Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will get the report feature.
If a player is obviously cheating, trolling, being abusive or whatever else jerks in online games do, PC players in Overwatch have the option to report that player. Enough reports of the right kind will result in stuff like game bans, chat bans and investigation. It’s a way for the community to police itself, and, while not perfect at all, it helps.
On consoles? Not so much. Blizzard has to work with a lot of mitigating factors to implement reporting, but they’re making it happen. Here’s Kaplan when asked about the feature on the Battle.net forums:
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.
It’s coming… hopefully soon
There’s nothing more frustrating, especially when playing competitive games, than running into a jerk in a title like Overwatch. I had one person who committed suicide outside of spawn for an entire match in competitive. Did I report them? Of course.
That happens for console players, too, only they have no recourse. It’s taking a while, but I’m glad Blizzard is making this happen.