Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – April 23, 2020

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – April 23, 2020

A new Overwatch patch is in development and now available for testing! To share your feedback or report any issues, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes may also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and only reflects changes coming specifically to that platform.


Patch 1.48 is a rebase and will require a relatively large download for all platforms.


Feature Update: Improved Communications Wheel

We have added many more communication options so you can customize your interactions in Overwatch! To help you pick your favorites, go to Options -> Controls and scroll down to the Communication Wheel section. From here, you can choose from one of 26 different options for each sector of the wheel. You can change out your choices and swap around their positions within the wheel. Now, you can still tell your team “I Need Healing,” but you can also tell them you are “On My Way” so they should “Press the Attack!”

  • New options are now available to customize the Communications Wheel
  • Shortcuts are now customizable; pick from a set of 26 different communication options
  • Additional keybindings are now available to support more voiceover lines

Feature Update: Patch Notes in Client

Players are now be able to read about the latest changes to Overwatch from within the game. We wanted to players across all platforms to have convenient access to this information, and it’s now easier than ever to stay up-to-date.

  • Selecting the Patch Notes button on the main menu will display the patch notes in the client, and no longer requires a separate web browser
  • Patch Notes will show as “new” whenever a game update is available


Added buttons to Control map dropships to allow players to reset basketballs




  • Reduced the height of Echo’s head hit volume



  • Reduced the height of Reinhardt’s head hit volume, making it harder to hit him in the head from behind


New Features

  • Existing Share Codes can now be re-uploaded with new Custom Game Settings (requires same original owner)
  • Skirmish can now override which Control Points are valid on Control Maps

Developer Comments:

This should make it easier for content creators to update existing modes, even if the codes have already been shared. Note: One may also re-upload settings to a code that has expired (assuming the owner is the same), and the share code will become valid again.


New Features

  • Allow strings to be stored as variables
  • Allow no string reevaluation in Create HUD Text, Create In-World Text, and Set Objective Description
  • Added Player Dealt Knockback and Player Received Knockback Events
  • Conditions and actions are now displayed using C-style syntax. This new syntax is used when copying to text, and both new and old syntaxes are supported when pasting from text
  • Nulls at the end of a String or Custom String value are no longer displayed (or required when pasting from text)
  • Adjusted syntax coloring for conditions and actions to make it more consistent
  • Relaxed type restrictions, allowing boolean values (such as Compare) to be used where numbers are expected, and vice versa
  • Added support for the new communication types to related actions and values

New Actions

  • Break
  • Continue
  • Set Crouch Enabled
  • Set Melee Enabled
  • Set Jump Enabled
  • Declare Round Draw
  • Set Ability Cooldown
  • Cancel Primary Action

New Values

  • Is Meleeing
  • Is Jumping
  • Event Direction
  • Button
  • Event Ability
  • Ability Cooldown
  • Ability Icon String
  • Array
  • If-Then-Else



  • Fixed a bug that could allow voice lines from opposing teams to be heard at Hero Select screens on certain maps
  • Fixed a bug where some arcade game modes were not storing or displaying stats correctly



  • MEKA Base: Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to traslocate to an unintended location near the capture point
  • Downtown: Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to place her translocator in several unintended locations


  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji and Hanzo from consistently being able to wall climb in several locations near point A

King’s Row

  • Fixed a bug that caused Orisa’s Protective Barrier to fall through the floor when deployed at a specific spot close to Point B



  • Fixed a visual issue with Doomfist’s primary fire animation while in a Graviton Surge


  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va to not gain full health when spawning into her mech in Total Mayhem


  • Fixed a bug where some effects caused by Duplicated heroes were not always removing themselves after 3 seconds
  • Fixed a bug where an Amplification Matrix wouldn’t boost damage during the 3 second linger window after duplicate ended
  • Fixed a bug that caused a Graviton Surge created by clone Echo to stop displaying visual effects when Duplicate ends


  • When Genji reflects Reinhardt’s firestrike, it will now swap team coloration from Reinhardt’s POV


  • Fixed a bug that caused player nameplates to be invisible, when Mercy’s beam target is afflicted by Ana’s Biotic Grenade and ally colorblind colors is enabled


  • Fixed a bug where Zarya’s bubble doesn’t purge the visual effects of someone hit by a Venom Mine


  • Fixed a bug that could cause a pink object to appear at the top of the screen for Zenyatta while wearing his Zen-nakji skin


  • Fixed a bug where values were often being counted multiple times towards a script’s total element count

Well, more communications is certainly wonderful.

Reduce the need to join VC more.


Should not have let the public know you buffed Echo. Oh dear.


I know it would be an immense effort but will the additional communications actually be said by the heroes as voice lines?


Maybe the other heroes with bobblehead-sized hitboxes can be examined, such as Symmetra and Ashe.


Knowing Blizz, it’s highly likely that they did which probably took a bit of time since they needed to record so many lines.

OOOOO they added you’re welcome ^____^



The best update of all.


New voice lines for communications wheel are not playing in English, someone have this problem too? :confused:


When I tried Mercy in training range, the extra communication doesn’t pop up in the chat. I haven’t tried every hero, but so far it works on all other heroes…

Edit: Just tried on all the heroes, Mercy isn’t working for me. Idk if I’m just doing something wrong or not lol

Edit 2: So, it seems like when I changed my bindings for “all heroes” it didn’t carry to Mercy’s bindings :thinking: Weird.

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The new communication isn’t voiced? Not sure why when every hero has a “no” voice line, that should be voiced at least.


Jeff said in developer update all voice lines got recorder… Bug probably. :<


Just watched it. Either that or they couldn’t get it in this update.


One thing that surprised me after checking the new communication features, the “countdown” shoutout feels… pointless as it is? Unless it’s getting changed before it hits live, but I don’t see the point of a “countdown” command if it isnt actually counting down, but just sending a “3 2 1” right away. If it would send a text that actually counts down, that would actually be a good addition for people who dont want to talk.


Sad. I wanted to hear Reaper screaming for help.

Where are the new voicelines ? I really wanna hear them

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Not playing in English and Polish, that’s for sure.

The voicelines exist- you can go onto the Overwatch Gamepedia Wiki and go into a hero’s quotes page, and somewhere at the bottom in ‘Removed’ or ‘Unused’ (I think) you’ll see a ton of already recorded lines that, for the most part, match up to the lines you would expect to hear with the commands in PTR.

Here’s the ones for Mercy- I assume everyone else’s are in their respective pages?
(Tried the link- doesn’t want to automatically take me to the section, but like I said, just scroll to the bottom- Unused Voice Lines is where they’re at.)

I suppose it’s just a matter of putting it in- but maybe this is just to give us a feel for what it’ll be like before they start doing so? I dunno.
I like it so far, though. I know for a fact I’m replacing “I need healing” with “I need help” on Support- now Tanks and DPS will finally be able to see my message outside of “I need shields/armor!”
What a blessing.