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Overwatch devs working to fix frame drops after Summer Games patch

Published: 17/Jul/2019 20:55 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 21:29

by Bill Cooney


Shortly after the Overwatch Summer Games patch went live, players began complaining about frame rate drops in the game, and it seems like they weren’t just imagining things this time.

The Summer Games update brought a ton of new cosmetics, skins and the return of Lucioball, but it also seems to have caused some performance issues among players.

So many people were complaining about dropped frames that Blizzard issued an official response just a few hours after the update went live.

Frame rate issues have been plaguing players since the patch.

What happened to our frames?

We don’t know exactly what’s to blame for the performance issues following the latest patch, but it seems to be partially affected by in-game chat.

The issues have been reported by both PC and console users but for now a DIY fix seems to only work for PC.

“It seems ANYTHING coming up in that box on the left, ppl joining, leaving, spectating, saying hello, etc causes the stuttering to happen,” Reddit user rustinr posted after informing players they could turn off the chat by pressing ‘P’ on PC.

It seems like console players will be stuck chugging along until Blizzard rolls out a fix though. 

In-game chat seems to be one thing affecting frame rates.

It didn’t take long for Overwatch’s Lead Software Engineer Bill Warnecke to respond personally to rustinr and assure him and everyone else that Blizzard was working on the problem.

“Hey everyone, we’re aware of the reports for this and we’re actively working on it now” Warnecke wrote. “Sorry for the disruption, we’ll work to get a fix out with urgency, though I don’t have a specific ETA yet.”

Blizzard is working on a fix, but we don’t know when it will arrive.

What else is new in the latest Overwatch patch?

Besides kicking off Summer Games, Overwatch’s July 16 patch included a number of Workshop updates and some crucial bug fixes for heroes.

For instance now healing abilities will be affected when shot through Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix, where before the patch they were just healing normally.

John Gotch/Blizzard EntertainmentD.Va’s Defense Matrix has finally been fixed.

The patch also fixed a huge issue with D.Va’s Defense Matrix that prevented it from working around corners, so Blizzard hasn’t completely forgotten about Hana Song.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.