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Patch Notes

18 February 2021

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – February 18, 2021

Hero Updates

Orisa

This will make Fortify more reliable at preventing large bursts of incoming damage and make it more consistent as a defensive ability.

Fortify
  • Prevents critical headshot damage while effect is active
Reaper

Reaper's shotguns have a high damage potential but require close range or large targets to fully utilize. We're smoothing this out by extending the range at which he can consistently deal damage while lowering the maximum damage of each shot.

Hellfire Shotguns
  • Spread reduced from 8 to 6
  • Damage per projectile reduced from 7 to 5.5
Winston

With this change Winston will be slightly more resilient against shotguns, beams, and weapons with a high rate of fire.

  • Base Armor/Health has been redistributed from 100/400 to 150/350
Wrecking Ball

For how often it can occur, Wrecking Ball's knockback is too strong. We're reducing the distance it moves enemy players to bring it more in line with other low cooldown knockback abilities.

Grappling Claw
  • Knockback strength reduced 25%

Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a bug that caused player ragdoll models to fall through the terrain when skipping the kill camera
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Bounty Hunter game mode to collapse too early
Maps

Junkertown

  • Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer to escape map geometry in a specific location
9 February 2021

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – February 9, 2021

General Updates

Bounty Hunter
  • Bounty targets will lose their target status if they take too long to get a kill

Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a bug within the Bounty Hunter game mode where the Target status could become unavailable if the active Target left the game
4 February 2021

Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – February 4, 2021

Lunar New Year 2021

It’s time to celebrate the Year of the Ox!

We're celebrating Lunar New Year with luminous new seasonal items, including legendary skins like Bull Demon Orisa, Dragonfire Bastion, Tiger Huntress Ashe, and more! Additionally, this event launches the fourth competitive season of Capture the Flag and introduces a new game mode: Bounty Hunter!

Learn more about Lunar New Year on PlayOverwatch.com.

New Game Mode: Bounty Hunter Brawl

Test your skills as an outlaw with this new addition to the Arcade rotation: Bounty Hunter! Getting the first kill of the match makes you the Target and gives you extra points for making kills, but beware: anyone who kills you becomes the next Target!

General Updates

Feature Update: Replay Viewer Fine-Grained Playback Controls
  • We've introduced a new option that allows you to toggle between two different playback controls, the default playback controls and the "fine-grained" playback controls.
  • These "fine-grained" controls will allow you to increase and decrease the replay playback speed in smaller increments than 0.25x, from 0.10x to 1.00x. You can also hold your "Move Slow" binding while increasing or decreasing speeds to change the playback speed acceleration. This can help you capture cool slow-motion shots and more!
General
  • Added a "New" Ownership Filter to the Player Icon tab in the career profile
  • Reorganized the layout of the escape menu while you are in a custom game
  • Adjusted sound for boosted hit indicators to increase clarity

Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a bug that would rarely cause enemy footstep sounds to not be heard
  • Fixed a bug that caused the chat feed to not properly indicate that a real ID friend request has been accepted
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra's low health material effect to be seen on allies during a replay playback
Maps

Kanezaka

  • Fixed a bug with missing collision inside of the Pachimari arcade
  • Fixed a bug with the map geometry that produced a gap between buildings
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on top of specific door frames
  • Fixed a bug with missing collision on the pottery wheels
  • Fixed a bug with missing collision between vending machines

Route 66

  • Fixed a bug with the map geometry that produced a gap in the Deadlock hideout interior
Heroes

Brigitte

  • Fixed bug where her Barrier would not scale properly using Workshop settings

Baptiste

  • Fixed bug where the Deaths Prevented stat would not track correctly

Reaper

  • Fixed a bug with his hit volume becoming out of sync if frozen during his ultimate ability

Reinhardt

  • Fixed a bug causing his lean animation to be less responsive than expected

Sombra

  • Fixed a bug where the low health effect would sometimes show incorrectly in replays
  • Fixed a bug that caused an invisible Sombra to reveal her location if her model was still loading into the match

Symmetra

  • Fixed a bug that could cause her to be killed while traveling between teleporter locations

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed a bug that allowed him to use Piledriver while on the ground in rare circumstances

Zenyatta

  • Fixed a bug with his Toybot skin that that caused an animation issue to occur when casting orbs
  • Fixed a bug where sounds and effects would stop during the Meditate emote
Live Patch Notes

These patch notes represent general changes made to the Live version of Overwatch and the balance changes listed affect Quick Play, Competitive Play, Arcade, and Custom Games.