For a while now, Blizzard has been talking about implementing harsher penalties for those who try and ruin the game for others.
The first wave of this focused on the game’s Competitive mode, punishing leavers with XP penalties and matchmaking timeouts. But there’s more on the way, particularly for offenders in normal play.
Game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed on the the game’s forums that Blizzard will be detailing the new system soon.
Overwatch rounds, like in many team-based games, can sometimes be very frustrating when players are throwing matches, harassing others, quitting, or doing a number of things to aggravate their teammates and opponents.
It’s a bigger problem in this game than others, though, because it attracts a more diverse crowd thanks to its colourful cast of characters, which amplifies those problems.
The most recent PTR patch didn’t include any of those updates, but it did unlock Doomfist’s cosmetic items. Now, anyone with access to the PTR can browse the new skins, voice lines, highlight intros and all the rest.
We’ll bring you all the details of the new rules as they’re announced.