A new hero joins the Overwatch team, and he's here to share some mid-season updates!
A new patch is now live on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.OVERWATCH LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPION LEGENDARY SKIN REMIXES
Celebrate the Overwatch League’s Tournament Champions with the Royal Gladiator, Dallas Summer, and Shanghai Summer Legendary Skins! These skins are purchasable for a limited time with Overwatch League Tokens.GENERAL UPDATES Competitive Play and Matchmaking
We’re continuing to monitor the health of competitive play and matchmaking across Overwatch 2, both for returning and new players. We’ve made numerous tuning adjustments on the server for both the initial and continued determination of a player’s skill tier and division, many of which will become even more noticeable at the start of Season 2.
We’ve increased the precision of our queue time estimates for each individual role in role queue.Defense Matrix
The audio transcription feature has been added with a limited rollout for PC players in select countries. As a piece of our Defense Matrix initiative, audio transcriptions allow us to analyze a transcript from a temporary voice chat recording of a reported player. Players will now see a notification when entering voice chat for the first time during a play session indicating that voice chat may be recorded. Make sure you report as close to when disruptive behavior occurred to maximize this feature’s effectiveness. Once reported, a temporary audio recording will be used to make a text file transcript through speech-to-text programs. No one listens to the temporary audio recording, which is quickly deleted after being transcribed. Transcriptions are only made for reports of disruptive behavior in public voice channels, which includes team and match chat—group “party” chat is excluded.Crossplay and Aim Assist
We made a change to Aim Assist in Crossplay (PC+ Console) lobbies. If you play in a Crossplay game now, Aim Assist is enabled in all matches except Competitive.
In our data, we found many groups were crossplay groups between PC and console players. This meant if you were playing on console and grouping with players on PC, you were opting into a bad experience for yourself to play with your friends. Also, if you had a group that was primarily console, but one of your friends was a PC player, you had to leave the PC player out to have a good experience.
We’d like to reiterate—at this point Aim Assist exists only on console platforms.
We’ll be monitoring the deployment of this change carefully and making changes quickly if needed.HERO UPDATES TANKS
Developer Comments: D.Va felt too deadly after the last round of changes given how resilient she can be with her improved Defense Matrix.
Developer Comments: Early player sentiment predicted Zarya as one of the weakest solo tanks in 5v5, although her high damage potential and barrier uptime have proven to be extremely effective. For opponents, feedback has indicated this can feel as though Zarya has very limited windows of vulnerability, which feels difficult to deal with when combined with her ramping damage potential.
These changes will reduce the barrier uptime, making it slightly more difficult for her to gain energy and will provide enemies with more time to deal damage to her.DAMAGE
Developer Comments: Genji has greatly benefited from the move to 5v5. Changing to a single Tank and the reduction of crowd control has removed a lot of obstacles for Genji. However, he hasn’t received tuning updates since he wasn’t actively in the meta until launch—an intentional decision based on our general preference to avoid preemptive adjustments when possible. These changes will bring Genji more in line with the other flanking damage heroes like Tracer and Reaper.
Developer Comments: With Sombra’s rework, she gained a lot more damage to help account for the reduced ability lockout duration of Hack. This has proven to be too deadly for a flanker with easy access to the enemy backlines, especially in 5v5.
She can also no longer channel hack on an already hacked target as feedback indicated the reduced cooldown combined with hacking from stealth proved to be too frustrating for many players. This is essentially a per-target cooldown that enables Hack to keep its current 4-second cooldown for potentially hacking multiple targets.*Kiriko
Developer Comments: This invulnerability window is primarily intended to help avoid instantly dying to something unseen after teleporting through walls, but it ended up being a little too long and led to some confusion while shooting at Kiriko.BUG FIXES GENERAL
Since introducing Defense Matrix, our new initiative to stop disruptive players in Overwatch 2, we’ve successfully taken action on thousands of accounts that we’ve found to violate the Blizzard In-Game Code of Conduct.
We have continued to listen to player feedback and evaluate our barriers of entry that can prevent players from being able to join. As a result, we’re making a new change to our SMS Protect Requirements to play Overwatch 2 starting with today’s patch. Effective immediately, anyone with an eligible prepaid phone can now register their number on their Battle.net account and play Overwatch 2.
This change doesn’t affect any current Overwatch 2 accounts, regardless if they have SMS Protect or are exempt because they own a previous Overwatch game license. Players can register their phone numbers at account.battle.net. Here are a few questions to help determine if your phone number is eligible to play.
Q. Does any prepaid service now work to play Overwatch 2?
A. No. While we expect most prepaid service plans to be now eligible, mobile carriers sometimes define their plans differently.
Q. Do any VOIP, WiFi, text-only, or internet phone services work?
A. We do not support any of these services to register for SMS protect.
Q. Can I assign a single phone to multiple accounts?
A. No, we still require each phone number to be linked to a single BattleNet account.
Q. What if I have an eligible carrier or plan, and my phone number is still not working?
A. Your phone number could be registered on another battle.net account, or your phone number may be ineligible because it came from a previous phone plan that is still not eligible to be used.
Q. What if I am an Overwatch player who has not started playing Overwatch 2? Do I now need to register a phone number?
A. if you previously played Overwatch, you may now play Overwatch 2 without an eligible SMS on your account.
Q. What if I have another question about SMS Protect?
A. Check out our official support article for information about registering your phone number on your Battle.net account.
Today’s patch is delayed as we work to resolve a critical issue. We’ll provide an update here and set the patch live as soon as the problem is addressed.
This includes the upcoming balance changes, bug fixes, including those that affect Mei, and core content updates we have planned for this patch. This delay also impacts the delivery of Overwatch League Viewership Incentives & Perks from the Postseason matches during the period between Oct 30 - Nov 4, along with the rotation of cosmetics in the Overwatch League shop.
Daily and weekly challenges will reset today, as well as the standard shop refresh.
Thanks for your understanding, we’ll be working on releasing this patch as soon as possible. Follow our forums and socials at @PlayOverwatch for updates.
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