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Upcoming Overwatch PTR Patch Will Be Very Different From the Rest, Symmetra Changes Not Included

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Overwatch principal designer says this PTR patch will be very different but Symmetra will remain the same.

Overwatch players are finally getting an official update regarding what is perhaps the game’s most highly anticipated patch. It turns out that the upcoming Overwatch PTR patch will be extremely different from ones in the past but Symmetra will, unfortunately, be the one thing guaranteed to remain the same.

The time is nearing for Overwatch to roll out its latest PTR patch on PC, which has many players hoping to finally have their dreams of Sombra come true and possibly see a more competitively viable version of Symmetra introduced to the roster.


While Sombra still remains a mystery, Principal Designer Geoff Goodman took to the Battle.net forums to make an interesting announcement about the upcoming patch.

They key takeaways?

This Overwatch PTR patch will be far more experimental than previous ones and Symmetra’s changes won’t be revealed this time around.

“We are going to try something a little different this time, so you might be surprised when you see the patch notes for it,” Goodman said of the upcoming PTR patch. “Previously we’ve been using the PTR, first and foremost, to make sure the game is solid and there aren’t any heinous issues that would prevent us from releasing the patch.”

Goodman explained that player feedback will be the top priority for this PTR patch and the changes seen here aren’t likely to make it to the final patch.

In other words, this will be less of a measure to iron out final details and more of a way to test out a variety of different ideas and get players involved very early on in the testing process.

“We want to try a bunch of things and see what’s fun and working, and iterate more quickly from there,” Goodman continued.

The announcement does quite a number on one’s curiosity as players will have to simply wait to see exactly what kind of ideas will be vetted out here. Fortunately, the wait won’t be too long as Goodman said the update could come out this week although he was careful not to guarantee that timeframe. In fact, the only thing that he did guarantee might come as a serious disappointment—a new Symmetra is still in the works and won’t be included in this patch.

“There aren’t any Symmetra changes for this patch,” he explained. “Her changes ended up being much more significant and require more time to finish up, but she’s feeling pretty great internally so hopefully we can get her out there pretty soon.”

While the update provided players with some great bits of information regarding the new patch, the vast majority of responses were focused on one highly anticipated and highly teased alleged hacker.

“SOMBRA SOMBRA SOMBRA SOMBRA,” one user responded.

Other responses simply found more creative ways to express what was on their mind.

“Sombraoli Sombraoli tell me no more wait-ioli,” another user wrote and if you say it enough it actually gets pretty catchy.

It is important to note that the Sombra-linked website, amomentincrime.com, did reach 100% but so far no noticeable changes have appeared in game and there is still no sign of Sombra.

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