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Overwatch players frustrated with “broken” long tank & support queues

Published: 11/May/2020 19:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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Queue times for supports and tanks in Overwatch have reportedly become absurdly lengthy causing players to quit the game as a result.

Ever since the addition of role queue, wait times for DPS players to find a match shot up significantly while supports and tanks found themselves with shorter, two-minute queues. Now, players are reporting waiting over ten minutes to find a game.

The issue, which seems to be affecting console players on PS4 and Xbox One, reportedly began when the game’s newest hero, Echo, was added.

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Users think the issue began when Echo was added to the game.

“I’m in mid-platinum on PS4, typically I can find a match as tank or healer in less than 30 seconds. It has been this way since the Echo Patch. Hopefully, this gets noticed and can be fixed,” user Aceofspadesx wrote on the official forums.

“Since last patch, queue times on PS4 have been really long at all times of day for all roles,” another user, ThirstHeron, commented. “Queuing for DPS seems to have a similar wait time as the other roles, which doesn’t seem right.”

According to ThirstHeron, they waited 12 minutes to find a game as tank – a role which was so in demand, the game would have rewarded them with a loot box.

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Support players are waiting over 10 minutes for a game.

Meanwhile, on Reddit, others have reported the same problem, with some adding that their ping has shot up as well, resulting in a poor experience.

“Matchmaking for comp is definitely broken. Long waits for all roles, high ping (150 when I usually play around 30) and teams are clearly unbalanced,” you_smell_dude claimed.

TheSmith777 also complained that, “my ping has been 2-3 times higher than normal and it’s actually significantly hurting my performance.”

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Players have also reported ping issues.

According to Overwatch developer Bill Warnecke, the team made some adjustments to help and advised players to let them know if the long queue times persist or if the problems are taken care of.

It would be a major shame if the issue continues, especially with the coveted Anniversary event potentially dropping as early as May 12.

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

Tracer blinks into Overwatch 2
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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.