Overwatch has been patched for the PC and Xbox One platforms. The PlayStation 4 will be patched soon.
This patch comes earlier than expected, and it brings with it the second season of competitive play, once thought to start closer to September 8, and the brand new Eichenwalde map. You can see Eichenwalde up in the gallery above.
Competitive play has been tweaked quite a bit here. Ranks are no longer spread between 1 and 100, instead moving between 1 and 5000. The reason? Blizzard hopes to get a more precise rank in place for players with the larger spectrum of possibilities, thus improving matchmaking and play.
What about hero changes? There are tons, and you can dig into the list from Blizzard by hitting the source link below. The big ones in my mind? Hanzo’s arrows are smaller but shoot faster, Mei’s ultimate is better, Soldier 76 is more accurate with burst fire, Mercy heals faster, Zenyatta’s discord orb causes less damage and Lucio’s speed boost is a bit slower. The biggest one? Genji. Thank goodness.
Here’s exactly how Genji’s changed, per Blizzard.
- Double jump no longer resets when wall climbing
- Swift Strike
- No longer deals damage to traps like Widowmaker’s Venom Mine or Junkrat’s Steel Trap
- No longer bypasses Junkrat’s Steel Trap
- No longer interrupts quick melee attacks
- Duration of Genji’s ultimate has been reduced from 8 seconds to 6 seconds
Developer Comments: Genji was a little too difficult to pin down, and these changes will balance his speed. Swift Strike no longer cancels the recovery time from a quick melee attack, so players will no longer be able to get a free melee attack before using Swift Strike. Lastly, Dragonblade’s duration was long enough that it often felt too difficult to reasonably counter.
I played a bit last night, and I saw a lot less in the way of absurd ultimate length and ridiculous mobility for Genji. He’s still a great hero in the right hands, but he’s much easier to track and handle now.
Oh, and there are new skins and emotes. D.Va can sit down, play a video game and chomp on some chips, and that’ll cost you 1,000 credits. Worth it.
Alright, stop reading and go play. If you’re at work or in school, just pretend you’re playing.