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August 27 Overwatch Patch fixes Role Queue Achievement bug

Published: 27/Aug/2019 19:52 Updated: 27/Aug/2019 20:14

by Bill Cooney

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The latest Overwatch patch on August 27 fixes several bugs, including a major one that prevented players from unlocking Sigma’s achievements in the Role Queue Competitive Beta season.

Overwatch’s Role Queue Beta Season started on August 13 and is set to run until Season 18 begins on September 1.

Blizzard had previously told players that rank and SR progress from the beta season wouldn’t be saved and used for Season 18, but now it looks like they’ve rolled that back, and have confirmed that results from the Beta season will carry over to Season 18.

BlizzardPlayers haven’t been getting achievements during the Competitive Beta season.

No Sigma achievements for you

Sigma, like every other Overwatch hero, has two Achievements available to players that unlock his cute and pixel sprays.

“Conservation of Energy” requires players to gain 350 shields with a single use of Sigma’s Kinetic Grasp ability and rewards the pixel spray.

“Event Horizon”, on the other hand, tasks players with getting three killing blows during a single use of Sigma’s Gravitic Flux an rewards his cute spray.

Matrix Army/YoutubeSigma’s pixel spray, in all of it’s glory.

Players have still been able to unlock the achievements, but only in Quick Play or Custom games, but players that spend most of their time in Competitive were unable to unlock the achievements even after meeting the requirements.

It wasn’t just Sigma, though, players had been reporting that no achievements were unlocking for any heroes with the start of the Beta Season in Competitive Play – so hopefully the problem is finally fixed for good.

Blizzard EntertainmentThat elusive Hanzo achievement can finally be yours after the latest patch.

What else is included in the new patch?

The August 27 update also fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving an SR update in Competitive when the entire enemy team left the match.

Brigitte’s Repair Pack ability also got polished up and will no longer grant defensive assists to her every time she uses the ability on an ally. A bug that prevented the sound of the ability from playing for the player receiving armor was also fixed.

Blizzard EntertainmentBrigitte had a few kinks worked out in the patch as well.

The full patch notes for the Overwatch August 27 update can be read below:


PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

New Feature: Hotfixing

With this patch, the Overwatch client on all platforms can now automatically receive minor updates (hotfixes) without needing to be restarted. Hotfixes require online connectivity, access to disk, and sufficient disk space. In the event a hotfix can’t be received, you may encounter a message you can resolve via one of the following platform-specific support articles:

PC Articles

New Feature: Shared Install (PTR and Live)

The PTR and Live Overwatch PC clients can now share storage when installed to the same file path on disk. This should reduce the disk space required to install and update multiple clients. As a result, today’s PTR client should require only ~1.2GB of additional disk storage. Players with previous Overwatch PTR clients installed can uninstall and reinstall to a common disk location to benefit from this feature.

Note: Overwatch League Replay Viewer also supports shared installation with the PTR and Live clients.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Custom Game – Fixed an issue where presets saved with Symmetra’s “Teleportation Duration” were being flagged as invalid
  • Role Queue Beta Season – Fixed a bug that prevented players from earning achievements when playing in the Role Queue Beta
  • Role Queue Beta Season – Fixed a bug that could cause players not to receive an SR update when the entire opposing team left the match
  • Fixed a bug that incorrectly applied Role Queue restrictions to vs. A.I. games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from selecting roles in Quick Play LFGs
  • Workshop – fixed an issue with “unknown error” preventing players from loading certain Custom Game presets
  • Fixed a bug that could cause status effect toasts (stunned, slept, resurrected, hacked, detected, etc.) to get stuck on screen

Heroes

Brigitte

  • Fixed a bug with Brigitte’s Repair Pack granting defensive assist credit anytime after a target was healed
  • Fixed a bug with Brigitte’s Repair Pack not playing a sound effect for the receiving player
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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

Sombra fires Machine Pistol
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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.