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Blizzard Lists Changes for Next Overwatch Patch, Introducing Competitive Play Permabans Soon

Blizzard Entertainment has released a new update for Overwatch on PC, noting that the changes it brings will also be included in a patch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at a later date. Here’s what console players can expect when the update goes live:


  • The credit that Mercy’s Resurrect contributes toward her on-fire meter has been adjusted to account for the recent changes in its functionality


  • Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries have been removed from the Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch map rotation, but can still be selected in Custom Games

User Interface

  • Made several adjustments to the spectator camera to improve the viewing experience



  • Fixed a bug that caused the audio from Junkertown’s front gate to play when previewing and opening Loot Boxes
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the stagger and knockdown VO from canceling active voice lines
  • Fixed a bug that allowed an incorrect voice line to play when firing D.Va’s Micro Missiles
  • Fixed an issue that caused the spectator camera to lose track of heroes and player-controlled objects (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)


  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji and Mercy’s ultimate voice lines from functioning properly when the Oni or Winged Victory skins were equipped


  • Fixed an issue that caused sound effects to continuously repeat when using a beam weapon (e.g. Zarya’s Particle Cannon) to destroy the motorcycle in the attackers’ spawn room on Junkertown
  • Fixed an issue that activated audio cues that are typically associated with enemy hits when shooting the motorcycle on Junkertown

In addition to the above, Blizzard is introducing permanent bans to Overwatch‘s Competitive Play next week. Starting September 27, players who accumulate three or more seasonal bans may be barred from Competitive Play permanently. For more details on that, head over to the game’s forum.

[Source: Battle.net(1)(2)]