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Overwatch • Jun 14, 2018

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Comments on the Status of the Current PTR Patch

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Jeff Kaplan has commented on the progress of the current Overwatch PTR patch’s transition to the live servers.

The Overwatch PTR build currently features many major changes and new features, but apparently isn’t quite ready to go to the live game.

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The patch includes a major rework to Symmetra, a long-awaited overhaul designed to make her a more viable choice in the game than the current live iteration. The Horizon Lunar Colony map is also getting an update.

In addition, new social features are currently being tested on the PTR. The much-requested Looking for Group feature has finally appeared in-game, if not yet on the live servers, along with a new feature of Endorsements which is designed to encourage positive player behaviour.

Naturally, fans are keen to get their hands on these major new updates for real in the live servers, but it seems there’s still work to be done before they’re completely ready. In a post on the Blizzard forums, Kaplan confirmed that Blizzard is still ironing out the bugs in the current PTR patch.

“We’re still working out some issues from the PTR. We have bug fixes coming for LFG, Endorsements and Symmetra. So we’re not ready for that patch to go live yet. We appreciate the enthusiasm and we’re as excited as you all are for it to go live.”

Blizzard hasn’t yet given a more concrete timeline for the release of this update to the live servers, although with new content typically being released on Tuesdays it seems that players will have to wait another week at least.

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