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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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Ninja Gaiden 2 Now Xbox One Backwards Compatible

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Ninja Gaiden 2 is now backwards compatible for the Xbox One becoming the latest Xbox 360 game to make it to Xbox One and also be enhanced for Xbox One X.

Ninja Gaiden 2 is now available for those who already own it digitally or own the physical copy of the game.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Adds Joker, New Stage Builder

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A brand new update for Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has introduced a new stage builder, and Persona 5’s Joker as well.

Joker will be available as part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass, or can be acquired through the Challenger Pack 1: Joker DLC.

The new stage builder is a drastic improvement for the game, and something that has been leaked in the past week or so.

It allows players to build their own arenas, opening up and endless workd of creativity when it comes to customizing a player’s experience.

The update rolls out a Video Editor as well which allows players to edit any
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate videos they have saved.

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Apex Legends Update 1.1.1 Focuses on Caustic and Gibraltar

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In the newly rolled out update for Apex Legends, both Caustic and Gibraltar take center stage and get some much needed attention.

Respawn Entertainment has officially released Apex Legends update 1.1.1 and the update reduces the damage taken by both characters.

Additionally, a round of weapon balancing has been applied, a 50% speed increase was made to the Jump Ship, and a UI bug was addressed.

Here is a more detailed breakdown of what has rolled out, specifically for both characters.

Caustic

  • Fortified Passive Perk added: reduces damage taken by 10%
  • Gas Damage per tick increased: 1 -> 4
  • Ultimate Throw distance increased: 28 meters -> 33 meters

Gibralter

  • Fortified Passive Perk added: reduces damage taken by 10%
  • Gun Shield health increased: 50 -> 75
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