Overwatch PC PTR Patch Notes – May 2017

The latest PTR patch notes for Blizzard Entertainments first person shooter Overwatch and it looks like a few heroes are getting hit by the change stick this time. Though the fanatics may argue, I don’t believe there is anything too devastating in there.

Soldier 76 gets a 5% drop in damage with his Pulse Rifle. Which in effect is the damage of one or so bullets in your clip.

Reaper now has his weapons fully recharged when he uses his escape ability, Wraith Form. So, anyone following an escaping Reaper now will have a fully stocked weapon to deal with when he rematerialises.

Overwatch Hanzo Arrow Firing Image

Hanzo and Genji’s attack cool-down has been removed after they climb a wall. This makes a devastating attack or an arrow through the face even more likely after they reach a new height. Hanzo even gets to keep his weapon charge providing you don’t let go of the button.

Reinhart has a couple of changes to his Earthshatter. Both the effective height and height thresholds have been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, which makes Earthshatter less likely to climb to ridiculous heights.

Orisa’s changes are arguably the biggest. They have reduced the cool-down of the Protective Barrier from 12 seconds to 8 and the damage of the Fusion Driver has been reduced by 15%. This is to make Orisa a little more flexible in defending the front line.

Orisa Fusion Driver Overwatch

There’s also a whole host of minor changes, tweaks and bug fixes across the game. If you want to know all the changes and the full details of the PTR patch then you can find the full PTR patch notes on the official Overwatch site here.

So, do any of these Overwatch changes affect you? Are you insanely pleased or stalk-the-streets angry about any changes in this patch? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a freelance writer, living in Derby UK with his wife. When time allows he likes nothing more than losing himself in a multi-hour gaming session. He likes most games and will play anything but prefers MMO's, and sandbox RPG's.

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