The new Overwatch update will hopefully launch next week
UPDATE ONE: Blizzard are hoping to launch a new Overwatch update next week that will hopefully solve most of the issues spotted since the launch of the 1.10 patch.
Here's what is going to be fixed in the next Overwatch update:
- Mei's primary weapon and ultimate are not able to slow enemies.
- Projectiles are not behaving correctly when shot from on top of the payload.
- Bots not spawning during the escort phase of the Uprising event.
- Multiple fixes to Uprising event statistics.
- Instant wins in some game modes under very specific circumstances.
Blizzard quality assurance lead Max Thompson confirmed the news on the game's official forums, revealing there could be a delay for players on PS4 and Xbox One.
"We should have a couple of other fixes for users experiencing a handful of very specific stability issues, and we are looking to see how quickly we can deploy fixes to the issues listed above to console as well," he explained.
"While we were hoping to deploy the bug-fix patch before the weekend, we decided it was more important to hold it back and ensure the quality of the patch.
"While this is by no means covers all of the issues that have been reported since 1.10 has gone live, these bugs are the top issues that we can fix in a timely manner without adding additional instability to the game.
"We greatly appreciate your patience, and as always if you encounter issues that have not already reported on the Bug Report Forums, please create a new tread specific to each issue so that we can continue to track them as they come in."
The new Overwatch Uprising glitch is causing issues
A new Overwatch Uprising glitch is causing a lot of trouble for those wanting to play as Mei.
According to the latest reports, the new Overwatch Uprising glitch makes it so Mei doesn’t freeze people in the normal time.
While many people don’t like the character, it’s fair to say that this is definitely a bug and not a new Overwatch change Blizzard has made on purpose.
This problem with freeze delay is also apparently affecting Mai’s Ultimate, meaning that the characters has been made pretty much obsolete until fixed.
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Blizzard;’s Geoff Goodman has now confirmed that a fix is on its way and should be deployed in the next few days.
“We've identified that cause of the bug and have a fix for it internally. We'll get it out to you guys as soon as we can, sorry about that,” he told fans on the forums.
Another Overwatch bug has also been discovered, related to the Uprising brawl and when a player runs over to the door during the payload escort portion, causing the Omnics to suddenly stop spawning.
It’s a game-breaking bug that Blizzard says “is being taken care of,” although no release date for a hotfix has been confirmed.
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New Overwatch patch notes confirm everything that has been changed and added to the game on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
It’s all part of the Overwatch Uprising seasonal event, which is set to continue until May 1.
Away from the new content added, Blizzard have confirmed a new system is being employed to help break those competitive play ties that have been affecting games.
“To mitigate draws in Competitive Play, we're implementing a system that tracks each team's progress on the objective,” a development team message explains.
“This will work similarly to the system that's already in place for Escort and Assault/Escort maps, which grants a win to the team that pushes the payload the furthest.
“Now, even if neither team successfully captures the objective, a winner can be determined based on which team captured the largest portion.”
There have also been some big changes made to Lucio, who has seen both his Cross-Fade and Sonic Amplifier stats retweaked.
“Lucio has often felt like a must-pick due to his raw healing output and the versatility of providing a speed bonus to your entire team. The goal of these changes is to keep those elements feeling strong, but making them harder to apply to everyone on your team at all times.
“The end result is that he should feel stronger with teams that he can stay close to but not as strong when on teams with heroes that are often spread out (such as Pharah, Widow, Genji, etc).
“Much of Lucio’s character power was tied up in his large passive auras, which caused other elements of his kit to be weakened over time in an attempt to balance him. Now that his auras are more focused it will allow them to be much stronger and allow Lúcio to be more active in his role.”
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Blizzard has given Nintendo Switch fans a huge update about a potential Overwatch port.
Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently said that the company was open to a Switch port, but admitted that it would be a challenge.
In an exclusive follow-up interview with Express Online, Kaplan said that Blizzard would have to "revisit performance" to make Overwatch run on Nintendo Switch.
"I think the problem is, we've really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform," he said.
"And also, it's already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we've finally been able to achieve."
Kaplan said that he was proud of his team for being able to patch simultaneously, and that a Nintendo Switch port would make that difficult.
"Our first couple of patches would come out on PC first and then later on the consoles," he continued. "And a lot of that is because you're working with Microsoft and Sony, and you want to be compliant to their ecosystems.
"Adding a third ecosystem to that just adds a lot of complexity for us, as well."
Kaplan is, however, a big fan of the Nintendo Switch, and hasn't ruled out a Nintendo port completely. "But I always like to tell people we're very open-minded about what platforms we could be on.
"Just because we're not on a platform right now, it doesn't mean we won't reconsider it in the future, so we stay aware of all these things."