Overwatch Sep 23 update finally makes highly-demanded elevator change - Dexerto

Overwatch Sep 23 update finally makes highly-demanded elevator change

Published: 24/Sep/2020 4:22 Updated: 24/Sep/2020 4:37

by Brad Norton


Blizzard has introduced a highly-requested change to Overwatch map design in the latest Public Test Region (PTR) patch – finally fixing elevators after four years of frustration.

Overwatch features 21 unique maps that span four distinct game modes. Across these maps, tons of unique elements can be found. From the jump pads on Oasis to the bullet train on Busan, there’s plenty to interact with.

One such feature found on a few specific maps is moving platforms. Some float horizontally across various sections, while others are simple elevators that rise up and drop back down. These elevators have worked in a single way since the game launched in 2016. They haven’t changed in the slightest… until today that is.

A fresh PTR update went out on September 23 and while it touched on a number of changes, elevators were among the featured items in the blog post. After years of often frustrating timing, here’s how they’re being altered moving forward.

Overwatch Volskaya Industries
Blizzard Entertainment
It’ll soon be far simpler to get on and off elevators in Overwatch.

The two main culprits in the expansive map pool are Hollywood and Volskaya Industries. The former has a rising platform towards the back of the first objective and another in the middle section of the map. Meanwhile, the latter has a wider elevator as the attacking team reaches the second capture point.

Up until now, these elevators were both constantly in motion. They would always be going up and coming down without pause. There was no way for players to interact with them, no way to impact the timing. If you missed the elevator while your team cruised on up, you’d have to wait for the next window.

However, that awkward wait is no longer a thing thanks to the latest patch. The September 23 update has changed elevators for the better as they “will now wait at the bottom of their track until a player boards the platform.” This means that you’ll be able to take your time and board them when it best suits you. Instead of rushing to get on at the right moment.

“We’ve received quite a bit of feedback about the unreliability of looping elevators,” Josh Nash said. “In an effort to improve that experience, we have re-designed the elevators in both maps so they no longer endlessly loop.”

Overwatch elevators
Elevators can play a pivotal role across Hollywood and Volskaya.

Not only will this change “make elevators quicker and more reliable,” but it will also provide a new dynamic for those two maps. “Nearby players” will be given “fair warning” that enemies are on the elevators thanks to “updated sound effects,” Nash confirmed.

So while elevators will be handier, your opponents will have more intel than ever. Be on the lookout for this change to land on live servers in the coming days.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends hints at removing World’s Edge in Season 7

Published: 27/Oct/2020 19:13

by Bill Cooney


Apex Legends players are patiently waiting for Season 7 to begin and explore all the new content coming with it, but fans of World’s Edge will have to be patient to go back to Talos.

The map was added to Apex during Season 3 all the way back in October 2019 and was the second map in the game after King’s Canyon.

While it certainly mixed up the battle royale, it seems like World’s Edge will be on the way out when Season 7 gets going on November 4, 2020, based on what we’ve seen from Respawn.

In a tweet on Oct. 27, the official Apex Legends account hinted that “with World’s Edge on the verge of collapse, the Apex Games need to find a new home.”

It doesn’t take a genius to pick up on what Respawn is putting down here, as it seems the map will be removed from the game, at least for a while, with the start of Season 7.

This wouldn’t be without precedent either. Back in Season 3 when World’s Edge was first introduced King’s Canyon, the game’s original map from the release was removed until it returned in April of 2020.

With Ranked being broken into two splits for the new Season, Respawn plans to introduce players to Olympus, the new home of the Apex Games, before sending players back to WE later in the Ascension update.

In fact, Kings Canyon is already going to be completely nixed from Apex Legends’ ranked playlist in Season 7.

Titanfall 2 multiplayer map Angel City on Psamanthe.
Respawn Entertainment
Apex legends will be moving to Olympus on Psamanthe for Season 7.

It seems likely that the Legends will board the giant rocket that appeared recently on World’s Edge and set off somewhere new to battle it out for the top spot.

As for what will happen to the train and everything else, there was a black hole showcased in Horizon’s Stories from the Outlands video, that certainly seems like it would be able to swallow the entire map, and even the planet it’s located on.