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Overwatch Patch Notes

Recent Patch Notes

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 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.
For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.

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.

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