Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – February 26, 2020

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – February 26, 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.


New Feature: Share Replays

Since the introduction of the replay system, players have consistently asked for the ability to share those replays. We’re excited to bring that functionality to you!

A replay is shared via an alphanumeric code typically 6 characters long. The code can be shared however you want: in game, on forums, over social media. Another player can input that code and watch your replay. Codes are valid until the next patch.

We have also made some improvements to the replay system.

  • You can pin up to 10 replays to keep until the next patch. You can unpin a replay to make room for a different replay
  • We track your 10 most recently imported replay codes. This allows you to watch the same imported replay again without retyping the code
  • There is a new note field for each replay entry. Add descriptions or notes for yourself

We eagerly await your feedback on this feature.

General Updates

  • In game friend requests will now only display in game once per session

  • RealID friend requests will only show RealID names in game if you have recently played with that player

  • The initial Assemble Heroes timer for games using the Assault, Hybrid, Control, and Payload game modes has been further reduced from 35 to 30 seconds

  • In the Assault, Payload, and Hybrid game modes for Competitive Play, when both teams complete a round of offense and have more than 2 minutes of time bank then each team’s time bank is equally reduced until one of the teams has a 2 minutes remaining

    • Example: If Team A completes a round of offense on Volskaya with 4:37 remaining in their time bank, and Team B completes their round on offense with 2:50 remaining, then 50 seconds is removed from each team’s timebank. This leaves the teams tied 2-2 and Team A with 3:47 remaining and Team B with 2:00 remaining




  • Cooldown increased from 3 to 4 seconds


Ice Wall

  • Cooldown increased from 10 to 13 seconds
  • Player collision now allows large heroes to fit through 1 pillar gaps


Gravitic Flux

  • Ultimate cost reduced 10%

Soldier: 76

Helix Rockets

  • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds



  • Fixed a bug that could cause the “New” tag to remain on the “Player Icon” menu tab even after viewing the new icon(s)
  • Fixed a UI bug that could cause both teams to show 100% at the end of a Control Point map
  • Fixed a bug that could cause friend request “toasts” to be permanently displayed on screen when getting more than one request at a time
  • Fixed a bug that could cause several heroes’ ultimate sounds to be silent when observing in third-person
  • Fixed an issue preventing replays from recording in Custom Games that start immediately



  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand in an unintended location near the final checkpoint



  • Brick Skin: Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s brick bullets to grow in size after shooting through a Mei Ice Wall


  • Fixed an issue where Orisa’s Supercharger placed on Petra’s breakable floors was not properly being destroyed along with the floor


  • Fixed a bug that resulted in assisted or environment kills not being counted in Reinhardt’s Charge Kills stat, if the killed player was first knocked back by Reinhardt’s charge


  • Fixed a bug where Sigma’s Gravitic Flux animation would play even if he was slept or stunned


  • Fixed a bug where Sombra’s translocator placed on Petra’s breakable floors was not properly being destroyed along with the floor


  • Fixed an issue causing Player Joined Message to trigger multiple times when a player joined the match
  • Fixed an issue preventing Set Team Score/Modify Team Score from working in Assault, Hybrid, and Payload
  • Fixed an issue causing the editor to eat the last character of a unicode string when pasting in text
  • Fixed an issue preventing “Is Firing Primary” from returning true when Doomfist shoots his last bullet
  • Fixed an issue causing “Disallow Button” to fail to disable Reaper’s Shadow Step
  • Renamed “Spectators” to “Non-Team Spectators” in Create HUD Text and Create In-World Text for clarity
  • Fixed an issue preventing the Non-Team Spectators option from working properly in Create HUD Text and Create In-World Text

So Rein is still a God?


That bug sounds hillarious. I kind of want it to be kept in the game.


These changes did nothing to help the other tanks, where are the Rein’s nerfs?

Do you really think Mei’s wall nerf will be enough?

Rework Rein already. Less barrier and more range, Fire Strike 5 secs. No movement penalty for a lighter barrier! Make it 1000 or 1200 already.


Interesting change with Sigma, but I feel like he needs a lot more to be viable again


Yep. Rein is never allowed to be non meta. He must be the best tank in the game at all times.


what is mean? I’m curious

Smells like victory.


Nerf REIN! lucio, and ana, also widow and doomfist… what are you guys doing


So, D.Va gets a nerf for actually being able to survive? This is fun!


Decent patch, but I must point out that this basically makes d.va bad again. Also, Rein is still too strong.


You’re wrong; she isn’t able to survive.


hm, its almost like he didnt need to be nerfed.
imagine that


they just hates us… stop playing #increasequeuetimes !


this helps nobody and you know it


Mei’s wall needs a longer CD it’s already a get out of jail free card. It counters most ults.

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When you destroyed a single pillar of Mei’s ice wall, the gap between the two pillars on each side was too narrow for certain heroes to fit through. As a result some larger tanks couldn’t escape even if the team destroyed a pillar to try and let them through.


ZZZZ more big dps buffs while Dva is pushed into the trashbin again.

Anybody who thought we’re done with dps creep and trashing tanks is wrong.

We should implement 1-3-2 already and be done with this game.

The only good thing is that icewall nerf. Finally.


Mei wall is no longer up all the god damn time and tanks are permitted to have a chance at survival after being trapped, alright but still not enough imho

Getting some of that love he needs, since his ult is so easy to stop now, getting it even a little quicker is better

Not a huge fan of more burst, but soldier needed this :+1:

Good feature, let it stay please :slight_smile: