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Overwatch dev reveals fix for game-breaking audio issues coming soon

Published: 7/Feb/2020 3:10

by Brad Norton

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While audio issues have been plaguing Overwatch for quite some time, Blizzard has finally been able to nail down the exact problem and issue a fix that is set to go live with Patch 1.45.

Players are often able to tell when an enemy is flanking in Overwatch based on the audio cues from their footsteps. Crouching is obviously a way of mitigating that sound, yet in-game bugs have been dampening enemy audio entirely in the title’s last few patches.

Casual and professional competitors alike have grown furious over the issues, but it now appears the developers have finally been able to nail down a solution

Lucio dropping the beat in Overwatch
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Even Lucio couldn’t make out certain sounds due to recent audio issues.

Responding to a fortnight-old post on Blizzard’s forums, Overwatch audio director Scott Lawlor revealed the development team was able to pin down the exact complication creating audio problems, thanks to community examples.

Referencing the original post that gained traction by Contenders player Carter Smith of Third Impact, ‘KPOPFANGIRL’ also provided their own unique examples on the forums to further highlight the issue.

Lawlor indicated the  system responsible for muffling audio was accidentally working harder than the devs had planned for. “The calculations were wrong and we were muffling sounds much more than was intended,” he added.

Overwatch developer responds to audio issue comment
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The full response from Overwatch’s Audio Director.

While players have grown frustrated with how long it took to resolve, “this fix is now on our PTR and will come to the live game with the 1.45 patch.”

Supposedly the audio issues came to the forefront of Overwatch as a result of the Nintendo Switch release. Thanks to the assistance of the community however, the developers were able to replicate the exact problem and fix the bugs.

“Your example was very easy to reproduce and we found the bug that was introduced while optimizing the system for the Switch release.”

There’s no exact date as to when the current PTR patch will be implemented on the Live Overwatch servers, though usually fans won’t have to wait longer than a few weeks for the updates to come into effect.

As a result, players won’t have to deal with buggy audio and frustrating flankers for too much longer as they climb the competitive ladder in Overwatch.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.