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Quick Play bug fixed in Overwatch following August 13 patch

Published: 13/Aug/2019 19:57 Updated: 13/Aug/2019 22:30

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players have discovered an apparent bug in Quick Play after the August 13 patch that brought Sigma and Role Lock to the game.

The August 13 patch was absolutely massive and, in addition to introducing Role Lock and Sigma, it also contained updates for a lot of Overwatch’s heroes.

August 13 was also the start of the Role Lock beta season, and even though things seem to be working fine in Competitive Play, Quick Play appeared to be having a few issues.

Blizzard EntertainmentSigma is now available in Overwatch on all platforms.

What seems to be the problem?

UPDATE 8/13 3:30 PST: We can confirm that Blizzard has patched the Quick Play problem at this time, and the mode no longer has Role Lock activated.

Reddit user RetroBowser called Quick Play “god awful” on the game’s subreddit after the August 13 Overwatch patch.

“So it’s Role Lock Quick Play as of right now, but without role queue,” RetroBowser explained. “Meaning all roles are available but as soon as 2 people select a role in the quick play selection then it becomes locked for everyone else on the team.”

Blizzard EntertainmentQuick Play’s Role Lock doesn’t seem to be working as intended.

Dexerto has tested RetroBowser’s claim in Overwatch and can confirm that Quick Play is operating how they describe it to be.

Based on how Role Lock has performed on the PTR up until this point, it’s safe to say this was definitely not what Blizzard intended with the new system.

Role Lock is supposed to let players choose damage, tank or support before they enter into the queue, so Quick Play appears to have the Role Lock without the Role Queue.

In addition, Role Lock wasn’t even supposed to come out for Quick Play today, it was only supposed to be for the Competitive beta season – with the system supposed to come to QP and Competitive Season 18 on September 1.

Blizzard themselves responded shortly after the issue was posted to the official Overwatch forums and said they were currently working on a fix.

https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/overwatch/t/role-lock-without-role-queue/385432/21

What else is in the August 13 Overwatch patch?

Apart from the Quick Play problems, things seem to be going smoothly for the beta Role Lock Competitive season – where the newest Overwatch hero Sigma is available to play, despite earlier reports that he wouldn’t be.

But with the Quick Play bug, players that want to try Sigma out in a more casual setting than Competitive better be quick, which is usually the case with any new hero.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Role Lock dream appears to have turned into a nightmare for players in Quick Play.

Having an annoying bug in Quick Play probably isn’t the worst thing that could have happened with such a massive patch, but hopefully Blizzard is able to roll out a fix as soon as possible.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.