Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2019 release date news confirmed by Jeff Kaplan

Overwatch director has taken the the games Blizzard forums overnight to clear up any confusion surrounding the release of the games next update; and confirmed that Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2019 is coming next week.

It had been suggested that the games new 1.43 update might not be released until the new year, however, Kaplan has put these rumours to bed, telling fans directly:

"We’ve been seeing quite a bit of misinformation being spread about our December patch (1.43)."

"The patch is scheduled to go live next week. Short of some unforeseen circumstance causing a delay, we’re expecting to go live with the patch next week.

"I’m guessing everyone is as excited as we are for the changes to go live as soon as possible along with Winter Wonderland."

As you'll see the upcoming update to the game will launch alongside the games annual Christmas event, Winter Wonderland.

Although Kaplan has stopped short of confirming what, if any, changes will be made to the holiday event.

Previously players have been able to take part in 2 new co-op based brawl modes, Mei's Snowball Offensive and Mei's Yeti Hunt .

It's been a busy year for the Overwatch team, what with announcing Overwatch 2 , so we wouldn't be surprised if nothing new is added in terms of game modes.

Although we would expect plenty of new skins to be added, with the new Sigma winter skin already revealed at BlizzCon 2019.

Of course, the new update will also add plenty of new features, including a new "While you Wait" feature, designed to give fans plenty of options whilst they wait for a match.

There's, of course, plenty of balance changes planned for several heroes as well.

As a reminder, these are the patch notes from the games PTR update back in November and as Blizzard states "the patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR."

They also add: "While many of these changes may also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and only reflects changes coming specifically to that platform."

INTRODUCING “WHILE YOU WAIT”

Coming with this patch, we will be removing the current “Skirmish” feature that allowed you to spar while waiting to start a game and replacing it with a brand new option called “While You Wait”.

When in queue, players will now be prompted to pick, if they want to, between the following game modes:

  • Practice Range – Now available to be entered as a group
  • Skirmish – Spar freely with other players without keeping track of score
  • Deathmatch – Compete for the top place on the scoreboard
  • Custom Game – Pick a custom game from the Custom Game Browser or create your own game mode
  • Note that Custom Game will have to have the new setting "Allow players who are matchmaking" available in order to be selected

All “While You Wait” game modes are optional and can be accessed by a single player or as a group, but only the group leader can decide which mode to pick.

WORKSHOP UPDATES

  • Custom Games – Practice Range Mode
  • New Workshop Values
    • Game Mode
    • Current Game Mode
  • New Workshop setting
    • "Allow players who are matchmaking": allows players who are matchmaking to participate in the Custom Game created
    • HERO UPDATES

      General

      • Armor damage reduction increased from 3 to 5

      Orisa

      General

      • Base armor increased from 200 to 250

      Fusion Driver

      • Movement speed penalty reduced from 30% to 20%

      Protective Barrier

      • Health reduced from 900 to 600

      Fortify

      • Cooldown decreased from 10 seconds to 8 seconds

      Sigma

      Experimental Barrier

      • Health reduced from 1500 to 900
      • Barrier health regeneration rate reduced from 150 to 120 health per second

      Kinetic Grasp

      • Cooldown reduced from 13 seconds to 10 seconds
      • Damage-to-shield gain ratio increased from 40% to 60%


      Reinhardt

      Barrier Field

      • Health reduced from 2000 to 1600
      • Movement speed penalty reduced from 50% to 25%

      Steadfast (Passive)

      • Knockback resistance increased from 30% to 50%

      Developer Comment: The above changes to armor, Orisa, Sigma, and Reinhardt are aimed at decreasing the overall amount time players spend damaging barriers while improving the individual heroes in other areas. This is a significant change to the pace of the game and we’ll be monitoring these heroes closely to ensure they retain impactful gameplay in the tank role.

      Moira

      Biotic Grasp

      • Healing reduced from 4 to 3.25 (80 HP/s to 65 HP/s)

      Developer Comment: Moira’s primary heal has proven to be too potent, largely due to its ability to heal multiple targets.

      D.Va

      Defense Matrix

      • Cooldown decreased from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds

      Developer Comment: With role locks in place there is some room to improve D.Va’s impact as a tank, so we’re partially reverting a previous change which increased Defense Matrix’s cooldown.

      Widowmaker

      Grappling Hook

      • Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds

      Developer Comment: With barriers having less uptime, Widowmaker will be even more effective at locking down long sight lines. This change weakens her mobility so she can still be reasonably countered.


      Torbjörn

      Overload

      • Cooldown decreased from 12 to 10 seconds

      Developer Comment: Torbjörn has difficulty in extended team fights once his turret is eliminated and Overload has been used. This change allows Torbjörn to be able to rely on his Overload more often.

      Genji

      Shuriken

      • Ammo increased from 24 to 30

      Developer Comment: As average hero survivability has gone up over time, Genji can sometimes have difficulty finishing off his targets. Loosening his ammunition constraints will help give him a small boost.

      Zarya

      Particle Cannon (Secondary Fire)

      • Explosion radius increased from 2 to 2.5 meters
      • Ammo cost decreased from 25 to 20

      Developer Comment: Zarya’s overall damage output is in a good spot but the secondary fire was left feeling a little too weak after the last set of changes.

      BUG FIXES

      General

      • Color Blind Mode – Fixed an issue which caused models affected by infra-sight to appear washed out when using colors other than red
      • Workshop – Fixed an issue causing map names and dropdowns from being displayed in the incorrect case
      • Workshop – Fixed an issue preventing D.Va from being detected in Player Died events
      • Custom Games – Renamed Assault/Escort to Hybrid
      • Fixed a bug that could cause heroes with regenerating health/shields to not take full damage when damaged while at full health
      • Various hero abilities (e.g. Symmetra’s Turrets, Roadhog’s Hook, Sigma’s Accretion, Orisa’s Halt, etc) will now respect the collision boxes on vending machines and other such props
      • Fixed a bug that caused High Precision Mouse Input to cause toggle crouch to behave inconsistently

      Maps

      • Black Forest (1v1) – Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step through the breakable doors

      Heroes

      Doomfist

      • The default circle is now hidden when using advanced reticle settings
      • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the sound effect of Doomfist’s Rising Uppercut from playing
      • Fixed a bug where Seismic Slam could land on an enemy’s head while playing FFA modes

      Junkrat

      • Fixed a bug where Junkrat grenades would not explode when slowly rolling down steep inclines

      Orisa

      • Fixed an issue where Orisa’s halt projectile could sometimes appear to go through the ground when viewed in 3rd person.

      Roadhog

      • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s hook from damaging turrets and barriers

      Widowmaker

      • Turning off the toggle zoom control option for Widowmaker while zoomed in no longer remains stuck in the zoomed state

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