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Overwatch Patch - Year of the Rooster, Communication Wheel, Hero Balance

January 25th, 2017Jeremie

A New Patch is available on all platforms which includes the Year of the Rooster event, a communication wheel to equip more cosmetics in game and many balance changes to your favorite heroes.

Check out our coverage of the Year of the Rooster Event!

Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster is the fourth seasonal event in Overwatch and will run from January 24 until February 13. 

Originally posted by Blizzard Entertainment (View Original)

New Seasonal Event: Year of the Rooster

Grab your friends, family, and loved ones and get ready to ring in the Year of the Rooster. 

Overwatch's Lunar New Year celebrations have begun and, for the next three weeks, we hope this seasonal event brings you happiness, prosperity, and (most importantly) lots of fun! Collect more than 100 seasonal cosmetic items from our special Lunar Loot Boxes, enjoy a festive fireworks display on Lijiang Tower, and get ready to capture the flag in Overwatch's newest brawl.
To learn more, click here.

 

For more information on the seasonal cosmetics you can receive during this event, check out our Year of the Rooster Event page.

 

Developer Update: Capture the Flag

Jeff from the Overwatch team has released a developer update discussing the latest Overwatch Brawl, Capture the Flag. 

Here is a brief summary of the Developer Update:

  • The team found that Overwatch works best with a single objective, either attack or defend but not both. Capture the Flag is unique because you have to attack and defend simultaneously.
  • Mobility has always been a concern with Capture the Flag. With no solution, Capture the Flag stopped being worked on for a while.
  • In early playtests with no pickup time on the flag, Tracer's triple blink and Recall were unbalanced.
  • In an iteration before the live event, all mobility and immunity abilities made you drop the flag, but the developer team felt like the characters didn't feel like Overwatch characters anymore.
  • The only unique rules are:
    • There's a pickup time on the flag, but any damage interrupts will reset the time.
    • Your flag does not have to be present at the home base, in order to capture the enemy flag. This is being the Time-to-Kill is much higher than a game such as World of Warcraft's Warsong Gulch.
  • For now, Capture the Flag will remain in the Arcade mode. There are no plans to move it to Competitive or Quick Play. 
  • There may be a return of Capture the Flag if the mode is popular, but it will likely remain in Arcade
  • The developers want your feedback on the mode!

 

Animated Overwatch Tapestry

To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Blizzard has released an animated tapestry illustrated by SHISHIO, featuring Winston's Journey to the West. 

Click here to watch Winston's Journey to the West.

Originally posted by Blizzard Entertainment (View Original)

To celebrate Lunar New Year, we're settling in for a bedtime story beloved by people around the world—and at least one imaginative young ape from the moon. Captured in a breathtaking tapestry illustrated by SHISHIO, Winston's Journey to the West recounts one of China's oldest and most revered pieces of literature through the eyes of everyone’s favorite gorilla scientist.

From a very young age, Winston showed limitless curiosity for the universe around him. But even though he was fascinated by the wonders of science, he also had a fondness for stories, particularly the tales that were passed down from generation to generation.

One day, on Lunar New Year, Dr. Harold Winston, the lunar colony researcher who cared deeply for the young ape's education and training, challenged him to read an epic story that was centuries old but beloved by billions. Journey to the West is a sweeping tale that soars between a mythological Earth and the glorious heavens, portraying demons, gods, and heroes clashing in mighty battles.

The gorilla's imagination was captured by the heroic monk Tang Sanzang and his ragtag group of disciples' quest for redemption… like the banished marshal Zhu Bajie, the old general Shā Wùjìng, and of course, the mischievous Monkey King, Sun Wukong.

Every Lunar New Year, Winston is reminded of his younger days. Growing up in the lunar colony had its trials, but it also had its treasures. Exploring this story with his mentor will always be one of his most cherished memories.

May happiness and prosperity find you in the Year of the Rooster! 

To learn more about our in-game festivities, click here. 

 

Patch Notes

Originally posted by Blizzard Entertainment (View Original)


GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • The “Stay as Team” button now lights up when anyone on your team clicks it
  • Players can now join Team Chat from the Hero Select screen (Push “RB” on the Xbox One controller and push “R1” on the PlayStation 4 controller)
  • Crouch now has a very small cooldown between uses

Communication Wheel
  • Players can now equip up to 4 emotes, sprays, and voice lines from within the hero gallery
  • Voice line and emote submenus can be accessed from within the Communication wheel
  • Players can now bind individual sprays, emotes, and voice lines to mouse buttons, unique keys, or controller buttons

Kill Feed
  • Hero ability icons are now displayed in the Kill Feed
  • Headshot eliminations are now indicated with a red icon
HERO BALANCE UPDATES

Ana
  • Biotic Grenade
    • Effect duration has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds
    • Healing boost on allies has been decreased by 50%

Developer Comments: The healing boost from Ana’s Biotic Grenade was providing too much healing, especially when used on targets with large health pools. 

D.Va
  • Health increased from 200 to 400
  • Armor decreased from 400 to 200
  • Fusion Cannons
    • Bullet damage decreased from 3 to 2
    • Number of bullets per shot has been increased from 8 to 11

Developer Comments: D.Va’s armor often made her feel like she had no weaknesses, even against heroes that are typically effective against bigger targets (like Reaper). The changes to her primary fire will result in a small overall decrease in damage, but her Fusion Cannons should feel more consistent now.

Lúcio
  • New Hero Option: Allow Backwards Wall Ride
    • When enabled, allows Lucio to start wall riding while moving backwards.


Roadhog
  • Chain Hook
    • Targets are now pulled directly in front of Roadhog (rather than straight to him), except in cases where Roadhog drastically rotates
    • Hooked targets are now released if they leave Roadhog’s line of sight before being pulled
    • Line of sight checks (which determines if targets are hit by the hook) are now done from Roadhog’s position, rather than the hook’s position

Developer Comments: The hook should now feel more consistent for Roadhog players, but it should also feel more reasonable to his enemies, as they cannot be hooked or pulled around corners anymore.

Sombra
  • Hack
    • Cooldown has been reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds
    • Time it takes to hack a target has been decreased from 1 second to 0.8 seconds

BUG FIXES

General
  • Fixed a bug allowing spectators to utilize the “Stay as Team” button during the end of a game
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Stay as Team” button to overlap with the Back button on the Social menu
  • Fixed a bug preventing the Social menu from not correctly displaying World of Warcraft zones that have an apostrophe in the name
  • Fixed a bug causing heroes to display a T-pose on the victory screen after a Mystery Heroes brawl
  • Fixed a bug preventing Simple Checkout from being navigated by a controller on PC
  • Fixed a bug preventing Alt+Tab from properly minimizing the game client while in fullscreen mode
  • Fixed a bug preventing the Kill Feed from displaying the destruction of Teleporters, Shield Generators, and Turrets


AI
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Roadhog bot from being able to hook players through Reinhardt’s shield
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the Sombra bot to hack through barriers
  • Fixed a bug that made the Torbjörn bot unresponsive after placing a turret


Competitive Play
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from receiving XP for playing offseason games


Heroes
  • Fixed a visual bug with Ana’s “Toast” victory pose, causing her cup to appear blurry on the right side of the screen
  • Fixed a bug causing a graphics issue with McCree’s “Hat Trick” emote
  • Fixed a bug preventing the countdown timer from appearing on Mei’s Cryo-Freeze ability
  • Fixed a bug with the placement of Mercy’s wings on her Valkyrie and Sigrún skins
  • Fixed a bug preventing Symmetra’s Photon Barrier from playing its destruction sound effect when it is destroyed
  • Fixed a bug causing Tracer’s “You Got It” voice line to play an incorrect line
  • Fixed a bug preventing Widowmaker’s Venom Mine from attaching to walls
  • Fixed a bug preventing Zenyatta’s Nutcracker skin from receiving a golden glow while using his Transcendence ultimate ability


Maps
  • Fixed a bug preventing Pharah from being able to refuel while standing in some planters in Oasis
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to get stuck under the bridge in Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to get stuck behind rocks in Route 66
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her Shield Generator in unintended locations in Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to perch on an unintended location in Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to reach unintended locations in Ecopoint: Antarctica
  • Fixed several visual artifacts on the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug preventing some projectiles from destroying the piñatas in Dorado
  • Fixed a bug with the size of the capture point on the garden tier in Oasis
  • Fixed an issue preventing the glass railings in Oasis from being easily broken by a melee attack

 

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