McCree and Widowmaker Balance Changes This Week & Other Blue Posts

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In response to a topic in the official forums, Jeff Kaplan revealed that there will be a small balance patch this week and he explained that McCree and Widowmaker will be targeted. We will also cover two more blue posts by Jeff.

Game Director Jeff Kaplan talked about the team's strategy on releasing content and balance patches. The game has been out for three weeks now and it is time for the first minor balance update. In a follow-up post, Jeff revealed that McCree and Widowmaker will be the recipients of balance changes. We already knew that McCree's Fan the Hammer ability will have its damage reduced, while the team also had Widowmaker on their radar.

Blizzard LogoJeff Kaplan

We haven't patched content or balance because we are trying to have a stable launch window, with as few variables as possible.

With that said, new content is coming at the end of June -- Competitive Play mode. We should also have a minor balance patch (hopefully) this week.

As those who were in the beta can attest to, we patched quite frequently and liberally during beta. Now that the game is live, we want to be careful to not overly disrupt the game balance too frequently.

In general, you can expect content patches, balance patches and minor bug fix patches to happen regularly now that we're clearing the launch window. But don't expect balance to change each week... we don't feel like that would be healthy for the game.




Are you able to comment at this point which characters may be getting adjustments at this point?

McCree and Widowmaker


A few days ago, Jeff Kaplan responded in two other interesting topics. The first one concerns the frequency at which new Heroes are released, where Jeff once again explained the team's philosophy about updates and new content in general.

Blizzard LogoJeff Kaplan

Wow. This is a great discussion. We love hearing your values around content releases. We have a short/medium term plan for hero and map releases but we've agreed internally that the long term plan will most likely change depending on what the game needs as well as what you guys like/dislike.

We want to update the game frequently -- so it feels fresh and exciting. These plans go beyond just heroes and maps. We want to add new features as well. But at the same time, we don't want to disrupt the game you know and love. So finding the right balance between cool/frequent updates and "stability of the game we love" is something that we, the OW team and you guys will do together over time.

Great discussion. Please keep it going!


Lastly, Jeff talked about an upcoming quality-of-life change: you will be able to hide the chat box during the game and especially during highlights.

Blizzard LogoJeff Kaplan

Can we get an option to temporarily hide the chat box?
Recording/screenshotting annoys me with this, as I don't want it in the way, and I don't want a conversation there. Especially if there was trash talking in my previous game.

We'll look into this. Also, we have a bug fix coming for Highlights in particular. In Highlights right now, it forces the chat up at all times with no decay. So the problem is amplified during Highlights which is one of the places you want chat the least. Sorry about that.


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Thank you Blizzard for backing the games that you make.  Overwatch is a fantastic game and I am glad that the team has a plan in place and is open to discussing it with us, the players.

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On 6/17/2016 at 10:33 PM, Darkjester79 said:

Thank you Blizzard for backing the games that you make.  Overwatch is a fantastic game and I am glad that the team has a plan in place and is open to discussing it with us, the players.

Jeff Kaplan is the best thing Blizzard has ever done with this game. That man is amazing and has handled so much, so well.

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