JoshNash-1223 submitted Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – October 23, 2020 1 day ago
Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – October 23, 2020

A new Overwatch patch is in development and now available for testing! To share your feedback or report any issues, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes may also be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and only reflects changes coming specifically to that platform.


HERO UPDATES

Baptiste

Amplification Matrix

  • Width increased from 5 to 9 meters

Developer Comments: Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix was sometimes difficult to utilize for his allies without gathering very closely together so we’ve made it much wider.


Lúcio

Wall Ride

  • Crouch no longer stops Wall Ride if not using the “Jump on Release” option
  • When using the “Wall Jump on Release” option, after crouching, releasing jump within 0.2 seconds will provide a jump boost (Jump release timing is consistent with live server Jump re-press timing)

BUG FIXES

Workshop

  • Fixed a bug where the Evaluate Once value would not work correctly for a player for certain action types if the actions occurred before the player connected to the server
  • Fixed a bug where the old Cancel Contrary Motion option in the Apply Impulse action behaved similarly to the new Cancel Contrary Motion XYZ option
  • Fixed inconsistencies with how the String Slice, String Length, and String Contains values dealt with icons
  • Fixed a bug where projectiles and abilities would not collide correctly with the walls of the Workshop Green Screen map
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Hey everyone!

We’re back with another Experimental mode focused on testing some changes to Baptiste, Mei, and a change in how we address health value adjustments. As with all Experimental modes, these changes are not guaranteed to reach the live version of the game.


What are we trying to address?

We’ve identified some weaknesses with Baptiste and Mei’s kits, which we’d like to address. Baptiste has been one of the lower-performing Support heroes recently. For Mei, we’ve found that reductions to her maximum ammo have had detrimental effects to her gameplay.

We’re also making some health adjustments to a number of heroes in increments of 25, rather than 50. Historically, we’ve always adjusted health and shield values in increments of 50 for ease of understanding how many hits a hero could take. After years of balance updates and fine tuning, we want to try getting a bit more granular with this approach.


What are we testing?

For Baptiste, we’re testing some changes that should allow Baptiste to deal damage quicker and land more impactful healing grenades. We’ve also found that the current iteration of Amplification Matrix forces teams to group closely together, so we’re increasing the width of the Amplification Matrix window for more accessible use.

Mei will now reload 15 ammo when she uses Cryo-Freeze. Since she spends more time out of ammo, Cryo-Freeze just delayed the inevitable need to have to reload afterwards. She still won’t be able to reload while frozen, but this should improve her gameplay flow.

We’re adjusting base health (and shields) for the heroes below in increments of 25 to test how more granular changes to health impact gameplay.

  • Brigitte (+25 health)
  • McCree (+25 health)
  • Symmetra (+25 shield)
  • Widowmaker (-25 health)

We hope you check out the new Experimental mode and provide us with your feedback! Science will reveal the truth – And all great science requires data! As always, this is an Experiment, so the changes in this test may not reach the live game.

Thank you!

JoshNash-1223 submitted Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – October 22, 2020 3 days ago
Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – October 22, 2020

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. 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.


EXPERIMENTAL MODE

The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance changes. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.


HERO UPDATES (ONLY IN EXPERIMENTAL)

Baptiste

Biotic Launcher

  • (Primary Fire) Recovery time reduced from 0.45 to 0.38 seconds
  • (Primary Fire) Damage reduced from 25 to 24
  • (Secondary Fire) Recovery increased from 0.8 to 0.9 seconds
  • (Secondary Fire) Healing increased from 50 to 60

Amplification Matrix

  • Width increased from 5 to 9 meters

Developer Comments: We’re trying out some adjustments to Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher firing cadence that will make dealing damage quicker and landing a healing grenade more impactful. His Amplification Matrix was sometimes difficult to utilize for his allies without gathering very closely together so we’ve made it much wider.


Brigitte

General

  • Base health increased from 150 to 175

McCree

General

  • Base health increased from 200 to 225

Peacekeeper

  • (General) Reload time reduced from 1.5 to 1.2 seconds

Mei

Cryo-Freeze

  • Now restores 15 ammo per second

Ice Wall

  • Cooldown lowered from 13 to 12 seconds

Developer Comments: Since we previously made Mei’s primary fire relatively more expensive, she spends more time out of ammo and this was particularly noticeable when unable to reload while in Cryo-Freeze. To help smooth out this gameplay she now regains some ammo during Cryo-Freeze.


Symmetra

General

  • Base shields increased from 100 to 125

Widowmaker

General

  • Base health reduced from 200 to 175

Developer Comments: We’re experimenting with some max health adjustments in 25 HP increments to allow for more fine tuning of heroes’ power. Until now this was done in 50 HP increments to help simplify the understanding how many hits an enemy hero could withstand.

ZachMetcalf-1561 commented on You broke the code transfer from other versions 3 days ago

Hi! I’m going to copy-paste a relevant comment I made over in another thread on the Workshop Discussion section.

There are some complications with the added support of Button Values and Color Values. For anything loaded internally within the game (codes, presets, etc.) we can do the script fixups internally, so everything remains backwards compatible. So if you normally operate using the saved presets or codes, you should be good and won’t need to do anything!

Unfortunately, the copy-paste text system was not backwards compatible with this fixup. So if you normally paste in text files, you’ll have to do some manual fixups yourself (e.g. Red -> Color(Red), Interact -> Button(Interact)). While this isn’t great, we’re hoping that the added flexibility and options will be well worth the minor, one-time, inconvenience for our text-based users. Our goal is never to break stuff if we can help it. But for this case, we’re hoping it’s ok for the greater good of Workshop.

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ZachMetcalf-1561 commented on Uh I have a question about the new color update on workshop 3 days ago

The above comments here are correct. There are some complications with the added support of Button Values and Color Values. For anything loaded internally within the game (codes, presets, etc.) we can do the script fixups internally, so everything remains backwards compatible. So if you normally operate using the saved presets or codes, you should be good and won’t need to do anything!

Unfortunately, the copy-paste text system was not backwards compatible with this fixup. So if you normally paste in text files, you’ll have to do some manual fixups yourself (e.g. Red -> Color(Red), Interact -> Button(Interact)). While this isn’t great, we’re hoping that the added flexibility and options will be well worth the minor, one-time, inconvenience for our text-based users. Our goal is never to break stuff if we can help it. But for this case, we’re hoping it’s ok for the greater good of Workshop.

ZachMetcalf-1561 commented on PTR update is unreal. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! 4 days ago
Glad you like it! Go give everything a shot and let us know if you encounter any issues or have any feedback!
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JoshNash-1223 submitted Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – October 20, 2020 4 days ago
Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – October 20, 2020

A new Overwatch patch is in development and now available for testing! To share your feedback or report any issues, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes may also be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and only reflects changes coming specifically to that platform.


GENERAL UPDATES

Feature Update: Minimum Latency Support

Competition is at its best when it’s fair. Historically, we’ve run tournament events like the Overwatch League and the Overwatch World Cup with teams competing head to head, in person, with local servers to provide the lowest possible latency and the best player experience.

In today’s world, with so many events and tournaments moving online and teams spread across the world, we wanted to provide a mechanism to ensure that the experience is as fair as possible, regardless of how close the teams are to the tournament’s servers.

The Minimum Latency option sets a target latency for Custom Games, leveling the playing field between competitors whether they’re 50 or 500 miles away. Players with latency lower than the minimum setting will automatically have their network traffic delayed to meet the minimum target, while players with latency higher than the target won’t have any additional delay introduced.

This feature is designed to work with a variety of network conditions, and will generally keep players within 8 milliseconds of the target setting.

We hope this feature will be useful, especially for community-driven competitions that want to Play Nice, Play Fair.


CUSTOM GAMES UPDATES

New Custom Game Maps

  • Workshop Green Screen

HERO UPDATES

Lúcio

Wall Ride

  • By default, Lúcio will now perform his wall jump boost immediately upon releasing Jump to leave the wall, instead of requiring a second Jump press immediately after leaving the wall
  • Lúcio can now also drop out of wall rides by pressing Crouch, which will not trigger the automatic jump
  • This new setting appears inside Lucio’s settings page as “Wall Jump On Release”

Wrecking Ball

Grappling Claw

  • Improved target detection to help with the consistency of connecting to walls

WORKSHOP UPDATES

General

  • Increased max Workshop Element Count to 32768
  • Added Type field to Start Forcing Player Outlines
  • Added Spray options to Communicate, Is Communicating, and Is Communicating Any
  • Added Sort Order field to Workshop Settings Values and increased the max Workshop Settings Count to 128
  • Allow Button, Disallow Button, Press Button, Start Holding Button, Stop Holding Button, and Is Holding Button now accept Button Values
  • Create Beam Effect, Create Effect, Create HUD Text, Create Icon, Create In-World Text, Play Effect, and Start Forcing Player Outlines now accept Color Values and support options for Color Value Reevaluation
  • Added Black, Gray, Rose, and Violet color options
  • Added a new option to the Apply Impulse action allowing horizontal and vertical velocity to be modified together (instead of each considered separately) when canceling contrary motion

New Workshop Actions

  • Log to Inspector
  • Wait Until
  • Set Knockback Dealt
  • Set Knockback Received
  • Set Environment Credit Player
  • Start Assist
  • Stop Assist
  • Stop All Assists
  • Create Progress Bar HUD Text
  • Destroy Progress Bar HUD Text
  • Destroy All Progress Bar HUD Text
  • Create Progress Bar In-World Text
  • Destroy Progress Bar In-World Text
  • Destroy All Progress Bar In-World Text

New Workshop Values

  • Color
  • Custom Color
  • Workshop Setting Combo
  • Workshop Setting Hero
  • Evaluate Once
  • Update Every Frame
  • Magnitude Of
  • Number of Slots
  • Spawn Points
  • String Contains
  • String Length
  • String Slice
  • Last Assist ID
  • Is Communicating Any Spray
  • Player Stat (limited to current match stats)
  • Player Hero Stat (limited to current match stats)

Developer Comments: Evaluate Once can be used to isolate a part of a reevaluating parameter and “freeze” it at its initial value. One way this can be useful is when a reevaluating parameter (such as an effect’s position) makes use of a For loop’s control variable. For example, if you want to create a vertical stack of effects that move with a player, you could loop over a Create Effect action using Global.Y as your control variable and “Position Of(Event Player) + Vector(0, Evaluate Once(Global.Y), 0)” as your position (with reevaluation enabled). Doing this, the position of each effect would move along with the player, but thanks to Evaluate Once, the vertical offset for each effect would be frozen to the value of Global.Y when that particular effect was created (instead of the final value of Global.Y when the loop ends).

Update Every Frame increases the rate at which certain values will update. For example, “Position Of(…)” only updates 12.5 times per second, but “Update Every Frame(Position Of(…))” will evaluate 62.5 times per second for conditions and other logical checks and as fast as your framerate for visual output, such as effects and camera. This value can be used to create highly sensitive positional triggers and smooth movement for effects and camera work. Depending on your usage, this value could have a significant impact on server load, framerate, or both, so use it only when needed. That said, executing a single condition or action that contains an Update Every Frame is still much more performant than repeatedly executing an action in a tight loop to try and achieve the same result.


BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug with Capture the Flag that caused the overhead flag to not appear properly during sudden death

Heroes

Hanzo

  • Fixed a bug that caused an animation issue with his Hero Select animation

Pharah

  • Fixed a bug that caused Pharah’s eyes to face the wrong direction in her HUD portrait when equipping the Lifeguard skin

Workshop

  • Fixed a crash that could occur when swapping the parent/child relationship between two players (using the Attach Players action)
  • Fixed a bug where Disable Messages was also disabling messages sent from Workshop (e.g. Small Message and Big Message)
  • Fixed a bug where setting multiple Ability Cooldowns within the same frame could fail
  • Fixed a bug where the camera override from Start Camera could be overridden from other sources (e.g. emote cameras)
  • Fixed a bug where Wrecking Ball could leave from ball form even if the Ability 1 and Primary Fire buttons were disabled
  • Fixed a bug where the user could lose focus when interacting with the Array Value in the editor
  • Fixed a bug where Set Move Speed and Set Jump Vertical Speed couldn’t set the speed to 0
  • Fixed a bug where Declare Team Victory could fail in Elimination
  • Fixed a bug where the Start Camera and Chase Variable actions would not update smoothly at high framerates or during slow motion
  • Fixed a bug where D.Va and Echo could use their flight abilities to break away from an Attach Players action
  • Fixed a bug where values with redundant parentheses would fail to paste from text correctly
  • Fixed a bug where values with mismatched units (for example, a directional vector instead of a positional vector) would fail to paste from text correctly
  • Fixed a bug where the element count could be higher than expected when pasting from text
  • Fixed a bug where multiple 0.016-second Waits running on the same player (or the global entity) could result in some Waits taking an extra 0.016 seconds to complete
  • Fixed a bug where the Phased Out status behaved inconsistently when applied to a dead player (since Phased Out and Dead are mutually exclusive)
  • Fixed a bug where a Set variable action (not a Modify) would behave incorrectly when a previously-Chased variable was on both the left and right side (such as Global.A = 1 - Global.A)
  • Fixed a bug where a player’s current health would be incorrectly limited to the player’s original max health between executions of multiple Set Max Health actions
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JoshNash-1223 submitted Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – October 16, 2020 9 days ago
Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – October 16, 2020

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. 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

Soldier: 76

Heavy Pulse Rifle

  • Reduced camera shake to make recoil feel smoother

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug where players could get stuck on a black screen after hero selection in Junkenstein’s Revenge
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