Overwatch Update Is Now Live, Patch Notes Detail Lucio & Mercy Changes

A new Overwatch update has been rolled out to PS4, Xbox One and PC. Its main targets are Lucio, Mercy, and pesky bugs!

Here’s the full list of changes, along with some developer comments to help you understand the thinking behind the alterations:

GENERAL UPDATES

Social

  • Players can now set their social status to Online, Away, Busy, or Appear Offline (Note: appearing offline does not prevent friends from seeing you if you are placed into the same match). This option can be found under the social menu

HERO UPDATES

Lúcio

  • Wall Ride
    • The speed boost that Lúcio receives after completing a wall ride has been increased by 65%

Developer Comments: A recent bug fix slowed Lúcio’s Wall Ride. This change compensates for the reduced speed.

Mercy

  • Guardian Angel
    • Players can now glide past a targeted ally using the jump key
    • Cooldown no longer resets when Resurrect is activated
  • Valkyrie
    • No longer resets or reduces Resurrection’s cooldown

Developer Comment: Valkyrie no longer resets or reduces Resurrect’s cooldown. Instead, it now provides an extra ‘charge,’ allowing you to revive an ally even if it is still on cooldown. If the bonus charge hasn’t been spent when Valkyrie ends, it will be removed.

This method makes Resurrect more flexible when used with Valkyrie. For example, in the past if you wanted to resurrect two teammates, you had to revive the first target, then activate Valkyrie (causing the Resurrect’s cooldown to reset), and then revive the other target. With this change, you can now activate Valkyrie and fly in quickly to resurrect both targets instantly.

However, this still reduces the overall number of Resurrects that Mercy can provide, since Valkyrie no longer reduces its cooldown.

Zenyatta

  • Added a number of additional voicelines for Cultist Zenyatta

BUG FIXES

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug preventing Mercy’s momentum from slowing down correctly when Guardian Angel was canceled
  • Fixed a bug preventing the visual effects on Sombra’s Pumpkinette victory pose from displaying correctly

In other Overwatch news, the game’s player count has surpassed 35 million, a copycat game is being hit with the wrath of the Blizzard legal team, and the Halloween event is under way

Source: Play Overwatch (Official)

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