I wanted to drop in and talk about our upcoming PTR patch that is due out very soon. We are going to try something a little different this time, so you might be surprised when you see the patch notes for it.
Previously we’ve been using the PTR, first and foremost, to make sure the game is solid and there aren’t any heinous issues that would prevent us from releasing the patch. There was a nice secondary goal of gathering feedback on any changes we’re planning and trying to iterate on them quickly, but we didn’t always have time to try multiple different iterations of any particular change.
This time around, the PTR is likely to be around a bit longer than before, so we’re taking this opportunity to try out some more significant hero changes, and the push more significant iterations throughout this PTR cycle.
The PTR patch changes you guys see are unlikely to make it through PTR unchanged, unlike previous PTR cycles.
We want to try a bunch of things and see whats fun and working, and iterate more quickly from there. In this way, we get to have you guys involved earlier in the process.
One quick note, since I already know this will come up. There aren’t any Symmetra changes for this patch. Her changes ended up being much more significant and require more time to finish up, but shes feeling pretty great internally so hopefully we can get her out there pretty soon.
I don’t have an exact ETA on when this PTR will update, but we’re hoping for later this week some time. As always, the more you guys jump on and give feedback the better the game will be! Thanks.
As you can see this is an indicative of some really significant changes coming to Overwatch. While not all the changes will make it to the main client, there will be a significant change in the meta.
We will keep you informed about any possible changes in the update.