Everything that changed in today’s big Overwatch update

By Brenna Hillier, Wednesday, 3 August 2016 03:09 GMT

Overwatch has gone all summer Olympics, but that’s not all that changed today.

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Overwatch has been updated and a lot has changed.

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that Overwatch now has a Rocket League-style sports mode and that you can get Olympics-themed Overwatch items. But that’s not all that arrived with the patch.

There are changes to Overwatch’s Competitive Play mode, user interface changes, bug fixes and a whack of new balance changes for console, as previously rolled out to PC. We haven’t included those below, but if you want to see how Ana has been buffed and McCree has been nerfed, nothing has changed from the linked PC update.

It’s worth browsing the full Overwatch patch notes, as presented below.

Overwatch patch notes – all platforms

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

  • Made several minor adjustments across Watchpoint: Gibraltar to ensure better balance for defending and attacking teams

User Interface

  • 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
  • [PC Only] 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
  • [PC Only] 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
  • [PC Only] Fixed a display bug with the mouse cursor for Windows systems using a 16-bit desktop
  • [PC Only] 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 – console changes

General Updates

    Competitive Play

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

Bug Fixes

    General

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the killcam to show a black screen
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused players to lose the ability to select a hero using a controller on the hero select screen
    Heroes

  • Targets of Ana’s Sleep Dart will no longer instantly recover when damaged (recovery time is now 0.5 seconds)
  • 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 would sometimes cause Lúcio, Mei, and other models to only partially render (or disappear)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the scoreboard (default: Tab) to sometimes display the wrong stats if you switched hero mid-match
  • Fixed a bug in Competitive Play that caused the numbers on the post-match skill rating bar to not increment correctly

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