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Overwatch Update Adds New Skins, Changes As Overwatch League Launches

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The inaugural season of Overwatch League is getting underway and Blizzard put out a patch to prepare for the event.

A lot of new skins were added as well as a number of changes. Take a look at the patch notes.

Overwatch Update January 9, 2018 Patch Notes

Introducing Overwatch League Team Skins

Time to suit up! Overwatch League home-team skins are now live and can be purchased via our new League Token system, which allows players to directly support their favorite Overwatch League team (or teams!). Home-team skins are available for all 12 OVerwatch League teams and all 26 Overwatch heroes.

General Updates

General

  • Players can now watch the Overwatch League stream via the Overwatch League menu option when games are live
  • [PS4/XB1] Players can now bind all communication wheel options to a gamepad button
  • [PS4/XB1] An option to press and hold crouch rather than toggling the ability has been added under Options > Controls > Movement
  • [PS4/XB1] A slider for “Friendly Aim Assist Strength” has been added to Ana’s control options under Options > Controls > Hero. This will make it easier to aim at allies
  • Weapon accuracy is no longer increased or decreased when shooting at Genji’s Deflect or abilities that block projectiles (e.g. Winston’s Barrier Projector or Mei’s Ice Wall)

User Interface

Heroes

  • Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony will now display its target’s health bar

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed an issue that prevented earned items from being displayed when a Loot Box was opened
  • Fixed a bug that caused a duplicate “Current Competitive Season” selection to appear in the Career Profile dropdown menu
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that prevented players from being able to navigate in-game menus with the tab key
  • Fixed a bug that prevented UI elements for Tracer’s Blink from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the ammo count for Doomfist’s Hand Cannon from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode

A.I.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Bastion and Torbjörn bots from pathing to some areas on the first point of Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Lúcio bot to fall off the map while navigating King’s Row

Competitive Play

  • Fixed a bug that caused the meters remaining to display twice when players approached the final five meters on Escort and Escort/Assault maps

Game Browser and Custom Games

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Ultimate Duration Custom Game modification from properly adjusting Soldier: 76’s Ultimate length

Deathmatch

  • Fixed a bug that caused the Play of the Game highlight and the end-of-match screen to not display for the last player to die in the match

Heroes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from destroying breakable objects
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Doomfist’s Rocket Punch knock back to be inconsistent if he collided with an enemy using a movement ability (e.g. Winston’s Leap)
  • Fixed a latency issue that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to travel through an enemy instead of dealing damage
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch’s directional movement to be unpredictable
  • Fixed an issue that allowed enemies to jump over Doomfist’s Rocket Punch instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused enemy players hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to sometimes move along the wall impacted instead of taking damage
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to move along the terrain if he impacted it with Rocket Punch
  • Fixed an issue that caused enemies hit by Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to impact inclines instead of traveling up them
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to deal wall impact damage to Mercy if she used Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to activate before intended if he was near Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Doomfist to fall through the ground if he used Seismic Slam on inclines
  • Fixed an issue that canceled Doomfist’s Seismic Slam when it was unable to reach the targeted location
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire camera perspective to linger on the target after detonating
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s RIP-Tire to be silent to enemies while traveling on rooftops or when airborne
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Snowball’s antenna to stretch out of proportion when Mei’s Beekeeper skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Mercy’s Resurrect “Reviving” message to remain on the targeted player’s screen after the cast was finished
  • Fixed a bug that caused players targeted by Mercy’s Resurrect to no longer see their Respawn timer if her cast was interrupted by an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that caused players targeted by Mercy’s Resurrect to no longer see their Respawn timer if her cast was interrupted by an enemy
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from using Moira’s Biotic Orb if she used Fade or died while using Biotic Orb
  • Fixed an issue that caused Moira’s “Ultimate almost ready” voiceline to sometimes play when her Coalescence was fully charged
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Charge to knock back enemies instead of pinning them
  • Fixed a bug that caused the visual effects of Sombra’s EMP to display when the ability was interrupted by an enemy player
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to face the incorrect direction after she teleported with Translocator
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused Torbjörn’s turrets to not fully heal when he used Molton Core
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Carbon Zenyatta’s in-game portrait from displaying the correct color

Maps

  • Fixed a bug on Eichenwalde that caused the “Checkpoint Reached” voiceline to play when the payload reached its final destination
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to Shadow Step to unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony

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Realm Royale Heads to Open Beta Tomorrow

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Realm Royale, from Hi-Rez Studios, will drop it’s BETA on both Playstation and Xbox One tomorrow.

The battle royale based on the Paladins’ world and featuring the Paladins’ heroes, arrived in 2018 on PC, and it’s success pushed the title for a console release.

This is the first time the game will be available without the need of special invite codes.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Gameplay Preview

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New gameplay footage for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, which was announced back in 2015, has arrived.

Below, you can see up to 30 minutes of gameplay of the action-simulation that is now available on both Playstation and Xbox, and will arrive on PC on February 1st.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Adds Modern Aiming Option

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A brand new update rolled out for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that arrived last week has added a “modern aiming” feature to the gameplay.

343 Industries implemented the feature along with a number of fixes and playlist additions.

Here are the full patch notes:

In our November update, we asked that between November 19-30, players help us deal with the Infection that took over MCC by playing the Flooded Campaign Playlist. Many players heard this call to action and with your help, the flood have been successfully driven back.  

FLOODED BY THE NUMBERS

  • Total number of players who played the ‘Flooded’ playlist between 11/19 and 11/30: 18,042
  • Total time played: Over 4 years and 4 months of game time
  • Friendworthy: 2,520 played with a friend

Player Mission Completions:

  • ‘343 Guilty Spark’ (Mission 1): 16,997 players
  • ‘The Library’ (Mission 2): 14,041 players
  • ‘Quarantine Zone’ (Mission 3): 12,057 players
  • ‘Gravemind’ (Mission 4): 10,783 players
  • ‘High Charity’ (Mission 5): 10,320 players
  • ‘Flood Gate’ (Mission 6): 10,006 players
  • ‘Cortana’ (Mission 7): 9,669 players

Multiple play throughs:

  • ‘343 Guilty Spark’ (Mission 1): 654 players played multiple times
  • ‘The Library’ (Mission 2): 420 players played multiple times
  • ‘Quarantine Zone’ (Mission 3): 314 played multiple times
  • ‘Gravemind’ (Mission 4): 233 players played multiple times
  • ‘High Charity’ (Mission 5): 213 players played multiple times
  • ‘Flood Gate’ (Mission 6): 199 players played multiple times
  • ‘Cortana’ (Mission 7): 183 players played multiple times

Now that the flood has been handled, we can enjoy the snowy winter wonderland that has taken over our menus. The team is working on some additional special events and game takeovers for the future.

Back in December, we asked players to come play at least 12 matchmade games in the MCC Insider build prior to the holidays during the scheduled playtest times. Those who participated and played 12 complete games will receive their new Ugly Sweater Nameplate unlocks this week.

For everyone else, don’t fret – you can earn the Ugly Sweater Namplate! Anyone who played at least 12 complete matches during December will be granted the nameplate later this month. And, everyone who plays at least 12 complete matches in January, will receive the nameplate in early February. So, get out there and have some fun!

NEW FEATURE: “MODERN AIMING”

This feature is designed to help address feedback from some players that aim acceleration in MCC doesn’t “feel right.” The “modern aiming” option helps to smooth out the aim acceleration zones on your controller by using values that are more like H2A and H4 than the older legacy titles. The big difference you will notice is that the movement of your cursor is much smoother with these settings turned on and the aim acceleration zones in the diagonals are much harder to activate.

This new setting feels so good that it is turned on by default in the older titles. You can change this back to legacy via the Controller Settings menus.

NEW SKULLS FOR HALO: CE

Ramp up the challenge and further customize your Halo: CE Campaign experience with the addition of eight more skulls!

  • Anger – Enemies and allies fire their weapons faster and more frequently.
  • Bandana – Fixed a bug with this skull so now energy-based weapons have infinite ammo as well.
  • Catch – Enemies throw and drop more grenades.
  • Ghost – A.I. characters will not flinch from attacks, melee or otherwise.
  • Sputnik – the Mass of objects is decreased, making them more easily displaced
  • That’s Just Wrong – Strengthens the hearing of both allies and enemies. They will now notice the slightest sound of reloading or drawing a weapon, footsteps, etc. A.I. also have increased accuracy.
  • Thunderstorm – Field Promotions to the ranks of all A.I. characters so they are more difficult to fight, smarter, and more dangerous.
  • Tough Luck – Enemies always go berserk, always dive out of the way, and never flee.

PLAYLIST UPDATES

Along with today’s update, we are also making some changes inside of Social Matchmaking. We would like to welcome our latest rotational playlist to the lineup: “Super Duper Fiesta!” This preset includes a mix of Fiesta variants across H2C, H3, H4, and H2A. This will be replacing the “Team Action Sack” option for the time being (don’t fret Action Sack fans, it’s a temporary refresh). To play Super Duper Fiesta, go to “Social Games” and you’ll find it in the “GAME PRESET” option – note that it’s using the Action Sack icon but the description displays “SUPER DUPER FIESTA!”

We are also moving some of the game types that were in Action Sack to new homes. Full details below.

Match Composer Settings Changes:

  • Removed Action Sack and replaced with Super Duper Fiesta!
  • [4v4] Added a Super Duper Fiesta! Game preset.
  • [4v4] [H2, H2A, H3, H4] Added Super Duper Fiesta! Entries.
  • [8v8] [H3, H4] Moved BTB Heavies entries from Action Sack to Slayer at low weighting
  • [8v8] [H4] Moved Dominion entries from Action Sack to King of the Hill.

With today’s update, Jan. 16, there’s only one notable change to the Matchmaking playlists – H3 Hardcore Team Doubles is being removed for now since the tournaments that relied on it are now complete and engagement has slowed. 

MCC has also received several adjustments to Matchmaking Playlists over the past few weeks (all based on player feedback!). For details on all of the most recent playlist changes, please check out these posts on the official MCC Support Trello Board:

BUG FIXES

Here are the key bug fixes included in the January update:

Global

  • Cleansed the Flood infection from the main menu
  • Added error handling to prevent users from joining each other from different versions of the game
  • Fixed an issue where players could not enter gameplay using custom map or game variants in offline LAN
  • Fixed an issue where menu music volume slider changes were not respected while in a squad
  • Fixed some navigation inconsistencies in the main menu
  • Fixed an issue where the descriptions for some campaign killstreak medals were inaccurate in the medal chest

Halo: CE

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in inconsistent hit detection against players with poor connections
  • Fixed an issue where the Bandana skull did not grant infinite ammo to energy weapons in Campaign

Halo 2

  • Fixed an issue where the Bandana skull did not grant infinite ammo to energy weapons in Campaign

Halo 3

  • Fixed an issue where the Shade Turret was not appropriately displayed as the tool of destruction in the post-game carnage report

ODST

  • Improved messaging around which playlists support co-op play

Forge & Films

  • Fixed an issue where incorrect file sizes were being displayed for films
  • Fixed an issue where the character limit for map variant names was displayed inaccurately in Halo 3
  • Fixed an issue where players were forced to re-enter a map variant name after inputting an invalid description

KNOWN ISSUES

Below are a handful of known issues that the team is aware of with the January update. Each of these issues is on the radar so no need to sound the alarm when providing feedback. These issues were initially messaged back in early December, so hopefully players have had adequate notice and time to plan accordingly. 

Campaign Checkpoint Loss – Halo: Combat Evolved & Halo 3
Due to work being done in the campaigns for both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3, the mid-mission checkpoints for both HCE and H3 will be invalidated upon the installation of the January update. Please complete them prior to installing the patch or you will lose the checkpoint progress.

Spartan Ops mission completion badges missing
The team has found a bug in this update that causes Spartan Ops mission completion badges to not appear if they were earned in a previous version of the game (prior to the current updated build) or after the title is relaunched after they have been earned. The stats are being tracked appropriately and badges are awarded, but it’s just that they aren’t visibly appearing at this time. We are looking into a fix for this but wanted to inform players as this bug will be is in the January update.

Career Stats

In this build certain career stats may appear temporarily blank or not populate without first navigating to another stats page.

Campaign Playlist Progression Achievements

We have been investigating Achievement related queries players have been discussing in the MCC support forums for a while and have found an issue that is present with this update. Currently the ODST, Halo 4, and Halo 2 Campaign Playlists will not grant Achievements correctly when the playlist is started in a previous build, a player takes a new update, and then completes the Campaign Playlist on the updated build. We are investigating solutions for this currently.

As a reminder, bookmark the MCC Support Page on Trello for the latest known issues and overall MCC development status.

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