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Overwatch Patch Notes

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