New Overwatch Update Today Activates the Year of the Rooster Event

January 24, 2017 Written by Jason Dunning

Coinciding with the beginning of the Year of the Rooster event, a new Overwatch update is now rolling out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, reportedly requiring a 1.5GB download. According to the official trailer (above), Year of the Rooster will run until Monday, February 13, and it includes over 100 seasonal cosmetic items, a special fireworks display on Lijiang Tower, and a brand-new brawl!

Here’s some highlights of the patch notes for today’s new Overwatch update:

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.

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

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

Lucio

  • 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

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

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

Some Reddit users have uploaded images of the new skins and victory poses, which you can see on Imgur here and here.

In other Overwatch news, Game Director Jeff Kaplan said reporting is coming to PS4 and Xbox One, hopefully before summer:

Regarding Reporting: This feature is coming to both PS4 and Xbox. I don’t have an exact ETA because there are many moving parts to make this happen. My hope is that everything locks into place before summer… or sooner. But we’re at the mercy of things beyond our control on this one and we’ve been working super hard to make it happen.

Kaplan also said Torbjorn and Symmetra have “begun to diverge a little bit so we’re taking a look at them now and we’ll consider adjusting them.”

Will you be taking part in the Year of the Rooster event?

[Source: Reddit, Blizzard (1), (2), (3) via VG247]