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This seasonal event returns with a new mission, a bunch of new skins and cosmetic items and hero tweaks!

A huge patch (~14 GB) is now available to download for all Overwatch players. The Overwatch Archives event is live and you can experience moments from Overwatch's history. The Uprising brawl is obviously making a return with some brand new skins, but there's also a new mission called Retribution, which will show players more about how Talon operates. The event will last until April 30.

In Retribution, you can explore the new map, Rialto, situated in Venice. Rialto will be available as a PvP map at a later date. According to PCGamesN, the map will hit the PTR in a week or two and it will go live after Overwatch archives finishes. PvP Rialto will have some differences compared to the PvE one you'll be able to experience now.

If you want to check out all the new skins and collectibles, u/Yernemm has compiled a nice list over here.

The patch also contains the much anticipated buffs to Mei and Reaper; you can read Mournflakes' expert opinion on these changes here. The Avoid as Teammate option is available, too. Lastly, lots of bugs have been fixed - which is always good!

Here are the patch notes:

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PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Archives 2018

Experience pivotal moments from history in Overwatch Archives. Join a team of four heroes and participate in cooperative, story-driven missions that give a new perspective on the era before the fall of Overwatch.

This year, take command of the agents of Blackwatch and face off against Talon in an exciting new brawl, Retribution. Players also get a second chance to stop an omnic insurrection as last year’s Uprising mission returns for a rematch. You’ll earn Archives Loot Boxes as you play, unlocking new cosmetics based on moments from Overwatch’s past including legendary skins like Blackwatch Moira, Scion Hanzo, Soldier: 24 Reaper, Talon Doomfist, Specimen 28 Winston, and more.

GENERAL UPDATES

General

  • Players can choose to “Avoid as Teammate” with a dropdown menu in the Career Profile

Developer Comments: The addition of the “Avoid as Teammate” option gives players the ability to craft their online gameplay experience. Up to two players can be selected with this feature. If you use the “Avoid as Teammate” option on a player, the matchmaker will no longer place you on a team with the avoided player for one week. To learn more about this feature, click here.

[PS4/XB1] Voice Chat Mode

  • An option to toggle Voice Chat Mode has been added under Options > Sound

Report Menu

  • The “Poor Teamwork” dropdown menu option has been removed

  • The “Griefing” dropdown menu option has been renamed “Gameplay Sabotage”

Developer Comments: Due to player confusion about the most appropriate category to report players for poor or toxic gameplay, we are removing the Poor Teamwork option from the reporting system. Players should instead use the Gameplay Sabotage option when players actively harass or disrupt their own team with game mechanics or their actions. Players should not be reported simply for performing poorly, since everyone occasionally has a bad game.

Heroes

  • Sombra’s “Enemies Hacked” commendation card now also displays her offensive assists

  • Brigitte’s Golden Weapon variant will now also give her a golden shield

  • Changed Mercy’s Valkyrie voice line

HERO UPDATES

Brigitte

Barrier Shield

  • An option to “Toggle Barrier” has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte

D.Va

Micro Missiles

  • Explosive damage reduced from 6 to 4

Boosters

  • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 10

Developer Comments: D.Va’s burst potential is a bit too high, so we’re reducing the damage of her Micro Missiles and Boosters impact. Prior to this change, each missile dealt 3 impact damage and 6 explosive damage. We’re reducing explosive damage from 6 to 4 but leaving the impact damage the same, the net result being 21% damage reduction.

McCree

  • Added additional voice lines for Lifeguard McCree

Mei

Endothermic Blaster

  • Now pierces through enemies

Developer Comments: This change helps Mei combat multiple targets that are clumped up and makes it easier for her to keep freezing a specific target if another enemy gets in the way. This change also helps her ultimate more consistently freeze enemy targets, especially if they are near each other. Note: While her shots now pierce enemies, they still do not pierce barriers such as Reinhardt’s shield.

Reaper

Death Blossom

  • Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use

Wraith Form

  • Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%

  • You can now cancel the ability by pressing the Shift or Primary Fire hotkey

Developer Comments: These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets.

Moira

Biotic Grasp

  • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target

Coalescence

  • Now becomes more transparent the closer its visual effects are to a player’s camera

Fade

  • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target

Developer’s Comment: Due to issues with visibility, we have made most of Moira’s visual effects fade away the closer they are to the camera. We have also made modifications to Coalescence to greatly increase the ability for foes and allies alike to see through it when facing it.

Zenyatta

Orb of Destruction

  • Secondary fire rate of fire reduced by 15%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta is meant to be able to deal a lot of damage, especially for a support, but his alternate fire burst damage was a bit too high. This change keeps the overall damage the same but lowers the DPS slightly and makes it harder to hit multiple shots at very long ranges.

 

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What a huge update, way more than what I expected.
But so weird is no Brigitte nerf and that annoying Mei buff come from PTR.. no comment.
Plus I still can't wait to be able block infinite teammates for unlimited time. Yeah, I love my teammates most times.

Recently the game drop into with total rookie low level players what would be no problem if I'm not a platinum player (okay, I'm 90, but my stats matter, not?) who have a minimum requirements to how like to play and sometimes I just want to enjoy QP and Arcade, but this matchmaking make it totally unenjoyable. I don't know what think about this Blizz actually but pretty annoying and I'm send about it a long-long feedback and hope see something about matchmaking in upcoming patch. 
 

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Finally, one event that I like doing. They should create more PVE events like this, telling us a little bit about OW lore and stuff (not like Junkerstein, that was such a boring event ugh). 

I like that this time we have Moira as a support, since she is waaaaaaay more fun than Mercy in every aspect imo. 

6 hours ago, Hypersonic said:

Recently the game drop into with total rookie low level players what would be no problem if I'm not a platinum player (okay, I'm 90, but my stats matter, not?) who have a minimum requirements to how like to play and sometimes I just want to enjoy QP and Arcade, but this matchmaking make it totally unenjoyable. I don't know what think about this Blizz actually but pretty annoying and I'm send about it a long-long feedback and hope see something about matchmaking in upcoming patch. 

I'm having a lot of problems with this too, I wish Blizzard and Jeff himself would do something about MM asap. It isn't just QP that is unenjoyable, Competitive and Arcade too. They say your Competitive SR doesn't matter when they are working on QP MM, but how it is fair when I have to fight against three or four masters or GMs when I'm gold/plat? Competitive is balanced on theory, but they won't do anything about smurfs... so yeah. 

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