We’ve known that Blizzard was working on implementing a report system for Overwatch on consoles, but now we know when it’ll hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Director Jeff Kaplan announced on the game’s forums that the feature will “be available when patch 1.14” goes live. That patch is currently being tested privately, and will feature deathmatch and team deathmatch modes.
Here’s what Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan had to say on the official forums:
Reporting on console will be available when patch 1.14 goes live (the patch that has DM and TDM and is currently on the PTR for testing).
Thanks for being so patient with us.
Also, it’s important to note the reporting system and punishments are very much an ongoing development for us. Improvements will continue over time. We are working on increased punishments for high frequency offenders, email notifications when your reports result in disciplinary action (we’re experimenting with this right now and we’ll expand this as we refine it) and eventually notifications in the game client when your report results in disciplinary action.
For more on Overwatch, check out our review:
So many big games unintentionally put up a wall, implying through their communities, marketing or even gameplay, that they are only for one kind of player or another. Overwatch, on the other hand, makes no mistake in identifying its audience: anyone and everyone that wants to take a shot. It’s ironic to imagine a title about a fragmented team fighting amongst itself serving as a big unifier, but that might just be what we need. At a time when the division between our hobby’s constituents seems more visible than ever, Overwatch reminds us that we’re more alike than different — if we let them, games can bring us together. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s something well worth fighting for.
Overwatch is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.