Overwatch April 14 Patch Notes: Echo Joins The Fight

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Blizzard released a new update for Overwatch which is available to download on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In the update, Blizzard has introduced a new hero called Echo. She is a DPS character who can fly and cause havoc in the sky. Her abilities include flight, hover, sticky bombs, and focus beam, which deals with a lot of damage. Echo’s ultimate is called Duplicate, which allows her to copy other characters and their abilities.

Blizzard also fixed some general issues like support players getting incorrect credit for determining the play of the game and also fixed some issues with the map like Havana where you can get stuck between leaves.

Overwatch April 14 Patch Notes

You can find the patch notes below:

NEW HERO: ECHO (DAMAGE)

Echo is an evolutionary robot created by Dr. Mina Liao and programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, versatile enough to fill multiple battlefield combat roles. Having joined up with the Overwatch team to defend Paris against the Null Sector incursion, Echo is seeing action as a full-fledged member of Overwatch for the first time. Echo fires three shots (Tri-Shot) at once, in a triangle pattern. Echo fires a volley of Sticky Bombs that detonates after a delay. Echo uses Flight to surge forward quickly, then can fly freely to avoid danger or maneuver to a more strategic location. Using Focusing Beam, Echo channels a beam for a few seconds, dealing very high damage to targets with less than half health, including barriers. With Duplicate, Echo targets an enemy hero and clones them, gaining all of their abilities and potentially changing a team fight in an instant.

GENERAL UPDATES

New Feature: Training Partner

Within the Practice Range, use the Training Partner Spawner to create a bot of any hero on which you can test your abilities.

General

  • The Overwatch team has opened servers in a new datacenter to improve the gaming experience for players in the Middle East. Servers will be available beginning April 14, 2020
  • Added a "Patch Notes" button on the main menu and within the options menu. Selecting this button will open a web browser with the latest available game updates

COMPETITIVE UPDATES

  • The new Competitive Open Queue will be available in the Arcade for roughly 4 weeks. This mode will use standard Competitive Play rules, including hero pools, but will have no role restrictions or role queues
  • Hero pools will now change each Monday and will be mirrored across the Overwatch League and Competitive Play
  • Map pools have been retired. In the short-term, the number of matches played on Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony have been greatly reduced
  • For more information on hero pool and map pool changes, see our full blog

HERO UPDATES

Tracer

Blink

  • Improved the accuracy of Tracer's blink movement such that Tracer will more likely end up where the crosshair is pointing

Developer Comments

  • Tracer will now blink around and over obstacles more easily to move towards the crosshair location. For example, if you aim alongside the corner of a wall, Tracer will blink past the corner
  • Tracer cannot blink through a space where she otherwise cannot fit normally
  • Tracer cannot blink over an obstacle which she otherwise cannot jump over normally, with the jump originating from Tracer's height at the start of the blink movement

We hope that these changes to Tracer's blink will feel more responsive than before.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue preventing switching to the next hero when team spectating D.Va in Custom Games
  • Fixed an issue preventing Team FFA settings and some Hero settings from being pasted back into Custom Game Settings via copy-paste
  • Fixed a bug that could cause voice lines from opposing teams to be heard at Hero Select screens on certain maps
  • Fixed a bug where knockbacks were not working correctly if the target was moving down a ramp
  • Alt+Tab now will cancel saving a highlight, instead of causing problems with playback
  • Fixed an issue where support players were getting incorrect credit for some plays, when determining the play of the game

Maps

Blizzard World

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand in an unintended location between the first and second point

Busan

  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra's translocator to float when thrown in certain spots

Dorado

  • Fixed a bug that could cause players can get stuck between the scooter and wall

Havana

  • Fixed a bug that could cause players to get stuck on some bushes

Hollywood

  • The capture area for the first capture point no longer extends outside of the visual capture boundary

Ilios

  • Fixed a bug that could cause players to get stuck between a wall, plant, and tree

Heroes

Moira

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Moira's Fade icon from appearing disabled when she is stunned

Mei

  • Fixed a bug where an already frozen enemy getting hit by Blizzard would cause the frozen visual effect to end too early

Tracer

  • Fixed a bug where the Pulse Bomb's "Stuck" message would sometimes appear on the wrong target

Workshop

  • Fixed an issue preventing Big Message and Small Message from displaying messages in Practice Range

So, what are your thoughts on the new update for Overwatch? Are you planning on trying out the new DPS hero? Whatever your thoughts may be, let us know in the comments below.

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