‘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
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
[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
Players can now clear new item notifications with the “Mark All As Seen” button in the Hero Gallery
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
Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog Bot to get stuck in the spawn room of the Oasis: City Center stage
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
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.
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.
As with all new heroes, please note that Moira’s release in Competitive Play will be delayed by one week.
Clicking the "leave game as group" checkbox will now remember your selection for future matches
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
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 now has an effect above his head to indicate which song he's playing in spectator mode
Increased visual readability of Mercy's healing and damage boosting beams
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated
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.
Added a number of additional voicelines for Cultist Zenyatta
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