Overwatch Gets Ready for Halloween with New Update

October 10, 2018Written by Aidan Simonds

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Overwatch’s newest update is now live, and you know what that means. It’s time for our heroes to get spooky! The Halloween Terror 2018 event has officially kicked off, giving Overwatch a creepy makeover. While we already got a sneak peek at some of the Halloween costumes our heroes will don, we now know all the ways they’ll be getting festive. Solder: 76 looks ripped right out of Friday the 13th, while Sombra is now the Bride of Junkenstein.

Check out the extra-chilling skins for the Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 event here:

Junkenstein’s Revenge, the fan-favorite PvE mode, returns for Halloween, with some extra heroes joining in. Both Tracer and Brigitte are playable for the first time in this mode, allowing people new ways to strategize. The event, along with the mode and skins, is only available until October 31, 2018.

Here are the full patch notes for the newest Overwatch update:

  • GENERAL UPDATES

    GENERAL

    • Updated the audio mix to add more clarity and dynamic range for all sounds in the game
  • HERO UPDATES

    GENERAL

    • Updated visuals for all shields and barriers to increase readability
    • Enemies’ health bars will now become visible to players if an entity they create deals damage to an enemy

    BRIGITTE

    BARRIER SHIELD
    • Shield health reduced from 600 to 500

    DOOMFIST

    HAND CANNON
    • Damage falloff now starts at 15 meters

    MCCREE

    COMBAT ROLL
    • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds

    PHARAH

    CONCUSSIVE BLAST
    • Cooldown reduced from 12 to 9 seconds
    ROCKET LAUNCHER
    • Attack speed increased
      • Lowered recovery time between shots from 0.9 to 0.75 seconds
    • Damage redistributed between explosion and impact
      • Explosion damage reduced from 80 to 65
      • Impact damage increased from 40 to 55
    • Explosion knock back reduced by 20%
    • Self-knockback amount increased by 25%

    MEI

    GENERAL
    • Updated visual effects for all abilities

    ORISA

    FUSION DRIVER
    • Maximum spread reduced by 20%

    SOLDIER: 76

    HEAVY PULSE RIFLE
    • Number of shots until reaching maximum spread increased from 6 to 9

    TORBJÖRN

    GENERAL
    • Reduced the size of Torbjörn’s head hit volume by 10%
    RIVET GUN
    • Primary Fire
      • Projectile speed increased from 60 to 70 per second
      • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
      • Turret targets enemy hit by primary fire
    • Alternate Fire
      • Recovery lowered from 0.8 to 0.6 seconds
      • Damage per shot lowered from 150 to 125
      • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
      • Spread randomization readjusted
    FORGE HAMMER
    • Radius increased to align with Quick Melee
    DEPLOY TURRET
    • Turret is now a thrown projectile
    • Automatically builds over three seconds
      • No longer has different levels
      • Same damage output as previous level 2 turret
    • Maximum health reduced from 300 to 250
    • Now incurs a 5 second cooldown when deployed
    • Now incurs a 10 second cooldown when destroyed in combat
    • No longer able to deploy a new turret if it’s in combat
      • While the turret is firing
      • If the turret has taken damage within three seconds
    • Can now be destroyed using the Interact input
    • Completes self-building once deployed, even if Torbjörn is eliminated
    NEW ABILITY: OVERLOAD
    • Replaces Armor Pack
    • Lasts for 5 seconds
    • Cooldown is 12 seconds
    • Temporarily grants 150 armor
    • Increases attack, movement, and reload speeds by 30%
    NEW ULTIMATE: MOLTEN CORE
    • Switches weapon from Rivet Gun to his claw arm
    • Lasts 6 seconds
    • Fire up to 10 molten globules that create damage pools where they land for 10 seconds
      • Globules bounce off walls and ceilings until they hit the ground
    • Base damage is 130
    • Damage increases from 130 to 190 against enemies who have armor
      • Heroes affected by armor: Bastion, Brigitte, D.Va, Orisa, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, Winston, Wrecking Ball
      • Heroes who can grant armor to their allies: Brigitte

    Please note that Torbjörn will be unavailable in Competitive Play for two weeks.

    [Source: Overwatch]