Overwatch Competitive Mode Still Set for June, Potential D.Va & McCree Tweaks Discussed

June 1, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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Following some tweets (now deleted) that suggested Overwatch’s Competitive mode was delayed until July, the official Twitter account re-confirmed that Competitive Play is still set for release later this month:

Sorry about this! Competitive Play will be coming later in *JUNE*, not July. Apologies again for the error.

However, when asked about Competitive Play on consoles, they said, “We don’t have anything to announce right now. Stay tuned!”

Looking at potential upcoming tweaks to Overwatch, Principal Designer Geoff Goodman said they’re looking at McCree:

I’ve been watching McCree carefully since we’ve released. McCree’s flashbang plays an important role in being a strong option against very fast/agile teams (tracers/genjis/etc). It is also a nice tool to prevent close range devastating abilities and ultimates such as Reaper’s Death Blossom.

That said, its probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets such as Tanks and barriers. I don’t have any concrete changes yet, but I’m going to be testing some things internally to see how he plays.

“By saying ‘its probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets’ I mean his flash/fan combo, not the flash itself,” he clarified. “Fan is more likely to see changes than flash at this point.”

Goodman then discussed D.Va:

D.Va’s damage is definitely on the lower side, much like Winstons. They are this way for a similar reason: They are both very mobile and hard to kill. Every character in the game has strengths and weaknesses, its part of what makes the teamplay work well.

That said, I do think the is some room for some D.Va improvements, but these are unlikely to take the shape of increasing her damage output significantly.

As for highlights, Game Director Jeff Kaplan said the game temporarily archives five highlights from your last play session, and playing only one game will result in just one highlight. “Highlights are not currently saved if you close the game and come back,” he added. “Our hope (and what we’re working toward) is to allow players to save highlights or export them to a video format someday.”

What changes would you like to see in Overwatch?

[Source: Play Overwatch (Twitter 1, 2), Battle.net Forums (1), (2), (3) via VG247, Reddit, Eurogamer]