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Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes - November 17, 2022

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

D.Va

D.Va felt too deadly after the last round of changes given how resilient she can be with her improved Defense Matrix.

Fusion Cannons
  • Spread increased from 3.5 to 3.75
Boosters
  • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 15
Call Mech
  • Fixed in last update- Call Mech ultimate cost reduced by 12%
Zarya

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.

Particle Barrier
  • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds
Projected Barrier
  • Duration reduced from 2.5 to 2 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 11 seconds

DAMAGE

Genji

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.

Shuriken
  • Maximum ammo reduced from 30 to 24
  • Damage reduced from 29 to 27
Junkrat
Steel Trap
  • Fixed in last update- Arming time increased from 0.5 to 0.75 seconds
  • Fixed in last update- Trapped duration reduced from 3 to 2.5 seconds
Sombra

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.

Hack
  • Ability lockout duration reduced from 1.75 to 1.5 seconds
  • Hacked enemies are no longer valid targets for hacking for the duration of the 8-second effect
  • Hacked enemy damage multiplier reduced from 40 to 25%

SUPPORT

Kiriko

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.

Swift Step
  • Invulnerability duration reduced from 0.4 to 0.25 seconds

BUG FIXES

GENERAL
  • PC Only – The Default setting for audio mix has been changed to “studio reference”
  • Resolved an issue where some players could be stuck in Bronze 5 even after several rank updates
  • Console Only – Fixed an issue where the PC interface was being forced on for some console players
  • Console Only – Fixed a bug on console where your game could freeze if you opened and closed a Hero cinematic
  • Console Only – Fixed an issue where 'Capture Highlight' could not be unbound from Left D-Pad
  • Addressed multiple leaderboard issues causing inaccurate placement and ordering
  • Players who getting healed will no longer see the healing status effect on their screen while they’re full health
  • Fixed an issue where players would sometimes be placed into an empty game
  • Resolved a bug that prevented players from rejoining their competitive game after being disconnected
  • Fixed a bug where typing in chat could purchase an item from the Hero Gallery
  • The 'No Name Card' selection in the Name Card interface is now selectable
  • Fixed a display issue where players were shown the incorrect amount of Overwatch League tokens, which made them unable to purchase items. The display now shows the correct amount of tokens a player owns
  • The 'Avoid Teammates' button is no longer hiding behind the Recent Players list
  • Fixed an issue with the Challenge 'Farsighted' not correctly tracking and/or completing
  • Fixed an issue with the Challenge 'Damage Sponge' not correctly tracking and/or completing
  • Resolved instances of the player's screen becoming blurry/out of focus
  • Fixed an issue where some players were missing the Noire Widowmaker skin
  • Various visual improvements to the First Time User Experience
  • Fixed in last update - Practice bots now show up through walls correctly when you play a healer
MAPS

Junkertown

  • Fixed additional areas in the map that were causing performance issues in some cases
HEROES

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug where Brigitte's shield could become invulnerable under certain conditions

Cassidy

  • Cassidy now correctly drops the flag during Combat Roll in the Capture the Flag game mode

Doomfist

  • Fixed in last update - Fixed a bug with Seismic Slam being stopped early by obstructions
  • Fixed in last update - Fixed a bug with being able to jump during Seismic Slam

Genji

  • Fixed an issue with the Genji Mythic Skin's hit volumes
  • Fixed in last update - Fixed an issue where players could get infinite Dragonblade Custom Games

Hanzo

  • Fixed in last update - Jump/wall climb no longer destroys breakables

Junker Queen

  • Commanding Shout and Rampage now correctly drop the flag in the Capture the Flag game mode

Kiriko

  • Fixed an issue where Kiriko could escape map boundaries using Swift Step

Mei

  • Has been added back to the line-up
  • Fixed several issues with Mei's Ice Wall that allowed players and projectiles to occasionally pass through it or slip off it

Mercy

  • Audio made a change to the sound of Mercy’s first-person glide to address frequencies that some players found uncomfortable

Reinhardt

  • Fixed in last update - Fixed an issue where quick melee did not swing Reinhardt's hammer

Sojourn

  • Sojourn can no longer pick up the flag in Capture the Flag when using Power Slide

Sombra

  • Fixed in last update - EMP can no longer be damage boosted

Torbjorn

  • Fixed in last update - Fixed an issue where quick melee did not swing Torbjorn's hammer

Wrecking Ball

  • Fixed an issue with Adaptive Shield that could cause you to lose health in some cases

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes - October 25, 2022

HALLOWEEN TERROR 2022

It's time to celebrate another year of fear: Halloween Terror is returning to Overwatch! Get ready for a shock, because this event introduces the next chapter in the saga of the devious Dr. Junkenstein through our completely revamped, limited time co-op mission, Junkenstein's Revenge: Wrath of the Bride.

Dr. Junkenstein himself will also be making a grand reappearance in the original Junkenstein's Revenge co-op Brawl, returning for a limited time to Halloween Terror 2022. From now until November 9, join your fellow heroes to confront a host of haunting horrors as you seek to safeguard Eichenwalde— or fall to the Bride’s retribution.

MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME

We want to thank our players for joining us at the start of Overwatch 2 and apologize for any issues you may have experienced around our launch, like the ones mentioned on our Known Issues Forum Post. All players who login now through the end of Season One will receive the Cursed Captain Reaper Legendary Skin and Health Pack Weapon Charm as a gift from our team. Keep an eye out for more information on our Double Match XP weekends!

BUG FIXES

GENERAL
  • Fixed an issue where players retained 30% ultimate charge between rounds on Control maps
  • Fixed an issue with Control Point maps not always correctly transitioning to overtime
  • Fixed the 'vs.' screen not appearing in Competitive
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to invite others to Custom Game via clicking an empty spectator slot
  • Fixed an issue with text chat being unavailable to gamepad users on PC
  • Using Pause Match in Custom Game will no longer disable other menu buttons
  • Fixed an issue with Kill Cams not playing correctly during Overtime
  • Players should no longer be able to get stuck under TS-1 in the Push game mode
  • Fixed an issue with controllers not being able to scroll on some UI
MAPS

Colosseo

  • Modified the umbrellas and tables in the forward spawn’s café so it’s easier to move around

  • Fixed an issue where players could get stuck in the umbrellas in the forward spawn’s café

Gibraltar

  • Fixed some areas in which players could get stuck

Junkertown

  • Resolved a performance issue with some cannisters placed on the map
HEROES

Ashe

  • Fixed an issue with the 'Little Red' skin and 'Line Dance' emote performing a broken animation

Bastion

  • Bastion has been added back to the line up

  • Resolved an issue with Bastion's Configuration: Artillery where you could fire more than the three allotted charges

  • Bastion's weapon should no longer disappear when using Configuration: Artillery

Junker Queen

  • Jagged Blade should no longer be deflected or returned by friendly abilities

Kiriko

  • The 'Tanpopo' skin can now be purchased and equipped
  • Kiriko's Heroic pose is now unlocked
  • Fixed an issue with Swift Step not clearing negative side effects consistently
  • Fixed an issue with Kitsune Rush not correctly reducing the cooldown of Baptiste's Immortality Field

Mei

  • Fixed a bug where Mei's visual effects stopped playing during the match

Mercy

  • Resolved an issue with Mercy's primary fire animation looping after switching weapons

Reinhardt

  • Modified the placement of Reinhardt’s Charms

Roadhog

  • Fixed an issue where Roadhog's Chain Hook failed to land the target when it should have hit
  • Fixed an issue with Roadhog's quick melee animation not playing correctly

Symmetra

  • Symmetra should no longer be able to use her ultimate and place her teleporter at the same time

Torbjörn

  • Torbjörn has been added back to Competitive Play
  • Overload can no longer be used multiple times in succession

Overwatch 2 Retail Patch Notes - October 13, 2022

BUG FIXES

General
  • Fixed an issue with the Report interface on console
  • Fixed a bug on PlayStation involving the inability to purchase other items in the store after a refund of another item
  • Fixed an issue where Legacy credits were not the default currency selected for purchases in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug where some Heroic emotes/poses were incorrectly locked and priced
  • Fixed items in the Hero Gallery that were not able to be purchased
  • Fixed an issue with the Spectator Options and made clicking in that menu more responsive
  • Resolved a bug with low resolution shop images displaying small on some platforms
  • Fixed an issue that caused the entire client to appear out of focus
  • Fixed a bug where Hero Unlock Challenges were not incrementing properly in Total Mayhem
  • Fixed the Challenge 'System-Wide Malfunction' not correctly incrementing
  • Fixed Challenges 'Classy Flex' and 'Flex Your Power' not progressing while in a Group
  • Fixed a bug with some Challenges not correctly showing up during the end of game flow
  • Resolved a bug where leaving Skirmish could cause Challenge progress to be lost
  • Fixed an issue where adjusting Render Scale to any value would cause graphical corruption
  • Fixed a bug where depth of field would remain active in gameplay and leave your screen blurry
  • Fixed a bug with camera placement in captured Highlights
  • General Stability Updates
Competitive
  • Many players were ranked too low during the first week of Overwatch 2, so we are implementing a boost as players continue to play games for those affected by this issue.
  • Players who were ranked too low could have the feeling of being stuck in this rank. Moving forward, players should be able to climb the ranks in their first rank update assuming they’re supposed to be higher based on their performance.
  • Players who haven’t ranked will not experience this issue after this patch.
Maps
  • Numbani and Necropolis have been added back to their map pools
Heroes

Zenyatta

  • No longer receives extra attack speed on top of the bonus from Kiriko's ultimate

Kiriko

  • Resolved an issue where 'Yokai' achievement was unattainable
  • Fixed a bug with Swift Step that could result in the player being placed under the terrain in some cases
Workshop
  • Fixed an issue where Workshop Green Screen would load Workshop Island instead
  • Fixed a bug where Night Workshop maps were loading daytime variants

Welcome to Overwatch 2!

WELCOME TO OVERWATCH 2

We've created Overwatch 2 as a new, free to play experience for our players. Pick from our cast of 35 incredible heroes and team up in epic 5v5 action on 22 global maps across 6 distinct modes. Whether you like to lead the charge, ambush enemies, or aid your allies, there’s a hero for you.

We're excited to share a list of updated features and new experiences you can expect in-game!

HERO UPDATES

  • Added Sojourn, Kiriko, and Junker Queen – Check out our heroes, new and old on the heroes page
  • Added Role Passives for Tank, Damage, and Support heroes
  • 1000s of new voice lines and improved narrative reactivity across all heroes
  • With over 44,000 lines of dialog, you'll always be hearing something new
  • Revamped combat sound design for all heroes
  • Updated skins and VFX for all heroes

FEATURE UPDATES

  • Accessibility Features
  • Battle Pass starting with Season One
  • Updated Competitive mode
  • Cross-Progression
  • First Time User Experience
  • New 5v5 core game mode format
  • New Challenge System
  • New Cosmetic Types: Charms, Name Cards, Souvenirs, Titles, New Skin Tier - Mythic - Cyber Genji
  • New History tab in Profile including Game Reports
  • New in-game currency - Overwatch Coins
  • New Push core game mode
  • Ping System
  • Shop 2.0
  • Six New Maps - New Queen Street, Circuit Royal, Midtown, Colosseo, Esperança, Paraíso, and many existing maps received new daytime and nighttime variants
  • SMS Protect
  • Updated Endorsement System
  • If you want to check out more information on some of these features visit the news page

DELAYED FEATURES

  • OWL Hub will not be ready at launch
  • Workshop creation and editing will not be ready at launch

MOVED FEATURES

  • Highlights can now be found in the History tab of your Career Profile
  • Role Queue is removed for all game modes except for Quick Play - Role Queue
  • Patch Notes moved from the Main Menu to the Pause Menu

RETIRED FEATURES

  • Assault maps have been removed from rotation in all playlists (can be found in Custom Game)
  • General Chat has been removed
  • Looking For Group has been removed
  • Loot Boxes have been removed
  • Player Levels are retired (can view your prior level in your Profile)

ENGINEERING CHANGES AND UPDATES

  • 3D audio systems across all platforms
  • Dynamic render-scale support for PC
  • HDR added for PC, Xbox Series X, and PS5
  • Raised max frames to 600 fps