Overwatch Halloween 2020 update massively buffs Soldier 76: patch notes
Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event has hit the live servers on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch and with it come some huge buffs to Soldier 76, big bug fixes and a nice elevator change.
The big thing this patch, with the exception of the Halloween Event featuring some new and classic skins, is the Soldier 76 buffs.
While the buffs were tested on the Experimental Mode a few weeks back, they hadn’t gone live in the game until October 13.
Now, Soldier 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle has had its bullet spread removed completely, but its bullet damage is reduced from 20 to 19. However, to compensate, his ammo has increased from 25 to 30.
Needless to say, 76 is packing much more of a punch than he used to.
Additionally, the elevators on Hollywood and Volskaya will no longer go up and down with no one on them. Instead, they will only be activated when a player boards from below.
This is a long-requested change and one that should make getting to high ground a bit more consistent, especially for heroes with no movement abilities.
On the bug fix side, there is a major change to Widowmaker that will prevent her from being able to use her Grapple and keep it from going on a cool down. This should make it easier to deal with the game’s deadliest sniper.
Hopefully, these changes help make the game feel much better.
Full patch notes below:
HALLOWEEN TERROR 2020
Overwatch Halloween Terror returns!
During this pulse-pounding in-game event, expand your collection with spooky new cosmetics and experience new twists in the chilling tale of Junkenstein’s Revenge, our limited-time PvE brawl. Get ready for a shock with Junkenstein’s Revenge Challenges, diabolical twists on Dr. Junkenstein’s sordid plans. Two will become available each week, totaling six in all. Plus, overcome weekly challenges with wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade to earn a series of unique rewards!
Throughout the event, unlock new seasonal items—including legendary skins like Flying Dutchman Sigma, Karasu-Tengu Genji, and Werewolf Winston—to add to our growing collection from previous years.
Feature Update: Improved Profanity Filter
We are making changes to how the Profanity Filter works to give players more control over the types of words they see. Instead of a simple On/Off Profanity Filter, there are now three levels of profanity filtering provided.
- FRIENDLY – We’ll do our best to filter all words currently identified by our constantly-updated list as obscene, vulgar, or offensive. This is the most family-friendly setting.
- MATURE – You may see some obscene or vulgar words with this setting, but we will filter language identified as extremely offensive.
- UNFILTERED – Nothing will be filtered. Please be aware that you may see extremely offensive language. This setting is not recommended.
Along with the new three levels of filtering, we now will allow players to have different profanity filter settings for each communication channel. These channels include:
- GENERAL CHAT
- MATCH CHAT
- TEAM CHAT
- PARTY CHAT
As an example, you could use the stronger FRIENDLY profanity filter option for more public channels such as GENERAL CHAT or MATCH CHAT, but use the MATURE option for the more private PARTY CHAT.
PLEASE NOTE: Using Any of the profanity filters doesn’t make it okay for players to use offensive language, and we encourage you to report these examples if you encounter them.
See Blizzard Entertainment’s In-Game-Code of Conduct for more information on acceptable behavior. Using language reported by the community and deemed offensive by Blizzard will result in severe account restrictions.
Feature Update: Elevator Adjustments
Elevators will now wait at the bottom of their track until a player boards the platform. After a short delay, the platform rises rapidly upward. Once the elevator reaches the top, it pauses briefly before returning to the bottom.
Developer Comments: We’ve received quite a bit of feedback about the unreliability of the looping elevators in Hollywood and Volskaya Industries. In an effort to improve that experience, we have re-designed the elevators in both maps so that they no longer endlessly loop. We hope that this change will make elevators a quicker and more reliable form of vertical transportation, while granting nearby players fair warning that the elevator is in use through updated sound effects.
Competitive Team Deathmatch
Season 3 of Competitive Team Deathmatch has begun!
- Added a voice line stating, “For the Crusaders!”, that allies will hear when Reinhardt uses Earthshatter
Heavy Pulse Rifle
- Bullet spread removed
- Constant recoil added
- Bullet damage reduced from 20 to 19
- Ammo increased from 25 to 30
- Improved smoothness of Sombra’s First Person camera when Translocating short distances to a Translocator that is in view
- Grapple will now bounce off a surface if the distance between you and the hook is under 2 meters, canceling the hook and not costing any cooldown
- Fixed a bug that caused highlights saved from Experimental games to not load properly
- Fixed a bug that caused heroes to load slowly when switching heroes from the Hero Select screen
- Fixed a bug with skill ratings not appearing in the Career Profile for Competitive Arcade seasons
- Fixed a bug with the “All Seasons” option not appearing within the Career Profile menu
- Fixed a bug that caused Baptiste’s eyes to not blink during his idle animation
- Fixed a bug that caused the spray menu to display “Empty” in the top slot while a spray is equipped
- Fixed a bug that displayed the Korean flag incorrectly on the Taegeukgi skin
- Fixed a bug with Echo’s Duplicate voice lines not playing in the correct language
- Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s legs to unintentionally extend when landing on uneven terrain
- Fixed a bug with the Lifeguard skin model not displaying properly on low texture quality settings
- Fixed a bug that caused Pharah’s eyes to not animate properly when equipping the Lifeguard skin
- Fixed a bug that caused Reaper’s shotgun pattern to still be affected by random rotation
- Fixed a bug that prevented “Storm, Earth and Fire” achievement from triggering
- Fixed a bug that caused beam hit effects to display incorrectly on barriers
- Fixed an issue with the Door Health Scalar custom games setting for Junkenstein
- Fixed an issue with the Difficulty custom games setting for Junkenstein
- Fixed a bug with Ashe’s Dynamite in hand to not scale to the size of the projectile
- Fixed a bug with Brigitte’s Whip Shot not displaying properly when triggered rapidly without a cooldown
- Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter to not consistently hit targets when model scale is increased
- Fixed a bug where Ashe’s B.O.B. would not smoothly scale up/down with Ashe
- Fixed a bug where Call Mech placed the location of the new mech incorrectly at varying scales