Overwatch One Year Anniversary Event now live

00:36 – Welcome to the Overwatch Anniversary event!
00:49 – New loot, like skins for Hanzo and Zarya, will now be available in Overwatch Anniversary loot boxes!
01:38 – Dances for ALL heroes have finally arrived!
02:15 – Three new permanent arena maps are coming in this update.
05:05 – New modes and revisions are coming to Elimination.
06:42 – Jeff explains “Limited Duel” Elimination.
07:33 – Jeff explains “Lockout” Elimination.
08:48 – Jeff thanks the community for one EPIC year of Overwatch.

19 hours ago


New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary

We’re raising our glasses to toast the 30 million heroes who have answered the call to join us in Overwatch! From now until June 12, players can collect more than 100 Anniversary-themed rewards, and play three new Arena maps in the Arcade—all in celebration of our first year fighting for the future together. Put on your finest skins and join us for the festivities!

For more information, click here.

New Standard Loot Box Items

In addition to the new items in the Overwatch Anniversary event, we’re also adding new goodies to our standard loot boxes. Sombra, Orisa, and Tracer are all getting brand new emotes, and Reaper picks up several new unlocks based on the infamous shrug from the recent Uprising comic.


Custom Games and Game Browser
Added new rules sets for 3v3 and 1v1 Elimination modes on the Arena maps
Added options for Hero Lockout, Limited Hero Pool, Tiebreakers, and Hero Reveal for Elimination mode
Players can now disable secondary fire and secondary weapons in Custom Games
You can now disable one Symmetra ultimate while leaving the other active


Recoil Recovery Aim Compensation can now be disabled for Ana, McCree, and Widowmaker. The option can be found under the “Control” tab in the “Options” menu. Simply select the appropriate hero under the dropdown menu and look for the “Hero” section

Developer Comments: By default, weapon recoil recovery is overruled by downward crosshair movement. This means that downward movement during the weapon’s recoil recovery phase will override the weapon’s natural recoil recovery. This option allows you to remove this functionality, meaning a weapon’s natural recoil recovery movement acts independently from downward crosshair movement. In practice, this will make your crosshair move faster if you aim downward during the recoil recovery window.


Removed the attack delay from Genji’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better.


Removed the attack cooldown from Hanzo’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Storm Bow
Increase charge speed by 10%
Charged arrows now maintain their charge after climbing a wall, provided the button is continuously held

Developer Comments: Decreasing Hanzo’s draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. And, like the change to Genji’s wall climbing, this is a quality of life change that will make climbing feel better.


Fusion Driver
Damage reduced by 9%

Protective Barrier
Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds

Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we’re reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier. This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed. To compensate for this new defensive strength, we’re reducing her Fusion Driver’s damage, as it felt too high.


Wraith Form
Ammo is now entirely refilled when Wraith Form is used

Developer Comments: Wraith Form is typically used as an escape ability after firing. This change gives Reaper a fighting chance if an enemy chases him down as he uses it.


Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters
The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can “climb” has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground.

Developer Comments: Earthshatter tended to climb unexpectedly high, frequently hitting targets that were significantly above the ground. These changes help the ability stay more grounded.

Soldier: 76

Heavy Pulse Rifle
Bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76 is in a much better place lately, but his damage output was making him a must pick, compared to similar roles.

Your final blows are now highlighted by a white background in the Kill Feed
Added new Kill Feed icons for environmental kills and a number of abilities
Heroes resurrected by Mercy are now are now highlighted and color-coded in the Kill Feed
Certain types of assists, like McCree’s Flashbang or Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord, now show up in the Kill Feed
New Controller option: Force Keyboard/Mouse User Interface

Developer Comments: When PC players switch from using the Keyboard/Mouse to a game controller, the game’s user interface is dynamically updated to the console/controller version. Additionally, the button layout on many heroes (like Hanzo, Zenyatta, and Mercy) is different on console. In the past, when a player chose to play using a controller and a mouse, the UI would constantly switch, depending on which device was sending information to the game. This new option allows players to set a default user interface if they choose to use a controller along with a keyboard/mouse.


Fixed an issue that prevented voice lines from being heard during the Play of the Game
Fixed an issue causing shields to display the wrong team color during the Play of the Game
Fixed a bug that caused high resolution screenshot captures to have visual issues

Fixed a bug causing the introduction before 1v1 Mystery Duels to be interrupted
[PS4] Fixed a bug that allowed the edge of the skybox to be seen on some Capture the Flag maps
Fixed an issue causing parties to be split between teams when joining a Custom Game as a group
Fixed an audio bug in Elimination games that could cause the end of round music to end abruptly
Fixed a bug in Custom games that caused parties to be evenly split between teams when they joined as a group

Fixed a bug that allowed bots to become stuck around the well on Ilios

Custom Game Browser
A scroll bar has been added to the custom games settings window so players can see all changes if they extend below the screen
Disabling Primary Fire will no longer disable secondary weapons for Mercy, D.Va, and Torbjorn
Fixed a bug that prevented the cooldown modifier from functioning for Ana’s Sleep Dart
Fixed a bug that caused some weapons to stop playing sound effects when “No Ammunition Requirement” was used
Fixed a bug that caused parties to be split up between teams when joining a custom game

Competitive Play
Fixed an issue that could prevent the 30 and 60-second audio callouts from being played at the end of a match
Fixed a bug that prevented players from grouping based on skill rating restrictions during the off season

Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s healing and speed song auras to be inaccurately projected
Fixed a bug that prevented Discord Orb from being removed when Mercy uses her Resurrect Ultimate
Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Fortify from blocking the alternate fire from Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier
Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s hook from pulling enemies into the reticle when the target was on higher ground
Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Protective Barrier from deploying in certain situations
Fixed an issue that affected some graphics cards, causing an inaccurate ammo count to be displayed with Pharah’s Mechaqueen and Raptorion skins equipped
Fixed a bug that could prevent two charging Reinhardts from being able to kill each other
Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to damage himself twice when charging a Fortified Orisa
[XB1/PS4] Fixed a bug that caused Strike Commander Morrison’s coat to clip through his legs during the Push-ups emote
Fixed a bug that prevented Winston’s Primal Rage ultimate from restoring his health when hit by Ana’s Biotic Grenade

Fixed a bug that caused Tracer to move oddly when she first appeared in the tutorial
Fixed an issue causing asymmetry between pillars on the Ruins capture point on Ilios
Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Numbani
Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach an unintended location on Route 66
Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar


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