New Overwatch System Gives Players a Reputation
A new patch for Overwatch just dropped, and it came with some social improvements. Players have always had the ability to report misconduct, but now the can choose to endorse other players. Alongside endorsements, Bizzard has added the long-awaited feature to search for groups.
Overwatch’s new Endorsement system is designed to let players promote others. Its operation will encourage teammates to behave, participate accordingly, and to express good behavior. In so doing, endorsements will grant them a positive reputation (in addition to a modest XP bonus) that’s viewable on their Career Profile. In other words, if people look at your record and see that you’re not a slob, they may feel you’re fun to play with. Furthermore, according to Blizzard, consistent commendations will garner periodic rewards. Although, the devs haven’t disclosed what those are.
Then, we have the Looking for Group (LFG) feature. Not only does this new feature help you find teammates, it matches you to your desired specifications. Prior to entering the search, players can select the type role they’ll fulfill and enter their preferred roles for other players. For insurance, those roles will be locked once the game starts. The feature isn’t limited to role selection, however – you can choose map type, game mode, and more.
Additional changes to characters, as well as map updates, can be found on the official website. Alongside the social implementations, Symmetra has witnessed a mega rework.
“The goal of these changes is to move Symmetra to her new damage role and make her more flexible and viable across more areas of the game than she was previously,” the developer writes. “Now that Symmetra is no longer a support hero, she is expected to be able to dish out heavy damage, and these changes allow for her to do so. She should be more powerful and interesting in more team compositions and maps, and she should also be stronger on offense and defense.”
- No longer locks onto targets
- Range increased to 10 meters
- Damage ramping now takes 2 seconds per damage level instead of 1 second
- Damage ramp increased from 30/60/120 to 60/120/180
- Now generates ammo instead of spending it when hitting a barrier
- Ammo reduced from 100 to 70
- No longer pierces targets
- Now explodes on contact
- Projectile speed increased
- Charge up speed increased
- Damage changed to 60 impact / 60 explosive
- Turret is now placed like a projectile instead of being set in place
- Can hold a max of 3, down from 6
- Can now deploy a max 3, down from 6
- Damage increased
- Amount of slowing effect increased
- Can now place the exit up to 25 meters away from Symmetra
- Entrance will automatically be built in front of Symmetra, rather than at her team’s spawn point
- Lasts 10 seconds
- Health lowered to 300
- More things can teleport through it (e.g. Junkrat’s RIP-Tire)
- Entrance can be destroyed
- If either the entrance or exit is destroyed, the other is removed
NEW ULTIMATE: PHOTON BARRIER
- Deploys a barrier that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map
- Orientation can be changed by pressing the ultimate button again
- Lasts 15 seconds
- Has 5000 health
Let us know your thoughts on the latest batch of Overwatch changes. Any and everything may be a potential game changer.