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Overwatch Patch Notes

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 16, 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

  • Fixed a bug that was blocking spectator cameras from passing through some doors and force fields

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 9, 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.

MAP BALANCE UPDATES

  • Respawn time for defenders has been standardized to 10 seconds on all maps
  • Payload speed has been slightly reduced on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug causing incomplete character models to load on the Hero Selection screen
  • Fixed a number of bugs causing various crashes and instability issues

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that prevented user interface elements from displaying in some languages
  • Fixed a bug that caused the placement matches screen to display when some players would disconnect and rejoin a match

Maps

  • Estádio das Rãs
    • Fixed a bug that allowed players to spawn as heroes other than Lúcio
  • Nepal
    • Fixed an issue which allowed players to get stuck outside the normal boundaries of the map
  • Temple of Anubis
    • Fixed a bug causing a portion of the city wall to display incorrectly on all graphics settings

Overwatch Patch Notes – August 2, 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: Summer Games

Crack your knuckles, stretch those hamstrings, and turn up the volume—the Overwatch Summer Games have begun! For the next three weeks, we’re celebrating the spirit of competition in style. Earn special Summer Games Loot Boxes, collect over 100 seasonal items, and challenge your friends to a futuristic soccermatch in our new brawl: Lúcioball!

To learn more about the Summer Games, click here.

GENERAL UPDATES

Competitive Play

  • Players who leave a competitive match before its conclusion will now have to wait for at least 10 minutes before joining another competitive match
  • During subsequent rounds on Assault maps (Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries), the amount of time provided for team assembly has been reduced

Miscellaneous

  • Added Lúcio as an AI hero in Practice vs. AI, Play vs. AI, and Custom Game modes
  • Several minor, behind-the-scenes improvements have been made to the in-game matchmaker

MAP BALANCE UPDATES

Watchpoint: Gibraltar

  • Made several minor adjustments across the map to ensure better balance for defending and attacking teams

USER INTERFACE UPDATES

General

  • Made several minor improvements to the way hero selection tips work:
    • The "No Builder" and "No Sniper Hero" warnings have been removed
    • "No Support Hero" now reads as "No Healer" (does not apply to Symmetra)
    • Hero selection tips are no longer displayed during team assembly in a Brawl
  • Zenyatta's Transcendence speed increase is now noted on the Hero Details screen
  • Players can now select which type of Loot Box (standard or seasonal) they'd like to open next
  • Players can now set an FPS cap by selecting "Custom" from the “Limit FPS” dropdown

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug where Widowmaker’s “Noire” skin and the Origins Edition skins would not count towards unlock progress of the “Decked Out” Achievement
  • Fixed a bug where “The Path Is Closed” Achievement could not be obtained by D.Va while in her mech
  • Fixed a bug where players were unable to use the “Join Game” option from the social menu on their friends
  • Fixed a bug that caused Custom Games to ignore the “Return to Lobby” setting when the game mode was set to Competitive
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the Tutorial to become unplayable after players switched heroes
  • Fixed a display bug with the mouse cursor for Windows systems using a 16-bit desktop
  • Removed developer option to disable all shadows via the settings file

Maps

  • Fixed a bug causing the “old timey” end-of-round music filter on Hollywood to remain active after leaving a match
  • Fixed a bug that kept the 30-seconds-remaining music from activating correctly on Payload maps.

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that was affecting the majority of Ana’s “Most in Game” career statistics
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Grenade to miss an allied Reaper while in Wraith Form
  • Fixed a bug with that caused Junkrat’s “Jester” and “Fool” skins to incorrectly display during a Highlight Intro
  • Fixed a bug that kept Soldier: 76’s Ultimate charge meter from displaying progress gained for the Tactical Visor ability in the Tutorial
  • Fixed a bug that caused the visuals and sound effects on Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer to malfunction when hitting an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s “Widow’s Kiss” spray to be replaced by the “Je Te Vois” spray

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that kept grouped players from being able to rejoin a match when disconnected
  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s Skill Rating to be displayed incorrectly when rejoining a match in progress

A.I.

  • Fixed an issue hindering Ana from restoring allies to full health
  • Fixed an issue allowing Reaper to use Wraith Form to escape in situations where he should be stunned

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 26, 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.

HERO BALANCE UPDATES

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
    • Rate of fire increased by 20%
    • Magazine size increased from 8 to 10

Developer Comments: While Ana has been very well received, she was showing to be a little bit weaker overall. In addition to helping her feel better to play, these changes should also increase her healing and damage output.

McCree

  • Peacemaker
    • Primary Fire
      • Damage falloff range decreased by 10 meters
        • Damage falloff amount is unchanged
        • As a result, even with this change, McCree’s effective range is still higher than it was at launch
    • Alternate Fire
      • Rate of fire increased by 15%
    • Flashbang
      • Recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree can fire again) decreased from 0.5 seconds to 0.35 seconds

Developer Comments: McCree’s latest range increase helped him quite a bit, but it was a bit too much in the right hands. This change weakens his long range damage somewhat, but still keeps it stronger than it has been in the recent past. The other changes combine to allow him to land more alternate fire shots on targets that he has hit with Flashbang.

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Targets of Ana’s Sleep Dart will no longer instantly recover when damaged (recovery time is now 0.5 seconds)

User Interface

  • Fixed UI compatibility issues for ATI cards
  • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause Lúcio, Mei, and other models to only partially render (or disappear)

Overwatch Patch Notes – July 21, 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.

GENERAL UPDATES

Competitive Play

  • Attacking teams now have 4 minutes to capture the first point on Assault maps (down from 5 minutes)

Miscellaneous

  • The "You Are Not Prepared" spray and player icon is now available for all players

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • The correct hit pip sound will now play whenever one of Ana's darts impact with a barrier
  • All of Ana's in-game sounds now have proper occlusion   

User Interface

  • Fixed a bug that caused "Attack" and "Defend" indicators to not always display on the hero select screen
  • Fixed a bug that caused the scoreboard (default: Tab) to sometimes display the wrong stats if you switched heroes mid-match
  • Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that caused the numbers on the post-match skill rating bar to not increment correctly