Annoying Overwatch silent footstep bug driving players crazy - Dexerto

Annoying Overwatch silent footstep bug driving players crazy

Published: 6/Dec/2019 23:11

by Bill Cooney


A sneaky Overwatch glitch appears to be making heroes footsteps completely silent for no reason, allowing them to creep around undetected.

As the loading screen tips have told us for years, enemy footsteps are louder than your teammates, which makes them a great way to tell if you’re about to get snuck up on.

Zenyatta and Sigma can move in complete silence because they float, and every Overwatch hero can stay silent by crouching, but some players have noticed the absence of footsteps when they should be sounding off.

Lately, a number of players have reported the bug, and some of the best evidence for it so far is a video from Overwatch player Tanner ‘Tanner Pack that shows a Reaper roll up on his Widowmaker without making a peep.

The Reaper wasn’t crouched nor was wraith form active the killcam, so it certainly seems like the Reaper should have made some noise.

Instead, the Reaper waltzes right up without making any noise that can be heard in the clip, and takes Tanner out with a few blasts of his shotguns.

Tanner was scoped up as Widow when the bug popped up, but that shouldn’t affect what she’s able to hear around her.

So far, the bug isn’t listed on the Overwatch patch 1.42 known issues list, but Tanner is far from the only player complaining about the lack of footstep noise.

Exactly what causes the bug or exactly why enemies’ footsteps become silent is unknown, but Overwatch streamer Carter also tweeted about the issue a few days before Tanner.

Thanks to Jeff Kaplan we know the Overwatch PTR patch is due to go live on Tuesday, December 10, but whether a fix for the footsteps bug, if it is a bug, will be included remains to be seen.

It certainly seems like something is going on with enemy footstep sounds in Overwatch, but with the exact cause so hard to pin down a fix might be a longshot by the next update.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.