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It seems while trying to improve Moira's Biotic Grasp targeting the team actually made it worse in some cases, as Lead Engineer for Gameplay Systems Tim Ford explains.
A fix will be coming late this week or early next week.
Tim Ford (source)
Hi everyone! We wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening with the targeting on Moira’s Biotic Grasp.
On the PTR, we made a number of improvements to the mechanism that Moira uses to select a target. Now players can more accurately select a target when multiple targets are in the field of view (which resolves issues like this: https://streamable.com/rosvo), and the new system can better discern which target is closest to the player's reticle when multiple targets are valid.
When we made this change, we did our best to make the everything feel as close to her original system as possible, but since the new mechanism uses a different functionality, it didn’t convert perfectly for a number of heroes. Generally, the larger heroes are a little harder to target, while the smaller heroes are much closer to her original behavior. The training bots also need to be adjusted, as they are by far the worst offender in the new system.
Since it wasn't our intention to do anything but improve Moira's targeting, we’re hoping to test a new configuration on the PTR either late this week or early next. Thank you so much for surfacing the issue for us; these reports are incredibly useful for us when it comes to tracking down bugs.
The change also had nothing to do with upcoming Symmetra changes:
Tim Ford (source)
The inconsistencies with Moira are unrelated to Symmetra's increased lock on range. That is a separate defect that is also affecting Mercy Rez and a few other AoE abilities. We'll get a fix for those up on PTR next week.
Again, thank you all for your help. Hopefully a thorough dose of tryptophan over the weekend will improve our math skills.
And, just to keep everything Moira updated, she will be unlocking in competitive mode today, Thursday 23rd, at 11AM PST.
The much anticipated map, that was first shown at BlizzCon, is now available on the Public Test Realm!
Most Blizzard fans have dreamed of a theme park dedicated to our beloved games. Now, this theme park will be partly realised into Overwatch! The developers poured all their creativity into celebrating World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm in... Overwatch. Thus, the new hybrid map, Blizzard World, was presented at BlizzCon:
Now, you can finally try Blizzard World out on the PTR. Feel free to go nuts and share your experience on the comments below! PTR Patch 1.18 also contains various bug fixes. Here are the patch notes:
New Hybrid Map: Blizzard World
An amusement park celebrating the universes of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo, Blizzard World is a brand-new hybrid Assault/Escort map. Charge the gates of Stormwind, sneak through the Nexus Experience, and guide the payload through areas filled with high ground, flanking routes, and environmental hazards. Grab some Blizzard-inspired snacks at the concession stand along the way! GENERAL
An option to “Remove All A.I.” in the custom game lobby can be accessed by Right Click > Remove All Bots BUG FIXES
Fixed an issue that caused the arcade card for Limited Duel and Mystery Duel to not list all currently disabled characters Fixed an issue that prevented certain sound effects from playing when navigating the Options menu with a controller Heroes
Fixed a visual bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Rifle ammo clip to detach when her Captain Amari skin was equipped Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Seismic Slam to create performance drops when repeatedly used with no cooldown Fixed a bug that prevented Mei’s Cryo-freeze from clearing the healing debuff caused by Ana’s Biotic Grenade Fixed a visual bug with Moira’s Biotic Orb that sometimes caused Biotic Grasp’s healing spray effects to display instead Fixed a bug that prevented Moira from being able to pass through enemies when using Fade Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s eyelashes to detach from her face during her Heroic highlight intro Fixed a visual issue with Moira’s Oasis skin that caused her knees to clip through her knee guards while crouched Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s shotguns to animate incorrectly when discarded on the ground Fixed an issue that prevented highlights captured by Zenyatta players from recording correctly when the Cultist skin was equipped Maps
Fixed a bug that caused a performance drop when players shot at the gold coin piles in the last Defender spawn of Junkertown (source)
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Blackheart's Tavern return with another interview with the voice of Zenyatta!
If you have not been following their series, Blackheart's Tavern previously talked to Senior Art Director Samwise Didier and Anjali Bhimani (Symmetra). Feodor Chin is the voice actor for Zenyatta from Overwatch! Jay also told us they've got Sombra and Roadhog coming!
Black Friday starts early this year: both versions of Overwatch have had their price reduced by half.
The free weekend, that is currently underway, is a great way to try out Overwatch. The added bonus is that if you like the game, you can currently buy it on a 50% discount from the Blizzard Shop!
The simple Overwatch edition is now at 19.99 USD/EUR and the Overwatch: Game of the Year edition is at 29.99 USD/EUR (PC only).
If you already have Overwatch and you want to upgrade to the Game of the Year edition, you can also do it at the reduced price of 10.00 USD/EUR. The discount on the upgrade is available on both PC and consoles.
The offer will last until November 27 at 11.59 p.m PST in the Americas and November 28 at 09;00 a.m. CET in Europe. Happy Black Friday!