players who have successfully earned the achievement will receive the reward sprays immediately next time they log in.

  • [CHINA] Fixed a bug that prevented some players from receiving the Captured and Delivery Interruption reward sprays after completing the achievement requirements

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 9, 2019

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented special event music for Ana’s Bastet Challenge from playing in the main menu
  • Fixed a bug that prevented heroes from loading on the victory screen
  • Fixed a bug that caused Wrecking Ball’s golden weapon to display incorrectly when using certain skins

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 8, 2019

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.
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BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the title text for Ana’s Bastet Challenge from displaying

Heroes

McCree

  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s model to distort if he used Combat Roll to the right with the Sherlock skin equipped

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – January 8, 2019

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

Ana’s Bastet Challenge

We’re bringing Ana's journey in the short story “Bastet” to Overwatch with some special, unlockable in-game content. Wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you a limited-time player icon, victory pose, and a new epic skin: BASTET ANA!

Tune in to participating Twitch broadcasters while they’re playing Overwatch anytime through January 21 to earn five Ana's Bastet Challenge sprays!

To learn more about Ana’s Bastet Challenge, click here.

Overwatch League 2019 Season Skins

Team uniforms come to life as in-game skins! Skin are now ready to equip in-game for the eight new Overwatch League 2019 teams: Atlanta Reign, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice. Represent your favorite team (or teams) in-game with skins for every hero.

Learn more about the Overwatch League here.

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAME UPDATES

Spectating

  • Status effect icons now display on the afflicted heroes’ portraits
  • An option to toggle an over-the-shoulder spectator camera is now available. This feature can be found under Options > Gameplay > Use Simple 3P Spectator Camera
  • An option to mute voice lines while spectating is now available. This feature can be found under Options > Gameplay > Enable Voice Lines While Spectating

Developer Comments: These quality of life changes mirror some of the functionality available to professional broadcasters. By bringing these features in-game, we aim to provide players with a seamless spectator experience between streamed professional play and in-game matches with their peers.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

Kill Feed

  • The kill feed will now display when D.Va's Defense Matrix successfully absorbs a projectile (e.g. Zarya's Graviton Surge and Hanzo's Dragonstrike)
  • Kill feed text and icons for eliminating non-player destructible now display 50% smaller (e.g. D.Va's Mech, Junkrat's RIP-Tire, Torbjörn’s turret, and Orisa's Supercharger)
  • Added a new kill feed icon for Quick Melee eliminations
  • The kill feed no longer displays when a player destroys Symmetra's teleporter

BUG FIXES

Heroes

Ashe

  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe’s scoped view to stutter when playing with a high framerate

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte to pivot when exiting third-person view after lowering her Barrier Shield

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter to not be visible to other players if he used it while recovering from a stun
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt to pivot when exiting third-person view after lowering his Barrier Field

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn’s turret to be built at an extreme angle if it landed on the edge of an object

Winston

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Winston from dealing damage when landing at the maximum range of Jump Pack

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players’ Competitive Points deduction from visually updating after purchasing a golden weapon

Maps

Blizzard World

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on the chimney above the attacker’s initial spawn room

Busan

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the blast shields from moving in MEKA Base while in a skirmish match

Hollywood

  • Fixed a bug that caused the railing above the first objective to block projectiles after being destroyed

King's Row

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on top of the sign for Moriarty’s Fine Books behind the first objective

Overwatch Patch Notes – December 11, 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.

New Seasonal Event: Winter Wonderland 2018

‘Tis the season to get merry!

Overwatch is getting into the holiday spirit for the next three weeks! Expand your collection and enjoy two winter brawls: Yeti Hunter and Mei’s Snowball Offensive. Visit Blizzard World to watch the snow fall, admire its twinkling nighttime lights, and savor the sight of confectionary-inspired décor.

Of course, we have new presents for you to unwrap from our Winter Loot Boxes! Unlock new seasonal items—including legendary skins like Krampus Junkrat, Sugar Plum Fairy Mercy, Figure Skater Symmetra, and more.

Learn more about Winter Wonderland here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Audio

  • An option to use Windows Spatial Audio is now available. This feature can be found in the Windows Start Menu under Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound > Speaker Device > Spatial Sound

Developer Comments: Since launch, we’ve supported Dolby Atmos for players who use headphones, and we’re now expanding this support to include the Windows 10 implementation for spatial audio. Spatial audio is configured in the Windows 10 sound settings and will take priority over the settings in the game client. This will allow for more options, including settings for Windows Sonic Headphones, Dolby Atmos for Headphones, and Dolby Atmos for Home Theater.

HERO UPDATES

Ashe

  • B.O.B.
    • Bob will now have a golden tint when Ashe equips her golden weapon

Developer Comments: Our final technical audit on Ashe’s character package allowed us to implement a feature we talked about several times during Bob’s production. Making him part of Ashe’s golden weapon is a great way to celebrate our favorite Big Omnic Butler and let players show off their hard-earned Competitive Points each time they summon him onto the battlefield.

Bastion

  • Configuration: Recon
    • Ammo increased from 25 to 35
  • Configuration: Sentry
    • Weapon spread decreased by up to 33% while firing

Developer Comments: Bastion could use a little bit of an offensive boost to balance out how vulnerable Configuration: Recon’s bulky size and Sentry’s stationary nature make it. As a reward for surviving in spite of these weaknesses, we gave Bastion a lower spread in Sentry mode to make it more effective at farther ranges than it was previously.

Brigitte

  • Shield Bash
    • No longer can travel or stun targets through barriers
    • Damage reduced from 50 to 5
  • Inspire
    • Cooldown reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1 second
    • Duration increased from 5 seconds to 6 seconds
    • Total healing increased from 80 to 100

Developer Comments: Brigitte’s Shield Bash is a strong ability that often feels difficult to counter. This change will offer new options for counter play, enabling shield tanks to better protect themselves and their teammates. Reducing its damage reduces her total stun combo damage potential while still allowing Whip Shot and her basic melee attacks to retain their full strength. Brigitte is a tank/healer hybrid, and lately we’ve been reducing her effectiveness by lowering the power of her non-healing functionality. We want to make sure she is still a viable pick, so we’re increasing the uptime of her Inspire passive ability to help improve her overall healing output.

Doomfist

  • Rising Uppercut
    • Loss of air control duration lowered from 3 seconds to 0.6 seconds
  • Seismic Slam
    • Maximum range reduced from 20 meters to 15 meters
    • Targets no longer lose air control while being pulled in
  • Meteor Strike
    • Inner ring damage radius increased from 1.5 meters to 2.0 meters
    • Outer ring maximum damage decreased from 300 to 200

Developer Comments: Doomfist’s high mobility allows him to engage and disengage from extremely long range. Decreasing the range of the targeted aerial version of Seismic Slam requires him to get closer before engaging an enemy and makes it slightly harder for him to escape from combat. The loss of air control on Rising Uppercut was a frustrating mechanic for players, but it allowed Doomfist to set up combos. We’ve found a decent middle ground by limiting the amount of time Doomfist has to line up his next move. The Meteor Strike changes will make it harder to secure easy eliminations on heroes without mobility abilities, such as Zenyatta or Ana, while still preserving its maximum potential damage when aimed well or when combined with other abilities such as Graviton Surge or Sleep Dart.

McCree

  • Peacekeeper
    • Alternate fire damage increased from 45 to 55

Developer Comments: McCree’s Fan the Hammer wasn’t as reliable against higher health heroes as it should be. Increasing its damage will make it more potent in close-range engagements where it is intended to be most effective.

Soldier: 76

  • Tactical Visor
    • No longer makes Helix Rockets lock onto enemies

Developer Comments: The intent of Tactical Visor is to make Soldier: 76 unable to miss during its duration. However, Helix Rockets have travel time, so if they were fired directly at an enemy after locking on they would often miss a moving target at further ranges. This change allows players to freely aim Helix Rockets while still auto-aiming his primary fire.

Torbjörn

  • Molten Core
    • Damage increased from 130 to 160 per second

Developer Comments: While the Molten Core damage pools were intended to provide players with tools for area denial, they weren’t proving threatening enough to deter enemies for a significant amount of time because their damage was too low.

BUG FIXES

A.I.

 
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn bot to use some of his ultimate while attempting to repair his turret

Deathmatch

 
  • Fixed a bug that caused Athena’s voice lines to overlap if the match was a draw

Heroes

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented a landing exertion visual effect from playing when a hero impacted a slippery surface before landing
  • Fixed an issue that caused enemy players to appear to have jittery movement at framerates over 100
  • Fixed issues that could cause the client to miscalculate projectiles

Ashe

  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe’s Dynamite to create a second small explosion visual effect a few moments after the first explosion
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ashe’s Dynamite from playing its fire visual effects on enemy abilities (e.g. Junkrat’s Steel Trap or Mei’s Ice Wall)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ashe’s Dynamite from exploding if it fell into small gaps
  • Fixed a bug that prevented spectators from seeing enemy outline’s through Ashe’s scope
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ashe to see Zarya’s Project Barrier visual effects when Bob was the ability’s target
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bob to slip off Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Bob to push Bastion in Sentry mode when hit by his charge
  • Fixed a bug that prevented a charging Bob from opening the airlock doors on Horizon: Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bob elbow to briefly disappear when waving
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bob to continuously charge into a small piece of collision instead of stopping
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ashe’s Coach Gun from displacing breakables on maps

Bastion

  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s Tank mode treads to continue moving while stunned
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s colored outline to include squares floating above him while in Configuration: Tank

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to travel through Mei in Cryo-freeze when using Shield Bash

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug with the Lying Around highlight intro that caused Cruiser D.Va’s hair to clip into the mech

McCree

  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Deadeye animation and sound effects to play twice if it was canceled quickly

Mercy

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain ultimate charge by damage boosting a Pharah as she damages herself

Moira

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orbs to go through or get stuck in walls and other collision

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from traveling over certain terrain

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to hear the detected sound effect when entering stealth or teleporting

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that caused additional sound effects to play while viewing Symmetra’s Creation victory pose in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug with Symmetra’s teleporter where it would play its self-destruct sound effects when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to teleport her turrets under terrain

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn’s turret to be built at an extreme angle if it landed on the edge of an object

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker’s Venom Mine to reveal enemy barriers through walls

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that caused Wrecking Ball to briefly hit maximum speed before returning to normal speed when he used his Grappling Claw at maximum distance

Hero Gallery

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players’ Competitive Point currency deduction from visually updating after purchasing a golden weapon
  • Fixed a bug that caused heroes to display a t-pose briefly when viewing Highlight Intros with the UI disabled

Maps

Control

  • Fixed a bug that caused the hero select countdown timer to remain at 29 seconds

Dorado

  • Fixed a bug that gave unintended access to certain ledges

Hollywood

  • Fixed a bug that caused the ground beneath the western soundstage’s gates to be slippery while the gates were open

Temple of Anubis

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from standing on the staircase ledge near the first point
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations

Mystery Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Mystery Heroes ruleset from being used while in a Mystery Heroes skirmish

Spectating

  • Fixed a bug that caused the kill feed to overlap with other UI elements while spectating players

UI

Colorblind Options

  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s UI to appear as the enemy color during FFA Deathmatch games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented colorblind set team colors from appearing on the tab and victory screens
  • Fixed a bug that prevented player name plates from appearing in the hero select screen
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the end of round score screen from properly displaying team colors
  • Fixed a bug that prevented enemy Torbjörn’s turret health bar from displaying its team color

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 14, 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a visual bug that prevented “The Boo!” Spray from properly showing
  • Fixed a bug to reduce AMD device-lost errors
  • Fixed a bug to reduce load failures into game on under minimum spec systems

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 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.

New Hero: Ashe (Damage):

Ashe’s arsenal of weapons makes her a versatile offensive hero, capable of setting up the perfect situation to shoot down dangerous enemies from range or deal high area-of-effect burst damage to groups of heroes.

Her primary weapon is the Viper, a lever-action rifle with two firing modes: semi-automatic and aim down sights. In semi-automatic mode, the Viper shoots rapidly with a high spread. Aiming down the sights lets Ashe line up precise shots, increasing damage at the expense of speed.

She can turn any situation into her favor with her Coach Gun a short-range, high-impact sidearm that deals big damage and clears the way by knocking back nearby enemies. It can also be used to knock herself back for added mobility, either to reposition herself for a clear shot, or to escape pursuing enemies.

Ashe’s Dynamite ability is a thrown explosive that detonates after a delay. It deals damage in a wide radius and sets enemies on fire for additional damage over time. She can also shoot the dynamite to detonate it early, allowing her to damage unsuspecting enemies.

Her ultimate ability, B.O.B., sends Ashe’s loyal omnic companion rushing into the fray, shoving aside the frontline to rough up targets in the backline.

To learn more about Ashe, click here

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Made jump height consistent across hero roster

Mercy

  • Valkyrie
    • Ultimate cost reduced 15%
    • Healing per second increased from 50 to 60

Developer Comments: Mercy's ultimate was charging a bit too slowly after her base healing was reduced in a previous update. These changes should restore some of her ultimate’s strength and let it build up more quickly.

Reaper

  • Hellfire Shotguns
    • Spread randomization reduced by 50%
    • Spread pattern adjusted
  • The Reaping
    • Life steal increased from 20% to 30% of damage dealt

Developer Comments: Reaper's specialty is fighting at a very close range. The more consistent spread pattern and increase in healing from his passive ability will make him more capable of standing toe-to-toe with his enemies.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook
    • Decreased the delay before pulling a hooked target from 0.5 seconds to 0.3 seconds
    • Now greatly reduces the target’s momentum upon being hooked
    • Cooldown now begins immediately, instead of after the target has been pulled
  • Scrap Gun
    • Spread pattern adjusted for both primary and secondary fire
    • Spread randomization reduced by 50%
  • Whole Hog
    • Knockback maximum velocity increased by 25% (from 8 to 10 meters per second)
    • Horizontal recoil decreased slightly

Developer Comments: Roadhog is receiving several large changes to make his abilities more consistent. His Chain Hook had issues with breaking when enemy targets jumped or fell behind environment collision. It will now slow them down in the air more when the hook lands, and wait less time before it starts reeling them in. Since Chain Hook’s cooldown now begins immediately upon use, it no longer varies based on Roadhog’s distance to the hook target. We’ve also moved some of the projectiles closer to the center of the spread pattern on his Scrap Gun, which gives him a more consistent damage output for its primary and alternate fire. Previously, there was a long-standing bug that caused close-range targets to fly much further than expected. After this bug was fixed, we still wanted to keep some of the knockback burst it provided, so we’ve increased the overall velocity cap to maintain some of that functionality.

Symmetra

  • Photon Projector
    • Primary fire beam charges up 20% faster

Developer Comments: It's still difficult to use Symmetra's Photon Projector beam effectively, even after its range was increased. By speeding up the primary fire charge rate, it takes less time to ramp up to its full damage potential and will be a stronger option when she’s presented with targets to charge up on.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Removed the “Unlock All” option in the Hero Gallery

BUG FIXES

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei bots to attempt landing headshots on Wrecking Ball while he was immune to them in Roll mode
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck near Point A on Eichenwalde

Heroes

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Whip Shot from going on cooldown if it was interrupted before the chain retracted

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug that prevented victims of Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from ragdolling if they were eliminated by it
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut from damaging enemies
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomist’s Seismic Slam from dealing damage if he hit by a knockback ability the moment he landed

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat to return to his idle animation if he was stunned while using RIP-Tire

Lúcio

  • Fixed a bug that caused some allied heroes to say their “under attack” voice lines when receiving a friendly Sound Barrier

Orisa

  • Fixed bug that prevented Orisa’s Fortify from canceling Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut air control effects

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt’s Earthshatter to hit Brigitte when she blocked it with her Barrier Shield if she was strafing during high latency periods

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Chain Hook from going on cooldown if it was interrupted before the chain retracted
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Chain Hook from destroying breakable objects when pulling the target backward
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Whole Hog visual effects to cover a wider area than the spread of projectiles

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra to charge up her primary weapon on enemy ice walls

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Santaclad Torbjörn’s ultimate voice lines from playing when activating Molten Core
  • Fixed a visual issue that prevented Molten Core’s magma globules from appearing in the correct place with his Barbarossa or Blackbeard skins equipped
  • Fixed an animation issue that caused Torbjörn’s claw arm to suddenly appear when Overload and Molten Core were used in quick succession

Tracer

  • Fixed an issue that caused Tracer to accelerate slightly slower and decelerate slightly faster than other heroes

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball voice lines from playing when previewed after opening a Loot Box

Zarya

  • Fixed a bug that allowed heroes to charge through a Graviton Surge without getting trapped

Hero Gallery

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused some heroes legs to twitch when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from rotating heroes in the Hero Gallery while the UI was hidden

Social

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to hear the voice lines of heroes controlled by players they muted

Game Browser and Custom Games

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the payload from healing attackers if they were damaged while pushing it on Assault/Escort and Escort maps
  • Fixed a lighting issue that caused a skyscraper in Hollywood’s skyline to appear pitch black

Overwatch Patch Notes – October 11, 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to crash

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Pharah’s neck to distort in her Medal victory pose

Mystery Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Eichenwalde or Hollywood from appearing in the Mystery Heroes map rotation

UI

  • Fixed a bug that caused players to become immobile after their UI lost focus when entering a match

Overwatch Patch Notes – October 9, 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: Halloween Terror 2018

The fright for the future returns!

In addition to playing the limited-time brawl, you'll also be able to unlock new seasonal items—including six new legendary skins like Banshee Moira, Jack-o’-lantern Wrecking Ball, and Enchanted Armor Pharah—alongside our growing collection of bone-chilling gear from previous years.

Learn more about Halloween Terror here.  

Color Blind Option Updates

Customize how team colors are displayed in your user interface (e.g. nameplates, HUD, health bars, and hero outlines) with a set of nine different colorblind-friendly colors to choose from. You can also colorize enemy and friendly UI separately. These options can be found under Options > Video > Color Blind Options. All changes made will be saved and ready for you to see in the next match you play!

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Updated the audio mix to add more clarity and dynamic range for all sounds in the game

Developer Comments: We’ve added more heroes and features to the game, so the audio mix has become more complex, which required us to rebalance sounds across the game. In this update, we extended the range of third-person weapon sounds, increased the range of first-person weapon impacts in the world, and generally balanced third-person footsteps and ability sounds.

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Updated visuals for all shields and barriers to increase readability
  • Enemies’ health bars will now become visible to players if an entity they create deals damage to an enemy (e.g. Symmetra’s turrets)

Brigitte

  • Barrier Shield
    • Shield health reduced from 600 to 500

Developer Comments: The health of Brigitte’s barrier was extremely difficult for most heroes to deal with, especially as she closes the distance to her targets. This change still provides Brigitte with substantial survivability but should also be more rewarding for opponents who pressure her.

Doomfist

  • Hand Cannon
    • Damage falloff now starts at 15 meters

Developer Comments: Doomfist is all about getting up close and personal with his enemies, but his Hand Cannon's spread was tight enough to do surprising amounts of damage at longer ranges, especially against bigger targets. This change brings his weapon in line with other shotgun-style weapons by making its damage fall off beyond 15 meters.

McCree

  • Combat Roll
    • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Previously, McCree’s Combat Roll cooldown felt too restrictive, which sometimes prohibited players from using it. The new, faster cooldown allows for more flexibility when choosing between using it for mobility or an instant reload.

Pharah

  • Concussive Blast
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 9 seconds
  • Rocket Launcher
    • Attack speed increased
      • Lowered recovery time between shots from 0.9 to 0.75 seconds
    • Damage redistributed between explosion and impact
      • Explosion damage reduced from 80 to 65
      • Impact damage increased from 40 to 55
    • Explosion knock back reduced by 20%
    • Self-knockback amount increased by 25%

Developer Comments: We wanted to increase how responsive Pharah’s Rocket Launcher felt, because a full second of recovery between shots made it feel sluggish. To balance out the improved recovery time, we shifted some damage from the rocket's explosion to the direct impact damage. The overall damage potential is now increased when landing direct hits and decreased slightly when only dealing explosive damage. We reduced the amount of knockback each explosion causes, as it made it very difficult to aim at Pharah with rockets coming in at a faster pace. The Concussive Blast cooldown reduction should allow the ability to sync up more closely with the Jump Jet cooldown when used for mobility.

Mei

  • General
    • Updated visual effects for all abilities

Orisa

  • Fusion Driver
    • Maximum spread reduced by 20%

Developer Comments: Orisa spends a significant amount of time firing her Fusion Driver from a relatively stationary location. The weapon's spread value caused it to feel too random when leading targets at a distance, considering the projectiles' travel time. We’ve tightened the spread slightly, which should leave her close- and mid-range damage potential largely unchanged, while making it feel better when hitting targets at longer ranges.

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Number of shots until reaching maximum spread increased from 6 to 9

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76’s damage output was a bit low, but not too far off from where we felt it should be. Making it take a few more shots to reach max spread smooths out the weapon spread curve and should make his damage more consistent.

Torbjörn

  • General
    • Reduced the size of Torbjörn’s head hit volume by 10%
  • Rivet Gun
    • Primary Fire
      • Projectile speed increased from 60 to 70 per second
      • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
      • Turret targets enemy hit by primary fire
    • Alternate Fire
      • Recovery lowered from 0.8 to 0.6 seconds
      • Damage per shot lowered from 150 to 125
      • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
      • Spread randomization readjusted
    • Forge Hammer
      • Radius increased to align with Quick Melee
    • Deploy Turret
      • Turret is now a thrown projectile
      • Automatically builds over three seconds
        • No longer has different levels
        • Same damage output as previous level 2 turret
      • Maximum health reduced from 300 to 250
      • Now incurs a 5 second cooldown when deployed
      • Now incurs a 10 second cooldown when destroyed in combat
      • No longer able to deploy a new turret if it’s in combat
        • While the turret is firing
        • If the turret has taken damage within three seconds
      • Can now be destroyed using the Interact input
      • Completes self-building once deployed, even if Torbjörn is eliminated
    • New Ability: Overload
      • Replaces Armor Pack
      • Lasts for 5 seconds
      • Cooldown is 12 seconds
      • Temporarily grants 150 armor
      • Increases attack, movement, and reload speeds by 30%
    • New Ultimate: Molten Core
      • Switches weapon from Rivet Gun to his claw arm
      • Lasts 6 seconds
      • Fire up to 10 molten globules that create damage pools where they land for 10 seconds
        • Globules bounce off walls and ceilings until they hit the ground
      • Base damage is 130
      • Damage increases from 130 to 190 against enemies who have armor
        • Heroes affected by armor: Bastion, Brigitte, D.Va, Orisa, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, Winston, Wrecking Ball
        • Heroes who can grant armor to their allies: Brigitte

Developer Comments: Torbjörn was initially designed to be a specialized hero, intended to be a strong defensive option due to his armor-generating capabilities and ability to control areas with his turret. However, the scrap collecting and Armor Pack mechanics have proven to cause problematic gameplay issues because of their feast or famine nature. To make him more flexible in a wide variety of situations, we’ve removed the scrap system, made the turret much easier to deploy, replaced the Armor Pack ability with Overload—a powerful self-buff—and transformed Molten Core into a powerful new area denial ultimate ability.

Please note that Torbjörn will be unavailable in Competitive Play for two weeks.

Learn more here. 

MAP UPDATES

General

  • Reduced the setup timer for Assault, Escort, and Assault/Escort maps from 1 minute to 45 seconds
  • Assemble Your Team timer increased from 10 to 25 seconds in the second round on Assault, Assault/Escort, and Escort maps

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • A slider to change Player Outline Strength has been added under Options > Gameplay

BUG FIXES

Heroes

Bastion

  • Fixed a bug that caused the roll bar on Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin to obscure its view when backing up or firing in Tank configuration

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some glowing effects from appearing on D.Va’s Nano Cola skin
  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va from fully appearing when viewing her MEKA Activated highlight intro in the Hero Gallery

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Storm Bow reticle to be visible while emoting

Mei

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mei’s Blizzard from freezing enemies when cast in areas with low ceilings

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that caused the player’s reticle to pitch up after using Earthshatter
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter animations to play if used while he was juggled in the air by knockback abilities
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer to knock enemies back further than intended
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Reinhardt’s Charge to knock back the target rather than pinning them
  • Fixed a bug that would let Reinhardt immediately pin an enemy after a knock back close to a wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed area affect abilities to hit Reinhardt’s Barrier Field from further than intended (e.g. Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer and Junkrat’s Concussion Mines)

Sombra

  • Fixed an issue that caused Sombra to change the direction she was facing when using her Translocator to teleport
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes allowed Sombra’s Translocator to reach unintended places
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some abilities from being able to destroy Sombra’s Translocator if it was placed in certain locations

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra to have a chance of playing inaccurate voice lines when placing turrets
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s alternate fire to appear to detonate after missing a target

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s medal from appearing in his Medal victory pose

Zarya

  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s Particle Cannon reticle to be visible while emoting

Maps

Busan

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on some prohibited rooftops in Downtown
  • Fixed a bug that prevented sprays from displaying on glass windows in MEKA Base

Volskaya Industries

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving capture credit if they dropped onto the point from one of the moving platforms

Game Browser and Custom Games

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “your team has lost” or “your team has taken the lead” voice lines from playing when the score swap happens due to self-inflicted deaths

VS AI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving an “unable to join” error message if they attempted to spectate a Player vs AI match when all spectator slots were full

Overwatch Patch Notes – September 11, 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 MAP – BUSAN

Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: SanctuaryDowntown, and MEKA Base.

Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture. Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight across a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train). Contest for position in MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks: D.Va and the rest of the MEKA squad.

HERO GALLERY – FILTER

View all of the cosmetics Overwatch has to offer with our new Filter feature in the Hero Gallery. Customize your search for cosmetics by category (including seasonal events or whether they're from the Overwatch League), rarity, and whether they are unlocked or waiting to be collected.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Added visual outlines to make allies visible through walls

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Fixed a bug that would cause some weapons that fired multiple shots at once to inconsistently deal critical damage (e.g. Doomfist’s Hand Cannon, D.Va’s Fusion Cannons, Genji’s Shurikens, Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns, Roadhog’s Scrap Gun, and Torbjörn’s Rivet Gun)

Developer Comments: While this is a bug fix, we wanted to highlight this change as it can affect gameplay by changing the damage output of the affected heroes in certain situations. After this fix, weapons with spread should now correctly calculate critical damage for each individual pellet that lands in a critical region (e.g. a headshot). The end result of this change is that it should be significantly easier to deal critical damage with any weapon that fires multiple shots simultaneously, such as Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns and D.Va’s Fusion Cannons. In addition, we’ve changed the logic for when these weapons display a critical marker on your screen. It now requires 30% of your shots to be critical, rather than displaying it if a single pellet hits critically.

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Increased the precision of the Relative Aim Sensitivity While Zoomed slider. This can be found under Options > Controls > Hero > Ana

Brigitte

  • Shield Bash
    • Now knocks down and gets knocked down by other charging targets (e.g Reinhardt and Doomfist)

Developer Comments: Currently, when two charging targets hit each other, they both fall down and are briefly stunned. You can see this interaction with Doomfist’s Rocket Punch and Reinhardt’s Charge abilities. Brigitte’s Shield Bash previously wasn’t included in this group, which meant that if she used Shield Bash against these other abilities, she would generally stun them and not be affected herself. This change makes it so if she uses Shield Bash against Charge or Rocket Punch, both players will be knocked down.

Reinhardt

  • Earthshatter
    • Now consistently hits enemies near walls
    • No longer hits enemies that enter the damage cone after the “wave” has passed that area
    • No longer damages enemies behind barriers blocking it, even if the barrier is later dropped or destroyed
    • Always travels up inclines and around the payload

Developer Comments: We’ve given Earthshatter a complete overhaul to combat inconsistencies with its performance. These changes will make Earthshatter’s behavior more predictable and effective.

Roadhog

  • Scrap Gun
    • Primary fire falloff range changed from 10-20 meters to 15-30 meters
    • Alternate fire now has damage falloff, which is the same as the new primary fire falloff (15-30 meters)

Developer Comments: Previously, Roadhog’s Scrap Gun alternate fire didn’t have damage falloff which sometimes made it too powerful against far away targets. To balance out a slight power decrease, especially against barriers, we decided to push his overall weapon’s effective range out bit further before damage falloff begins to take effect. Note: The alternate fire falloff begins from where the scrap projectiles are formed, not from Roadhog’s firing position.

Widowmaker

  • Grappling Hook
    • Now retains momentum when used on environments or structures without a ledge (e.g. walls)
  • Widow's Kiss
    • Increased the precision of the Relative Aim Sensitivity While Zoomed slider. This can be found under Options > Controls > Hero > Widowmaker

COMPETITIVE PLAY UPDATES

General

  • Grand Master players can now group with players within 350 Skill Rating, up from 250 Skill Rating

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Modified the Respawn Time Scalar custom game option to prevent respawn times longer than the default
  • FFA Deathmatch
    • Mercy now begins the match with her Caduceus Blaster equipped
    • Blizzard World is now available to play in Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch
  • 1v1 Mystery Heroes
    • Mercy now begins the match with her Caduceus Blaster equipped

MAP UPDATES

Rialto

  • Payload travel speed has been slightly increased
  • Amount of time the payload pauses at checkpoints has been reduced

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused players to sometimes slip off railings
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn Armor Packs Created statistic from updating if the ability landed directly on a friendly target

Communication Wheel

  • Fixed a bug that caused a delay in selecting options on the Communication Wheel when cycling left using a mouse

Heroes

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Shield Bash movement to be interrupted when she impacted Symmetra’s turrets

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to cancel when using Symmetra’s Teleporter

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to escape the map if she used Call Mech while standing on Mei’s Ice Wall

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Dragonstrike arrow's size to be larger than his other arrows

Mei

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Cryo-freeze to block the line of sight for Mei’s Blizzard

Mercy

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain ultimate charge from using her damage beam on attacks that cannot be damage boosted

Reaper

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reaper’s Shadow Step from going on cooldown if he was interrupted

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to break after hitting an enemy while maintaining line of sight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s alternate fire from calculating falloff damage correctly
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from landing if he was launched into the air while activating it

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to pin targets that were behind him when using Charge
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt from pinning some targets when he turned during Charge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to use Earthshatter while standing on an enemy’s head
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from hitting enemies standing on a payload
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from traveling up certain inclines

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra from translocating to a moving platform
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra from destroying her Translocator if she was stunned or hacked
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Translocator from accurately indicating where Sombra would arrive when the ability was used

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Hack from canceling Symmetra’s Photon Barrier placement
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s teleport UI to persist after being eliminated

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook from connecting to some ledges
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s scoped shots on hero placed objects to count against her Scoped Weapon Accuracy statistic (e.g. Symmetra’s Teleporter, Torbjörn’s autocannon)

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball’s Piledriver from dealing falloff damage
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Wrecking Ball’s Piledriver to deal damage twice if he slid off the environment during its duration
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Wrecking Ball’s primary fire to continue working even if it was disabled in custom game

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 28, 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

D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge

We’re celebrating the release of D.Va’s action-packed animated “Shooting Star” short by making some special content available to unlock in-game. For a limited time, your wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you additional D.Va sprays, a player icon, and a new epic skin: NANO COLA D.VA!

When you’re not playing to win, you can watch sponsored Twitch broadcasters to unlock even more D.Va-themed sprays!

To learn more about D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge, click here. 

BUG FIXES

Hero Gallery

  • Fixed a bug that prevented hero descriptions from displaying when a skin was selected
  • Fixed a bug that prevented hero descriptions from displaying in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that prevented cosmetics’ unlock requirements from displaying in the Hero Gallery

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some of Roadhog’s voice lines from playing with his Lacrosse skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to fall through the environment when thrown into a Teleporter
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to teleport players into certain vehicles on King’s Row and Numbani
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s Jump Pack damage to not fall off properly

Sound

  • Fixed an issue that prevented sound from playing after a memory-intensive team fight

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 9th, 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

Summer Games 2018

The Summer Games return for more fun in the sun! This year, we're celebrating the spirit of competition with a new Lúcioball arena, Season 2 of Copa Lúcioball, and a smörgåsbord of loot. Unlock over 50 new seasonal items—including legendary skins like Waveracer D.Va, Fastball Zenyatta, and Cabana Ana—alongside our growing collection of summer gear from previous years.

To learn more about Summer Games, click here. 

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Changed the name of Junkrat’s Buccaneer skin to Bilgerat
  • Added under attack voice lines for Zenyatta, Lúcio, and Moria
  • All Overwatch League skins now include the name of the team’s city or state

Looking for Group

  • Settings will be saved after changing filters on the Looking for Group browse screen

Hero Gallery

  • Added a What’s New option that displays new unlockable content

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Some ultimate abilities now restore ammunition after completion for some heroes
    • Abilities affected: Genji’s Dragonblade, Junkrat’s RIP-Tire, Pharah’s Barrage, Roadhog’s Whole Hog, and Zenyatta’s Transcendence, Winston’s Primal Rage

Developer Comments:The change removes the need to immediately reload after a long duration ultimate.

Ana

  • Nano Boost
    • Now also instantly heals the target for 300 health
    • Range increased from 30 to 40 meters

Developer Comments: These changes help Ana’s Nano Boost be usable in more situations. Previously it was almost entirely used to combo with other allies’ ultimates, just before they use them. With this change Nano Boost can now alternatively be used to save an ally from near death in the middle of a big fight.

Brigitte

  • Shield Bash
    • Cooldown increased from 6 to 7 seconds
  • Repair Pack
    • An option to control Brigitte’s Repair Pack targeting sensitivity has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte

Developer Comments: Brigitte’s Shield Bash is one of her strongest abilities, and its short cooldown can make it difficult to play against. Slightly increasing its cooldown will give her opponents more opportunity to play around it. We’ve also added an option to control Brigitte’s Repair Pack targeting sensitivity which will allow players to reduce the width of the search angle for the ability. This is useful for trying to target specific allies in the middle of a fight at the cost of making it a bit harder to target allies in general.

Doomfist

  • Rocket Punch
    • No longer impacts Symmetra’s teleporter
    • Now destroys Symmetra’s sentry turrets without stopping his movement

Developer Comments: These changes are just quality of life improvements for how Doomfist interacts with Symmetra’s placed objects.

Hanzo

  • Lunge
    • Cooldown increased from 4 to 5 seconds

Developer Comments: Hanzo’s Lunge ability allows him to be a bit too evasive, so we’re increasing the cooldown to make him easier to catch.

Lúcio

  • Crossfade
    • Aura radius increase from 10 to 12 meters
  • Sound Barrier
    • Temporary shields granted increased from 500 to 750

Developer Comments: Increasing the amount of shield health gained from Lúcio’s Sound Barrier should make it more effective against incoming burst damage. As part of his last rework, Crossfade’s radius was heavily reduced, but its potency was increased to compensate. While the change was better for him overall, the radius was small enough that it was often difficult to keep his allies in range during a fight, even if they felt reasonably close together. The increased radius should help in these situations.

Mercy

  • Caduceus Staff
    • Healing beam reduced from 60 healing per second to 50 healing per second

Developer Comments: Mercy’s previous healing output made her nearly irreplaceable in any team composition. Even after this change she will still be able to deliver more healing over the course of a match than any other support hero, but it should allow for other healers to be more viable.

Moira

  • Biotic Grasp
    • Passive energy regeneration rate increased from 2 per second to 2.4 per second

Developer Comments: This change should help Moira in situations where there are no enemies within reach but your team still requires a lot of healing. She will still need to drain enemies to be fully effective, but this just helps her a bit in the rare cases where there is an extended long-range fight that she can’t reasonably take part in.

Reinhardt

  • Barrier Field
    • Decorative insignia no longer protrudes from the shield’s surface

Developer Comments: By smoothing out Reinhardt’s Barrier Field, he now will be able to consistently block enemy abilities and projectiles that could sometimes unintentionally sneak through (e.g. Junkrat’s grenades).

Sombra

  • General
    • Reduced the size of Sombra’s head hit volume

Developer Comments: The head changes are mostly a bug fix, as her head hit volume was abnormally large, especially from behind. Previously if you fired at her from behind near her upper spine, you could land a head shot. Now her head volume is much more accurate.

Symmetra

  • Photon Projector
    • Primary fire range increased from 10 to 12

Developer Comments: Symmetra’s primary fire has huge damage potential but it is too difficult to charge because of its low range and slow charge rate. We’re increasing the range to see how it plays out, giving her more opportunities to use it, especially against enemy barriers.

Widowmaker

  • Grappling Hook
    • Cooldown increased from 8 seconds to 10 seconds

Developer Comments: The increased cooldown will slightly reduce the frequency that Widowmaker can reposition herself. This allows her to be threatened more easily by agile enemy heroes such as Winston and Genji.

Zarya

  • Energy
    • Drain rate reduced from 2 energy per second to 1.6 energy per second
  • Graviton Surge
    • Radius reduced from 8 to 6 meters

Developer Comments: The smaller radius on Graviton Surge makes it more reasonable for her enemies to try countering it by staying spread out, as well as putting more focus on Zarya to position the ultimate correctly to impact the most players possible. However, the intent of these changes isn’t to lessen Zarya’s overall power significantly so we’re reducing her energy drain rate, which should keep her energy higher on average resulting in more damage and quicker ultimate charge times. Overall, this takes some power out of her ultimate and distributes it else ware to add more counter play against her.

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

Heroes

  • Brigitte’s Repair Pack now has a minimum cooldown time of 1.5 seconds regardless of custom game settings

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that displayed an inaccurate AFK countdown timer before removing players from a match if they were flagged as AFK more than once
  • Fixed a bug that caused the player camera to display an odd location before switching to the first-person view of the selected hero after Assemble Your Team phase ends

AI

  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn bot to fire his gun endlessly if his turret is teleported by a Symmetra player

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that could cause players to lose an endorsement level if they exited before a match completes, but after the return timer for a leaving player has expired

Heroes

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that allowed projectiles and splash damage to penetrate Brigitte’s Barrier Shield while dashing with the ability

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va’s Light Gun to disappear if Roadhog used Chain Hook on her while she used an emote

Genji

  • Fixed a visual issue that prevented Genji’s Shuriken ammunition from displaying the correct number briefly after activating Dragonblade
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s arms to detach from his body if he looked straight down a wall while climbing over edges

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s arms to detach from his body if he looked straight down a wall while climbing over edges

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug that refilled Junkrat’s ammo if RIP-Tire failed to cast
  • Fixed a bug that refilled Junkrat's ammo if he attempted to use RIP-Tire while airborne

Lúcio

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to gain ultimate charge while Sound Barrier was active if he got hacked

Orisa

  • Fixed a bug that caused the health bar on Orisa’s Protective Barrier to disappear when she used Supercharger

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that prevented cracks from appearing on Reinhardt’s Overwatch League Away skins when his Barrier Field takes damage

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s Chain Hook from retracting to his hand if he is interrupted mid-cast

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra’s visual effects to display darker than intended
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to destroy her Translocator after teleporting to it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra’s Translocator to bleed when struck by enemy players

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Pulse Bombs to stick onto the wrong side of shields when the targeted enemy moved quickly

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball from using sprays when in Roll form
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Piledriver to displace Mei while she is in Cryo-freeze

Zarya

  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s Graviton Surge visual effects to extend beyond the ability’s radius

Hero Gallery

  • Fixed a bug that prevented rotating hero models while viewed in the Hero Gallery when equipped with Overwatch League skins
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Communication Wheel from functioning when equipping a spray, voice line, or emote from a Loot Box

Looking for Group

  • Fixed a bug that caused some groups to be unable to queue for a game mode

Maps

Eichenwalde

  • Fixed a bug that caused Eichenwalde’s castle gate to falls into the ground when destroyed by the payload

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 24, 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: Wrecking Ball (Tank):

Wrecking Ball’s tinkering capabilities and iron-clad mech make him a formidable tank hero, capable of bowling through the front line of the opposition and causing mayhem in the back line. His primary weapon, Quad Cannons, are two sets of twin machine guns that shred enemies caught in their crosshairs. No team is too much for Wrecking Ball to engage against with his Adaptive Shield, which generates more health based on the number of enemies nearby. This shield makes him incredibly difficult to kill when he bulldozes into the fray and, once he starts to get low on health, also provides him the endurance to escape. The Roll ability allows Wrecking Ball to withdraw the mech’s robotic limbs, transforming it into a ball with increased movement speed. No obstacle can stand in Wrecking Ball’s way when he uses Grappling Claw, a short-range ability that grips the environment, letting him swing across terrain gaps or around corners to smash enemies. Grappling Claw also allows Wrecking Ball to reach top speed and ram into foes, dealing destructive damage and knocking them back. While airborne, the mech’s Piledriver ability causes Wrecking Ball to slam down from the air and knock his enemies off their feet.

When Wrecking Ball is at his strongest, he can use Minefield which flings mines onto the ground that deal a considerable amount of damage to enemies unfortunate enough to trigger them.

To learn more about Wrecking Ball, click  here. 

As with all new heroes, please note that Wrecking Ball's release in Competitive Play will be delayed by two weeks.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Added a note to Sombra’s Hero Information page about her ability to remove her own Translocator
  • Removed the Shield Generators Destroyed statistic from players’ Career Profiles

Looking for Group

  • Added a button that allows you to queue into the selected game mode once the group becomes full
  • Added a button to relist groups in the LFG browser when the group has empty role slots

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Several heroes have received major changes to their damage falloff:
    • Bastion
      • Configuration: Sentry and Configuration: Recon - Minimum damage at max range increased from 30% to 50%.
    • McCree
      • Peacekeeper - Minimum damage at max range increased from 30% to 50%
    • Mei
      • Endothermic Blaster - Removed all damage falloff from her secondary fire projectile
    • Soldier: 76
      • Heavy Pulse Rifle - Minimum damage at max range increased from 30% to 50%
    • Widowmaker
      • Widow's Kiss - Now has damage falloff applied on her automatic primary fire (50% at max range)

Developer Comments:The goal of these changes is to slightly reduce the impact of damage falloff on mid-range weapons. While assessing falloff mechanics across the board, weapons intended primarily for close-range combat benefited too greatly from lowering their falloff restrictions. We also normalized a couple of outliers in that Mei had a long-range travel time projectile with falloff applied and Widowmaker's automatic fire did not have any.

Hanzo

  • Storm Arrows
    • Duration reduced from 6 to 5 seconds
    • Cooldown increased from 8 to 10 seconds

Developer Comments: Hanzo’s new kit has proven to be a bit too powerful, especially his new Storm Arrows ability. We’re lowering the frequency that he can have this ability available to make it more reasonable to play around.

Sombra

  • Stealth
    • Now lasts indefinitely
    • No longer can contest objectives while invisible
    • Movement speed buff decreased from +70% to +50%
  • Translocator
    • Now lasts indefinitely
    • Can now be destroyed (has 5 health)
    • Radius reduced

Developer Comments: These changes allow Sombra to more easily play as an infiltrator and scout for her team, as well as give her time to pick and choose when to reveal herself to ambush her enemies.

MAP UPDATES

General

  • When final objectives on non-control maps are contested for extended amounts of time and attackers have an advantage in numbers, the respawn time for defenders now increases even faster

Developer Comments: In a previous patch we added a system to adjust the respawn rate of defenders in situations where attackers have a prolonged advantage in fights on final objectives. We’re just making this system a bit more aggressive to further reduce the duration of the long, drawn out fights that can occur when the defender spawns are so close to the action.

Assault Maps

  • Objective time reduced from 5 minutes to 4 minutes per control point in Quick Play and Arcade modes

Developer Comments: We have reduced the overall game time for Assault maps in Quickplay and Arcade Modes. Players now have four minutes to capture each point instead of the current five minutes per point. In some games, Point A would be captured rather quickly resulting in what could be lengthy battle over Point B. Point B is typically more defendable than Point A and, in some games, defenders were able to hold for the entire duration of remaining time which could potentially be 8 minutes or more. We felt that in these instances the overall time was simply too long for either team, with attackers unable to take the point and defenders having to hold. The reduction in time is now consistent with the Competitive Play times which provides an ample amount of time for both attackers and defenders, but hopefully removes the occasional game where it feels like you are playing against the timer and not the other team.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the group leader’s UI to appear that they’re canceling or leaving Waiting for Players when using a controller
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving an AFK warning for not moving after receiving the No XP warning for not being in combat
  • Fixed a bug that caused Competitive Elimination to display as your last match played in the Recent Players menu
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players added to Avoid as Teammate from being removed if that player was added to their friends list

AI

  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn bot to continuously try upgrading his turret when placed in an inaccessible location

Custom Game

  • Fixed a bug that prevented groups electing to spectate from being placed into the Spectator section of the Custom Game they’re trying to watch

Endorsements

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Team Information screen to display an Endorsement level of a player who left the game
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Endorsement input from opening the Endorsement tray if it shared that input with another input
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Nearby Players menu from displaying Endorsement levels
  • Fixed a bug that caused the text for the Sportsmanship Endorsement to bleed outside the chat box

Game Browser & Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that allowed heroes to deploy multiple barriers or turrets when a decreased cooldown modifier was applied in a Custom Game
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to sometimes spawn into a wall or floor when playing a Deathmatch Custom Game with Respawn as Random Hero enabled

Heroes

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented heroes from playing a hit reaction animation when shot

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte from dashing forward when using Shield Bash if she was airborne due to Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s portrait to show a non-existent ponytail with her Shieldmaiden skin equipped

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to stop if he hit Symmetra’s Turret when it was in midair
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike from hitting Reinhardt if he faced his Field Barrier upward
  • Fixed a bug with Doomfist’s Rocket Punch that prevented it from canceling Genji’s Cyber-agility, Lúcio’s Wall Ride, or Hanzo’s Wall Climb on impact
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike impact visual effect from occurring
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to plummet to his death if he used Meter Strike in the basement of the Château Guillard Deathmatch map

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s mech rear hatch from connecting to her mech when viewing D.Va’s Peace Victory Pose.

Genji

  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s kneepad to clip into his legs when wearing his Classic skin
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s knees to pop while shifting his weight during his idle animation in the Hero Gallery

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Hanzo’s Dragonstrike projectile to fire backward

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat’s Frag Launcher grenades from dealing the correct amount of damage on direct hits
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to set multiple Steel Traps in Custom Games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented teammates from viewing Junkrat’s respawn timer if he died while piloting RIP-Tire
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the player to move the camera when Junkrat’s RIP-Tire was frozen
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Frag Launcher grenades to get stuck in certain terrain

Mei

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Ice Wall to be destroyed if Sombra hacked her

Mercy

  • Fixed a bug with Mercy that caused her Cadeceus Staff and Cadeceus Blaster to appear missing when using quick melee and weapon swap simultaneously
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to damage boost certain abilities (e.g. Hanzo’s Dragonstrike, D.Va’s Self-Destruct, and Junkrat’s Steel Trap)

Moira

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Healing Orb from healing friendly training bots in the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Orbs from trigging controller vibration when using a controller

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Charge from propelling him forward if he was airborne due to Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Roadhog’s Chain Hook target to be pulled to his new location when he used Symmetra’s Teleporter

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to push and contest payloads while invisible
  • Fixed a bug that caused parts of Sombra’s Translocator to be invulnerable
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Turrets from displaying a red outline when viewed by the enemy team
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter to sometimes go through Symmetra’s Photon Barrier
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Teleporter from using visual effects with her Oasis skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to receive credit toward her Huge Success achievement if she teleported her Sentry Turrets
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from destroying existing ones when placing a new one in Deathmatch
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to shoot enemies through walls when placed on uneven surfaces
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleport telegraph to cancel if she fell off a ledge while placing it

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer to gain capture point progress during her Recall ability

Zarya

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Zarya’s Particle Cannon from gaining energy when attacked by an enemy Symmetra or Zarya if they were too close to her when she used Particle Barrier

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker from grappling to some walls

Looking for Group

  • Fixed a bug that caused all game modes to be selectable when adding a player to a group
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Choose Roles menu from offering a default role when accessed
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving messaging notifying them why they were unable to change a Looking for Group title if they were suspended from changing Custom Game names
  • Fixed a bug that prevented role icons from displaying on hero portraits
  • Fixed a bug that allowed two players were able to queue for the same Looking for Group spot

Maps

Junkertown

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junker Queen’s voice lines from playing

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 26, 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 INTRODUCTION

We’re super excited about this patch because we are adding some social features that we hope you guys really like!

First, our Endorsement system. Endorsements give you a way to acknowledge other players for having a positive impact on your gaming experience. We have ways to report people for poor conduct, but now, if you have teammates who coordinated well, a leader who gave great direction, or even someone who was just being positive you can now let them know how much you appreciated it with an endorsement!

Second is Looking for Group. A long-awaited feature that we’ve being dying to get in the game. Looking for group allows you to find like-minded players before you queue to make sure you have the kind of Overwatch experience you want! Things like specifying what game mode want to play, preferring voice chat, and knowing that a player wants to play a certain role before you go into battle together goes a long way toward solid hero compositions and team work. One small tip: Once you have created a LFG group you can browse the list and search for groups that meet your needs and invite them to join up! This is a more proactive approach to getting a group together faster.

We can’t wait for you guys to start using these systems!

—Jeremy Craig, Principal Game Designer

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Endorsements

Acknowledge your fellow Overwatch players’ positivity with endorsements! Recognize commendable behavior for players exhibiting sportsmanship, being a good teammate, or for shot calling. Commend players who lead you to victory, put the team’s needs above their own, or exhibit humility in victory or grace in defeat. Endorsements are readily available to view on Career Profiles, the Groups menu, and more so you can tell at a glance the types of players you’re playing with. Those who consistently maintain a high endorsement level will receive periodic rewards, while those who display negative behavior or accrue suspensions will lose their endorsements.

Looking for Group

Play your way using the Looking for Group feature! You can control your gameplay experience before stepping into a match by using specific parameters to create your dream team. Join a team of other like-minded players or lead a group of your own by creating a group with your personal preferences such as game mode, role enforcement, and more. Those who want to queue up for Quick Play, Play vs AI, or any competitive mode can set the types of roles others can play. These specifications will then be activated in-game (e.g. players who chose a support role will be restricted to only using heroes in that category).

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • All heroes in the Defense and Offense categories have been merged into a new category: Damage

Developer Comments: Since the line between Offense and Defense heroes has become increasingly blurred, we’ve decided to group all those heroes into a single new “Damage” category. We believe that the term more closely matches the role name that is now being used in Overwatch League and across most of the game’s community.

  • Combat can now be heard 25% further away
  • Changed the name of the Varok spray to Saurfang
  • Players must have Blizzard SMS Protect enabled on their account to be eligible for the Top 500
  • The Acknowledge and Interact buttons are now separate input bindings

Career Profile

  • Added an Inspire Uptime Percentage statistic for Brigitte on the Career Profile
  • Removed some statistics for Symmetra on the Career Profile
  • Added a Scoped Critical Hit Accuracy statistic for Widowmaker on the Career Profile
  • Career Profiles will no longer be public by default (now defaults to Friends Only). An option to make Career Profiles visible has been added under Options > Social > Profile Visibility

ARCADE UPDATES

General

  • Symmetra can now be played in 1v1 duel game modes (e.g. 1v1 Limited Duel and 1v1 Mystery Duel)

HERO UPDATES

Doomfist

Meteor Strike

  • Bonus movement speed increased from 150% to 200%

The Best Defense…

  • Shield gain increased from 30 to 35 for normal abilities

Developer Comments: The increased movement speed on Meteor Strike gives Doomfist new options in how and where to deploy it. His passive is also being increased, allowing him to survive more often when diving into enemies.

McCree

  • Deadeye
  • Range increased from 70 meters to 200 meters

Developer Comments: While McCree’s Deadeye rarely came into play at 70 meters, we are increasing the range so it cannot be a limiting factor during normal gameplay.

Orisa

  • Supercharger
    • Ultimate cost reduced by 15%

Developer Comments: Supercharger wasn’t getting enough use, considering its impact. This change allows Orisa to use her ultimate more aggressively, knowing that she will be able to generate them more easily.

Symmetra

  • Photon Projector
    • No longer locks onto targets
    • Range increased to 10 meters
    • Damage ramping now takes 2 seconds per damage level instead of 1 second
    • Damage ramp increased from 30/60/120 to 60/120/180
    • Now generates ammo instead of spending it when hitting a barrier
    • Ammo reduced from 100 to 70
  • Alternate Fire
    • No longer locks onto targets
    • No longer pierces targets
    • Now explodes on contact
    • Projectile speed increased
    • Charge up speed increased
    • Damage changed to 60 impact / 60 explosive
  • Sentry Turret
    • Turret is now placed like a projectile instead of being set in place
    • Can hold a max of 3, down from 6
    • Can now deploy a max 3, down from 6
    • Damage increased
    • Amount of slowing effect increased
  • Teleporter
    • Can now place the exit up to 25 meters away from Symmetra
    • Entrance will automatically be built in front of Symmetra, rather than at her team’s spawn point
    • Lasts 10 seconds
    • Health lowered to 300
    • More things can teleport through it (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)
    • Entrance can be destroyed
      • If either the entrance or exit is destroyed, the other is removed
  • New Ultimate: Photon Barrier
    • Deploys a barrier that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map
    • Orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate button again
    • Lasts 15 seconds
    • Has 5000 health

Developer Comments: The goal of these changes is to move Symmetra to her new damage role and make her more flexible and viable across more areas of the game than she was previously. Now that Symmetra is no longer a support hero, she is expected to be able to dish out heavy damage, and these changes allow for her to do so. She should be more powerful and interesting in more team compositions and maps, and she should also be stronger on offense and defense.

MAP UPDATES

Horizon Lunar Colony

  • Point A
    • Added a staircase on the right when exiting the Hydroponics Room
    • Removed the door to the lower room on the right
    • Removed the small wall on the catwalk above Point A
    • Added some cover walls to the catwalk area
    • Moved the door next to the staircase that led to Winston’s room
    • The door is now on the side of the wall in the training pit
    • Moved the large health pack to the back of the room
    • Removed some clutter in the upper left computer room
  • Hydroponics Room
    • Switched the positions of the large and small health pack
    • Changed some of the hydroponic plant cover on the right
  • Point B
    • Defender spawn room exits moved from the front to the sides out of direct line of fire
    • Small rooms added at spawn room exits
    • Additional cover added near the spawn room exits
    • Added a route and larger platform leading to the back right corner
    • Raised the platform to the same height as the attackers’ platform on the opposite side of the point
    • The location of the old defender exit is now an alcove with a small health pack
    • Both teams can still pass behind the point, but there is now a cut-through in the middle of the wall for better access
    • The area above the window overlooking the point is now covered
    • A large platform with cover has been attached to the left side of the catwalk
    • The upper platform for the attackers has been reduced
    • The doorway leading to the platform is slightly smaller

Developer Comments: We’ve wanted to make some gameplay improvements to Horizon Lunar Colony for some time now. The defenders’ spawn room had a problem with its main exit that allowed defenders to quickly duck back inside and regain health while attackers shot at them without doing damage. Since we were already reworking the entire back area, we decided to make some more changes addressing player feedback. The idea behind the rework of Point A was to not only help the defenders a bit, but also provide some gameplay options aside from sitting on the point and trying to hold it for as long as possible. Easier access to high ground, as well as limiting the routes for attackers (or at least allowing for defenders to more easily spot the attackers), will allow more opportunity for counters and create a better gameplay experience.

We’ve made a lot of additions and changes to the art throughout the map for you to discover as well.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented loading screens from displaying the game mode
  • Fixed a bug that caused the capture point UI to display capture progress as 100% before the point was captured
  • Fixed a bug that caused some sprays to be pixelated

AI

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra bot to continue hacking health packs if the ability was disabled in a Custom Game

Heroes

Ana

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana’s Naptime achievement from being granted when interrupting Moira’s Coalescence
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Sleep Dart effect to persist on afflicted targets after changing heroes

Bastion

  • Fixed a bug that prevented McCree’s Flashbang from interrupting Bastion’s Configuration: Tank transformation
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s treads to disfigure if he was frozen while in Tank configuration

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s grenades to damage Brigitte when hitting her Barrier Shield
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte’s Barrier Shield to become indestructible if her Barrier Shield Cooldown Time modifier was set to 0% in a Custom Game
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Rocket Flail to clip into the ground during her Flail highlight intro on King’s Row
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to proc Inspire when hitting gondola omnics with her Rocket Flail in Rialto
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to proc Inspire by hitting the motorcycle in the Junkertown attacker spawn room
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to use Shield Bash while affected by Steel Trap or Graviton Surge
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Inspire passive from sometimes healing allies out of line of sight
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s knee pad and foot to clip the ground during her Kneel victory pose when wearing her Paladin or Engineer skins
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s arm animation to shake when using Repair Pack and Rally in quick succession

Doomfist

  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Meteor Strike animation to place him back on the ground when used in midair
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike cooldown UI from being hidden if he died during its activation
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the HUD messaging for Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to indicate that players can zoom their camera out
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from dealing bonus damage when the target hit a friendly Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Rocket Punch bonus damage to hit Genji after using Swift Strike to move through the punch
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Rocket Punch’s bonus damage from applying if the enemy used an evasive ability at the same time they hit a wall (e.g. Moira’s Fade, Tracer’s Blink, or Reaper’s Wraith Form)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from impacting some walls
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch, Rising Uppercut, and Seismic Slam from not playing the appropriate sound effect if these abilities were disabled or on cooldown
  • Fixed a bug that prevented enemies struck by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from taking additional collision damage when hitting Mei’s Cryo-freeze
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut animation from playing when used after hitting something with Rocket Punch
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist to use Seismic Slam and escape Graviton Surge when within range
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s failed Seismic Slams to display the wrong UI information
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from being usable if spammed in a Custom Game with 0% cooldown modifier

D.Va

  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va’s mech to do a standing pose right before detonating
  • Fixed a bug prevented the South Korean flag decal from displaying when she was in her mech
  • Fixed a bug prevented projectiles from hitting D.Va if she stood behind her mech after it detonated
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Team Kill sound effects from playing for D.Va inside her mech
  • Fixed a bug that allowed pilot D.Va could summon extra, empty mechs if she used Call Mech while standing on top of an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to activate her mech boosters after activating her Self-Destruct

Genji

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Genji’s Swift Strike to do damage after he dies
  • Fixed a bug that prevented stuns from applying if Genji used Swift Strike
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Genji to wall climb while using emotes

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Storm Bow projectiles to sometimes use the sound effect for Storm Arrow
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Hanzo to wall climb while using emotes
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s Dragon Strike animation from playing if he was in a Graviton Surge

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to place multiple Steel Traps
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s projectiles to become invisible if they were shot through railings
  • Fixed a bug that caused the medal in Junkrat’s Medal victory pose to clip through his chin with his Scarecrow or Hayseed skins equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused turrets to target Junkrat’s Concussion Mines while airborne

Lúcio

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Lúcio from using his Sonic Amplifier when waving hello
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Lucio from using Soundwave if he had zero ammo

McCree

  • Fixed a bug that prevented McCree’s Flashbang from giving credit for environmental kills
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Deadeye targeting markers to persist if the target died while it was active
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Deadeye reticle to lock onto players who die while the ability was active
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the tumbleweed from appearing in McCree’s The Duel highlight intro

Mei

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mei from receiving environmental kill credit if her targets were frozen
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s projectiles to appear that they weren’t passing through friendly barriers

Mercy

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s Caduceus Blaster and Caduceus Staff from appearing when switching between weapons and using quick melee at the same time
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Caduceus Blaster shots to become invisible if they were deflected by Genji if her Pink skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s Guardian Angel cooldown from resetting if Valkyrie was used midflight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the cooldown on Mercy’s Guardian Angel from being refunded while Valkyrie was active
  • Fixed a bug that caused the resolution quality of Mercy’s Today’s Top 5 highlights icon to drop with her Zhuque skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented player names from displaying when being healed by Mercy
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to see her eliminated teammates while resurrecting a target
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to switch weapons while using her Caduceus emote

Moira

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Biotic Grasp from damaging barriers
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Biotic Grasp’s beam to disappear when attaching to barriers from certain angles
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Excuse Me achievement when successfully interrupting Moira’s Coalescence
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Grasp to heal targets behind an enemy barrier
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Biotic Grasp to attach onto the base of targets (e.g. Mei’s Cryo-freeze)

Orisa

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from being awarded Orisa’s Halt State achievement
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Fusion Driver from closing if her Halt projectile was affected by Defense Matrix or Deflect immediately after it spawned
  • Fixed a bug where Orisa’s arm would clip into her leg during her Puppy emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused the effect of Orisa’s Halt! to persist if Wraith Form or Fade were used immediately after being pulled in

Pharah

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Pharah from being knocked back by her Concussive Blast in spawn rooms

Reaper

  • Fixed a bug with Reaper’s Shadow Step sound effect continuously playing while moving around on breakable terrain in Petra.

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Barrier Field from not playing the correct sound effect if it was affected by Sombra’s Hack
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Barrier Field cooldown to cancel an active hammer swing when it became ready to use
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer eliminations from receiving credit in the Kill Feed

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Roadhog’s Chain Hook to reel in targets even if the ability was interrupted

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Hack from interrupting Symmetra’s Teleporter placement
  • Fixed a bug caused Sombra’s Hack to be interrupted by thin environment objects (e.g. lamp posts)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Translocator from being destroyed when it was thrown off a level

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from blocking Reinhardt’s Earthshatter
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Photon Projector to gain charge when used on breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from being placed with the correct orientation if the player rapidly turned during its placement
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from being placed on moving platforms or payloads
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her Shield Generator inside gates on certain maps
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her Sentry Turrets inside chests and vending machines
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to deploy at maximum range without sticking to a surface
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets from dealing the correct amount of damage and slow values
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleporter to self-destruct when it was placed
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s turret from being built on Symmetra’s Teleporter
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s secondary fire from consuming ammo when minimally charged
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s Teleporter from teleporting allies that moved through it at high movement speeds (e.g. Genji’s Swift Strike)
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleporter to fall through the ground if placed on platform edges
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra’s eyes from aligning properly during her Askew and Snowflakes highlight intros with her Dragon skin equipped

Torbjörn

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s Batter Up emote from playing sound effects if he switched weapons

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Pulse Bomb to stick on the opposite side of barriers when thrown at a certain angle
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s animation to pause at the start of her Bomb Spin emote

Widowmaker

  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s shooting animation to become stuck if she scoped while firing and then jumped
  • Fixed a bug with the grammar in the flavor text for Widowmaker’s Comtesse skin
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Venom Mine from being destroyed when thrown over the environment edges on Oasis Gardens

Winston

  • Fixed a bug where placing Winston’s Barrier Projector while going a step upwards would cause it to fall through the floor

Zenyatta

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Zenyatta’s Discord Orb sound effects from playing with his Cultist skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zenyatta’s arm to clip through his pants during his Heroic highlight intro

Maps

Blizzard World

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Soldier: 76’s Helix Rockets and Zarya’s primary fire from popping balloons

Horizon Lunar Colony

  • Fixed a bug that caused armor packs to land behind crates and not be usable

Petra

  • Fixed a bug that prevented ability indicators for Seismic Slam and Ice Wall from being visible on the breakable terrain in Petra
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt’s Earthshatter to travel across holes in the breakable tile floor on Petra

Rialto

  • Fixed a bug where heroes would move left and right on their own while standing in one of the speed boats in the canal
  • Fixed a bug where players were able to apply a spray on the surface of a body of water

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

  • Fixed a bug that caused the first Attacker spawn room to extend past its walls

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 5, 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.

ARCADE UPDATES

Deathmatch

  • Increased Deathmatch AFK timer from 60 seconds to 120 seconds

BUG FIXES

Mei’s Snowball Offensive

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Snowball Blaster reload and Flurry UIs to appear on all players’ screens

Overwatch Patch Notes – May 22, 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: Overwatch Anniversary 2018

Celebrate Overwatch’s two-year anniversary with a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map—Petra—and more than 190 Anniversary items (60+ new for 2018), including eight legendary skins: Stealth Bastion, Shieldmaiden Brigitte, Formal Doomfist, Buccaneer Junkrat, Sherlock McCree, Forest Spirit Orisa, Magician Symmetra, and Cybjörn Torbjörn. Did you miss an item from a previous event? Throughout Overwatch Anniversary, you’ll be able to unlock items from past seasonal events with credits (and opening Anniversary Loot Boxes)!

Many of our past seasonal brawls will be available to play in the Arcade, and the brawl of the day will rotate throughout the event.

As a bonus this year, each Anniversary Loot Box can contain items from past seasonal events! You’ll also get one Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, with at least one guaranteed legendary item, just for logging in to the game during the event.

Thank you all so much for spending the last two years playing Overwatch with us, and we look forward to celebrating with you in-game!

New Map: Petra

A group of archaeologists have begun an excavation and preservation project among the ruins of Petra, a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map that puts all heroes on their own, facing off against one another until one hero scores enough eliminations to win the match. Take in Petra’s majestic views, from high vistas to twisting passageways and deep caverns. Travel along deadly cliffs, but be careful to not fall off! A dilapidated bridge stretches across the map, and the ground underneath it can crumble away into a lethal pit (with a little firepower). Hopping on a green jump pad will boost you up to Petra’s higher levels and unlock new strategic possibilities for you. . . .

New Competitive Play Mode: FFA Deathmatch

Petra and Château Guillard will also be available in an optional Competitive FFA Deathmatch mode with placement matches, skill rating, leaderboards, and the opportunity to earn competitive points.

HERO UPDATES

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Projectiles will now pass through allies with full health
    • Ammo increased from 10 to 14

Developer Comments: These changes should help Ana when she is trying to land clutch heals in the middle of a big fight. Allies that do not need healing will no longer potentially block shots meant for teammates that do need it. Increasing her magazine size makes it less likely that Ana will be forced into a reloading in the middle of an important fight.

Brigitte

  • Rally
    • Maximum armor per player reduced from 150 to 100
  • Shield Bash
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Brigitte’s ultimate is very powerful, especially when it is placed on the entire team. This change will reduce the maximum armor value of Rally, but does not reduce the overall amount of armor given by the ability over its duration. This means when used in combat while her allies are taking damage, it should feel about the same, but the lingering effects of the armor should have less of an impact. Her Shield Bash is a very strong ability on a fairly short cooldown, making it difficult for her opponents to play around. Increasing this cooldown allows for more options when battling against her.

Hanzo

  • Storm Arrows
    • Damage reduced from 80 to 70

Developer Comments: Hanzo’s Storm Arrows are doing too much damage considering his other changes, such as Lunge and projectile speed. This damage reduction will give Hanzo’s enemies a more reasonable chance to react and fight against him while using Storm Arrows.

COMPETITIVE PLAY UPDATES

Rialto

  • Rialto is now available in Competitive Play

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Added Infinite Ultimate Duration and Scalable Ultimate Duration options for Moira’s Coalescence

FFA Deathmatch

  • Ana can now Nano Boost herself

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused players to repeatedly return to the Hero Select screen when backfilling into a match
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the sound wave visual effect from animating when previewing a voice line unlocked from a loot box
  • Fixed a bug that caused a visual error to display 0/0 unlocks on the main menu
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker to become stuck in a pillar in the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Groups tab in the Social menu from dynamically refreshing
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented shields from blocking projectiles (e.g. Tracer’s Pulse Bomb and Junkrat’s Frag Launcher)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to dip down for a frame when crouching and returning to an upright position

FFA Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that allowed groups to queue for Deathmatch
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to be revealed to all enemies if targeted by Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow or Widowmaker’s Infra-sight while stealthed

Game Browser and Custom Game

  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Coalescence’s animation to incorrectly loop when Ultimate Duration was set above 100%
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Coalescence SFX to stop playing after a couple of seconds when Ultimate Duration was set above 100%
  • Fixed a bug that caused players who were idle in Assault and Skirmish game modes to be flagged as inactive and removed from the match
  • Fixed a bug that prevented spawn resets and round start dialogue from playing when Random Heroes was enabled
  • Fixed a bug that caused the start of match dialogue to say “Capture the enemy flag” instead of “Fight” in Team Deathmatch
  • Fixed a bug that caused suicides to count as multiple deaths in Deathmatch when the Respawn as Random Hero option was enabled

Highlights

  • Fixed a bug that caused dialogue lines to get cut short at the end of highlights
  • Fixed a bug that caused placement indicators to appear red in Play of the Game playbacks and highlights when they were placed on valid ground

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Rifle crosshair to disappear momentarily when scoping and unscoping
  • Fixed a bug causing Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin textures to stretch when waving hello
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte to reapply Repair Pack on her previous target rather than her new target if she used Repair Pack immediately after the cooldown ended
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Shield Bash hitbox to be wider than her shield
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Self Healing statistic from being tracked
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s hand from animating when using Hand Cannon immediately after Rocket Punch
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Lunge animation to follow the direction of the first jump after changing directions on a subsequent jump
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s hands to float above his legs during his Meditate emote with certain skins equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s shins to appear malformed in his Heroic victory pose with his Scion skin
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from modifying Hanzo’s Lunge ability cooldown time in Custom Games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s reticle from constricting when using Storm Arrows
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s Soundwave animation to play twice if he used his quick melee attack immediately afterward
  • Fixed a bug that caused the hammer on McCree’s golden weapon variant to be dull with his Scrooge skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s ankles to deform when he used his Take a Load Off emote
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused frozen targets to evade attacks
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Pajamei skin to exaggerate the curvature of her spine
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Endothermic Blaster visual effects to go through shields
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s wings to stretch out comically when waving hello while using Angelic Descent
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy to be placed too far towards the back of the hero line up
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s healing and damage boosting beams from being visible the first time it’s used on a player after activating Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that caused the pumpkin in Orisa’s Pumpkin Head victory pose to persist after navigating away from it in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the player’s camera to zoom into Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer when struck by it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Soldier: 76’s jacket collar to clip into his shoulder with his Classic skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s laser sight from tapering at its end with her Talon skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s hard-light prism visual effects to deform into a sphere on the Hero Select screen
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleporter and Shield Generator to self-destruct when placed against certain walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Recall to appear jittery for spectators, in highlights, and in replays
  • Fixed a bug that made Torbjörn’s turret lose sync with his breathing animation in his Medal victory pose
  • Fixed a that caused Widowmaker’s crosshair to disappear for a moment when unscoping
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s shoulder to dislocate after using an emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s Jump Pack to stop short of its full distance when clearing ledges

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused projectiles shot at Attacker spawn room doors to slide upward
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the payload marker from appearing before the game started
  • Fixed a bug that caused players in the first Defender spawn room to make water splashing noises
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the payload thrusters from turning red when reversing
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s Cyber-agility and Hanzo’s Wall Climb animations to loop and stutter when scaling walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to clip through the environment during his Combo highlight
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to get a Play of the Game by killing gondoliers in Rialto
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the heal icon from displaying on with the first Defender spawn room
  • Fixed a bug that allowed defenders to see attacker spawn entrances

Overwatch Patch Notes – May 8, 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the client to freeze

Overwatch Patch Notes – May 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 Charity Skin: Pink Mercy

As a brilliant scientist and the guardian angel of Overwatch, Dr. Angela Ziegler—codename Mercy—has dedicated her life to helping and healing others. Now you can help the Breast Cancer Research Foundation work toward a cure for breast cancer by purchasing the new PINK MERCY skin, available for a limited time on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Blizzard Entertainment will donate 100% the proceeds that it receives from all Pink Mercy skin sales to BCRF, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 (USD). Blizzard Entertainment will disclose the total amount of its donation following the end of the campaign.

Log in to Overwatch any time between May 8 and May 21 and unlock a BCRF-themed player icon!

We’ve also partnered with community artist  ONEMEGAWATT  to create a series of themed Twitch Drops, including a new player icon and four all-new sprays. Available only during this event, you can earn these special Pink Mercy cosmetics by viewing select streams on Twitch during the two-week promotional period.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible to receive  Pink Mercy Twitch Drops , you must first link your preferred Blizzard account to your preferred Twitch account. Visit the  Twitch Connections  page to log in and complete the link now.

To learn more about the Pink Mercy Charity Event, click  here. 

BUG FIXES

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from navigating the custom game lobby when using a controller

AI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented training bots from returning to their original position and behavior after being hit with an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Soundwave)
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to use the wrong route when tracking down the player if their target jumped off a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck on the siege tank in the StarCraft area of Blizzard World

Game Browser and Custom Game

  • Fixed a bug that caused custom game invites to persist on the invitee’s screen

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion’s Zwing Zwing Zwing voice line from playing if the Null Sector skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte from using abilities or Rocket Flail while her Repair Pack was in flight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Repair Pack from reaching an ally if she was stunned while it was in flight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s melee attack from making sound effects
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s golden weapon variant from displaying its golden sheen when some skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat’s RIP-TIRE to be immune to the freeze effects of Mei’s Endothermic Blaster
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire to spawn inside of walls
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to move around while caught in Junkrat’s Steel Trap
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to travel straight up using Wall Ride
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio to lose movement speed if he landed on a wall from certain angles
  • Fixed a bug that prevented crowd control abilities from affecting Resurrect (e.g. McCree’s Flashbang)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s flask from displaying in her Erlenmeyer victory pose when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns to float when previewing his Dance emote in Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to not focus correctly when viewing Roadhog’s Mug Shot victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to float during his Footsteps highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the laser sight from Sombra’s Machine Pistol golden variant from tapering at its end if her Talon skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowaker’s HUD to disappear if she used Widow’s Kiss while looking through the scope
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Symmetra’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Torbjörn’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to stutter during Tracer’s Recall when playing above 60 FPS

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck walking into the side of the Rikimaru Ramen Shop on Hanamura
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets in unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations in Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that caused the pig head on the bike to float after the bike had been destroyed in Junkertown
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets and Symmetra’s Teleporter in unintended locations in Junkertown

Overwatch Patch Notes – May 3, 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 Escort Map: Rialto

Rialto was home to Talon agent Antonio Bartalotti’s sprawling estate and the backdrop to the infamous “Venice Incident,” a turning point for Overwatch and Talon. The Italian government has taken great steps to preserve Venice, and the results are striking. Tourists visiting this picturesque town can sample the regional cuisine, enjoy a relaxing gondola ride, visit Galleria D’arte Omnica, or simply take in the sights with a stroll along the canal.

NOTE: Rialto will not be available in the Competitive Play rotation until a future patch.

HERO UPDATES

Brigitte

  • Shield Bash
    • Cone angle reduced from 90 to 60

Developer Comments: When fighting against Brigitte, it often felt like Shield Bash was able to hit players who felt like they were out of its range and should have dodged it. On the flip side, when playing as Brigitte sometimes players would hit the wrong enemy in the middle of a fight. With the cone being reduced, the ability is more accurate to its visual representation.

Genji

  • Deflect
    • Hitbox size has been reduced

Developer Comments: The hitbox on Genji’s Deflect was big enough that it would sometimes reflect projectiles that were pretty far away from him. We’ve tightened up the hitbox, which should solve this problem while still fully protecting him from projectiles that would hit him from the front.

Hanzo

  • Storm Bow
    • Projectile speed increased from 85 to 100
  • Sonic Arrow
    • Cooldown decreased from 20 seconds to 12 seconds
    • Duration decreased from 10 seconds to 6 seconds
    • Radius decreased from 10 meters to 7 meters
  • New Abilities
    • Lunge
      • Press jump while in the air to leap horizontally
    • Storm Arrows
      • Replaces his existing Scatter Arrow ability
      • Hanzo can now rapidly fire up to 6 arrows that deal reduced damage but are always fired at full power

Developer Comments: The goal of these Hanzo changes is to allow him to have new options and maintain his high damage output, while removing the frustration of fighting against the old Scatter Arrow. Hanzo is now much more mobile with his new Lunge ability, and with the combination of the bow projectile speed increase and the new Storm Arrows ability he can now deal his high damage more consistently than ever before.

Junkrat

  • Frag Launcher
    • Projectile size decreased from 0.3 to 0.2
  • RIP-Tire
    • Tire movement speed decreased from 13 to 12

Developer Comments: These changes are aimed at lowering some of the most frustrating parts about playing against Junkrat. Decreasing the Frag Launcher’s projectile size means he will have to aim a bit more carefully to land powerful direct hits and slowing the RIP-Tire’s movement speed gives his opponents slightly more time to destroy it before it detonates.

Lúcio

  • Wall Ride
    • Wall riding is less likely to be interrupted along a single surface
    • Can now go around corners (both outside corners, and inside corners) without having to leave the wall
    • Can now land back on the same wall after leaping away, provided his leap takes him far enough away from the original jumping off point
    • Added a minimum time that the jump key must be held before Lúcio can ride around corners
  • Soundwave
    • No longer consumes ammo
    • Can now be used while reloading

Developer Comments: Wall Ride has been significantly overhauled to allow it to function more smoothly across more areas of every map. Lúcio players should instantly notice a huge improvement in where and how Wall Ride can be used. In addition, Sonic Amplifier’s Soundwave ability was unnecessarily controlled by both a cooldown and an ammo cost, so we’re removing the ammo cost.

Tracer

  • Pulse Bomb
    • Max damage decreased from 400 to 300

Developer Comments: Pulse Bomb was too good at killing tanks, who can be easy to stick due to their size. This damage reduction makes it less powerful as a tank-destroyer, while keeping it lethal against most other heroes.

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Mercy’s Regeneration (passive ability) can now be turned off in Custom Game settings
  • Settings for Hanzo’s Lunge and Storm Arrow abilities can now be found in the Custom Game settings

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the option “Invite to a Custom Game” to appear while in the Tutorial and Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug that prevented oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers in spawn rooms from propelling after taking damage

AI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented training bots from returning to their original position and behavior after being hit with an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Soundwave)
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to use the wrong route when tracking down the player if their target jumped off a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck on the siege tank in the StarCraft area of Blizzard World

Game Browser and Custom Game

  • Fixed a bug that caused custom game invites to persist on the invitee’s screen

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion’s Zwing Zwing Zwing voice line from playing if the Null Sector skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte from using abilities or Rocket Flail while her Repair Pack was in flight
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s melee attack from making sound effects
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s golden weapon variant from displaying its golden sheen when some skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat’s RIP-TIRE to be immune to the freeze effects of Mei’s Endothermic Blaster
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire to spawn inside of walls
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to move around while caught in Junkrat’s Steel Trap
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Lúcio to travel straight up using Wall Ride
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio to lose movement speed if he landed on a wall from certain angles
  • Fixed a bug that prevented crowd control abilities from affecting Resurrect (e.g. McCree’s Flashbang)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s flask from displaying in her Erlenmeyer victory pose when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns to float when previewing his Dance emote in Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to not focus correctly when viewing Roadhog’s Mug Shot victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to float during his Footsteps highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the laser sight from Sombra’s Machine Pistol golden variant from tapering at its end if her Talon skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowaker’s HUD to disappear if she used Widow’s Kiss while looking through the scope
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Symmetra’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the logos on Torbjörn’s Overwatch League skins to appear faded when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the game to stutter during Tracer’s Recall when playing above 60 FPS

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get stuck walking into the side of the Rikimaru Ramen Shop on Hanamura
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets in unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations in Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that caused the pig head on the bike to float after the bike had been destroyed in Junkertown
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to place turrets and Symmetra’s Teleporter in unintended locations in Junkertown

Overwatch Patch Notes – April 23, 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the client to crash

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

Overwatch Patch Notes – December 14, 2017

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused the game client to crash when certain visual effects were displayed

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that sometimes caused incorrect time adjustments between subsequent rounds on hybrid maps

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Roadhog’s Chain Hook to miss targets from certain angles and distances
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s Forge Hammer from upgrading his turret when used at certain angles and distances

Overwatch Patch Notes – December 12, 2017

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: Winter Wonderland 2017

‘Tis the merriest time of year—Winter Wonderland is here!

From now until January 1, experience the holiday spirit with a brand-new brawl, Mei’s Yeti Hunt, and relive the previous Winter Wonderland’s magical moments by playing Mei’s Snowball Offensive. Players will also be able to unwrap loot boxes to collect last year’s festive fare in addition to 50 new holiday-themed cosmetics, including legendary skins like Snow Owl Ana, Avalanche Bastion, Beachrat Junkrat, Ice Fisherman Roadhog, Rime Sombra, and more.

To learn more about Winter Wonderland, click here. 

Player Warning Updates

Several changes have been made to the player report system.

Players being reported will receive an in-game message letting them know that they have been reported, along with a warning concerning continued negative behavior. Ongoing misconduct will result in silence, suspension, or a permanent ban, depending on the severity of the infraction (in severe cases, players may receive their punishment before receiving the initial in-game message).

Players who report someone for poor behavior, resulting in a disciplinary action, will now be notified with an in-game message when the issue has been resolved. We take every report seriously, along with your feedback. Thank you for your patience as we continue to fine tune these systems.

GAME BROWSWER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General

  • Added an option that allows heroes to spawn with fully charged ultimate abilities. This can be enabled under Settings > Heroes > General > Spawn with Ultimate Ready when creating a custom game
  • Added an option that allows heroes to cast ultimate abilities that last for the full duration of a match. This can be enabled under Settings > Heroes > General > Infinite Ultimate Duration when creating a custom game
  • The length of time that hero ultimates remain active can now be adjusted. This slider can be found under Settings > Heroes > General > Ultimate Durations

A.I.

  • [PC] An option to “Remove All A.I.” in the custom game lobby can be accessed by Right Click > Remove All Bots
  • [PS4] A.I. players can be removed from within the custom game lobby by selecting a bot, then selecting “Remove All Bots” from the submenu
  • [XB1] A.I. players can be removed from within the custom game lobby by selecting a bot, then selecting “Remove All Bots” from the submenu

HERO GALLERY

General

  • Players can now clear new item notifications with the “Mark All As Seen” button in the Hero Gallery

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused the arcade card for Limited Duel and Mystery Duel to not list all currently disabled characters
  • [PC] Fixed an issue that prevented certain sound effects from playing when navigating the Options menu with a controller
  • Fixed a bug in Elimination mode that caused players to spawn as a random hero at the start of a match instead of the one that was highlighted

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog Bot to get stuck in the spawn room of the Oasis: City Center stage

Heroes

  • Fixed a visual bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Rifle ammo clip to detach when her Captain Amari skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from destroying objects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to not always deal damage when an enemy hits a wall
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to not always stop an enemies' movement when they impact a wall
  • Fixed an issue that canceled Doomfist’s Seismic Slam when it was unable to reach the targeted location
  • Fixed an issue that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to trigger instantly when the ability was used to travel up inclines
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to create performance drops when repeatedly used with no cooldown
  • Fixed an issue that caused D.Va’s Micro Missiles to not destroy breakable objects
  • Added green detail textures on Sparrow Genji's sword scabbard when the golden weapon variant is equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s Storm Bow reload from canceling if he used a melee attack after using his wall climbing ability
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mei’s Cryo-freeze from clearing the healing debuff caused by Ana’s Biotic Grenade
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Caduceus Blaster reload to be canceled if the player pressed the Resurrect keybind without a target to Resurrect
  • Fixed a bug that showed Mercy’s Guardian Angel targeting UI on allies while it was already in progress on a selected target
  • Fixed a bug that allowed a Mercy player to cast Resurrect on a player that was in the process of being resurrected by another Mercy
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through terrain and structures
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from using Moira’s Biotic Orb’s regeneration option when primary fire was disabled
  • Fixed a visual bug with Moira’s Biotic Orb that sometimes caused Biotic Grasp’s healing spray effects to display instead
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira’s Coalescence from healing an allied Reaper in Wraith Form
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira from being able to pass through enemies when using Fade
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s eyelashes to detach from her face during her Heroic highlight intro
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Moira’s self-healing statistic from being collected and displayed in the game stats
  • Fixed a visual issue with Moira’s Oasis skin that caused her knees to clip through her knee guards while crouched
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s shotguns to animate incorrectly when discarded on the ground
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes allowed Reinhardt’s Charge to escape abilities that should prevent movement (e.g. Zarya’s Graviton Surge)
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Widowmaker’s Grappling hook from pulling players to moveable objects, even when they were stationary (e.g. the window on the Eichenwalde Castle doors)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented highlights captured by Zenyatta players from recording correctly when the Cultist skin was equipped

Maps

  • Fixed an issue that allowed some heroes to hide on the Junkertown payload when using sit emotes
  • Fixed a bug that caused a performance drop when players shot at the gold coin piles in the last Defender spawn of Junkertown

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 30, 2017

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

Moira

  • Changed Moira’s ultimate ability name from Fusión to Coalescencia in Latin American Spanish (esMX)
  • Added four new voice lines when Moira says her ultimate ability name in Latin American Spanish (esMX)

COMPETITIVE PLAY

General

  • Made improvements to matchmaking that will decrease the range of Skill Rating between players on the same team

Developer Comments: This change will help players get placed with allies and against opponents of a similar skill level, which should lead to more satisfying games.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused the main menu to be unusable for certain players

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through terrain and structures unintentionally

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 16, 2017

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: Moira (Support):

Wielding both regenerative and degenerative technologies at her fingertips, Moira O’Deorain is Talon’s ambitious geneticist who seeks the knowledge to rewrite the building blocks of human life by any means necessary.

Moira’s cutting-edge capabilities make her a mobile healer and damage dealer capable of adapting to any situation. Her main attack is Biotic Grasp, which she can use to either heal allies or sap an enemy’s life force. Biotic Grasp’s primary fire sprays a cone of energy that heals all teammates within range, draining biotic energy while active, which will replenish slowly over time. Her alternate fire is a beam that tethers to enemies, dealing damage and siphoning health. Draining her foes’ health regenerates Moira’s biotic energy even faster, allowing more healing for her allies.

Her Biotic Orb ability launches a sphere of energy that bounces around the battlefield, healing nearby allies or damaging enemies until it dissipates. Fade enables Moira to disappear out of sight and sprint through the shadows, and makes her invulnerable for its duration. When Moira’s ultimate is ready to be unleashed, she can cast Coalescence—a powerful, long-range beam of chaotic energy that pierces through barriers to heal allies or damage enemies in its path.

To learn more about Moira, click here. 

As with all new heroes, please note that Moira’s release in Competitive Play will be delayed by one week.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Clicking the "leave game as group" checkbox will now remember your selection for future matches

Arcade

  • One of the arcade slots will now change on a daily basis to include a variety of game modes such as Limited Duel, Low Gravity, and Capture the Flag

HERO UPDATES

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Damage increased from 60 to 70

Developer Comments: Ana has been outshined by other support heroes lately. Boosting her damage will help her defend herself and make her more threatening to the enemy team.

Lúcio

  • Lúcio now has an effect above his head to indicate which song he's playing in spectator mode

Mercy

  • Caduceus Staff
    • Increased visual readability of Mercy's healing and damage boosting beams
  • Resurrect
    • Cast time increased from 0 seconds to 1.75 seconds
    • Mercy's movement speed is now reduced by 75% while casting
    • Can now be interrupted when Mercy is knocked back, stunned, or hacked
  • Valkyrie
    • While active, Resurrect no longer has a cast time
    • While active, casting Resurrect does not reduce Mercy's movement speed

Developer Comment: We feel that Mercy’s recent rework has been successful, but her Resurrect ability still feels too strong and frustrating to play against. Now that it has a cast time, enemies are more able to counter the ability. However, Resurrect will cast instantly when Valkyrie is active. This should make her feel powerful when she transforms on the battlefield.

Winston

  • Barrier Projector
    • Now displays a health bar

Developer Comment: This change will help both Winston's allies and enemies know how much more damage his shield can absorb from oncoming attacks.

COMPETITIVE PLAY

General

  • Grandmaster players can now only group up with other players within 250 Skill Rating

Developer Comment: We have tightened the Skill Rating range that Grandmaster players can group up with from 500 SR down to 250 SR. This is to ensure our highest ranked players are playing with equally skilled people, which should lead to more satisfying games.

USER INTERFACE

General

  • Made several visual adjustments to revamp the spectator mode HUD including an improved spectator mode UI, a new unit frame style, and an animated ultimate indicator

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented player portrait borders from loading in the Hero Select screen or on the Match Status screen
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from adding spectators to a Deathmatch game from within the Custom Game lobby

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented bots from respawning when they were moved to a different slot or team within the Custom Game lobby
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Sombra bot from hacking health packs
  • Fixed an issue that affected the Bastion bot’s movement when defending Point A on Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that prevented bots from defending Point A on certain maps

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s sidearm to emit a bright light when viewed in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Ganymede from making appropriate roadrunner noises when Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s ultimate icon from displaying correctly when hacked by Sombra
  • Fixed an issue causing Roadhog’s Chain Hook to latch on to enemy players for longer than intended
  • Fixed an animation bug that caused Widowmaker’s knees to snap together when jumping
  • Fixed an issue that caused the toy robot in Zarya’s Mystery Gift emote to inflate when she tore it apart
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Junkrat’s RIP-Tire from casting properly while jumping

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused the incorrect stage of the map (e.g. Sanctum on Nepal) to be displayed during the hero selection phase when playing on Nepal and Lijiang Tower
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the progress bar from displaying briefly when players reached checkpoints on Escort and Escort/Assault maps
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the targeting UI on Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from functioning correctly when aiming at the spinning turbine blade near the last point of Junkertown
  • Fixed a bug that caused some objects to uncharacteristically fly across the room when shot on Horizon Lunar Colony

Overwatch Patch Notes – October 17, 2017

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.

GENERAL UPDATES

Social

  • Players can now set their social status to Online, Away, Busy, or Appear Offline (Note: appearing offline does not prevent friends from seeing you if you are placed into the same match). This option can be found under the social menu

HERO UPDATES

Lúcio

  • Wall Ride
    • The speed boost that Lúcio receives after completing a wall ride has been increased by 65%

Developer Comments: A recent bug fix slowed Lúcio’s Wall Ride. This change compensates for the reduced speed.

Mercy

  • Guardian Angel
    • Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
    • Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated
  • Valkyrie
    • No longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown
    • Now gives players a bonus resurrection charge

Developer Comment: Valkyrie no longer resets or reduces Resurrect’s cooldown. Instead, it now provides an extra 'charge,' allowing you to revive an ally even if it is still on cooldown. If the bonus charge hasn’t been spent when Valkyrie ends, it will be removed.

This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.

However, this still reduces the overall number of Resurrects that Mercy can provide, since Valkyrie no longer reduces its cooldown.

Zenyatta

  • Added a number of additional voicelines for Cultist Zenyatta

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy’s momentum from slowing down correctly when Guardian Angel was canceled
  • Fixed a bug preventing the visual effects on Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose from displaying correctly

Overwatch Patch Notes – October 10, 2017

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.

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Halloween Terror 2017

The fright for the future returns!

For a limited time, explore the haunted streets of Eichenwalde and Hollywood, expand your collection of spooky seasonal cosmetics, and team up to fight evil incarnate once more in not one, but two Junkenstein's Revenge-themed brawls! We're also re-opening our crypt so players can unlock their favorite Halloween-themed items from last year along with over 50 new tantalizing treats, including legendary skins like Corsair Ana, Van Helsing McCree, Dragon Symmetra, Cultist Zenyatta, and more.

To learn more about Overwatch Halloween Terror, click here.

New Epic Skin: BlizzCon 2017 Winston

Through the power of science, Winston has traveled with his trusty jump pack from his base in Gibraltar all the way to Anaheim, California for BlizzCon 2017. We’ve given him a special souvenir to mark the curious occasion and he’d like to share it with you. Starting today, this new skin is available in-game for all BlizzCon Virtual Ticket holders—click here to learn more.

GENERAL UPDATES

Overwatch Halloween Terror Victory Pose Updates

We've made a few changes to this year's selection of seasonal victory poses. To learn more about this change, click here.

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Ultimate charge is now immediately expended when a hero's ultimate ability is activated, instead of depleting over a short period of time

Developer Comments: One of the most common pieces of feedback we receive revolves around the way Overwatch handles ultimate interruptions. Players often feel frustrated when they’re able to prevent an enemy from using an ultimate, only to see that same enemy use it again immediately after respawning

Until now, many ultimates drained the meter quickly over time, instead of instantly setting the meter to zero when the button was pressed. We originally designed it this way to ensure that players had the chance to use (at the very least) a little of their ultimate every time. However, we now feel that it causes too much frustration without adding many benefits.

With this patch, ultimate abilities will instantly set a hero’s meter to zero when the button is pressed, which means stopping an enemy ultimate at any point after it’s activated will ensure that it has been spent.

Another piece of feedback we often hear is that it’s difficult to understand which abilities are interruptible and which are not. For clarity, most of Overwatch’s ultimates fall into three basic categories:

  • Transformation Ultimates:

    These add significant passive benefits to your heroes, while allowing the use of weapons and abilities.

    Ultimates in this category: Bastion's Configuration: Tank, Genji's Dragonblade, Mercy's Valkyrie, Soldier: 76's Tactical Visor, Torbjörn's Molten Core, and Widowmaker's Infra-Sight.

     
  • Channeled Ultimates: These force your hero into a new mode and render your other abilities unusable while active. In most cases, these abilities can be interrupted at any point to cancel them.

    Ultimates in this category: Doomfist’s Meteor Strike, McCree's Deadeye, Pharah’s Barrage, Reaper’s Death Blossom, Roadhog’s Whole Hog, and Zenyatta's Transcendence (though, Zenyatta’s ultimate renders him immune to interruptions).
     
  • Cast-Time Ultimates: These abilities require a small window of time to pass before they become effective. If they’re interrupted during this window, they are canceled.

    Ultimates in this category: Ana's Nano Boost, D.Va’s Call Mech and Self-Destruct, Hanzo's Dragonstrike, Junkrat's Rip-Tire, Lúcio’s Sound Barrier, Mei's Blizzard, Orisa's Supercharger, Reinhardt's Earthshatter, Sombra's EMP, Symmetra's Shield Generator and Teleporter, Tracer's Pulse Bomb, and Zarya's Graviton Surge.

Most abilities fit neatly within these categories but we did make some changes to outliers such as Genji's Dragonblade and Orisa's Supercharger to make them more consistent. Additionally, any ultimate that can be interrupted by a stun (Channeled ultimates and Cast-Time ultimates) can now be interrupted by Sombra’s Hack as well. Overall these changes should make it much easier to understand the ultimate mechanics and how they interact in combat.

D.Va

  • Boosters
    • An option to manually hold down D.Va’s boosters rather than toggling them has been added under Options > Controls > D.Va

Genji

  • Dragonblade
    • No longer interrupted when Genji is stunned or hacked

Developer Comments: See the above developer comment on ultimate interruptions

Orisa

  • Supercharger
    • Can now be interrupted when Orisa is stunned or hacked

Developer Comments: See the above developer comment on ultimate interruptions

Sombra

  • Hack
    • Now interrupts the following ultimate abilities during their cast time: Ana's Nano Boost, Orisa's Supercharger, Mei's Blizzard, Reinhardt's Earthshatter, and D.Va's Call Mech

Developer Comments: See the above developer comment on ultimate interruptions

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

Assault Maps

  • When capturing an objective, the progress bar is now broken into three segments that will fill in with the team’s color that is capturing it (as each segment fills, it will trigger an animation and audio cue)
  • The number of defenders currently on the objective will now be displayed in addition to the number of attackers, just below the progress bar

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that allowed muted players to become unmuted after leaving and rejoining the same match

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to get trapped in a movement loop after taking the tunnel under the capture point in the University section of Oasis

Competitive Play

  • Fixed an issue that caused matches to end in a draw when both teams won their first attacking rounds in overtime on Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Capture Speed Modifier setting from being applied in custom games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s Projectile Speed slider from appearing in Custom Game settings

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented D.Va’s Micro Missles from producing rumble feedback when using a controller with vibration enabled
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s soccer ball to fly off in the wrong direction when activating his Juggle emote at 30 FPS
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy to maintain forward momentum after canceling Guardian Angel mid-flight
  • Fixed a bug that could cause heroes to respawn as a different hero after being resurrected by Mercy
  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog’s chest to deflate when his Tuckered Out emote was activated while the Mako or Sharkbait skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the sound effects on Symmetra’s turrets from being heard by teammates
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s weapon-draw animation from being played when turret placement was canceled

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Junkertown that allowed some heroes to get stuck behind a barrel near the final point
  • Fixed a bug on King’s Row that caused a dark box to appear if you stared into the robot city for too long
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Volskaya Industries
  • Fixed a bug affecting Ilios, Lijang Tower, Nepal, and Oasis that prevented overtime progress from resetting when the point had been flipped after both teams’ progress bars reached 99%

UI

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Widowmaker’s scoped overlay to appear while spectating her from third person view

Overwatch Patch Notes – September 21, 2017

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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • The credit that Mercy’s Resurrect contributes toward her on-fire meter has been adjusted to account for the recent changes in its functionality

Arcade

  • Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries have been removed from the Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch map rotation, but can still be selected in Custom Games

User Interface

  • Made several adjustments to the spectator camera to improve the viewing experience

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused the audio from Junkertown’s front gate to play when previewing and opening Loot Boxes
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the stagger and knockdown VO from canceling active voice lines
  • Fixed a bug that allowed an incorrect voice line to play when firing D.Va's Micro Missiles
  • Fixed an issue that caused the spectator camera to lose track of heroes and player-controlled objects (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji and Mercy’s ultimate voice lines from functioning properly when the Oni or Winged Victory skins were equipped

Maps

  • Fixed an issue that caused sound effects to continuously repeat when using a beam weapon (e.g. Zarya's Particle Cannon) to destroy the motorcycle in the attackers' spawn room on Junkertown
  • Fixed an issue that activated audio cues that are typically associated with enemy hits when shooting the motorcycle on Junkertown

Overwatch Patch Notes – September 19, 2017

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 Escort Map: Junkertown

Junkertown is located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches... and to survive.

GENERAL

General

Mystery Heroes

  • Players will no longer see the Assemble Your Team screen at the beginning of a game
  • Players who purposefully kill themselves will no longer respawn as a new hero. However, their Ultimate ability will reset and anything that’s been placed (i.e. Torbjörn’s turret) will despawn
  • Players will no longer be respawned as the same hero
  • These changes also apply to any custom games where the “Respawn as Random Hero” option has been enabled.

User Interface Updates

  • The skull icons that indicate where teammates were killed throughout the map have been replaced with hero portrait icons
  • Third person camera view will now frame the action automatically when spectating or waiting to respawn

HERO UPDATES

D.Va

  • Micro Missiles (New Ability)
    • D.Va fires a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion. These can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons
  • Defense Matrix
    • Defense Matrix's resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly
    • Energy regeneration per second has been increased to 12.5% (formerly 10%)
  • Boosters
    • Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying

Developer Comment: D.Va’s Defense Matrix uptime has proven to be too strong, but simply reducing it without making other changes would make her too weak (and far less interesting to play). Instead, we’re adding a new ability and giving her the ability to fire while flying. These changes give D.Va new options while maintaining Defense Matrix’s ability to shut down big enemy attacks.

Mercy

  • Resurrect (formerly Mercy’s Ultimate ability)
    • Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius
    • Radius reduced to 5 meters
    • Ability cooldown is 30 seconds
    • Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active
  • Valkyrie (New Ultimate Ability)
    • Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds
      • Caduceus Staff: Mercy’s healing and damage boost beams now affect all allies near the targeted teammate, and the staff’s effective range has been extended
      • Caduceus Blaster: Now has infinite ammo and increased projectile speed
      • Guardian Angel: Increased range and movement speed
      • Resurrect: Cooldown is instantly reset when Valkyrie is activated and reduced to 10s after the initial cast
      • Hover: Mercy gains the ability to fly freely, at increased movement speed
      • Regeneration (Passive): No longer interrupted when Mercy takes damage

Developer Comment: While resurrecting downed allies is a core part of Mercy’s gameplay, the way her Ultimate functioned was causing a number of problems. It was frustrating to play against, and it incentivized Mercy players to hide away from important battles, instead of taking part in them. This version turns Resurrect into a single target ability. It’s still an important part of Mercy’s kit, but plays much better for both Mercy players and her enemies. Valkyrie, her new Ultimate, gives her the opportunity for big game-making plays and opens a number of new options for her.

Reinhardt

  • Barrier Field
    • Holding primary fire while your shield is active now allows you to rotate the camera

Developer Comment: This change gives Reinhardt more situational awareness while using his shield, allowing him to keep an eye on the battlefield while still protecting his team.

  • A new “Movement Relative to Camera During Barrier Free Look” option can be found under Settings > Controls. Simply select “Reinhardt” from the dropdown menu. This allows players to change the way Reinhardt moves when Barrier Shield is active and players are controlling the third-person camera movement

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused Custom Reticles to appear transparent and ignore opacity settings when their thickness was set to 1
  • Fixed a bug that caused Control matches to be played in a best-of-five format when creating a custom game using the Competitive preset
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from requesting a highlight while viewing a killcam after being killed
  • Fixed a bug that prevented voice lines from playing after players received five votes on a commendation card at the end of a match
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from automatically joining Match Chat, even when the option was enabled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Perfect Round indicator after an Elimination game if they received a temporary health boost from an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Sound Barrier)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Aim Ease In” setting to affect controller input too aggressively when the thumbstick was deflected diagonally

Deathmatch

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the entire Team Deathmatch description from being displayed in the info section
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the incorrect announcer VO to play in highlights captured during Deathmatch games
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to destroy his own Steel Traps with Concussion Mines

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the heroes’ “sigh” voice line to play when respawning
  • Fixed a bug that interrupted the animation on Ana’s eye during the Beach Ball emote with her Captain Amari skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist from being knocked back when his Rocket Punch ability was being used
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to hit players through the taxi on King’s Row
  • Fixed a bug that caused a pair of pink fuzzy dice to mysteriously float onto the screen when viewing D.Va’s weapon in the Hero Gallery if her Cruiser skin was equipped
  • Fixed an issue that caused the golden tint of Junkrat’s weapon to appear dull when his Firework skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that gave Junkrat’s RIP-Tire a speed boost when players wall jumped on ledges
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused Mei’s Ice Wall to launch players into the air
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Ultimate to appear friendly (it failed to change from blue to red) after being reflected by Genji
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s Chain Hook icon from being displayed in the kill feed when it caused an environmental kill
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Photon Barrier to indicate a 10-second cooldown when the red “cannot use” icon was active
  • Using D.Va's melee attack no longer cancels Micro Missile barrage
  • D.Va's Micro Missiles are now interrupted by stuns, knockbacks, and other crowd-control effects
  • Mercy’s Resurrect is no longer blocked by Steel Trap or Graviton Surge
  • Mercy is no longer able to use Valkyrie to escape Graviton Surge and Steel Traps

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Ecopoint: Antarctica that could cause a crate to block your view of heroes during the winning team lineup
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations on Castillo
  • Fixed a bug that allowed some heroes to reach unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that prevented reflections from appearing on weapons while standing in certain areas on Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that caused jump pads to bounce players higher than intended on Oasis
  • Fixed a lighting issue that caused some items on the last point of Route 66 to take on a pinkish hue when players used low video settings
  • Fixed an issue that caused reflections to appear overly dark while players were standing in areas of the Cave Inn on Route 66
  • Fixed an issue that caused excessive camera zoom and flashing lights when players loaded into the tutorial map
  • Fixed a bug that prevented plated railings from being properly destroyed by weapons fire on Volskaya Industries
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

User Interface

  • Removed the “Healing Prevented” statistic from Ana’s career profile page
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch UI to occasionally remain visible when respawning
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from accurately targeting moving objects, causing Doomfist to land in unintended locations

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 31, 2017

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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused allied-player nameplates to appear red

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 29, 2017

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 Game Modes: Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch

Two new game modes have been added to the Arcade: Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch!

In Deathmatch, eight players go head-to-head until one player scores 20 points. Players will earn 1 point whenever they land the final blow on an opponent and will lose 1 point whenever they die to environmental damage (ex: falling off a cliff) or self-inflicted damage. This scoring will be tracked in a brand-new scoreboard. The first player to 20 points wins!

In Team Deathmatch, two teams of four players face off until one team scores 30 points. Players will earn 1 point for their team whenever they land the final blow on an opponent and will lose 1 point for their team whenever they die to environmental damage (ex: falling off a cliff) or self-inflicted damage. If players are resurrected before they respawn, the corresponding point for their death will be deducted from the enemy team’s score. This scoring will be tracked in our default scoreboard. The first team to 30 points wins!

Both modes will play out on a selection of maps from our existing pool:

  • Hanamura
  • Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Temple of Anubis
  • Volskaya Industries
  • Dorado
  • Eichenwalde
  • Hollywood
  • King’s Row
  • (TDM only) Black Forest
  • (TDM only) Castillo
  • (TDM only) Ecopoint: Antarctica
  • (TDM only) Necropolis

We’ve made several modifications to many of these maps (including restricting play to a specific area and developing a special respawn system) when playing in these modes. We’re also introducing a brand-new map specifically for Deathmatch: Château Guillard! Learn more about this map below.

Both modes will be available for play in Custom Games. Watch our developer update for additional insight: https://youtu.be/4_CBzklel1c

New Deathmatch Map: Château Guillard

Château Guillard is located near Annecy in southeastern France. For hundreds of years, it was the estate of the influential Guillard family, until it gradually fell into disrepair after the family's power waned in the decades after the Revolution. Recently, the château has found a new owner: the Talon agent Widowmaker, who has returned to her family's ancestral home.

General

General

  • A number of data format changes have been implemented

Developer Comments: Over the past few months, we’ve been working on a number of significant under-the-hood changes that will help us streamline the patching process. This will allow us to reduce the download size in future patches, but it does mean that today’s patch is larger than a traditional patch.

  • Match-wide voice chat has been added for Deathmatch and Custom Games
  • An “Aim Ease in” option has been added under the “Advanced” tab in the “Controller” menu. This allows players to customize their turn rate acceleration. If you’d like to know more, check out the developer explain over on the forums.

Hero Updates

Junkrat

  • Concussion Mine
    • Junkrat can now hold two mines
  • RIP-Tire
    • Tire’s movement speed has been increased by 30%
    • There is no longer a time limit when wall climbing
Developer Comments: Giving the Junkrat the ability to store two concussion mines adds some much-needed flexibility and versatility to his kit, particularly when using the mines for mobility. RIP-Tire’s damage has always been very good, but it was often difficult to steer the tire into position before it was destroyed. Increasing its speed will allow players to effectively detonate the tire more often and decrease the amount of time that Junkrat is vulnerable while controlling it.

Orisa

  • Fusion Driver
    • Projectile speed increased by 20%
  • Protective Barrier
    • Barrier size increase by 20%
    • Barrier shape has been changed to allow for more coverage from enemies that are below the barrier
Developer Comments: The projectile speed increase helps Orisa’s consistency, especially at medium ranges (or further). Her barrier size has been increased to better protect her team, and the new shape makes the shield more effective when it’s used on slopes or on top of objects (such as a payload).

Roadhog

  • Take a Breather
    • Can now be used while moving
    • Damage taken while healing has been reduced by 50%
Developer Comments: These changes help Roadhog be much more aggressive when looking for hook targets or blocking for his team. The combination of these effects significantly increases Roadhog’s sustainability and survivability.

Widowmaker

  • Grappling Hook
    • Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 8
  • Venom Mine
    • Affected targets are now visible through walls (to you as Widowmaker only)
Developer Comments: Widowmaker is extremely powerful in the right hands, but her abilities often felt a little weak. The Grappling Hook cooldown reduction means she is more likely to have it available when she needs to escape. Venom Mine is intended to be an early warning system, uncovering enemies that are attempting to flank her or her team. With this change, she can see enemies when they trigger the mine, even if they’re on the other side of a wall.

Competitive Play

General

  • The length of Competitive Play seasons has been reduced to 2 months (formerly 3)
  • The winner on Control maps will now be decided based on a best-2-out-of-3 series (formerly 3-out-of-5)
  • Due to the shortened season length, fewer Competitive Points will be rewarded at the end of each season
  • More Competitive Points will be rewarded for wins or ties in Competitive Play
    • 15 Competitive Points for a win (formerly 10)
    • 5 Competitive Points for a tie (formerly 3)
  • Periodic Skill Rating decay has been reduced
    • Previously inactive players (in Diamond tier or above) lost 50 Skill Rating per day. This has been reduced to 25 Skill Rating per day
    • Playing a match now increases the time till decay by 36 hours (up from 24 hours). The maximum number of days remains set at 7
  • Players who place in Diamond or below can now lose their place in that tier if their Skill Rating drops below the minimum requirement. However, they’ll still earn their end-of-season rewards for their highest skill tier placed
  • Player Skill Ratings will no longer be temporarily lowered at the beginning of a season (after placement matches)
  • Changes in Skill Rating that occur after each competitive match have been adjusted to address some anomalies, especially with certain heroes

Developer Comments: Learn more about Skill Rating and Skill Tier updates in our forum post here.

Gameplay

  • Defensive spawn times will now slowly increase earlier in the battle when the attacking team has more players on the objective

User Interface

General

  • Added an “Outline Opacity” option under the custom reticle settings (found under Controls > Options > Advanced), which allows players to control the opacity of the black outline surrounding the reticule

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed a bug that occasionally required the Capture Point progress bar to progress past the second tick mark before being activated

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that could cause D.Va's black ejection screen to briefly reappear after being ejected from her mech
  • Fixed a bug causing D. Va’s Light Gun to utilize the wrong texture while outside of her mech when the Junker skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused D. Va’s hair to stand straight up on the Hero Select screen when her Cruiser skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug causing the lights on the back of Doomfist’s hand to incorrectly indicate full ammo when his Hello emote was activated
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the area-of-effect circle for Doomfist’s Meteor Strike from being visible to all players
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike from reaching certain high-altitude locations
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from connecting with enemy players that were moving up an incline
  • Fixed a bug preventing Orisa’s “Overclocked” achievement from being granted, even after the criteria was met
  • Fixed a bug causing Sombra’s teeth to be visible while her Stealth ability was active when her Los Muertos skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug causing Sombra’s reload animation to play even when interrupted

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Ecopoint: Antarctica
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to see past the map’s background on Black Forest
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Black Forest
  • Fixed a bug that caused the announcer to say “Travelling to Dorado” when joining Castillo
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some equipment (vents, pipes, etc.) from properly connecting to the walls of the power plant on Dorado
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Hanamura
  • Fixed a bug that caused some projectiles to go through the ground on the last point of Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed an issue that caused sprays to display incorrectly on the crane on the Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that caused pink lighting to appear in some areas of Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that could cause A.I. heroes to get themselves stuck while traveling to the Well Capture Point on Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Ilios
  • Fixed an issue that caused the lighting to appear dark in Genji’s room on Nepal
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Oasis
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Pharah’s Jump Jet from recharging while perched on door frames in Oasis
  • Fixed a bug that prevented door frames from being visible and lacking collision on the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug that caused some players to get stuck behind a plant near the second point on Route 66
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist to reach unintended locations on Volskaya Industries

User Interface

  • Fixed a bug in the Options > Controls menu that prevented the asterisk (which normally indicates that changes have been made) from being removed from the hero’s dropdown after controls have been set to default
  • Fixed a bug causing the Back button to disappear when scrolling through the list of available games in the Game Browser

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 10, 2017

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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

BUG FIXES

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from grouping up in competitive Lúcioball

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 8, 2017

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: Summer Games 2017

The Summer Games return for more fun in the sun! From now until August 28, players can unlock a collection of brand new seasonal items, along with their favorites from last year’s Summer Games event. We’re also celebrating the spirit of competition with a new stadium, leaderboards, and Competitive Play mode specifically for Lúcioball.

To learn more about the Summer Games, click here.

GENERAL

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Reinhardt’s Charge to push characters through walls
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Anubis

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 1, 2017

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the party leader from entering the Training Menu
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused crashes when players were attempting to purchase loot boxes

Heroes

  • Fixed several bugs causing Doomfist skins to render incorrectly
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally prevented Reinhardt’s Charge from knocking back enemies

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 27, 2017

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: Doomfist (Offense):

Equipped with charisma and ambition, Doomfist is a consummate tactician and one of the leaders of Talon: literally throwing down his gauntlet as he joins the fight. From his base in Nigeria, Doomfist is a commanding offense hero equipped with hard-hitting melee abilities. Driven by a belief that conflict is essential to humanity’s progress, he’s committed to advancing his vision of the future—even if the agents of Overwatch disagree with his methods.

Doomfist’s cybernetics make him a highly mobile, powerful frontline fighter. His primary attack is the Hand Cannon; this four-shot weapon fires projectiles from Doomfist’s knuckles one at a time or in a single blast. With his secondary attack, Rocket Punch, he charges forward and delivers a devastating blow, knocking back any opponent it connects with and dealing extra damage if the enemy is hurled into a wall.

Seismic Slam smashes into a targeted area, knocking opponents toward him so he can deal further damage. His Rising Uppercut tosses enemies high into the air, while his passive ability, The Best Defense…, grants him shields every time he uses one of his abilities against an opponent. Lastly, his ultimate ability, Meteor Strike, causes him to leap high and drop into a targeted area, dealing massive amounts of damage.

To learn more about Doomfist, click here.

Loot Box Updates

We always want the experience of opening a loot box to feel exciting and rewarding, and in our latest patch, we’re working to improve that experience in two key ways. First, we’re drastically reducing the amount of duplicates you will receive when opening loot boxes. Second, to compensate for this reduction of duplicate items, we’re also increasing the overall amount of credits you will receive from loot boxes. On average, you should be earning just as many credits, if not slightly more, from loot boxes as you did prior to these changes.

New Highlight Options

Our highlights system has received several major updates:

  • The game will continue to automatically generate highlights for you based on your recent gameplay. These auto-generated highlights—now categorized as “Today’s Top 5”—will be surfaced on a daily basis and persist for a full 24 hours (or until the game client is patched, whichever happens first).
  • Players can now generate their own highlights! The ability to capture 12 seconds of your own gameplay has been added to the game, and can be bound to a single button of your choice (or a button per highlight slot) in the Options menu under “Request Highlight.” These player-generated highlights will be saved under a new section called “Recently Captured” and will persist until the game client is patched. Players can have up to 36 recently-captured highlights stored at one time.
  • With the above, players can now record any of their “Top 5” or “Recently Captured” highlights, exporting them as a video file to their gaming platform’s designated media library (on console) or directory (on PC). On PC, players will also have the option to select the quality at which these highlights are exported, supporting up to 4K for Windows 8 or higher operating systems, and up to 1080p on Windows 7.

To learn more about this feature, check out our recent developer update: https://youtu.be/OkYJlPMdWNA

GENERAL

  • Adjusted the respawn timing to limit defensive stalling strategies when the offensive team has a clear advantage and plays aggressively

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Clarified the text on the “Flag Carrier” options under the Capture the Flag settings for Custom Games
  • Removed the “Projectile Speed” and “Projectile Gravity” options for heroes who do not have projectile weapons
  • Minimum movement speed has been changed to 50% (formerly 10%)
  • Players can no longer select Roadhog during Limited 1v1 matches

User Interface

  • Added ability to create customized reticles
    • Reticle options can be found under the “Controls” tab in the “Options” menu (click the “Advanced” expander under the “Reticle” heading)
  • The name of Mercy's “Stethoscope” spray has been changed to “Heartbeat”
  • Statistics gathered from 6v6 Elimination matches will now be added to statistics in the Career Profile
  • Tie games will no longer be included in the win percentage calculation that’s listed under the Player Profile

HERO UPDATES

D.Va

  • Defense Matrix
    • New sound effects and voice lines have been added, indicating when Defense Matrix has absorbed an enemy’s ultimate ability

Genji

  • Deflect
    • New sound effects and voice lines have been added, indicating when an enemy’s ultimate ability has been deflected

McCree

  • Flashbang
    • Stunned targets are now slowed heavily, meaning they're less likely to escape while stunned (especially while in the air)

Developer Comment: This change will make McCree's Flashbang consistent against fast-moving targets like Genji or Lúcio.

Reaper

  • Shadow Step
    • Sound effect and VO distance has been reduced by 50%

Developer Comment: Even though Shadow Step wasn't intended to be used as a way for players to teleport right next to an enemy without their knowledge, the sound effects were audible from distances that made teleportation difficult from nearly anywhere. This change allows Reaper to be a bit more sneaky with his flanking options.

Reinhardt

  • Rocket Hammer
    • Swing speed increased by 10%

Developer Comment: In the last update, Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer had an issue that allowed players with higher latency to swing faster. We fixed this bug, which suddenly made the swing speed feel too slow, so we’re compensating by increasing his standard swing speed. During this process, we also found and fixed a few bugs with Rocket Hammer’s hit registration. Overall, the hammer should feel much better.

Zarya

  • Graviton Surge
    • Now disables mobility abilities on all affected targets

Developer Comment: In the past, the abilities that allowed heroes to escape Zarya’s Graviton Surge felt fairly arbitrary. We’re cleaning this up and increasing Graviton Surge's overall power by rendering all movement abilities unusable when an enemy is trapped.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue preventing “Best In Game” stats from being updated
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the user interface to incorrectly indicate that an enemy player has been hit when colliding with them
  • Fixed a bug that could allow projectiles that would normally pierce shields (i.e. Reinhardt’s Fire Strike) to pass through other surfaces
  • Fixed a bug that caused some players to lose audio during the match

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused players to get a leaver penalty during offseason matches, even after the in-game banner advised it was safe to leave the match

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from being added to a Custom Game with 12 Spectator slots
  • Fixed a bug in Custom Game settings that prevented some heroes with Self Healing from having a Healing Dealt modifier
  • Removed the Projectile Gravity slider from heroes who do not have abilities affected by gravity

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug with D.Va’s Call Mech ability that allowed you to see her inside the mech before entering it
  • Fixed a bug that could cause eliminations from Junkrat’s Total Mayhem to be mislabeled in the kill feed
  • Fixed a bug that would cause Junkrat to use his Ultimate Callout when he is unable to use his Ultimate
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Roadhog’s Chain Hook to latch on to Orisa’s Supercharger
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to take damage after activating her Translocator
  • The sound effects on Reinhardt's Bloodhardt, Blackhardt, and Wujing skins have been updated to reflect the use of an axe instead of a hammer
  • Fixed a bug preventing Lucio from receiving the full speed boost when traveling backwards during a Wall Ride
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally prevented Torbjörn from building and upgrading his turret
  • Fixed multiple hit registration bugs in Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Eichenwalde that prevented Soldier 76 from placing his Biotic Field in certain locations of Point A
  • Fixed a bug that caused AI-controlled players to perpetually move toward the objective on the Gardens point in Oasis
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Training Bots from facing the right direction and returning to their original location after being moved by player interactions on the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug with that was causing unusual camera angles for Highlight Intros on Route 66
  • Fixed a bug that could cause D.Va to fall through the floor while boosting into the ground in a specific area on Volskaya Industries

Overwatch Patch Notes - June 27, 2017

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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Pharah’s “I am the rocket queen” voice line from playing correctly
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Orisa’s ultimate to charge while her Supercharger was deployed

Overwatch Patch Notes - June 20, 2017

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 Map: Horizon Lunar Colony

Built as a first step towards humanity's renewed exploration of space, the Horizon Lunar Colony’s goal was to examine the effects of prolonged extraterrestrial habitation—on human and ape alike. The scientists’ research proved incredibly promising...until, suddenly, all contact and communications with the base were lost.

New Legendary Skins

  • Oni Genji and Officer D.Va have been added to classic loot boxes

CUSTOM GAMES AND GAME BROWSER

  • Player gravity and projectile gravity can now be modified
  • Knockback magnitude can now be modified on any weapons or abilities that have a knockback effect
  • Jump height can now be modified

HERO UPDATES

McCree

  • Deadeye
    • Targets now begin locking on after 0.2 seconds, instead of 0.8 seconds
    • Damage accumulated over the first 1.0 seconds increased from 20 to 80 (damage per second after the first 1.0 seconds is unchanged)

Developer Comment: McCree’s ultimate can deal a lot of damage if it has a lot of time to build up, but it was often too difficult to get even a small amount of damage out before being stopped or killed. These changes make it more flexible and powerful.

Reaper

  • The Reaping (Passive)
    • Removed health orbs
    • Now regains 20% of all damage done to heroes as health

Developer Comment: Reaper’s old healing passive was useful if you could kill a bunch of enemies in a row. But since enemies needed to be dead for it to work, it wasn’t very helpful unless the situation was already in your favor. His new passive lets him get immediate benefit from it, especially when fighting Tank heroes, which tend to be larger targets that deal lower damage.

Roadhog

  • Head hitbox size reduced by 20%
  • Scrap Gun
    • Bullet damage decreased by 33%
    • Fire rate increased by 30%
    • Clip size increased from 4 to 5

Developer Comment: Roadhog’s head was abnormally large compared to similarly-sized characters, so we’re reducing its size to increase his survivability. The Scrap Gun changes reduce the power of his hook combo and alternate fire burst damage potential while still keeping his DPS roughly the same.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

  • A quick summary of each player's most-played heroes is now available by highlighting the player in the Groups section of the Social menu (statistics displayed will dynamically change based on the mode/ruleset)
  • A new "All Modes" option has been added to the Career Profile that allows players to view combined stats from all game modes
  • A new "All Competitive Seasons" option has been added to the Career Profile that allows players to view combined stats from all Completive Play seasons
  • The “Damage Done” statistic has been replaced with “Hero Damage Done” in multiple locations
  • A new “Barrier Damage Done” statistic has been added to the Statistics section of the Career Profile, as well as an “All Damage Done” statistic, which combines damage done to barriers and heroes
  • Averages are now calculated in 10-minute slices, rather than by the number of games played
  • “Rate This Match” option no longer appears at the end of a match

Developer Comment: The new “Hero Damage Done” statistic is the same as the old “Damage Done” statistic, but it doesn’t include damage done to barriers, only damage against heroes and placed objects (e.g. Torbjörn’s turret). That number can be found in the new “Barrier Damage Done” or “All Damage Done” statistics. However, since “Hero Damage Done” and “Barrier Damage Done” are brand new, their averages will only be based on time played since they were added.

Also, the old statistics were calculated by taking total damage inflicted and dividing it by the number of games played. This resulted in an average that didn’t accurately reflect the underlying performance, because it didn't take into account the length of the games. The new averages are calculated in 10-minute slices.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue causing players to lose progress on their On Fire meter, after the meter had been completely filled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Health Pack respawn timers from displaying correctly after a player experienced latency

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug that could cause the announcer's “select your hero” voice line to play during the end-of-match screen after Elimination games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Z’s from appearing above a sleeping enemy during Elimination games

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused your first win to appear as a loss in your Career Profile

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Fixed a bug that prevented some settings from being properly displayed in the summary when viewing 3v3 Elimination presets
  • Clarified an error message that appears when a player attempts to exit the Settings page with an invalid combination of settings
  • Fixed a bug that caused the lighting from health packs to appear on Capture the Flag and Elimination maps even after health packs had been disabled
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Torbjörn’s Armor Pack ability to function even after being disabled in custom settings

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from hearing the voice line that typically accompanies their ultimate if they executed the ultimate after being stunned
  • Fixed a bug that could cause D.Va to become stuck if her mech was killed just as she summoned it
  • Fixed a bug preventing Genji’s sound effects from playing if he used his primary attack immediately after a Swift Strike
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s movement from slowing while she fired her Fusion Driver
  • Fixed a typo in Orisa’s “Satisfied with Protection” voice line
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Supercharger from being destroyed if run over by the payload
  • Fixed a bug affecting the animation speed on Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer, causing the weapon to feel unresponsive while swinging
  • Fixed a typo in the description on Roadhog’s Junkenstein skin
  • Fixed a bug that allowed enemy players to detect Sombra (while Stealth was active) if they were within a certain distance
  • Fixed a bug causing Symmetra’s hair to take on an unnatural appearance when her Vishkar or Architech skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug with how Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook interacts with the flying drones on Oasis

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Volskaya Industries that prevented the ice from appearing broken when players fell off a ledge to their death
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Temple of Anubis
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Eichenwalde

User Interface

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Heroes of the Storm promotional portraits to appear locked, even after being unlocked
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an error message in chat if you attempted to spectate a new player while already spectating another player
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the chat window to be placed too high on the main menu, blocking menu options
  • Fixed a bug preventing the UI from correctly showing which heroes are unavailable in Limited Duel games.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented text from wrapping in the Report Player text box

Overwatch Patch Notes - June 6, 2017

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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed several bugs that allowed players to reach unintended locations on multiple maps
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to fall from moving platforms while dancing
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when rendering fog for players with certain hardware

User Interface

  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Oni” and “Law” player icons to appear locked even after being unlocked
  • Fixed an issue that allowed blocked players to send Custom Game invites

Overwatch Patch Notes - May 23, 2017

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: Overwatch Anniversary

We’re raising our glasses to toast the 30 million heroes who have answered the call to join us in Overwatch! From now until June 12, players can collect more than 100 Anniversary-themed rewards, and play three new Arena maps in the Arcade—all in celebration of our first year fighting for the future together. Put on your finest skins and join us for the festivities!

For more information, click here.

New Standard Loot Box Items

In addition to the new items in the Overwatch Anniversary event, we’re also adding new goodies to our standard loot boxes. Sombra, Orisa, and Tracer are all getting brand new emotes, and Reaper picks up several new unlocks based on the infamous shrug from the recent Uprising comic.

GENERAL

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Added new rules sets for 3v3 and 1v1 Elimination modes on the Arena maps
  • Added options for Hero Lockout, Limited Hero Pool, Tiebreakers, and Hero Reveal for Elimination mode
  • Players can now disable secondary fire and secondary weapons in Custom Games
  • You can now disable one Symmetra ultimate while leaving the other active

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Recoil Recovery Aim Compensation can now be disabled for Ana, McCree, and Widowmaker. The option can be found under the “Control” tab in the “Options” menu. Simply select the appropriate hero under the dropdown menu and look for the “Hero” section

Developer Comments: By default, weapon recoil recovery is overruled by downward crosshair movement. This means that downward movement during the weapon’s recoil recovery phase will override the weapon’s natural recoil recovery. This option allows you to remove this functionality, meaning a weapon’s natural recoil recovery movement acts independently from downward crosshair movement. In practice, this will make your crosshair move faster if you aim downward during the recoil recovery window.

Genji

  • Removed the attack delay from Genji’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better.

Hanzo

  • Removed the attack cooldown from Hanzo’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing
  • Storm Bow
    • Increased charge speed by 10%
    • Charged arrows now maintain their charge after climbing a wall, provided the button is continuously held

Developer Comments: Decreasing Hanzo’s draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. And, like the change to Genji’s wall climbing, this is a quality of life change that will make climbing feel better.

Orisa

  • Fusion Driver
    • Damage reduced by 9%
  • Protective Barrier
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds

Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we’re reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier. This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed. To compensate for this new defensive strength, we're reducing her Fusion Driver's damage, as it felt too high.

Reaper

  • Wraith Form
    • Ammo is now entirely refilled when Wraith Form is used

Developer Comments: Wraith Form is typically used as an escape ability after firing. This change gives Reaper a fighting chance if an enemy chases him down as he uses it.

Reinhardt

  • Earthshatter
    • Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters
    • The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can "climb" has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground.

Developer Comments: Earthshatter tended to climb unexpectedly high, frequently hitting targets that were significantly above the ground. These changes help the ability stay more grounded.

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76 is in a much better place lately, but his damage output was making him a must pick, compared to similar roles.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

  • Your final blows are now highlighted by a white background in the Kill Feed
  • Added new Kill Feed icons for environmental kills and a number of abilities
  • Heroes resurrected by Mercy are now are now highlighted and color-coded in the Kill Feed
  • Certain types of assists, like McCree’s Flashbang or Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord, now show up in the Kill Feed
  • New Controller option: Force Keyboard/Mouse User Interface

Developer Comments: When PC players switch from using the Keyboard/Mouse to a game controller, the game’s user interface is dynamically updated to the console/controller version. Additionally, the button layout on many heroes (like Hanzo, Zenyatta, and Mercy) is different on console. In the past, when a player chose to play using a controller and a mouse, the UI would constantly switch, depending on which device was sending information to the game. This new option allows players to set a default user interface if they choose to use a controller along with a keyboard/mouse.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that prevented voice lines from being heard during the Play of the Game
  • Fixed an issue causing shields to display the wrong team color during the Play of the Game
  • Fixed a bug that caused high resolution screenshot captures to have visual issues

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug causing the introduction before 1v1 Mystery Duels to be interrupted
  • Fixed an issue causing parties to be split between teams when joining a Custom Game as a group
  • Fixed an audio bug in Elimination games that could cause the end of round music to end abruptly
  • Fixed a bug in Custom games that caused parties to be evenly split between teams when they joined as a group

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that allowed bots to become stuck around the well on Ilios

Custom Game Browser

  • A scroll bar has been added to the custom games settings window so players can see all changes if they extend below the screen
  • Disabling Primary Fire will no longer disable secondary weapons for Mercy, D.Va, and Torbjörn
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the cooldown modifier from functioning for Ana’s Sleep Dart
  • Fixed a bug that caused some weapons to stop playing sound effects when “No Ammunition Requirement” was used
  • Fixed a bug that caused parties to be split up between teams when joining a custom game

Competitive Play

  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the 30 and 60-second audio callouts from being played at the end of a match
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from grouping based on skill rating restrictions during the off season

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s healing and speed song auras to be inaccurately projected
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Discord Orb from being removed when Mercy uses her Resurrect Ultimate
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Fortify from blocking the alternate fire from Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog's hook from pulling enemies into the reticle when the target was on higher ground
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Protective Barrier from deploying in certain situations
  • Fixed an issue that affected some graphics cards, causing an inaccurate ammo count to be displayed with Pharah’s Mechaqueen and Raptorion skins equipped
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent two charging Reinhardts from being able to kill each other
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to damage himself twice when charging a Fortified Orisa
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Winston’sPrimal Rage ultimate from restoring his health when hit by Ana’s Biotic Grenade

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer to move oddly when she first appeared in the tutorial
  • Fixed an issue causing asymmetry between pillars on the Ruins capture point on Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Numbani
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach an unintended location on Route 66
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

Overwatch Patch Notes - April 27, 2017

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.

GENERAL

General

  • Added a slider for aim smoothing. This can be found under the “Controls” tab in the “Options menu. Click “Advanced” under the “Controller” heading

Developer Comments: By default, aim smoothing/acceleration is set to the same value that players are used to (full smoothing, low acceleration), but as you drag the slider toward 0, you'll experience less smoothing (higher acceleration). Once the value hits 0, smoothing will be entirely disabled (instant acceleration).

  • Players can now select a new Aim Technique: Linear Ramp. This can be found under the “Controls” tab in the “Options menu, along with the Dual-Zone and Exponential Ramp option. Click “Advanced” under the “Controller” heading

Developer Comments: This technique, along with disabled aim smoothing, will cause your crosshair to rotate proportionally with the angle that the stick is deflected. The effect is multiplied based on your sensitivity settings.

Competitive Play

  • On Assault and Assault/Escort Maps, teams now need to capture at least 33% of the objective before the tie-breaking system is activated

Developer Comments: When the new tie-breaking system was implemented on April 11, 2017, teams only needed to capture 1% to trigger the system. This occasionally resulted in confusing situations when games would end without a lot of information about how the point was captured, due to the brief capture time. To alleviate this problem, we’re requiring that teams progress past 33% before the tie-breaking system begins tracking progress. If neither team manages to cross 33%, the match will end in a draw. If you’d like to know more, click here.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a crash that could occur during the end-of-round screen

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the payload from showing damage until after the escort phase in the Overwatch Uprising brawl
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to get under the payload using certain heroes’ movement abilities in the Overwatch Uprising brawl
  • Fixed a bug that caused the payload’s health bar to interfere with the scoreboard, forcing players to hold down the spacebar to view the scoreboard in the Overwatch Uprising brawl
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s “You’ve rescued me again, Dr. Ziegler” voice line to play after being resurrected in the Overwatch Uprising brawl, regardless of which hero performed the resurrection
  • Fixed an issue causing the chat window to block the ‘refresh’ button when the Overwatch Uprising leaderboards were open

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the ‘Start Game Mode’ button from appearing when creating a Capture the Flag or Elimination game

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that gave Genji’s Dragonblade ability a slightly increased swing speed while at a higher latency. Dragonblade’s default swing speed has been slightly increased to compensate
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s Dragonblade ability from registering hits correctly
  • Fixed a bug to prevent hit effects from being inflicted on D.Va’s human form while piloting the mech

Maps

  • Fixed a bug causing glass that has been shattered by an explosion to be colored black

Overwatch Patch Notes – April 17, 2017

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.
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BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused the game client to crash when Overwatch was launched

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug preventing the Null Sector bots from spawning during the payload escort phase of the Overwatch Uprising brawl
  • The Overwatch Uprising 2017 player icon will now unlock when you log into the event
  • Firing shots while standing on the payload in Overwatch Uprising will no longer cause accuracy issues for your hero
  • Fixed an issue preventing players from placing turrets on moving platforms (i.e. the payload)
  • The Overwatch Uprising scorecard now correctly tracks stats from Sombra’s Hack
  • The Overwatch Uprising scorecard now correctly tracks Ana’s healing stats
  • The Overwatch Uprising scorecard now correctly tracks D.Va’s enemy eliminations

Competitive Play

  • Fixed an issue that could cause inaccurate results when breaking ties based on capture percentage on Assault and Assault/Escort maps

Heroes

  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to move freely when being hit by Mei’s Blizzard or Endothermic Blaster
  • Fixed a bug causing D.Va’s hair to be rigid in the Selfie highlight intro when her Palanquin skin is equipped
  • Fixed a bug causing Soldier: 76’s cape to clip during the Push-Ups emote when his Strike Commander Morrison, Daredevil: 76, or Stunt Rider: 76 skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug causing the ice on Pharah’s Frostbite skin to stretch when her Flair emote was activated

Maps

  • Fixed a bug causing glass that has been shattered by an explosion to be colored black

Overwatch Patch Notes – April 11, 2017

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: Overwatch Uprising

Starting today, we’re rewinding the future, giving you the chance to relive the stories behind some of your favorite Overwatch heroes. Suit up with your friends and travel seven years into the past, joining Tracer on her very first mission in a brand-new cooperative brawl; or collect more than 100 declassified Loot Box items—including skins, highlight intros, emotes, sprays, and player icons!

For more information, click here.

GENERAL

General

  • Details about each hero’s unique backstory, along with information about some of their lore-inspired skins, have been added to the Hero Gallery
  • The Player Report system has been redesigned, adding new reporting options and activity examples to better capture the reason for each report
  • In-game voice conversations for the Overwatch Uprising event can now be displayed as subtitles. This can be enabled under the “Sound” tab in the “Options” menu

Competitive Play

  • A tracking system has been added to Assault and Assault/Escort Maps that will allow us to break ties based on the progress that was made toward capturing the objective.

Developer Comments: To mitigate draws in Competitive Play, we're implementing a system that tracks each team's progress on the objective. This will work similarly to the system that's already in place for Escort and Assault/Escort maps, which grants a win to the team that pushes the payload the furthest. Now, even if neither team successfully captures the objective, a winner can be determined based on which team captured the largest portion.

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Custom Game settings can now be saved as a preset from the game’s details page. This can be accessed by right-clicking on the map image from the Create Game page, right-clicking a game name from inside the Game Browser, or via the save button on the settings page
  • Players can now change weapon clip and magazine size or grant unlimited ammunition when creating a custom game

Maps

  • A new route has been added to Eichenwalde that connects the attacking team's spawn area to the capture point

HERO UPDATES

Lúcio

  • Sonic Amplifier
    • Damage increased by 25%
    • Projectile speed increased from 40 to 50
    • Alternate fire now considers vertical orientation when knocking targets back
  • Crossfade
    • Area of effect radius has been decreased from 30 meters to 10 meters
    • Heal Song
      • Healing-per-second has been increased by 30% (also applies to Lúcio's Amp It Up ability)
      • Self-healing has been reduced by 25%
  • Wall Ride
    • Movement speed increased by 20% when wall riding
    • Lúcio now receives a burst of speed when leaping off a wall

Developer Comments: Lúcio has often felt like a must-pick due to his raw healing output and the versatility of providing a speed bonus to your entire team. The goal of these changes is to keep those elements feeling strong, but making them harder to apply to everyone on your team at all times. The end result is that he should feel stronger with teams that he can stay close to but not as strong when on teams with heroes that are often spread out (such as Pharah, Widow, Genji, etc). Much of Lúcio’s character power was tied up in his large passive auras, which caused other elements of his kit to be weakened over time in an attempt to balance him. Now that his auras are more focused it will allow them to be much stronger and allow Lúcio to be more active in his role.

Orisa

  • The size of Orisa’s head hitbox has been decreased by 15%

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue preventing voice lines from being played on Control maps

Competitive Play

  • Fixed an issue that was preventing Top 500 icons from appearing until after completing a competitive match
  • Fixed a bug preventing achievements from being unlocked during off-season competitive matches
  • Fixed a bug that forced Play of the Game highlights to be drawn from the last round of play

Custom Games and Game Browser

  • Fixed an issue allowing empty player slots to be displayed even when disabled (e.g. in 6v1 games)
  • Fixed a bug preventing the pause feature from working properly after the original host has left the match
  • Fixed a bug that allowed extremely long team names
  • Removed unnecessary customization options (e.g. cooldown options for abilities with no cooldown)

Heroes

  • Ana no longer cocks her rifle after throwing a grenade
  • The brightness on Bastion's golden gun has been toned down when the BlizzCon skin is equipped
  • Fixed a bug causing Mei's pinky to bend awkwardly in some poses when her Chang'e and Luna skins were equipped

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Eichenwalde that allowed enemy player outlines to be seen through a pile of dirt at the castle gate
  • Fixed an issue on Eichenwalde that allowed players to become trapped in the broken castle doors
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on King's Row
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended areas on the Capture the Flag version of Lijiang Tower
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to hide turrets in unintended locations on Oasis

OVERWATCH PATCH NOTES – MARCH 28, 2017

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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Damage Amplified stat from appearing in the scoreboard at the end of a game

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug to prevent Orisa to deploy her Supercharger inside of the payload
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s “BOOP” voice line from playing
  • Orisa’s movement now slows slightly while firing in midair

Developer Comments: Much like D.Va’s Fusion Cannons, Orisa’s Fusion Driver is intended to slow her movement while she is firing. However, unlike D.Va, there was an issue that prevented this slow from working while firing from the air.

OVERWATCH PATCH NOTES – MARCH 21, 2017

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

To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum.
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PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Hero: Orisa (Tank)

Built from the scraps of the city’s decommissioned OR15 defense bots, Orisa is still learning how to optimally perform her function. What she lacks in experience, she makes up for in her steadfast dedication to keeping her city—and her creator, Efi—safe from harm.

Orisa is the sixth tank to join the Overwatch lineup, and much like her programming, her gameplay is engineered around protection. Her main weapon is a rapid-fire Fusion Driver, an automatic gun with good range and accuracy even at a distance—though it comes at a cost. Orisa’s movement slows down while she fires and players will need to plan for a lengthy reload time. Her alternate fire, Halt!, launches a graviton charge across the map, slowing nearby enemies as it passes, then pulling them toward it when it detonates.

Her Fortify ability boosts her personal defense, reducing damage taken and making her unstoppable for a short time. She can throw a device that creates a curved, stationary Protective Barrier, perfect for intercepting projectiles and shielding teammates from the front, sides, and above. Lastly, as her ultimate ability, Orisa deploys a high-powered Supercharger that beams a buff to allies within its range, increasing the damage they can inflict on the opposing team.

To learn more about Orisa, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Competitive Play

  • On Route 66, the attacking team is now given 60 additional seconds after pushing the payload to the first checkpoint.

Developer Comments: This change will bring Route 66 in line with the other Escort maps.

Custom Game and Game Browser

  • When setting up a Custom Game, players can now disable or modify abilities activated with the secondary fire button

HERO UPDATES

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Developer Comments: Ana’s kit has several strong components, which makes her difficult to replace. Reducing her damage output will make her less threatening on attack and reduce her dueling capabilities.

Bastion

  • Ironclad
    • [XB1, PS4] Bastion now takes 20% less damage while in Configuration: Sentry or Tank (formerly 35%)

Developer Comments: After the last update, Bastion became a little too difficult to deal with, so we’re reducing his new passive to give enemies more opportunities to counter.

Junkrat

  • Total Mayhem
    • Junkrat’s explosions no longer hurt himself

Developer Comments: Previously, Junkrat’s projectile speed made him difficult to use at long ranges, but the damage he took from his own explosions made him difficult to use at close ranges. This change makes him more effective at close ranges, allowing Junkrat players to explore new strategies.

Mercy

  • Caduceus Staff
    • The amount of increased damage that’s done when boosting another player is now tracked under the match statistics and on the Career Profile page

Sombra

  • Hack
    • Sombra’s teammates can now see hacked healthpacks through walls
  • Stealth
    • Sound effects and VO distance has been reduced to 15 meters when Sombra enters or exits Stealth
  • Translocator
    • Cooldown reduced from 6 seconds to 4 seconds

Developer Comments: Sombra can be devastating in the right hands, but infiltrating and harassing enemies could often feel difficult. These changes should increase her effectiveness and teamplay.

Winston

  • Barrier Projector
    • Ability cooldown now starts when the barrier is placed, instead of when it ends

Developer Comments: This change should help Winston do what he does best: distract the enemy team and block damage.

Zarya

  • Particle Barrier
    • No longer protects Zarya from knockback
  • Projected Barrier
    • No longer protects allies from knockback

Developer Comments: This is actually reverting a change that we made a few patches ago, which made players immune to knockbacks if they were hit by an effect from inside her barrier. This had some negative side effects, such as making targets immune to knockbacks from effects that pierce barriers, like Reinhardt’s charge and Winston’s Primal Rage punches. Now, these will cause knockback again. This does not affect knockbacks from effects that originate from outside her barriers, such as Pharah’s Concussive Blast. Those will still be blocked by the barriers, not causing any knockback.

Zenyatta

  • Orb of Destruction
    • Alternate fire cooldown has been reduced from 1 seconds to 0.6 seconds
    • Weapon spread has been removed

Developer Comments: Zenyatta’s alternate fire often felt too difficult to use due to its long recovery time. This reduction should make it a more viable option. Also, his weapon has always had a very small amount of spread. This wasn’t enough to change the way he was played, but it would occasionally cause shots to miss that would normally hit their target. Removing this small variance should help him feel more consistent.

BUG FIXES

General

  • When Teleporters, Shield Generators, and other player-owned objects are destroyed, the kill feed now properly displays the owner’s name

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug preventing Bastion and Torbjörn bots from taking a defensive position when turret abilities were disabled in Custom Games

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a visual bug that prevented your current medals from being displayed in the setup phase between rounds

Custom Game and Game Browser

  • Fixed a bug causing players to respawn in the enemy spawn room after being pinned against a car by an enemy Reinhardt on Oasis
  • A scoring requirement clarification has been added to the Capture the Flag settings, stating that each team’s flag will need to be secured before they can score
  • Fixed a bug that could cause certain settings to be displayed on the Custom Game’s information screen even when they weren’t being used
  • Fixed an issue preventing values from the “Ultimate Generation” setting from being correctly displayed
  • Heroes and maps are now sorted alphabetically under the “Find Game” filters in the Game Browser
  • Fixed a bug preventing Bastion’s Self-Repair ability from being disabled in the Custom Game settings

Heroes

  • Fixed an issue preventing Bastion’s walking animation from being triggered while Self-Repair was in use
  • McCree no longer receives credit toward his on-fire meter when his Flashbang is used against Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that kept a successful Roadhog hook from counting towards the “Match Players Hooked” statistic when the enemy player was killed on impact
  • Fixed an issue causing Zenyatta’s feet to clip through his robe while his Sanzang skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug causing Reaper's shotguns and D.Va's mech to appear unusually large on the main menu

Maps

  • Training bots that are destroyed in the Practice Range are now displayed in the kill feed
  • Fixed a bug allowing more than one player to enter the Practice Range

Overwatch Patch Notes – March 8, 2017

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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.

GENERAL

Custom Games

  • Players can no longer gain EXP from skirmishes in custom games
  • AFK detection has been added to skirmishes in custom games

Overwatch Patch Notes – March 3, 2017

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

HERO UPDATES

General

  • The total damage reduction that a hero can receive while buffed (e.g. from Ana's Nano Boost and Orisa's Fortify) has been capped at 50% (formerly 70%)

Bastion

  • Ironclad
    • Bastion now takes 20% less damage while in Configuration: Sentry or Tank (formerly 35%)

Developer Comments: After introducing the new Ironclad passive ability in the last patch, Bastion felt a little too difficult to deal with. This reduction maintains his survivability while he’s transformed, but he shouldn’t feel so overbearing to enemies.

Zarya

  • Particle Barrier
    • No longer protects Zarya from knockback
  • Projected Barrier
    • No longer protects allies from knockback

Developer Comments: This change is actually reverting an attempted bug fix from a previous patch. Now, Zarya’s barriers no longer protect players who are hit by a knockback effect that pierces the shield. This change does not affect knockback abilities that occur outside the barriers. For example, if Zarya has a barrier on herself and is hit by one of Pharah’s concussive blasts, she won’t be affected, because the barrier blocked the effect. However, if Winston uses his ultimate and starts to swing at Zarya, it will now knock her back even if a protective barrier is active, since melee attacks pierce barriers.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue preventing heroes in 1v1 Mystery Duel from being shuffled correctly

Competitive Play

  • Fixed an issue preventing players from loading the Season 1 and 2 leaderboards

Heroes

  • Fixed an issue preventing D.Va’s Defense Matrix from properly blocking enemy fire that has passed through another enemy hero
  • Fixed an issue preventing Winston’s hitbox from lining up with his pose while crouched

OVERWATCH PATCH NOTES – FEBRUARY 28, 2017

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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 Feature: Game Browser

Starting today, every player can create their own, unique Overwatch experience and share it with their friends, teammates, or the entire world. Introducing the Game Browser.

An extension of Overwatch's Custom Game mode, the Game Browser allows you to adjust the settings on various maps, modes, and heroes to create your own tailor-made match. For example, if you want to increase the speed of Pharah’s rockets or remove the cooldown from McCree's Combat Roll, the power is yours. Once you're happy with your settings, and you're ready to launch your game, you'll need to set up permissions. You can limit the people who can join your game by toggling the "Friends Only" or "Invite Only" options, but if you want to put your strange creation to a real test, set your server to "Public" and click the launch button.

If you'd like to learn more about the Game Browser, click here.

New Mode: Capture the Flag

Capture the Rooster has been, without a doubt, Overwatch’s most popular brawl. We don’t want the excitement to end, so we’re bringing Capture the Flag to the Arcade as an ongoing game mode. Starting today, we’re adding Capture the Flag versions of Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, and Oasis, which gives you 12 maps to try when creating a Custom Game.

HERO UPDATES

Ana

  • New Hero Option: Nano Boost Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust Nano Boost’s targeting sensitivity

Bastion

  • Configuration: Sentry
    • Reconfiguration time decreased from 1.5 seconds to 1.0 second
    • Bullet spread increased by 50%
    • Bullet spread is always at maximum (it no longer increases as the weapon is fired)
    • Magazine size increased from 200 to 300
    • No longer deals critical damage
  • Configuration: Recon
    • Bullet spread decreased by 25%
    • Magazine size increased from 20 to 25
  • Self-Repair
    • Can now be used while moving
    • Now bound to secondary fire (formerly Ability 2)
    • No longer interrupted by taking damage
    • A new resource meter has been added that depletes while Self-Repair is active and recharges when not in use
  • Configuration: Tank
    • No longer grants bonus armor
  • New Passive Ability: Ironclad
    • Bastion takes 35% less damage while in Configuration: Sentry or Tank

Developer Comments: The goal of these changes is to move some of Bastion's power from Configuration: Sentry to Recon, while keeping its sentry mode a strong option, especially versus tanks and barriers. Overall, Bastion should feel stronger and more flexible with these changes.

D.Va

  • Defense Matrix
    • Enemy shots no longer need to travel a minimum distance before they can be blocked

Developer Comments: Previously, there was a minimum distance a projectile had to travel before it could be destroyed by Defense Matrix. This made it nearly worthless in situations where an enemy was right next to your teammate, such as when Roadhog hooks your ally. This change removes that restriction so Defense Matrix should now reliably destroy projectiles regardless of how far they have traveled.

Mei

  • Cryo-Freeze
    • Can now be targeted by allies while in Cryo-Freeze

Mercy

  • Resurrect
    • While performing a resurrection, Mercy now becomes temporarily invulnerable along with the allies being revived
  • Caduceus Staff
    • Zenyatta can no longer be targeted while Transcendence is active
  • New Hero Option: Guardian Angel Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust Guardian Angel’s targeting sensitivity
  • New Hero Option: Beam Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust targeting sensitivity on Mercy’s Caduceus Staff beams

Developer Comments: Mercy’s Resurrect has always been very powerful, but it often forces her to sacrifice herself to use it well. There have been changes in the past that attempted to help her in this area, but haven’t done enough to solve it. This change means that once she uses the ability, she will always survive long enough to be with her team again.

Roadhog

  • Scrap Gun
    • Spread decreased by 20%
  • Chain Hook
    • Targets are now pulled to a location 3.5 meters away, up from 2 meters
    • Cooldown increased from 6 to 8

Developer Comments: Overall, the Roadhog changes reduce the power of his hook a bit, but his gun is now more effective when not using the hook.

Sombra

  • New Hero Option: Hack Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust the targeting sensitivity on Sombra’s Hack ability

Torbjörn

  • Rivet Gun
    • Ammo is now loaded earlier in the reload animation

Widowmaker

  • New Hero Option: Grappling Hook Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust Grappling Hook’s targeting sensitivity

Zarya

  • New Hero Option: Projected Barrier Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust Projected Barrier’s targeting sensitivity

Zenyatta

  • New Hero Option: Harmony Orb Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust Harmony Orb’s targeting sensitivity
  • New Hero Option: Discord Orb Sensitivity
    • Allows players to adjust Discord Orb’s targeting sensitivity

COMPETITIVE PLAY

General

  • Players with a skill rating above 3000 will need to complete at least seven games per week to avoid skill rating decay
  • Skill ratings below 500 will no longer be displayed.

Developer Comments: We’ve noticed that some players have been deliberately throwing their matches in an effort to reach the lowest attainable skill rating. We obviously don’t want to incentivize this behavior, because Competitive Play works best when everybody is trying. The changes to the skill rating decay system will improve the accuracy of the player’s skill rating, make maintaining multiple high-level accounts more difficult, and make upper-tier placement more meaningful.

MAP BALANCE CHANGES

General

  • Respawn Delay
    • When attackers outnumber defenders while taking a control point on Assault, Escort and Assault/Escort maps, the defenders’ respawn time will slowly increase until it hits a maximum value or the defense manages to gain the upper hand. 

Developer Comments: Until now, stalling an attack by repeatedly throwing yourself at the point has been a common defensive strategy on Assault, Escort and Assault/Escort maps—even when the attackers have a decisive advantage. Typically, this tactic doesn’t change the outcome of battle; it simply delays the attackers’ progress.

Eichenwalde

  • A second gate no longer closes after the payload passes through the castle doors. Instead, rubble from the damaged doorway partially blocks the entrance.

Developer Comments: Once the offensive team gets through the castle entrance, the map becomes very heavily stacked in the defense’s favor. This change will give the offense more entrance options, which should improve the map’s overall balance.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an audio bug that prevented the point capture sound from increasing in pitch as the capture progressed
  • Fixed an issue preventing key bindings on the communication wheel from displaying properly
  • Fixed a bug causing some key bindings to revert to default after the first round of a Control map
  • Fixed a bug that allowed commendation cards to be recalculated and transferred to a new player after the previous recipient left at the end of a round
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “experience gained” audio effects to continue playing, even after the players left the game lobby
  • Environmental damage to barriers no longer counts toward the "Damage Blocked" statistic

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog bot to spin around after hooking a target

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug preventing “60 seconds remaining” and “30 seconds remaining” voice lines from playing during the second round of a match

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug preventing Lucio’s “Sound Barriers Provided” statistic from being properly calculated
  • Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt’s Charge from properly pinning targets
  • Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt’s shield from displaying cracks at low health with the Wujing skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Roadhog to turn freely while pulling a hooked target
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Sombra’s Translocator to become stuck in the air
  • Fixed a bug preventing Tracer’s ”Clock’s Tickin’’ spray from matching the thumbnail in the Hero Gallery

Maps

  • Adjusted the collision in the attacker spawn room on Eichenwalde to prevent players from getting stuck in the pipes
  • Torbjörn can now construct turrets on the stairs in Oasis
  • Fixed an issue that caused Highlight Intros to clip into the roof of a building on Lijang Tower

Overwatch Patch Notes – February 8, 2017

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Year of the Rooster version of Lijang Tower from being playable in Quick Play and Competitive Play

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 31, 2017

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that allowed the flag to get stuck outside the standard gameplay boundaries in Capture the Rooster
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Competitive Matches to continue indefinitely
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer and Mei to reach unintended locations outside the standard gameplay boundaries on several maps
  • Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt’s shield from displaying cracks at low health when the Wujing skin was equipped

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 24, 2017

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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: Year of the Rooster

Grab your friends, family, and loved ones and get ready to ring in the Year of the Rooster.

Overwatch's Lunar New Year celebrations have begun and, for the next three weeks, we hope this seasonal event brings you happiness, prosperity, and (most importantly) lots of fun! Collect more than 100 seasonal cosmetic items from our special Lunar Loot Boxes, enjoy a festive fireworks display on Lijiang Tower, and get ready to capture the flag in Overwatch's newest brawl.

To learn more, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • The “Stay as Team” button now lights up when anyone on your team clicks it
  • Players can now join Team Chat from the Hero Select screen (Push “RB” on the Xbox One controller and push “R1” on the PlayStation 4 controller)
  • Crouch now has a very small cooldown between uses

Communication Wheel

  • Players can now equip up to 4 emotes, sprays, and voice lines from within the hero gallery
  • Voice line and emote submenus can be accessed from within the Communication wheel
  • Players can now bind individual sprays, emotes, and voice lines to mouse buttons, unique keys, or controller buttons

Kill Feed

  • Hero ability icons are now displayed in the Kill Feed
  • Headshot eliminations are now indicated with a red icon

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

Ana

  • Biotic Grenade
    • Effect duration has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds
    • Healing boost on allies has been decreased by 50%

Developer Comments: The healing boost from Ana’s Biotic Grenade was providing too much healing, especially when used on targets with large health pools.

D.Va

  • Health increased from 200 to 400
  • Armor decreased from 400 to 200
  • Fusion Cannons
    • Bullet damage decreased from 3 to 2
    • Number of bullets per shot has been increased from 8 to 11

Developer Comments: D.Va’s armor often made her feel like she had no weaknesses, even against heroes that are typically effective against bigger targets (like Reaper). The changes to her primary fire will result in a small overall decrease in damage, but her Fusion Cannons should feel more consistent now.

Lucio

  • New Hero Option: Allow Backwards Wall Ride
    • When enabled, allows Lucio to start wall riding while moving backwards.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook
    • Targets are now pulled directly in front of Roadhog (rather than straight to him), except in cases where Roadhog drastically rotates
    • Hooked targets are now released if they leave Roadhog’s line of sight before being pulled
    • Line of sight checks (which determines if targets are hit by the hook) are now done from Roadhog’s position, rather than the hook’s position

Developer Comments: The hook should now feel more consistent for Roadhog players, but it should also feel more reasonable to his enemies, as they cannot be hooked or pulled around corners anymore.

Sombra

  • Hack
    • Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds
    • Time it takes to hack a target has been decreased from 1 second to 0.8 seconds

Developer Comments: Sombra often had difficulty hacking enemies, even when she surprised the target. This change should help her execute hacks more easily.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug allowing spectators to utilize the “Stay as Team” button during the end of a game
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Stay as Team” button to overlap with the Back button on the Social menu
  • Fixed a bug preventing the Social menu from not correctly displaying World of Warcraft zones that have an apostrophe in the name
  • Fixed a bug causing heroes to display a T-pose on the victory screen after a Mystery Heroes brawl
  • Fixed a bug preventing Simple Checkout from being navigated by a controller on PC
  • Fixed a bug preventing Alt+Tab from properly minimizing the game client while in fullscreen mode
  • Fixed a bug preventing the Kill Feed from displaying the destruction of Teleporters, Shield Generators, and Turrets

AI

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Roadhog bot from being able to hook players through Reinhardt’s shield
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the Sombra bot to hack through barriers
  • Fixed a bug that made the Torbjörn bot unresponsive after placing a turret

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug preventing players from receiving XP for playing offseason games

Heroes

  • Fixed a visual bug with Ana’s “Toast” victory pose, causing her cup to appear blurry on the right side of the screen
  • Fixed a bug causing a graphics issue with McCree’s “Hat Trick” emote
  • Fixed a bug preventing the countdown timer from appearing on Mei’s Cryo-Freeze ability
  • Fixed a bug with the placement of Mercy’s wings on her Valkyrie and Sigrún skins
  • Fixed a bug preventing Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from playing its destruction sound effect when it is destroyed
  • Fixed a bug causing Tracer’s “You Got It” voice line to play an incorrect line
  • Fixed a bug preventing Widowmaker’s Venom Mine from attaching to walls
  • Fixed a bug preventing Zenyatta’s Nutcracker skin from receiving a golden glow while using his Transcendence ultimate ability

Maps

  • Fixed a bug preventing Pharah from being able to refuel while standing in some planters in Oasis
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to get stuck under the bridge in Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to get stuck behind rocks in Route 66
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her Shield Generator in unintended locations in Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to perch on an unintended location in Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to reach unintended locations in Ecopoint: Antarctica
  • Fixed several visual artifacts on the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug preventing some projectiles from destroying the piñatas in Dorado
  • Fixed a bug with the size of the capture point on the garden tier in Oasis
  • Fixed an issue preventing the glass railings in Oasis from being easily broken by a melee attack

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 12, 2017

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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 Feature: Blizzard Checkout

Purchasing Loot Boxes has never been easier. Our streamlined system gives players access to more payment options from directly within the Overwatch client.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Decreased the volume of passing cars with the Oasis background in the Hero Gallery

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that was allowing Mercy to resurrect players that had fallen off the map to their death

Maps

  • Fixed a bug to prevent the garden point on Oasis from being contested/capped from the second-floor walkway above it
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on several maps

Overwatch Patch Notes – January 3, 2017

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.
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PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Control Map: Oasis

Oasis is one of the world's most advanced cities, a shining jewel rising from the Arabian Desert. A monument to human ingenuity and invention, researchers and academics from around the region came together to found a city dedicated to scientific progress without restraints. The city and its inhabitants are governed by the Ministries, a collection of brilliant minds who possess many secrets, which have attracted the interest of powerful organizations from around the world.

Overwatch Patch Notes – December 20, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Mouse 4 no longer controls backwards menu navigation to prevent conflicts with other functions that might be bound to that button
  • Fixed a bug preventing audio from mixing correctly on the main menu screen

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes allowed Symmetra to place Teleporters and Shield Generators inside her teams spawn room in a competitive match

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to permanently hack a health pack

Overwatch Patch Notes – December 13, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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: Winter Wonderland

Overwatch is getting into the holiday spirit with a brand new seasonal event. For the next three weeks, Hanamura and King's Row will be decked out in holiday lights, we're introducing a new collection of holiday-themed cosmetic items, you can challenge your friends to a snowball fight, and our Loot Boxes will be and tied with festive bows.

Grab a mug of hot cocoa and jingle all the way to Overwatch's Winter Wonderland.

To learn more, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Added a new "Boop" unlockable voice line for Sombra
  • Players can now select the 1v1 Mystery Duel and 3v3 Elimination game modes from the Custom Game menu
  • Added a "Stay as Team" feature, which allows players to remain grouped with their teammates after the match has ended

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

Symmetra

  • Photon Barrier (New Ability)
    • Replaces her existing Photon Shield ability
    • Generates a large energy barrier in front of Symmetra that blocks enemy fire as it travels forward
  • Shield Generator (New Ultimate Ability Option)
    • Symmetra's Ultimate ability now offers a choice between Teleporter and a new option: Shield Generator
    • Shield Generator places a device that grants additional shields to allies within its effective radius (regardless of barriers, walls, or obstacles between them and the Shield Generator)
  • Photon Projector (Primary Fire)
    • Range has been increased from 5 meters to 7 meters
  • Sentry Turret
    • Turrets that can be carried have been increased from 3 turrets to 6 turrets
    • Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 10 seconds
  • Photon Shield
    • Replaced with the new Photon Barrier ability
  • Teleporter
    • Health has been decreased from 200 to 50
    • Shields have been increased from 0 to 350

Developer Comments: We wanted to address two main issues with Symmetra. First, on the whole, we felt that she didn't feel active enough. Second, due to the nature of her Teleporter, she felt weak in certain situations on different maps and game modes.

To address the first point, we replaced her more passive Photon Shield ability with a much more active ability: Photon Barrier. Now, Symmetra can help lead the charge on offense or help shut down a big push on defense by actively blocking damage for your team.

For the second point, we noticed players would often switch off of Symmetra once they found themselves in a situation where her Teleporter wasn"t as useful. For example, when playing her on defense on an Assault map, players often used her to defend the first capture point, then quickly switched to another hero if that point fell. To help her feel more useful in more situations, we've given her an alternative to her Teleporter. The Shield Generator is just as important for the enemy to deal with, but is useful in more situations.

The turret changes allow her to rebuild her turret nests faster. Even if all her turrets are wiped out, it's now easier for players to build them all back up before the next push.

We're also increasing the range on her Photon Projector to make it easier for her to build up and keep a powerful charge on her target.

Zarya

  • Particle Barrier/Projected Barrier
    • Attacks like Reinhardt's Fire Strike or Hanzo's Dragonstrike that deal damage to both the barrier and the hero within the barrier, no longer deal damage to the barrier twice

Developer Comments: This is a bug fix, but we think it's significant enough to warrant a separate note. We've had a long-standing bug that caused "piercing" damage to hit Zarya's barrier twice. Sometimes this benefited Zarya (for example, jumping in front of Reinhardt's Fire Strike was a good way to generate a large amount of energy quickly), and sometimes it really hurt her (Genji's Dragonblade, for example, would cut through her shield in one swing, instead of two). This change isn't intended to buff or a nerf to Zarya. We're simply trying get her abilities working as they should, and we'll keep an eye on how it affects her balance.

BUG FIXES

General

  • [PS4 Pro] Fixed a bug that could obscure or hide UI elements on a 4K display
  • Fixed a bug that allowed more than one player to select the same hero on the Assemble Team screen, but forced one player to reselect after spawning
  • Fixed a bug that forced players to join Play vs. AI matches when attempting to spectate a friend
  • Fixed a bug causing a black screen to appear if players switched heroes as the round ended
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that allowed the 'H' key to close the Hero Select screen even after that function had been bound to a different key

AI

  • Botsare no longer able to use abilities or attack enemies after a Control match has ended
  • [Console] Fixed a bug that prevented Ana from being selected in 1v1 matches

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from correctly receiving experience after joining an in-progress 3v3 match
  • Fixed a bug preventing BattleTags from being displayed correctly during Highlight Intros and Plays of the Game in 1v1 and 3v3 matches
  • Fixed a bug causing the respawn timer to remain visible during 3v3 matches

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that allowed more than one player to select the same hero in rare situations

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug preventing the nameplate above D.Va's mech from disappearing while being destroyed, and displaying a "0" instead of the player's name
  • Fixed a bug causing the "You" indicator (which typically only appears during killcam footage) to appear when D.Va looks directly at the ground
  • D.Va's video tutorial now includes changes made to her Defense Matrix resource mechanics
  • Fixed a bug causing Genji's sword to clip through its scabbard
  • Fixed a bug causing Junkrat's Steel Trap animation to play when detonating a Concussion Mine
  • Fixed a bug causing Reinhardt's hammer to become invisible to some players after using an emote
  • Fixed a bug that interfered with the accuracy of the alternate fire for Roadhog's Scrap Gun
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players' Ultimate ability voice lines to play uninterrupted, even if they were hacked by Sombra during use
  • Fixed a bug preventing the sound effects from Torbjörn's hammer from being played when his Ultimate ability was activated
  • Fixed a bug causing Widowmaker's Grappling Hook to begin its cooldown after going through Symmetra's Teleporter
  • [Console] Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to receive Ultimate charge when using her Caduceus Staff to increase teammates' damage when they're not damaging enemies
  • [Console] Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt from deactivating his Barrier Field after being hacked by Sombra
  • [Console] Fixed a bug preventing Sombra's Hack from cancelling Soldier: 76's Sprint ability
  • [Console] Sombra no longer receives credit toward her on-fire meter when her EMP ultimate hits Symmetra's turrets
  • [Console] When multiple Sombras attempt to hack a health pack, the player that initialized the hack first will now control it
  • [Console] Fixed a bug preventing Sombra's Opportunist passive ability from seeing practice bots through the walls on the Practice Range
  • [Console] Fixed a bug preventing Sombra's reticle from consistently expanding while firing her Machine Pistol

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy from using Resurrect in rare situations on King's Row

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 30, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

BUG FIXES

Arcade

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana from being selected in 1v1 matches

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to receive Ultimate charge when using her Cadueus Staff to increase teammates’ damage when they’re not damaging enemies
  • Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt from deactivating his Barrier Field after being hacked by Sombra
  • Fixed a bug preventing Sombra’s Hack from cancelling Soldier: 76’s Sprint ability
  • Sombra no longer receives credit toward her on-fire meter when her EMP ultimate hits Symmetra’s turrets
  • When multiple Sombras attempt to hack a health pack, the player that initialized the hack first will now control it
  • Fixed a bug preventing Sombra from seeing practice bots, whose health has fallen below 50%, through the walls on the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug preventing Sombra’s reticle from consistently expanding while firing her machine pistol

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 15, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from saving their Graphics Quality settings when attempting to use the “Epic” preference (Options > Video)
  • Fixed a bug that allowed healers to gain Ultimate charge more quickly than intended

Overwatch Patch Notes – November 15, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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 FEATURES

New Hero: Sombra (Offense)

One of the world's most notorious hackers is stepping out of the shadows: Sombra, a mysterious infiltrator who uses information to control those in power.

Sombra is a master manipulator who can hack her enemies, temporarily blocking their abilities. In addition, she can hack health packs and Torbjorn's turret, making them useless to her opponents. She uses her fully automatic Machine Pistol to take out her enemies, getting into position using her Thermoptic Camo, which allows her to become invisible and move more quickly for short periods of time. This gives her the ability to slip past enemy defenses undetected, but she's instantly revealed if she takes damage or attacks an enemy. She also has a Translocator, which can be tossed like a grenade. When it’s activated, Sombra is teleported to its location (even while it’s in flight).

Sombra's ultimate ability, EMP, discharges electromagnetic energy in a wide radius, hacking anyone caught within range and destroying enemy barriers and shields. To learn more about Sombra, click here.

New Feature: The Arcade!

Discover brand new ways to play Overwatch in the Arcade. Choose from a variety of regularly rotating game modes, maps, and rulesets that don't quite fit into Quick Play or Competitive Play. Whether it's 1-on-1 duels, 3-vs-3 skirmishes, our alternating selection of brawls, or special rulesets like “no hero switching,” you should have no problem finding a game that fits your mood. Experience is earned just like any other mode, but you can also earn Arcade-specific rewards, like Loot Boxes!

New Arena Map: Ecopoint: Antarctica

Bundle up for a journey to Ecopoint: Antarctica, the former Overwatch installation where climatologist Mei-Ling Zhou was once stationed. While researching severe weather anomalies in the region, the station was hit by an intense polar storm. Running out of options and low on supplies, the team decided to cryogenically freeze themselves until the storm passed. They believed that it would only be for a few months, but Mei awoke nearly a decade later.

Ecopoint: Antarctica is a compact new Arena map that features multiple new game modes, including a 3-vs-3 battle and 1-on-1 duel. Check it out in the Arcade.

Season 3 of Competitive Play

Competitive Play's second season will end on November 23 at 4PM PDT (November 24 at 0:00 UTC), and the third season will begin on November 30 at 4PM PDT (December 1 at 0:00 UTC). During the week-long off season, you'll still be able to queue for matches using the Competitive Play ruleset, but your skill rating will not be affected and no Competitive Points will be awarded.

We've also made a few adjustments to the skill rating system for season 3. Players will be distributed more broadly across the skill tiers, which means that your season 3 rating will probably be lower than the previous season.

Developer Comments: When season 2 started, we had more players in the Gold and Platinum skill tiers than we originally intended. This meant that skill levels varied widely for players within those tiers, and some players were achieving inappropriately high rankings during their placement matches. These players typically began the season by having their skill rating adjusted downwards after their first few matches. For season 3, skill ratings will be slightly lower after your placement matches, allowing them to increase as the season begins. After you play enough matches, your skill rating changes will return to normal.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Made a number of data format improvements, which should decrease load times and reduce the game’s storage space requirements
  • Made several adjustments to the amount of experience needed to level:
    • The amount of experience needed to reach levels 2 through 13 remains unchanged
    • The amount of experience needed to reach levels 14 through 100 has been slightly reduced
    • The amount of experience needed to reach levels after 100 is now constant (20,000 XP) and will no longer reset after each promotion

Developer Comments: With the way our experience curve works right now, players move fairly quickly through the first 23 levels of each tier (1-23, 101-123, 201-223, etc.). This is because when a player is promoted after 100 levels, the experience curve resets. While this reset has worked pretty well so far, it’s also encouraged some people to stop playing the game after they’re promoted—hoping to save those first 23 levels for a seasonal event. To help address this, the experience needed for all post-promotion levels (any level after 100) is now consistently 20,000 and will no longer reset. The total experience required to gain 100 levels after a promotion is roughly unchanged, but the total experience required to earn the first 100 levels (before the first promotion) has been slightly reduced.

  • Quick Play matches are now restricted to one of each hero per team

Developer Comments: We’ve been monitoring your feedback to the 1-hero limit in Competitive Play. Overall, we believe the game is in a better place in terms of balance and stability with the hero limit in place. For this reason, we have decided to add the 1-hero limit to Quick Play. We understand that there are a lot of players who enjoy the ability to play multiples of the same hero, so we have introduced a new mode to the Arcade called “No Limits.” This mode uses Quick Play’s original ruleset, which allows for hero stacking.

Spectating

  • The number of observer slots in Custom Games has been increased from 6 to 12

HERO BALANCE CHANGES

General

  • Dealing damage to things other than players (like Torbjorn's turret or Symmetra's teleporter) no longer charges ultimate abilities
  • Ultimate costs have been increased by 25% for all heroes

Developer Comments: Game-changing ultimate abilities were coming up a bit too frequently. This change helps keep them in check while still allowing them to be powerful.

Ana

  • Nano Boost
    • No longer increases move speed

Developer Comments: The increased speed from Ana’s Nano Boost made the ability feel unstoppable and forced Ana players to select targets that could really take advantage of the speed boost. Removing the speed boost means that Ana has a reason to apply Nano Boost to a larger variety of heroes, and enemies can fend off the attack more easily

D.Va

  • Call Mech
    • Ultimate cost has been decreased by 20%
  • Mech health increased to 200 (formerly 100). Armor remains at 400
  • Movement speed while firing has been increased by 25%

Developer Comments: We reduced the cost of the Call Mech ultimate ability to compensate for the increased ultimate cost across all heroes (detailed above). D.Va players shouldn’t experience a noticeable change. The rest of these changes help D.Va’s withstand attacks, which will allow her to keep pressuring enemies.

Lúcio

  • Amp It Up
    • Healing per second has been decreased by 10%

Developer Comments: Lucio’s overall healing output has always been on par with (or even higher) than Overwatch’s other healers, and his other benefits made him an almost mandatory pick.

Mei

  • Blizzard
    • Ultimate cost has been increased by 15%

Developer Comments: Mei’s ultimate was recently given a much larger radius. Now it’s coming up too frequently, considering the impact it can have.

Mercy

  • Passive health regeneration now activates when Mercy avoids taking damage for 1 second (formerly 3 seconds)

Developer Comments: This change allows Mercy to survive more easily by evading enemy fire.

Pharah

  • Rocket Launcher
    • Minimum explosion damage has been increased by 13%
    • Minimum explosion knockback has been decreased to 0%
  • Jump Jets
    • Lift increased by 35%

Developer Comments: These changes will make the explosions from Pharah's Rocket Launcher more deadly, so hitting multiple targets should feel better. Her Jump Jets are also getting a boost to increase maneuverability while hovering.

Soldier: 76

  • Pulse Rifle
    • Bullet damage increased from 17 to 20
    • Maximum bullet spread increased from 2.2 to 2.4

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76's damage felt a little low when compared to similar heroes. This increase affects both his normal fire and his ultimate.

Torbjörn

  • Scrap is now automatically generated over time
  • The amount of scrap collected from a fallen enemy has been decreased by 40%
  • Forge Hammer
    • Swing speed increased by 25%
    • Damage decreased by 27%

Developer Comments: Armor Packs have always been a powerful tool in Torbjörn's arsenal, but it was often difficult to gather enough scrap to give your team a legitimate boost when they needed it. Conversely, if a team held on long enough, the scrap collected from fallen enemies was often able to generate so many armor packs that enemy teams had a difficult time turning the tide. Automatically generating scrap over time helps smooth out these differences and makes Torbjörn more viable. His hammer swing speed was increased to help him construct level 2 turrets more quickly.

Widowmaker

  • Venom Mine
    • Explosion no longer damages the player who placed the mine
  • Widow's Kiss
    • Charge rate increased by 20%

Developer Comments: These changes allow Widowmaker to be more flexible and reactive.

Zarya

  • Particle Barrier
    • Power gained from barriers decreased by 20%
  • ProjectedBarrier
    • Power gained from barriers decreased by 20%

Developer Comments: Considering her potential damage output, Zarya was starting to feel like a mandatory pick in most situations. Rather than reduce her damage output, this change makes achieving her maximum power and damage output slightly more difficult.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Loading screen now displays the name of the chosen game mode when playing in the Arcade

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the PC client from closing properly, making the Battle.net application think the game was still running
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from receiving credit toward the Most Healing Done commendation
  • Fixed a bug that caused the columns on Recent Players to slightly overlap each other
  • Fixed a bug preventing the fourth column on the friends list from being displayed properly
  • Fixed a navigation error that could occur when attempting to adjust video options using a controller
  • Players will now be removed from the Practice Range if they are AFK

AI

  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree bots to Combat Roll into the well on Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that could cause bots to get stuck in a wall near objective B on Temple of Anubis
  • Fixed a bug that prevented bots from moving through certain locations on Volskaya Industries

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that could cause overtime to continue indefinitely on Assault maps
  • Fixed a bug that could cause matches to begin with only 11 connected players

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana's healing stats from showing up in the Career Profile page
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana's custom crosshairs from displaying while zoomed
  • Fixed a bug causing irregular placement of the pumpkin on Genji's "Pumpkin Carving" highlight intro with certain skins
  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy's staff from showing up in the "Guardian Angel" highlight intro with her Cobalt skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug preventing Reaper's "R.I.P." victory pose from animating correctly when the game client isn't in focus
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer to use Blink while rewinding with Recall
  • Fixed a bug preventing some of Tracer's voice lines from activating with her Punk skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug preventing Zarya from gripping her gun's handle in the "Deadlift" highlight Intro
  • Fixed a bug causing Zarya's Graviton Surge to eject Reinhardt at high velocity

Maps

  • Fixed a typo on the bakery blackboard in Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that allowed certain heroes to stand on unintended pillars on Ilios
  • Fixed a bug on Lijiang Tower that allowed heroes to reach unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug allowing Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on Nepal
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to contest the payload from a protected area above the gas station on Route 66
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Pharah to reach unintended locations on Volskaya Industries
  • Fixed a bug on Watchpoint: Gibraltar that allowed players to reach an unintended location near the final objective

Spectating

  • Fixed a bug that occasionally produced incorrectly colored health bars when spectating Custom Games

Overwatch Patch Notes – October 19, 2016

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.

Please note that these changes will be rolled into a larger patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue causing the default Overwatch spray to override a player’s chosen spray when watching a Play of the Game or Highlight
  • Fixed an issue causing players to frequently disconnect while viewing Highlights
  • Fixed a bug preventing the appropriate music from playing after a loss on the Junkenstein's Revenge Brawl

Gameplay

  • Fixed a bug causing multiple issues when displaying data on the leaderboards

Heroes

  • Fixed an issue preventing Ana’s Nano Boost callouts from being heard by the enemy team
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from receiving credit toward the Healing Done commendation when healing D.Va’s mech
  • Fixed a graphical issue that was preventing the liquid in Mei’s Endothermic Blaster from appearing
  • Fixed a bug causing Reinhardt’s Charge to unexpectedly stop when crossing certain thresholds (e.g. when exiting a dropship)
  • Increased the volume of Roadhog’s “Want some candy” voice line

Map

  • Fixed a bug on Eichenwalde that caused some textures to stretch across the map for some players

Overwatch Patch Notes – October 11, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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 Halloween Terror

When the shadows grow long and the nights grow cold . . . when witches cackle in the night, and ghosts roam the streets . . . it can mean only one thing: Halloween has arrived in Overwatch! Starting today, Overwatch's regular Loot Boxes have been replaced with limited-edition Halloween Loot Boxes. Each contains at least one of more than 100 Halloween-themed sprays, icons, skins, victory poses, emotes, and highlight intros. And the bravest heroes will test their mettle against a mad scientist's metal minions in Overwatch's first co-op PvE brawl: Junkenstein’s Revenge.

Welcome to Overwatch Halloween Terror!

To learn more about the event, click here.

New Feature: Leaderboards

In-game leaderboards will now show off the top 500 competitive players from each region, and a separate leaderboard will allow players to see how their competitive performance stacks up against their Battle.net friends. Plus, we’re adding leaderboards for the Overwatch Halloween Terror event that’s happening right now!

Note: After downloading the latest patch, players will need to complete at least one Competitive Play match before they’ll appear on the Battle.net friend leaderboards.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Static cameras are now supported in spectator mode
  • Team names can now be edited in custom games
  • Raised the volume of Hanzo's Dragonstrike voice line while wearing the Okami/Lone Wolf Skin
  • Heroes hit by Ana's Nano Boost have a new voice line that informs other players
  • Increased frequency of Reinhardt's "barrier failing" voice line
  • Custom Games can now be paused

Competitive Play

  • Players who leave or are disconnected from a competitive match can now rejoin anytime while the match is still in progress
  • Teammates of a disconnected player can now exit a match after 2 minutes have elapsed (formerly 1 minute), and they will not receive a leaver penalty. However, they will receive a loss

Spectating

  • Camera movement in Spectator Mode has been improved

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

Ana

  • Nano Boost
    • Ultimate cost has been increased by 20%
  • Biotic Grenade
    • Radius has been increased from 3 to 4 meters

Developer Comments: So far, we haven't seen any indication that Ana is too strong overall, but her ultimate charges a little too fast, especially considering the impact it can have on a match. Also, her Biotic Grenades are getting a small boost to help her hit multiple targets.

Widowmaker

  • Widow's Kiss
    • Scoping-in animation time has been reduced from 0.5 to 0.33 seconds

Developer Comments: This change will help Widowmaker acquire new targets more quickly and speed up her reaction time in fast-paced situations.

Junkrat

  • RIP-Tire
    • Ability now activates more quickly

Developer Comments: Junkrat can be an extremely effective hero in the right hands, but RIP-Tire often felt underpowered when compared to his counterparts.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Hero Gallery now signify which items were unlocked during the Overwatch Halloween Terror event
  • Several minor aesthetic changes have been made to the game’s Main, Social, and Options menus
  • Removed several stats that were duplicated for certain heroes throughout the career profile
  • Graphics, typography, and layout have been updated in the Player Profile menu
  • Controller users can now choose between two aiming modes
    • Dual-Zone mode (New default): The vast majority of the thumbstick's range moves with reduced sensitivity and relatively high acceleration. However, when the thumbstick crosses to the outer 10% of its range, it will move with high sensitivity and relatively low acceleration. This mode will allow for more precise aiming, while still allowing players to turn around quickly
    • Exponential Ramp mode (Old default): As the thumbstick moves toward the outside of its range, the sensitivity is ramped up exponentially. The acceleration remains relatively high throughout

Social Features

  • Certain commendations will now appear less frequently during end-of-round voting, and others will appear more frequently (e.g. Torbjörn's Armor Packs Created will appear less frequently while Offensive Assists will appear more frequently)

BUG FIXES

General

  • Enemy players that are knocked down no longer lose their red outline
  • Highlight Intros previewed after opening a loot box now loop
  • Fixed a bug that prevented custom key bindings from saving after relaunching the game
  • Fixed a bug that kept players from binding Take Screenshot to other keys
  • Fixed a bug preventing any non-default sprays from appearing during the Play of the Game
  • Heroes that appeared on the main menu screen are no longer visible in the background while viewing items in the hero gallery

Competitive Play

  • [PS4, XB1] Fixed an issue that was incorrectly displaying a top 500 icon for certain players, even though they had not yet broken into the top 500

Maps

  • Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to reach unintended locations on several maps when using Self-Destruct
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to capture first objective on King’s Row from extremely high above the point
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the payload to heal players, even when they were negatively affected by Ana’s Biotic Grenade
  • Fixed a bug preventing the health bars on the Practice Range bots from displaying the effects of Ana’s Biotic Grenade
  • Fixed a bug preventing sprays from being applied correctly to some surfaces on Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a lighting issue, causing certain objects to appear darker than intended inside the Eichenwalde castle

Heroes

  • Smoothed the animation during Ana’s zoom-release transition
  • Fixed a bug causing Bastion’s bullet shells to eject backwards while in Configuration: Sentry mode
  • Fixed a bug causing D.Va to be teleported back to a re-spawn point if her Boosters are used inside the team’s dropship
  • Fixed an issue preventing Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow from appearing when selected
  • Fixed a bug preventing Junkrat’s statistics from correctly tracking RIP-Tire kills
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat’s “Roadkill” achievement from being awarded after obtaining 4 kills with RIP-Tire
  • Fixed an issue preventing Mercy’s staff from appearing in some highlight intros while wearing the Valkyrie, Sigrún, and Cobalt skins
  • Fixed a bug causing Tracer’s highlight intros to render at a lower resolution when accessed from the Highlights menu
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to use her Grappling Hook on basketballs
  • Symmetra's “Car Wash” achievement now correctly lists the number of beams required (6 instead of 7)
  • Fixed a time calculation issue that was causing Zenyatta's “Rapid Discord” achievement to be more difficult than intended

Spectating

  • Spectators are now able to see the Assemble Heroes countdown timer on all maps during a Custom Game
  • You are no longer able to see your killer’s red outline while spectating your team before respawning

Overwatch Patch Notes – September 13th, 2016

A new patch is now live. 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.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Players should now see fewer Plays of the Game featuring Mercy’s Resurrection ability
  • Increased payload speed on Eichenwalde

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • A new Competitive Tier legend has been added to the Competitive Play info screen
  • A new Match Complete splash screen has replaced the former Round Complete splash screen in competitive matches

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug which prevented the Triple Kill announcement from being played after a kill streak of 3 or more
  • Fixed several issues causing some players obtain a skill rating that's higher than their actual rating
    • Note: A very small number of people were affected by these issues, but those who were affected will have their skill rating adjusted appropriately

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug causing the wrong arrow to be shown on Hanzo's bow, or disappear entirely (the correct arrow would still be fired)
  • Fixed a bug preventing Junkrat’s RIP-Tire from receiving credit for kills, achievements, and other stats

Maps

  • Fixed a bug allowing Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on Hollywood

Overwatch Patch Notes – September 1, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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

Competitive Play Season 2

We've made some big changes to Competitive Play in Season 2. The most noticeable change is the introduction of skill tiers, which we hope will better communicate players' relative skill levels. Competitive Play will put a greater emphasis on skill tiers over specific ratings, and as such, a player's tier will be more prominently displayed throughout the game. We've also switched the skill rating system to a 1-5000 scale to give players more detailed information about how each match affects their specific rating.

Sudden Death is also going away in Season 2. Instead, matches that are tied when the clock runs out end in a draw—though, it should be a rare occurrence. Because of this, we've made some changes to our game modes in Competitive Play to help reduce the chance that a draw can happen.

We've also made a few minor adjustments to leaver penalties, the Top 500 system, and the competitive point system. Read on below to learn more!

New Assault/Escort Map: Eichenwalde

The forest has slowly begun overtaking the abandoned village of Eichenwalde, but the scars will never completely fade. During the Omnic Crisis, Eichenwalde was the site of a key battle. General Balderich von Adler took a handful of crusaders to the village in an effort to outflank the omnic army. Balderich's soldiers were able to break down the enemy forces, giving the German military an opportunity to push back, but the Crusaders didn't make it out of the battle. General Balderich finally collapsed in the castle's great hall.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • When activating the "Ultimate Status" communication, Symmetra now reports the number of charges left on her teleporter
  • When activating the "Needs healing" communication while targeting a teammate, Ana, Lúcio, Mercy, and Zenyatta will now tell allies to group up to receive healing. A marker will also appear above the player's head, allowing teammates to locate the healer more quickly
  • Added Torbjörn as an AI-controlled hero in Practice vs. AI, Play vs. AI, and Custom Game modes
  • Sit and laugh emotes are now unlockable for all heroes
  • New Legendary skins have been added for Reinhardt

Competitive Play

  • Skill rating is now measured on a 1-5000 scale instead of the former 1-100 scale
  • Skill Rating Tiers
    • Players will now be assigned to a tier, depending on their skill rating
      • Bronze - 1-1499
      • Silver - 1500-1999
      • Gold - 2000-2499
      • Platinum - 2500-2999
      • Diamond - 3000-3499
      • Master - 3500-3999
      • Grandmaster - 4000-5000
    • In Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond tiers, a player will not drop out of their tier even if their skill rating falls below the cutoff
    • In Master and Grandmaster tiers, a player whose skill rating falls below the tier's minimum will be moved to a lower tier
    • Players that have reached the Master and Grandmaster tiers must be within 500 Skill Rating of their groupmates
    • Players that are Diamond-tier and below must be within 1000 Skill Rating of their groupmates
  • Skill Rating Decay
    • Players in Diamond, Master, and Grandmaster tiers that haven't participated in a competitive match for 7 days will lose skill rating
    • Players with a skill rating above 3000 (Diamond tier or higher) will lose 50 rating points every 24 hours, but their rating will not fall below 3000
    • Competing in a single match will halt skill rating decay
    • Players that haven't participated in a competitive match for 7 days will immediately drop out of the top 500
  • Map Changes
    • Several refinements have been made to the time bank system for Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
    • The time bank system has been added to Dorado, Hollywood, King's Row, Numbani, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
    • Time granted for taking objectives on Dorado, Hanamura, Hollywood, King's Row, Numbani, Route 66, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar has been reduced from 5 minutes to 4
  • Competitive Points
    • Existing competitive points saved from Season 1 will be multiplied by 10
    • After winning a competitive match, players will now receive 10 competitive points (instead of 1)
    • Players will now receive 3 competitive points for a draw
    • The cost of golden weapons has also been multiplied by 10 - from 300 to 3000
    • A soft cap is being placed on the number of competitive points that can be saved
      • Players with more than 6000 points at the start of season 2 will no longer accrue points by playing competitive matches
      • End-of-season rewards will still be granted to players at the soft cap
  • Instead of going into sudden death, tied competitive matches will now result in a draw
  • Players must now win at least 50 competitive matches to be eligible for a spot in the Top 500
  • Players must now complete more matches to clear their penalty status for leaving a competitive match early 

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

General

  • Ultimates that consume the ultimate meter when activated will now drain the meter more quickly (.25 second instead of 1 second)
  • Reverted a recent change that reduced the size of heroes' projectiles
  • Most hero abilities will no longer interrupt quick melee attacks
  • Ultimate abilities will now interrupt quick melee attacks

Developer Comments: Altering the size of projectiles in flight had too many unintended side effects to keep in the game, at least in its current form. We will continue watching this and make additional changes if necessary. We’re also making quick melee more consistent when interacting with enemy abilities.

D.Va

  • Defense Matrix
    • After being activated, Defense Matrix will begin regenerating following a 1-second delay (formerly .5 seconds)

Developer Comments: Defense Matrix was too efficient when tapped repeatedly, instead of being held. Now, the recovery delay matches the ability cooldown.

Hanzo

  • Hanzo will now experience a 30% decrease in speed while aiming (formerly 40%)
  • Maximum projectile speed has been increased by 30%
  • Arrow size has been reduced by 33%

Developer Comments: Hanzo has the potential to deal a lot of damage, but he can feel really inconsistent, even at a medium distance. By increasing the projectile speed, we’re extending his reliable range, making it easier to land shots without having to perfectly predict enemy movement. To compensate for the increased projectile speed, we’ve decreased the size of his arrows, meaning his shots now require a bit more accuracy.  

Mei

  • Blizzard
    • Projectile now pierces barriers
    • Radius has been increased from 8 meters to 10 meters

Developer Comments: Mei has an interesting toolkit, but her ultimate often felt like it was too difficult to use effectively. Consequently, it felt weak compared to many other ultimate abilities. The freeze effect has been piercing barriers for some time now, but the projectile would still be blocked. Now, you can throw it down exactly where you want it, so it’s much easier to utilize the full radius effectively.

McCree

  • Deadeye
    • Now drains over a .25-second period (instead of displaying a 50% reduction on the ultimate meter when activated and 0% when confirmed)

Developer Comments: If players managed to counter or avoid McCree's ultimate, it would often regenerate very quickly since only half of the ultimate charge was spent. Now, this ultimate works like every other ultimate that has a duration.

Mercy

  • Caduceus Staff
    • Healing Beam
    • Healing-per-second has been increased by 20%
  • Resurrect
    • Resurrected allies will be able to maneuver after 2.25 seconds (reduced from 3 seconds)

Developer Comments: Resurrection now allows teammates to jump back into the fight more quickly, which should help Mercy survive after activating her ultimate. Mercy's healing is also getting a boost to solidify her role as a strong, single-target healer.

Genji

  • Double jump no longer resets when wall climbing
  • Swift Strike
    • No longer deals damage to traps like Widowmaker's Venom Mine or Junkrat's Steel Trap
    • No longer bypasses Junkrat's Steel Trap
    • No longer interrupts quick melee attacks
  • Dragonblade
    • Duration of Genji's ultimate has been reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Genji was a little too difficult to pin down, and these changes will balance his speed. Swift Strike no longer cancels the recovery time from a quick melee attack, so players will no longer be able to get a free melee attack before using Swift Strike. Lastly, Dragonblade's duration was long enough that it often felt too difficult to reasonably counter.

Lúcio

  • Amp It Up
    • The boosting of movement speed has been decreased by 30% (from a 100% increase to a 70% increase)

Developer Comments: Thanks to Lúcio's speed increase, he was almost a must pick in every lineup.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook
    • If the hooked target isn't in Roadhog's line of sight when retracting the hook, they will be moved back to the position where they were originally hooked

Developer Comments: This change means that hooked targets will be less likely to slide along walls, potentially ending up in an odd place after they've been reeled in.

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Bullet spread now happens more quickly when unloading fully-automatic pulse fire
    • Significantly Increased bullet spread recovery time

Developer Comments: These changes will make burst-firing feel more reliable and increase his effectiveness at longer ranges.

Zenyatta

  • Orb of Discord
    • The amount of damage amplified by a target with Orb of Discord has been decreased from 50% to 30%
  • Orb of Destruction
    • Damage has been increased from 40 to 46

Developer Comments: Zenyatta is in a far better place since the last update, but the strength of Orb of Discord has turned him into an almost mandatory pick. These changes reduce Orb of Discord's effectiveness, but his damage-dealing potential has been increased. The amount of damage that he delivers should feel largely unaffected by the change.

MAP BALANCE UPDATES

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

  • Watchpoint: Gibraltar’s first checkpoint has been removed

Developer Comments: The balance changes that were implemented in previous patches have eliminated the need for Watchpoint: Gibraltar to have an extra checkpoint.

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • A new "Allied Health Bars" option has been added (Options > Controls)
  • Contextual menus have been added on the hero selection screen, giving players the ability to report or group up with other players
  • Matchmaking UI is now purple in the Competitive Play queue
  • Made several minor adjustments to typography in the Spectator UI

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that allowed the kill participation metric to go above 100 percent
  • Fixed a bug in the Custom Game settings preventing the Ability Cooldown modifier from affecting Ana
  • Fixed a bug causing players to incorrectly see gains in experience points when completing Custom Games
  • Fixed a bug that caused heroes to die when first spawned in a custom game if Health and Damage modifiers were used simultaneously

AI

  • Fixed a bug that could cause AI Bastion to become stuck, continuously healing himself in the spawn area
  • Fixed a bug preventing Torbjörn from placing his turret in viable locations

Heroes

  • Appropriate sound effects now play when Ana shoots barriers, shields, and armor
  • Ana’s scope now correctly displays all custom reticle options
  • D.Va no longer communicates her ultimate status for Self-Destruct while charging her Call Mech ultimate
  • D.Va’s Boosters are no longer auto-cancelled if activated while her primary fire is active
  • D.Va’s ultimate charge status is no longer reset to 0% if she falls to her death while piloting a mech
  • Hanzo's “Spirit Dragon” unlockable voice line now correctly plays when using his Okami and Lone Wolf skins
  • Fixed various issues with Junkrat's emote and highlight animations
  • Fixed a bug that kept Junkrat’s ammo from being refilled when he was resurrected
  • Fixed an issue causing Mei's Ice Wall to push herself to the side when cast at her feet
  • Fixed a bug preventing Mei's Ice Wall from being destroyed by a moving payload
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mei's Ice Wall from appearing at the target location when cast
  • Fixed a bug allowing Reaper to reach unintended map locations using Shadow Step
  • Fixed a bug causing Reinhardt's shield to jitter when turning in third person
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Roadhog's chain from displaying correctly in some situations
  • Fixed a bug causing Roadhog’s chain to become permanently extended if his target disconnected from the match
  • Fixed several issues with Symmetra's emotes and highlight intros
  • The scarf on Tracer's Slipstream skin is no longer stiff in the Hurdle highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug preventing overtime from being triggered while Zenyatta is using Transcendence
  • The names of Tracer's Sprinter and Track and Field skins now display correctly
  • Ana’s attacks and abilities now activate the controller’s rumble function
  • The alternate fire on McCree’s Peacekeeper ability now activates the controller’s rumble function for all six shots

Maps

  • Fixed an issue preventing Genji and Hanzo from reliably climbing a specific crate on Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Fixed several issues that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

User Interface

  • Competitive play leaver messaging no longer overlaps with the PvP HUD at the top of the screen
  • Fixed a bug causing the end of season banner to pop up while the player is in a match
  • Fixed a bug preventing the hero list in Custom Game settings from being organized alphabetically
  • The spectate option now becomes unavailable (the button will be greyed out) when all spectator slots have been filled in a Custom Game lobby
  • Fixed an issue causing in-game statistics to run off the edge of the screen in 16:10 aspect ratio

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 16, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed a bug that was blocking spectator cameras from passing through some doors and force fields

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 9, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

MAP BALANCE UPDATES

  • Respawn time for defenders has been standardized to 10 seconds on all maps
  • Payload speed has been slightly reduced on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug causing incomplete character models to load on the Hero Selection screen
  • Fixed a number of bugs causing various crashes and instability issues

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that prevented user interface elements from displaying in some languages
  • Fixed a bug that caused the placement matches screen to display when some players would disconnect and rejoin a match

Maps

  • Estádio das Rãs
    • Fixed a bug that allowed players to spawn as heroes other than Lúcio
  • Nepal
    • Fixed an issue which allowed players to get stuck outside the normal boundaries of the map
  • Temple of Anubis
    • Fixed a bug causing a portion of the city wall to display incorrectly on all graphics settings

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 2, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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: Summer Games

Crack your knuckles, stretch those hamstrings, and turn up the volume—the Overwatch Summer Games have begun! For the next three weeks, we’re celebrating the spirit of competition in style. Earn special Summer Games Loot Boxes, collect over 100 seasonal items, and challenge your friends to a futuristic soccermatch in our new brawl: Lúcioball!

To learn more about the Summer Games, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Competitive Play

  • Players who leave a competitive match before its conclusion will now have to wait for at least 10 minutes before joining another competitive match
  • During subsequent rounds on Assault maps (Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries), the amount of time provided for team assembly has been reduced

Miscellaneous

  • Added Lúcio as an AI hero in Practice vs. AI, Play vs. AI, and Custom Game modes
  • Several minor, behind-the-scenes improvements have been made to the in-game matchmaker

MAP BALANCE UPDATES

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

  • Made several minor adjustments across the map to ensure better balance for defending and attacking teams

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Made several minor improvements to the way hero selection tips work:
    • The "No Builder" and "No Sniper Hero" warnings have been removed
    • "No Support Hero" now reads as "No Healer" (does not apply to Symmetra)
    • Hero selection tips are no longer displayed during team assembly in a Brawl
  • Zenyatta's Transcendence speed increase is now noted on the Hero Details screen
  • Players can now select which type of Loot Box (standard or seasonal) they'd like to open next
  • Players can now set an FPS cap by selecting "Custom" from the “Limit FPS” dropdown

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug where Widowmaker’s “Noire” skin and the Origins Edition skins would not count towards unlock progress of the “Decked Out” Achievement
  • Fixed a bug where “The Path Is Closed” Achievement could not be obtained by D.Va while in her mech
  • Fixed a bug where players were unable to use the “Join Game” option from the social menu on their friends
  • Fixed a bug that caused Custom Games to ignore the “Return to Lobby” setting when the game mode was set to Competitive
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the Tutorial to become unplayable after players switched heroes
  • Fixed a display bug with the mouse cursor for Windows systems using a 16-bit desktop
  • Removed developer option to disable all shadows via the settings file

Maps

  • Fixed a bug causing the “old timey” end-of-round music filter on Hollywood to remain active after leaving a match
  • Fixed a bug that kept the 30-seconds-remaining music from activating correctly on Payload maps.

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that was affecting the majority of Ana’s “Most in Game” career statistics
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Grenade to miss an allied Reaper while in Wraith Form
  • Fixed a bug with that caused Junkrat’s “Jester” and “Fool” skins to incorrectly display during a Highlight Intro
  • Fixed a bug that kept Soldier: 76’s Ultimate charge meter from displaying progress gained for the Tactical Visor ability in the Tutorial
  • Fixed a bug that caused the visuals and sound effects on Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer to malfunction when hitting an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s “Widow’s Kiss” spray to be replaced by the “Je Te Vois” spray

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that kept grouped players from being able to rejoin a match when disconnected
  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s Skill Rating to be displayed incorrectly when rejoining a match in progress

A.I.

  • Fixed an issue hindering Ana from restoring allies to full health
  • Fixed an issue allowing Reaper to use Wraith Form to escape in situations where he should be stunned

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 26, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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 BALANCE UPDATES

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Rate of fire increased by 20%
    • Magazine size increased from 8 to 10

Developer Comments: While Ana has been very well received, she was showing to be a little bit weaker overall. In addition to helping her feel better to play, these changes should also increase her healing and damage output.

McCree

  • Peacemaker
    • Primary Fire
      • Damage falloff range decreased by 10 meters
        • Damage falloff amount is unchanged
        • As a result, even with this change, McCree’s effective range is still higher than it was at launch
    • Alternate Fire
      • Rate of fire increased by 15%
    • Flashbang
      • Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree can fire again) decreased from 0.5 seconds to 0.35 seconds

Developer Comments: McCree’s latest range increase helped him quite a bit, but it was a bit too much in the right hands. This change weakens his long range damage somewhat, but still keeps it stronger than it has been in the recent past. The other changes combine to allow him to land more alternate fire shots on targets that he has hit with Flashbang.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Targets of Ana’s Sleep Dart will no longer instantly recover when damaged (recovery time is now 0.5 seconds)

User Interface

  • Fixed UI compatibility issues for ATI cards
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause Lúcio, Mei, and other models to only partially render (or disappear)

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 21, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

GENERAL UPDATES

Competitive Play

  • Attacking teams now have 4 minutes to capture the first point on Assault maps (down from 5 minutes)

Miscellaneous

  • The "You Are Not Prepared" spray and player icon is now available for all players

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • The correct hit pip sound will now play whenever one of Ana's darts impact with a barrier
  • All of Ana's in-game sounds now have proper occlusion   

User Interface

  • Fixed a bug that caused "Attack" and "Defend" indicators to not always display on the hero select screen
  • Fixed a bug that caused the scoreboard (default: Tab) to sometimes display the wrong stats if you switched heroes mid-match
  • Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that caused the numbers on the post-match skill rating bar to not increment correctly 

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 19, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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 FEATURES

New Hero: Ana (Support)
After being out of the fight for several years, one of Overwatch's founding members is returning. Introducing Ana—a battle-scarred veteran who supports her teammates from a distance using a unique and highly specialized collection of weapons.

Ana’s primary weapon is her Biotic Rifle, which fires long-range darts that can restore the health of her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies. Meanwhile, her Biotic Grenade is perfect for a close-quarters clash, simultaneously healing teammates and injuring foes caught in its small area of effect. (Affected allies will also receive a temporary increase to all incoming healing, while affected enemies can’t be healed for a few moments.) And if the battle starts to get out of hand, Ana's sidearm can fire a Sleep Dart, knocking her adversaries unconscious.

Plus, Ana's ultimate ability, Nano Boost, empowers one of her teammates, granting faster movement, increased damage, and resistance to enemy attacks.

To learn more about Ana, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Gameplay

  • If a match goes into Overtime for more than 20 seconds, the fuse will now start to "burn down" more quickly
  • Players now respawn more slowly during Overtime (increased spawn time by 2 seconds)

Competitive Play

  • Competitive Play matches can now only have one of each hero per team.

Miscellaneous

  • Added Ana as an AI-controlled hero in Practice vs. AI, Play vs. AI, and Custom Game modes
  • Timing on Zenyatta's Rapid Discord achievement is more lenient
  • Targeted teammates now respond by saying "I'm with you," when players use the “Group Up” communication
  • Renamed five sprays to avoid duplicate titles

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

General

  • Self-healing abilities now charge ultimate abilities. As a result, some heroes’ ultimate costs have been adjusted (see below).

Bastion

  • Configuration: Tank
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%

D.Va

  • Defense Matrix
    • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds to 1 second
    • A new resource meter has been added. This meter will deplete while Defense Matrix is active and then recharge when it’s not in use.
      • Defense Matrix takes 10 seconds to reach full charge from empty
      • At a full charge, Defense Matrix will last for 4 seconds
      • Defense Matrix will now remain active as long as its assigned hotkey is held
    • Defense Matrix has been reclassified as an alternate fire and is now bound to RMB (by default)
      • An option to "Toggle Defense Matrix" has been added under Options > Controls > D.Va
  • Self-Destruct
    • Ultimate cost decreased by 15%
    • Explosion delay reduced from 4 seconds to 3 seconds
    • Explosion no longer damages D.Va (the player who activates it)

Developer Notes: D.Va isn't being selected as often as our other tanks, and we feel a lot of that stems from the underperformance of her damage absorption abilities. So, we've reconfigured her Defensive Matrix, making it more flexible and giving players the ability to use it more often. We’ve also given Self-Destruct a little more oomph, because it felt slightly underwhelming when compared to many of Overwatch's other ultimate abilities.

Lúcio

  • Sound Barrier
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%

McCree

  • Peacekeeper
    • Now maintains full damage at longer distances, but will deal less damage at extreme ranges

Developer Notes: While the game does feel better following the nerf to McCree’s close-range damage in a previous patch, it left him a little too weak. So, we're increasing his effective distance, making his range similar to Soldier: 76’s. This should hopefully give players another option for dealing with pesky long-range damage dealing heroes like Pharah and Hanzo. 

Mercy

  • Caduceus Staff
    • Damage Boost
      • Effect will no longer stack with bonus damage provided by another Mercy
  • Resurrect
    • Ultimate charge cost increased by 30%
    • Movement is no longer prevented during activation
    • Guardian Angel instantly resets upon use

Developer Notes: Mercy's ultimate is one of the most powerful abilities in the game; however, players would often fly into the fray and die while using it. With this update, Resurrect will now take a bit longer to charge, but Mercy will be a lot safer when activating the ability in the middle of combat. 

Roadhog

  • Whole Hog
    • Ultimate cost increased by 45%

Soldier: 76

  • Heavy Pulse Rifle
    • Spread recovery will begin after a short delay (rather than instantly)
  • Tactical Visor
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%

Zenyatta

  • Base shields increased by 50 (now 50 Health/150 Shield)
  • Primary fire weapon damage decreased from 45 to 40
  • Alternate fire weapon damage increased from 35 to 40
  • Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony
    • Projectile speed has been increased from 30 to 120
  • Transcendence
    • Movement speed is now doubled upon activation
    • Healing amount increased from 200 to 300 health per second

Developer Notes: While Zenyatta has never had the healing abilities of Lúcio or Mercy, he made up for it by dealing more damage. However, his lack of mobility and low health has meant he’s struggled to find a place in many games. To increase his effectiveness, we've made several changes, the biggest of which is an increased shield pool. This will allow him to go head-to-head with more enemies. The Orb of Harmony and Discord changes are also a quality of life change, helping Zenyatta move his orbs around and apply their effects more quickly. And lastly, we’ve increased Transcendence’s healing throughput. This ultimate was designed to be the most effective against sustained, high-damage fire and least effective against short, high-damage bursts (like D.Va’s or Junkrat's ultimates). But, due to the amount of healing it provided, there were times when it was possible for even sustained fire to overcome Transcendence’s output. We’ve made the heal powerful and also allowed Zenyatta to move around more quickly while it’s active. 

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

Game Options

  • Players can now enter numerical values for any option that also has slider (e.g. FoV, volume, sensitivity, etc.)
  • Players can now hide in-game chat by pressing CTRL-SHIFT-C or by typing "/hidechat" into the chat window
  • Controls
    • Mouse sensitivity can now be adjusted out to two decimals
  • Gameplay
    • Mid-match tips can now be toggled on or off (this will enable/disable tips that pop up after a player dies)
  • Social
    • Friend Request toasts can now be toggled on or off
    • Friend notifications can now be toggled on or off
    • Whispers can now be toggled on or off
  • Video
    • Added 21:9 aspect ratio support
    • Players can now enable a real-world clock by toggling the "Display System Clock" setting 

Social Features

  • Certain commendations will now appear less frequently during end-of-round voting (e.g. Zenyatta’s Transcendence Healing and Zarya’s Projected Barriers Applied)

BUG FIXES

General

  • The Hero Gallery now remembers the last hero you were looking at and will properly highlight that hero whenever returning to the gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “payload is nearing its final destination” music to continue playing even after the match was over
  • Fixed a bug that caused the UI to disappear whenever the game was forced into windowed mode by an external application
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause visual healing effects to appear on the wrong hero whenever multiple players attempted to pick up a Health Pack
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause different heroes’ victory poses to clip into each other
  • Fixed several lighting issues with the killcam

Maps

  • The payload on King’s Row will no longer retreat back inside its starting location if the attacking team fails to push it
  • Adjusted the Hero Select screen volume for the attacking team on Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Added Spectator camera collision to most maps
  • Fixed issues with player collision across multiple maps
  • Fixed issues with ambient lighting and shadows across multiple maps

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va to sometimes ignore player collision when summoning her mech
  • Reduced the chance for larger projectiles (i.e. Hanzo's arrows, Zenyatta's orbs) to hit targets around corners
  • Fixed a bug where Mei’s Ice Wall would persist in the game world even after the player switched heroes or left the game
  • Fixed even more bugs that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Reinhardt’s Barrier Field to get stuck in the “on” position if the player used the “Toggle Barrier” setting
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Roadhog to accidentally Chain Hook targets standing behind him
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s Barrier Projector shield to ignore the “Sound Effects Volume” setting

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused players not to be able to rejoin games

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 6, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

GENERAL

Competitive Play

  • The duration of Sudden Death has been adjusted across all maps from 1m45s to the following values:
    • Assault:
      • Hanamura – 1m35s
      • Temple of Anubis – 1m30s
      • Volskaya Industries – 1m35s
    • Escort:
      • Dorado – 1m30s
      • Route 66 – 1m35s
      • Watchpoint: Gibraltar – 1m35s
    • Hybrid:
      • King’s Row – 1m30s
      • Numbani – 1m50s
    • Note: Sudden Death duration is unchanged for Hollywood, which remains at 1m45s

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Overtime music from playing on Escort and Assault/Escort maps, if the payload was nearing the final checkpoint
  • Fixed a bug where display settings weren’t always saved after restarting the client
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the in-game UI to display incorrectly at 4k resolutions
  • Fixed a bug where sometimes the wrong player level would appear in the Social menu

Maps

  • Fixed an issue with collision not blocking line of sight on certain areas of Nepal

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s Caduceus Staff beam to disconnect from its target if the player a) quickly switched between healing and damage beams by holding down both mouse buttons and/or b) was facing away from the target at the time of the switch
  • Fixed even more bugs that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on certain maps
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s melee attack during Primal Rage to inconsistently hit targets in range
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Zarya’s alternate fire to scale incorrectly with her damage boost modifier

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Top 500” icon to incorrectly display for certain players in various places throughout the game UI
  • Fixed an issue where if you left and rejoined an in-progress Competitive Play match, the game would still track the match as a loss in your placement match history and when determining the amount of Skill Rating you receive for completing a match even if your team won
    • Note: You must be present for the conclusion of the match to be eligible for the win. If you leave a match and do not rejoin again before it’s over, it will count as a loss both in your placement match history and when calculating your Skill Rating adjustment.
  • Fixed an issue where you would still receive a Competitive Play “leave” penalty even if you rejoined a match and completed it
    • Note: If you leave a single Competitive Play match more than 3 times, you will receive a Competitive Play “leave” penalty even if you complete the match. 

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 28, 2016

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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 FEATURES

New Feature: Competitive Play
Overwatch is raising the bar for competitive players, giving them the perfect arena to sharpen their skills and hone their strategies. Introducing Competitive Play.

Competitive Play is designed for players who truly want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than our Quick Play or Weekly Brawl! modes. To make sure everyone playing the mode has a solid understanding of the game’s mechanics, maps, and heroes, Competitive Play will be locked until you hit level 25.

Once you reach level 25, the mode will become available under the "Play" button in the main menu. Simply select "Competitive Play" from the submenu, and you're ready to enter a match. You can join on your own or in a group, and Overwatch’s matchmaking system will automatically find the best game possible for your (or your group's) skill level.

Competitive Play is live right now! To learn more about this new feature, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Gamepad Controls

  • Players can now swap the left and right sticks on a control pad
  • "Legacy" controls option has been added:
    • Left stick up/down moves forward/backward
    • Left stick left/right turns left/right
    • Right stick up/down aims up/down (these can be inverted)
    • Right stick left/right strafes left/right
    • Sticks can also be switched
  • Improved dead-zone controls, giving players increased accuracy during off-center and diagonal stick movement

Miscellaneous

  • When activating Widowmaker's Ultimate ability, Infra-Sight, her voice line will now be audible map-wide
  • "Weapons" section added to the Hero Gallery
  • Added McCree as an AI hero in Practice vs. AI, Play vs. AI, and Custom Game modes
  • Added a variety of a social options to the hero selection and end of match screens
  • Removed "Avoid This Player" option from the game UI

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug that would cause players’ weapons to auto-snap straight up or down when the crosshair was aimed between 85 and 90 degrees
  • Fixed a bug that caused players who backfilled and then completed a game to sometimes receive a loss on their Career Profile and not receive their XP bonus for backfilling
  • Fixed a bug that would move players toward the source of a knockback rather than away from it
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to spam objective-based voice lines
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hearthstone-themed sprays to ignore localization
  • Fixed several framerate issues that could occur when cycling through the hero selection menu
  • Fixed a variety of issues with and made several improvements to ambient lighting
  • Made some improvements to how AI heroes respond to one another 
  • Made a variety of performance and optimization improvements across the game
  • Unicode keys for non-English keyboards are now displayed properly in the keybinding interface

Maps

  • Players can no longer be resurrected in out-of-play areas on Ilios

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug with the "Junkrat RIP-Tire Kills—Average" lifetime statistic
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause projectiles to hit Reinhardt instead of his Barrier Field
    • Note: We fixed this issue in an earlier patch for "High Bandwidth" Custom Games; this fix now applies it to all games
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Torbjörn to pick up Scrap while dead

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 23, 2016

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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.

BUG FIXES

  • Implemented a potential fix to help address framerate drops following our June 14 patch
    • Note: This fix may not resolve the issue for all players. If you continue to experience FPS drops after patching, please post in our Technical Support forum.
  • Fixed an issue that caused non-standard buttons on some mice to no longer respond, as well as some mice to stop registering altogether

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 21, 2016

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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.

GENERAL

  • Disabled "Avoid This Player" functionality
    • Note: The game UI option is still active, but will be removed in a future patch

Developer comments: The "Prefer"/"Avoid" player system was designed with the best intentions; however, it's not currently performing in a way that we feel is healthy for the game. While the "Prefer This Player" option is more or less working as intended (and is thus still enabled), the "Avoid This Player" option has impacted the matchmaker in negative way and led to some very poor player experiences. Although we like the idea of being able to say "hey, I'd prefer not to play with this player," the implementation of the mechanic is not where it needs to be, so we've disabled it and will be removing the UI option in a future patch.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed even more bugs that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on certain maps
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause projectiles to hit Reinhardt instead of his Barrier Field in "High Bandwidth" Custom Games
  • Fixed several client crashes

Overwatch Patch Notes – June 14, 2016

A new patch is now live on Windows PC. Read below to learn 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 BALANCE CHANGES

McCree
  • Peacekeeper
    • Alternate Fire
      • Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree starts reloading) decreased from 0.75 seconds to 0.3 seconds
      • Bullet damage decreased from 70 to 45

Developer Comments: McCree was performing too well against all targets, making him feel like a must-pick in many situations. By reducing the damage of his alternate fire, McCree is now significantly weaker against tanks like Roadhog and Reinhardt, but still maintains his lethality against smaller targets like Tracer and Genji.

Widowmaker
  • Widow’s Kiss
    • Alternate Fire (Scoped Shot)
      • Base damage decreased from 15 to 12
        • Note: Scoped shot damage multiplier remains unchanged
      • Headshot damage multiplier increased from 2x to 2.5x
      • Players must now wait for the unscoping animation to completely finish before scoping
  • Infra-Sight
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%

Developer Comments: In the right hands, Widowmaker can often feel unstoppable—even when just landing body shots instead of critical heads shots. The changes to her alternate fire weaken body shot damage while leaving her headshot damage unchanged. Additionally, we felt her Ultimate ability, Infra-Sight, was coming up a little too frequently, especially considering its impact on the game.

BUG FIXES

General
  • Improved stability of the High Bandwidth option in Custom Games
Heroes
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain Ultimate charge whenever damage boosting an ally who was attacking a barrier or Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on certain maps
Maps
  • Fixed an issue with collision on certain areas of Dorado not blocking line of sight

Overwatch Patch Notes – May 26, 2016

A new patch is now live. Read below to learn 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.

Please note that some changes may not be documented or described in full detail.

GENERAL:

  • Added a new "ForceFMA" configuration option which can be set by users working with our support teams to mitigate a specific audio crash