New Overwatch Update Activates Junkertown, D.Va/Mercy Overhauls, and More – Full Patch Notes

New Overwatch Update

The newest Overwatch update has officially hit PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Junkertown has finally come to the main game as well as overhauls for both D.Va and Mercy. As it is with any good update, a plethora of bug fixes also accompany the new map and character abilities. Thankfully, Blizzard was kind enough to release the patch notes for fans to enjoy.

First up, new escort map Junkertown has come with the Overwatch update. Set in the Australian Outback, this new play area was introduced in a animated short featuring everyone’s favorite explosives expert and his pal Roadhog. Having spent some time in the Public Test Realm(PTR), the new map is ready for players to annihilate each other on. Next up, a few changes have come to both D.Va and Mercy in a big way. The almighty healer’s Resurect ability has been downgraded while her new Ultimate takes center stage. Dubbed Valkyrie, the new ability “unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds”. Here’s everything that has been changed with Mercy:

  • Resurrect (formerly Mercy’s Ultimate ability)
    • Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius
    • Radius reduced to 5 meters
    • Ability cooldown is 30 seconds
    • Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active
  • Valkyrie (New Ultimate Ability)
    • Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds
      • Caduceus Staff: Mercy’s healing and damage boost beams now affect all allies near the targeted teammate, and the staff’s effective range has been extended
      • Caduceus Blaster: Now has infinite ammo and increased projectile speed
      • Guardian Angel: Increased range and movement speed
      • Resurrect: Cooldown is instantly reset when Valkyrie is activated and reduced to 10s after the initial cast
      • Hover: Mercy gains the ability to fly freely, at increased movement speed
      • Regeneration (Passive): No longer interrupted when Mercy takes damage

As for D.Va, the powerful tank hero has also received a new ability called Micro Missiles. This will allow the character to fire off a burst of “small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion.” For all of you D.Va mains out there, you will also be able to fire these while “using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons”. Here’s what else has been changed for the character in the new Overwatch update:

  • Defense Matrix
    • Defense Matrix’s resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly
    • Energy regeneration per second has been increased to 12.5% (formerly 10%)
  • Boosters
    • Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying

Mystery Heroes has received a few tweaks as well in the Overwatch update. Blizzard has finally done away with players respawning as the same hero. In addition to this, any hero that takes their own life will not respawn as a new character. Instead, they will remain the same, but with their Ultimate meter resetting to zero and any turrets that were placed beforehand will go away. The Assemble Your Team screen has been taken away from the beginning of matches, and all of these changes will be present in any custom games that pick “Respawn as Random Hero”.

Reinhardt has also received some changes with the new Overwatch update. When it comes to the Barrier Field, “Holding primary fire while your shield is active now allows you to rotate the camera.” On top of this, “A new “Movement Relative to Camera During Barrier Free Look” option can be found under Settings > Controls. Simply select “Reinhardt” from the dropdown menu. This allows players to change the way Reinhardt moves when Barrier Shield is active and players are controlling the third-person camera movement.” Along with the new map and character revamps, the latest Overwatch update brings a mountain of bug fixes, all of which can be seen below:

General

  • Fixed a bug that caused Custom Reticles to appear transparent and ignore opacity settings when their thickness was set to 1
  • Fixed a bug that caused Control matches to be played in a best-of-five format when creating a custom game using the Competitive preset
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from requesting a highlight while viewing a killcam after being killed
  • Fixed a bug that prevented voice lines from playing after players received five votes on a commendation card at the end of a match
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from automatically joining Match Chat, even when the option was enabled
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Perfect Round indicator after an Elimination game if they received a temporary health boost from an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Sound Barrier)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the “Aim Ease In” setting to affect controller input too aggressively when the thumbstick was deflected diagonally

Deathmatch

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the entire Team Deathmatch description from being displayed in the info section
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the incorrect announcer VO to play in highlights captured during Deathmatch games
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to destroy his own Steel Traps with Concussion Mines

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the heroes’ “sigh” voice line to play when respawning
  • Fixed a bug that interrupted the animation on Ana’s eye during the Beach Ball emote with her Captain Amari skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist from being knocked back when his Rocket Punch ability was being used
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to hit players through the taxi on King’s Row
  • Fixed a bug that caused a pair of pink fuzzy dice to mysteriously float onto the screen when viewing D.Va’s weapon in the Hero Gallery if her Cruiser skin was equipped
  • Fixed an issue that caused the golden tint of Junkrat’s weapon to appear dull when his Firework skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that gave Junkrat’s RIP-Tire a speed boost when players wall jumped on ledges
  • Fixed a bug that occasionally caused Mei’s Ice Wall to launch players into the air
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Ultimate to appear friendly (it failed to change from blue to red) after being reflected by Genji
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s Chain Hook icon from being displayed in the kill feed when it caused an environmental kill
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Photon Barrier to indicate a 10-second cooldown when the red “cannot use” icon was active
  • Using D.Va’s melee attack no longer cancels Micro Missile barrage
  • D.Va’s Micro Missiles are now interrupted by stuns, knockbacks, and other crowd-control effects
  • Mercy’s Resurrect is no longer blocked by Steel Trap or Graviton Surge
  • Mercy is no longer able to use Valkyrie to escape Graviton Surge and Steel Traps

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Ecopoint: Antarctica that could cause a crate to block your view of heroes during the winning team lineup
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations on Castillo
  • Fixed a bug that allowed some heroes to reach unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Fixed a bug that prevented reflections from appearing on weapons while standing in certain areas on Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that caused jump pads to bounce players higher than intended on Oasis
  • Fixed a lighting issue that caused some items on the last point of Route 66 to take on a pinkish hue when players used low video settings
  • Fixed an issue that caused reflections to appear overly dark while players were standing in areas of the Cave Inn on Route 66
  • Fixed an issue that caused excessive camera zoom and flashing lights when players loaded into the tutorial map
  • Fixed a bug that prevented plated railings from being properly destroyed by weapons fire on Volskaya Industries
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

User Interface

  • Removed the “Healing Prevented” statistic from Ana’s career profile page
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch UI to occasionally remain visible when respawning
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from accurately targeting moving objects, causing Doomfist to land in unintended locations

That about does it for the new Overwatch update, which is currently live on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. What are your thoughts, gamers? What other changes should the team at Blizzard implement in their next patch? Are you okay with Mercy having an entirely new Ultimate? How has Junkertown been treating you so far? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.

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