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Overwatch console players have a problem with Baptiste’s Immortality Field

Published: 10/Jun/2019 21:49 Updated: 10/Jun/2019 22:02

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch players on console have been having a hard time taking out Baptiste’s Immortality Field due to the aim assist feature on Playstation and Xbox.

Aim assist provides a slight lock on to enemies for console players, since aiming with joysticks on a controller is typically far less precise than using a mouse.

Usually it isn’t much of an issue, and you almost forget aim assist is even there after a while, but players have discovered that it gets really annoying when trying to take out Baptiste’s Immortality field.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste’s Immortality Field prevents any allies within range from being eliminated while active.

Stay on target

Since Baptiste hit the scene, there have been several threads and posts from console players about how aim assist can make taking out the Immortality Field generator, or lamp, much more challenging.

The lamp is a pretty small target that aim assist doesn’t lock on to, and is usually surrounded by a group of tightly-packed enemy players, which activate the feature.

So when you’re aiming at Baptiste’s generator while enemies are around on console, your crosshairs will have a tough time staying on target due to aim assist.

Console players have been asking for an option to decrease or disable aim assist, which would ironically make aiming easier in a lot of situations, and Overwatch’s Lead Software Engineer Bill Warnecke said they were working on a fix for the next patch.

Blizzard EntertainmentSo far, there’s been no word on any upcoming aim assist changes.

What’s coming to Overwatch?

Overwatch’s 2019 Anniversary event ends Monday, June 10, but Director Jeff Kaplan has teased a new hero and more new content coming later this Summer.

Console players are still waiting for the new Replay feature to make it into the main game from the PTR, since console players still don’t have access to it.

Whether the aim assist issue ever gets fixed is entirely up to Blizzard, but it’s encouraging to see that they’re aware of the problem affecting console players.


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.