Overwatch – Update 3.13Published June 28, 2021
Cross-play is finally coming to Overwatch! Finally you can play with your friends who have different consoles! This update also includes some rebalancing, bug fixes, and improvements to stability. Read here to find out more!
Recently an update was released for Overwatch, and to be honest, this is probably one of the most anticipated and game-changing updates. Yes, after about 5 years of waiting, it’s finally here: Cross-play, a feature the game should have had since at least 2018. Of course, console players will still need to create and use a Battle.net account that is linked to their console account. Additionally, everyone that logs into Overwatch between now and the end of 2021 will receive a Golden Loot Box to celebrate this big update.
There don’t appear to be any huge changes in terms of rebalancing, just minor adjustments here and there to improve on balance. Some changes were made specifically because of the cross-play update in order to better align gameplay on the PC with that on the consoles. The following is a basic rundown on what changes were made to each Overwatch hero:
- Baptist – Charge time for “Exo-Boots” was increased by 0.3 seconds.
- Echo – The cost for “Duplicate” increased by 15%.
- McCree – Movement distance for “Combat Roll” was reduced by 20%, and the reload time for “Peacekeeper” was increased by 0.3 seconds.
- Moira – The cost for “Coalescence” increased by 17%, but the resource regeneration for “Biotic Grasp” while channeling “Coalescence” is now three times higher.
- Reaper – The life steal amount for “The Reaping” increased by 5%
- Zarya – The beam damage for “Particle Cannon” was decreased from a range of 95-170 damage-per-second to 75-170 dps.
- Ana – “Biotic Rifle” will no longer have increased projectile size on console platforms (compared to the higher damage on PC).
- Ashe – “B.O.B.” will no longer have decreased damage on consoles.
- Symmetra – “Sentry Turret” will no longer have decreased damage on consoles.
- Torbjörn – “Deploy Turret” will no longer have decreased damage on consoles.
The update also fixed some bugs, including a bug that caused the ‘Play vs. AI game’ mode to not appear with the All Modes menu in the Career Profile and another bug that caused score pings to playback too loud in 4v4 Team Deathmatch games. Another bug that caused players to become stuck in a certain train station section has also been removed. They also fixed an unusual bug that causes Symmetra’s ‘teleporter’ to not appear directly beneath her when cast within Zarya’s ‘Graviton Surge’.
To celebrate the release of the new Overwatch novel “Deadlock Rebels” by Lyndsay Ely, from June 22nd to July 5th, players can participate in Ashe’s Deadlock Challenge and earn limited-time rewards, including the new Deadlock Ashe skin. In addition, it appears there may also be rewards given for watching Overwatch streams on Twitch.
All said and done, this was a huge update that included a very welcome new gameplay feature, reasonable rebalancing, a two-week-long event, extra rewards and bonuses for players, and fixes for pesky bugs and other issues. This was, in fact, one of the larger updates for Overwatch that we’ve seen recently. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all the latest Overwatch news.
Developed and published by Blizzard (the same company behind the Warcraft game series, Diablo game series, and Starcraft game series), Overwatch is a multiplayer FPS and was released in 2016. It is available for play on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Nintendo Switch. A sequel is currently in development and is expected to be released sometime in 2022.