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.
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.
[PC] 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 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.
Bob will now have a golden tint when Ashe equips her golden weapon
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.
Ammo increased from 25 to 35
Weapon spread decreased by up to 33% while firing
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.
No longer can travel or stun targets through barriers
Damage reduced from 50 to 5
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 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.
Loss of air control duration lowered from 3 seconds to 0.6 seconds
Maximum range reduced from 20 meters to 15 meters
Targets no longer lose air control while being pulled in
Inner ring damage radius increased from 1.5 meters to 2.0 meters
Outer ring maximum damage decreased from 300 to 200
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.
Alternate fire damage increased from 45 to 55
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.
No longer makes Helix Rockets lock onto enemies
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.
Damage increased from 130 to 160 per second
Fixed a bug that caused the Torbjörn bot to use some of his ultimate while attempting to repair his turret
Fixed a bug that caused Athena’s voice lines to overlap if the match was a draw
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
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 caused Ashe’s scoped view to stutter on a high refresh rate monitor with a high framerate
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
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
Fixed a bug that allowed Brigitte to travel through a Mei using Cryo-freeze when using Shield Bash
Fixed a bug with the Lying Around highlight intro that caused Cruiser D.Va’s hair to clip into the mech
Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Deadeye animation and sound effects to play twice if it was canceled quickly
Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain ultimate charge by damage boosting a Pharah as she damages herself
Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orbs to go through or get stuck in walls and other collision
Fixed a bug that prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from traveling over certain terrain
Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to hear the detected sound effect when entering stealth or teleporting
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
Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn’s turret to be built at an extreme angle if it landed on the edge of an object
Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker’s Venom Mine to reveal enemy barriers through walls
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
Fixed a bug that prevented players’ Competitive Points 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
Fixed a bug that caused the hero select countdown timer to remain at 29 seconds
Fixed a bug that gave unintended access to certain ledges
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
Fixed a bug that prevented the Mystery Heroes ruleset from being used while in a Mystery Heroes skirmish
Fixed a bug that caused the kill feed to overlap with other UI elements while spectating players
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.
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
NOVEMBER 13, 2018
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.
As with all new heroes, please note that Ashe's release in Competitive Play will be delayed by two weeks.
Made jump height consistent across hero roster
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.
Ultimate cost reduced 15%
Healing per second increased from 50 to 60
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.
Spread randomization reduced by 50%
Spread pattern adjusted
Life steal increased from 20% to 30% of damage dealt
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.
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
Spread pattern adjusted for both primary and secondary fire
Spread randomization reduced by 50%
Knockback maximum velocity increased by 25% (from 8 to 10 meters per second)
Horizontal recoil decreased slightly
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.
Primary fire beam charges up 20% faster
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
Removed the “Unlock All” option in the Hero Gallery
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
Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Whip Shot from going on cooldown if it was interrupted before the chain retracted
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
Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat to return to his idle animation if he was stunned while using RIP-Tire
Fixed a bug that caused some allied heroes to say their “under attack” voice lines when receiving a friendly Sound Barrier
Fixed bug that prevented Orisa’s Fortify from canceling Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut air control effects
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
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
Fixed a bug that prevented Symmetra to charge up her primary weapon on enemy ice walls
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
Fixed an issue that caused Tracer to accelerate slightly slower and decelerate slightly faster than other heroes
Fixed a bug that prevented Wrecking Ball voice lines from playing when previewed after opening a Loot Box
Fixed a bug that allowed heroes to charge through a Graviton Surge without getting trapped
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
Fixed a bug that allowed players to hear the voice lines of heroes controlled by players they muted
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.
Fixed a bug that caused Pharah’s neck to distort in her Medal victory pose
Fixed a bug that prevented Eichenwalde or Hollywood from appearing in the Mystery Heroes map rotation
Fixed a bug that caused players to become immobile after their UI lost focus when entering a match
OCTOBER 9, 2018
We wanted to share a little bit about the big changes coming to everyone’s favorite weapons designer in this patch. So, we’ve gone and completely reforged Torbjörn with the aim of improving his playstyle and making him more adaptable to the needs of his team.
When we redesign a hero, we define the gameplay problems we’re aiming to solve, how our solutions can fit within the hero’s constraints, and what existing elements are core to the hero’s identity that we should definitely keep as part of their kit. In Torbjörn’s case, we identified his automated turret as one of those key elements. First, instead of having to stand next to a turret to build it, Torbjörn can now throw the turret out, so he can more effectively contest points and set up flanks on the fly. We’ve also given him a self-buff, Overload, which grants Torbjörn 150 armor and a 30% increase to his attack, movement, and reload speeds, so he can spend less time building and more time shooting. Last but certainly not least, we’ve given his ultimate ability Molten Core a complete overhaul.
We explored eight different iterations of Molten Core before we landed on the current design and moved it onto the next stage of production—giving it proper art, animations, and visual effects. The new Molten Core almost didn’t make it due to technical performance concerns, but fortunately, our artists and engineers came up with some clever solutions.
Molten Core now allows Torbjörn to spray pools of magma on the ground that do a ton of sustained damage (plus bonus damage to armor), but its true strength is denying the enemy team the ability to move through key locations or closing out a game in overtime by restricting the space around the objective.
Be sure to try out the new Torbjörn and the other updated heroes this patch and let us know what you think!
—Joshua Noh, Associate Game Designer
New Seasonal Event: Halloween Terror 2018
The fright for the future returns!
We’re celebrating the scariest time of the year with a seasonal event: Overwatch Halloween Terror! Expand your collection of spooky seasonal items and relive the chilling tale of Junkenstein's Revenge in our PvE brawl. This year we’ve added two new heroes to the fray: Brigitte and Tracer!
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.
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!
Updated the audio mix to add more clarity and dynamic range for all sounds in the game
Developer Comments: 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.
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
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.
Shield health reduced from 600 to 500
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.
Damage falloff now starts at 15 meters
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.
Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
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.
Cooldown reduced from 12 to 9 seconds
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%
Updated visual effects for all abilities
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.
Maximum spread reduced by 20%
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.
Heavy Pulse Rifle
Number of shots until reaching maximum spread increased from 6 to 9
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.
Reduced the size of Torbjörn’s head hit volume by 10%
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
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
Radius increased to align with Quick Melee
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 who can grant armor to their allies: Brigitte
Please note that Torbjörn will be unavailable in Competitive Play for two weeks.
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
A slider to change Player Outline Strength has been added under Options > Gameplay
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
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
Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Storm Bow reticle to be visible while emoting
Fixed a bug that prevented Mei’s Blizzard from freezing enemies when cast in areas with low ceilings
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)
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
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
Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn’s medal from appearing in his Medal victory pose
Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s Particle Cannon reticle to be visible while emoting
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
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
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
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
SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
Pick your heroes and pack your bags—we’re traveling to Busan!
In our newest map, heroes will fight in the heart of South Korea, home to former professional gamer and famed MEKA pilot, D.Va. Over the past six months, I’ve worked on creating the environment and buildings within each of Busan’s three stages: Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base.
We released this map alongside our latest cinematic short featuring D.Va, Shooting Star. Because of this, we worked closely with the cinematics department to recreate the MEKA Base as closely as possible. We wanted players to feel like they’re in the film as soon as they load into the map. This is the first time we’ve done this kind of collaboration, and we think it was a success! The way the map looks in game and in the short are much more similar than our previous attempts.
That said, it’s not a straight one-to-one. In the game, in addition to looking great, a map needs to be playable and—most importantly—fun. As such, we expanded and built out parts of the MEKA Base that made it intuitive for players to understand the space they’re in and to offer unique gameplay moments. You can see one of these changes on the control point in the MEKA Base. There are three blast shields that go up and down, providing cover from enemy fire. An alarm accompanied by a flashing light and steam indicates when the shields will rise from the ground, signaling to the team that it is safe to attack the point. This is the first time we’ve intentionally designed moving terrain as part of a map’s strategy.
The whole team poured a lot of love and effort into capturing the likeness of Busan and building out the story of D.Va and South Korea. You may notice that D.Va’s room inside the MEKA Base is full of trophies she won as a professional gamer, along with a top-of-the-line gaming rig—and even a couple of cans of Nano Cola.
We really do hope that you will love playing on this map, and we’re looking forward to reading and hearing what you have to say about it!
—Simon Fuchs, Senior Environment Artist
NEW MAP – BUSAN
Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: Sanctuary, Downtown, 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.
Added visual outlines to make allies visible through walls
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.
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)
Increased the precision of the Relative Aim Sensitivity While Zoomed slider. This can be found under Options > Controls > Hero > Ana
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.
Now knocks down and gets knocked down by other charging targets (e.g Reinhardt and Doomfist)
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.
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 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.
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)
Now retains momentum when used on environments or structures without a ledge (e.g. walls)
Increased the precision of the Relative Aim Sensitivity While Zoomed slider. This can be found under Options > Controls > Hero > Widowmaker
COMPETITIVE PLAY UPDATES
Grand Master players can now group with players within 350 Skill Rating, up from 250 Skill Rating
GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES
Modified the Respawn Time Scalar custom game option to prevent respawn times longer than the default
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
Payload travel speed has been slightly increased
Amount of time the payload pauses at checkpoints has been reduced
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
Fixed a bug that caused a delay in selecting options on the Communication Wheel when cycling left using a mouse
Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Shield Bash movement to be interrupted when she impacted Symmetra’s turrets
Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to cancel when using Symmetra’s Teleporter
Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to escape the map if she used Call Mech while standing on Mei’s Ice Wall
Fixed a bug that caused the Dragonstrike arrow's size to be larger than his other arrows
Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Cryo-freeze to block the line of sight for Mei’s Blizzard
Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain ultimate charge from using her damage beam on attacks that cannot be damage boosted
Fixed a bug that prevented Reaper’s Shadow Step from going on cooldown if he was interrupted
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
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
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
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
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)
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
AUGUST 28, 2018
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.
Fixed a bug that prevented flavor 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
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 falloff properly
Fixed an issue that prevented sound from playing after a memory-intensive team fight