Seems like everywhere we turn, there’s new things popping up for Overwatch. After all, the game has many characters that require constant tuning, events that need to be planned and released, and fan feedback to be addressed. And in their latest update, they do all of those in spades. In fact, the patch that just went live today didn’t just bring in a major event for the game, but it addressed an ongoing concern with the title in regards to toxicity.
First up, the Winter Wonderland, which will bring in a new game mode via Mei’s Yeti Hunt. But, if you liked last years snowball fight mode, don’t worry, that’s here too. Also present are the winter outfits from last years. But, if you’re wanting new stuff, there are 50 new cosmetic items in play that can be received via Loot Boxes. You can get new costumes like Snow Owl Ana, Avalanche Bastion, Beachrat Junkrat, Ice Fisherman Roadhog, Rime Sombra and many more. The event will go on until January 1st.
In a bit more somber, yet needed, update, Blizzard is taking big steps to address the toxicity issues plaguing the game. Players are being harassed from allies, opponents, in chats both vocal and non, it’s terrible, so with this new patch, some new measures are being put in place.
First off, anyone reported for toxicity is going to be getting an in-game notification that they are being watched. And if they don’t comply with the rules of conduct, they will find themselves suspended, or straight up banned from the game. Furthermore, those who report the violators will get notified when action has been taken.
While this won’t stop some, it is a big step in making Overwatch a friendly game again, and not the toxic community it’s becoming infamous for.