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Overwatch: Blizzard reveal when Wrecking Ball will be enabled after game-breaking bug

Published: 24/Jun/2019 13:24 Updated: 24/Jun/2019 14:48

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard have given an update on when Xbox Overwatch players can expect to see Wrecking Ball back in competitive play.

Following the June 18 update, players on Xbox encountered a game-breaking bug in which Wrecking Ball using his ultimate at the same time as another player on his team used theirs would cause enemy players to disconnect from the game.

Not only are the consequences of such a glitch massive, especially in competitive play where disconnects could result in losses for the team and additional punishments for the disconnected players, but the bug could be deliberately exploited by Wrecking Ball players who were aware of it.

Blizzard EntertainmentWrecking Ball’s Minefield was causing a game-breaking bug.

In response, Blizzard have disabled Wrecking Ball in competitive play on Xbox while they work on fixing the issue.

Thankfully, however, it seems Wrecking Ball players will be able to use their hero of choice again soon, as an Overwatch developer stated that Blizzard were expecting to have a solution ready by Monday June 24.

“Hey there, we’re sorry Wrecking Ball has been MIA on XB1. We have a fix going into certification now and we’re targeting Monday to have him back.

Thanks for being so patient while we working through this one, it was a gnarly one.”

While there likely won’t be an absolute confirmation that the issue has been addressed until the fix appears in-game, it seems likely that fans of Wrecking Ball will be able to play as their favorite hamster quite soon.

Overwatch Summer Content

The fix comes shortly ahead of when fans are expecting to hear more about what to expect in terms of Overwatch content this summer.

Based on previous years, a reveal for the next new hero would be expected to arrive towards the end of June or the very start of July, but Jeff Kaplan has suggested their might be some changes to the standard schedule.

Whether that means the next hero might come a little later than normal, or a new event of some kind could be forcing a change in schedule to accommodate, remains to be seen, but many players are expecting some sort of news within the next week or so as July approaches.


Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
Blizzard Entertainment
Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.