Since the launch of Overwatch on all platforms, the community’s been slowly inundated with toxic players. On the PC, Overwatch players can report those that are jerks, throwing matches, trolling, brandishing offensive language and the like. Blizzard’s action with these reports has been mixed at best, but at least the option to get the ban ball rolling exists.
On the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, players lack a report button. There’s no feasible way to quickly and efficiently alert Blizzard to players who need to be dealt with.
That’s changing. Game Director Jeff Kaplan told fans on the Battle.net forums that the ability to report people is finally coming to the console side of the Overwatch table.
Here are his full comments.
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.
We’ll be able to report players who deserve it with the next patch, and that’s huge. As a side effect, Blizzard will also be flooded with bad reports. You know, people who report others for simply being bad at the game or picking a hero they deem outside the meta.
That stuff’s part of a much bigger and more problematic discussion. This update is good news for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners.