Overwatch Kicks Off The Summer Games And Patches More Stuff

By Gabriel Kreulen, 4 months ago
Blizzard decided to celebrate the upcoming Olympic Games in their FPS meets MOBA Overwatch: Origins Edition by releasing a timed game mode called Lúcioball. It's 3 versus 3 football or American soccer mode where players move the ball around with their weapon's fire and melee attacks, but they can't damage each other. The location where this takes place is Rio de Janeiro, of course. The Summer Games also feature themed loot boxes with special skins showing off where the various heroes come from. Everyone who starts up Overwatch between now and August 23rd will receive a free Summer Games loot box, containing at least one themed item.

Overwatch's Summer Games logo


The event is live for three weeks and is running now.

A subsequent patch was released, making some important changes to Ana and McCree.

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

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

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

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
  • 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
  • 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

Maps

  • 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

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
  • 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

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

AI

  • 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

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

Hero Balance Updates

Ana

  • Biotic Rifle
  • Rate of fire increased by 20%
  • Magazine size increased from 8 to 10
  • Developer Comments: While Ana has been very well received, she was showing to be a little bit weaker overall. In addition to helping her feel better to play, these changes should also increase her healing and damage output.

McCree

  • Peacekeeper Primary Fire damage falloff range decreased by 10 meters
  • Damage falloff amount is unchanged
  • Alternate Fire Rate increased by 15%
  • Flashbang recovery time (i.e. the amount of time before McCree can fire again) decreased from 0.5 seconds to 0.35 seconds
  • Developer Comments: McCree’s latest range increase helped him quite a bit, but it was a bit too much in the right hands. This change weakens his long range damage somewhat, but still keeps it stronger than it has been in the recent past. The other changes combine to allow him to land more alternate fire shots on targets that he has hit with Flashbang.
The patch is now live and takes about 500MB.

Many thanks to the members of the community who sent this one in.
Gabriel Kreulen
Written by Gabriel Kreulen
Record holder as the youngest newshound on TA ever, Gabriël has some expertise in writing news, but much more experience playing games. When he doesn't have real life responsibilities to take care of, he enjoys flying through the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous and earning achievements in other games. Also likes to do weird stuff.