Blizzard Entertainment has revealed some new patch notes for the upcoming latest update for Overwatch, which is now available on public test servers. The latest update features an early look at Competitive Play, along with some other fixes and changes. Gamespot reports that the Competitive Play mode requires players get at least 10 placement games under their belts before they start getting matched up against other games who are a similar skill level. Penalties were also revealed for Competitive Play.
Per the patch notes, Blizzard noted, “Some of these changes are simple interface changes, while others ensure that maps and modes don’t favor one side or another–plus we’ve added a sudden death mechanic that ensures tied games are broken as fairly as possible.” Some penalties have also been added for leaving or going idle during matches. Players will not be able to start new matches while one that was left is still ongoing. In addition, repeatedly leaving a match “could result in restrictions or removal from Competitive Play.”
Another change has been made to Widowmaker’s Ultiamte, and her voiceline can now be heard by everyone on the map. There’s also been a removal of the Prefer/Avoid player system. This allows players to designate other players as ones they do or no want to play with again in the future. It’s unknown why this change has been made.
Gamers can test the new update on the PC version of the game by following these instructions (Courtesy of Blizzard):
- Restart the Battle.net desktop app.
- Navigate to the Overwatch tab on the left-hand menu.
- Select “PTR: Overwatch” from the REGION/ACCOUNT drop-down menu.
- Click “Install” to begin the installation process.
- Once the PTR client is installed and updated, click “Play” to begin!
Overwatch is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
I guess this is just a stability patch, nothing new added except for interface changes and the sudden death concept which I feel like it's a brilliant idea.