Overwatch PTR Now Available!

A new Overwatch Patch has been in development and it is currently available on PTR (Public Test Realm). The patch will fix some in-game bugs, the patch include the “New Highlight” and improved “Lootbox” system.

Regarding the update on Lootboxes, Blizzard said:

We always want the experience of opening an in-game loot box to feel exciting and rewarding, and in our latest patch we’re working to improve that experience in two key ways. First, we’re drastically reducing the amount of duplicates players will receive when opening loot boxes. Second, to compensate for this reduction of duplicate items, we’re also increasing the overall amount of credits players will receive from loot boxes. On average, players should be earning just as many credits, if not slightly more, from loot boxes than they did prior to these changes.

As for the new hightlight option

There are some changes or additions to the highlight reel, namely :

  • The game will continue to automatically generate highlights for you based on your recent gameplay. These auto-generated highlights—now categorized as “Today’s Top 5″—will be surfaced on a daily basis and persist for a full 24 hours (or until the game client is patched, whichever happens first).
  • Players can now generate their own highlights! The ability to capture 12 seconds of your own gameplay has been added to the game, and can be bound to a single button of your choice (or a button per highlight slot) in the Options menu under “Request Highlight.” These player-generated highlights will be saved under a new section called “Recently Captured” and will persist until the game client is patched. Players can have up to 36 recently-captured highlights stored at one time.
  • With the above, players can now record any of their “Top 5” or “Recently Captured” highlights, exporting them as a video file to their gaming platform’s designated media library (on console) or directory (on PC). On PC, players will also have the option to select the quality at which these highlights are exported, supporting up to 4K at 60 FPS for Windows 8 or higher operating systems, and up to 1080p on Windows 7.

Source: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20861969

Check out the Developer update video

 

After reading the patch note, what caught my attention is one of the changes in the UI (User Interface)

“Added ability to create customized reticles
 Reticle options can be found under the “Controls” tab in the “Options” menu (click the “Advanced” expander under the “Reticle” heading) ” 

Blizzard added the ability for players to create customized reticles, meaning players can customize in-game crossair.

Crossair Settings video from PlayOverwatch

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