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Another hidden change found to Mei in February Overwatch PTR patch

Published: 28/Feb/2019 9:42 Updated: 28/Feb/2019 11:09

by Joe O'Brien


Another undocumented change has been identified on the latest patch for the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR), this time affecting Mei.

The most recent PTR update is one of the largest in recent memory, making changes to a variety of the game’s heroes with even more adjustments to come, as well as introducing a brand-new hero, Baptiste.

Despite the size of the update, it seems that the patch notes still didn’t quite capture all of the changes being made.

Most significantly, players on the PTR discovered that a significant buff had been made to Mercy’s ultimate, allowing her to move at normal speed while using her Resurrect ability during her Valkyrie ultimate.

Mei’s Endothermic Blaster and Ice Wall were also adjusted by the patch.

Now, a less significant, but still noteworthy quality-of-life change has been noticed for Mei. During her Cryo-Freeze, Mei now appears translucent when directly in front of the player’s camera, allowing them to see through her.

Hidden PTR change: Mei and her Iceblock becomes see-through when the camera comes closer. from r/Overwatch

It may not always be a factor, but when you use Cryo-Freeze next to a wall as in the clip it can mean that certain lines of sight are blocked by her on the live servers, and this change should ensure that you can always keep track of what’s going on.

Players are also reporting that the same change has been made to Wrecking Ball, so that when the player looks directly upwards their vision is not blocked by the mech.

It may not be a massive change, but as hectic a game as Overwatch can be with twelve heroes on the map and a variety of ability effects, improved clarity of vision is always going to be appreciated.


Overwatch Genji voice actor adds fuel to Overwatch 2 delay rumors

Published: 28/Jan/2021 3:42

by Brad Norton


Rumors of an Overwatch 2 delay could have some merit to them as Genji’s Korean voice actor Gaku Space has reportedly not even begun work on the highly anticipated sequel.

Overwatch 2 was revealed in 2019 and ever since, Blizzard has remained completely silent on the matter. No further information has come to light since the initial demonstration but that hasn’t stopped the community from speculating.

Recent reports have suggested that the game has been delayed internally, with a 2021 release no longer in the cards. New job listings also point towards the sequel being much further off than fans were expecting.

Adding further fuel to the fire, the voice behind Korea’s Genji has chimed in on the speculation. Despite being one of the first six revamped characters on display for Overwatch 2, the voice actor has allegedly “not started recording” new dialogue.

“Yeah I’m still working on Overwatch, but I haven’t heard anything about Overwatch 2,” the voice actor said in a January 26 interview according to translations from Reddit user ‘Evenstar6132.’

While this initial statement could have just been avoiding the topic, he soon followed up to confirm that he’s had “nothing” to do with Overwatch 2 up until now.  “What’s going on Blizzard? I’m not fired am I?”

A good amount of unused recordings from earlier sessions could be in the bank for the sequel. Though this would mean no fresh dialogue has been recorded for Genji in all manner of new situations.

Voice lines won’t be readily available for Genji interacting with new heroes, playing new modes, or visiting new locations. Let alone the lengthier sections from the upcoming campaign as well.

Without any of these lines in place, it reaffirms the speculation behind an Overwatch 2 delay. We could still be quite far off from the game’s full release. In fact, Naeri claims the title “will be released at the end of 2021” at the absolute earliest.

Blizzcon 2021 is set to kick off on February 19, with fans hoping to see new updates on Overwatch 2.

We’ll have to wait and see what the developers have in store, but without voice recording finalized across multiple regions, it’s safe to assume a release date won’t be closeby.