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Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2019 launch date revealed by Jeff

Published: 08:34, 05 December 2019
Updated: 09:03, 05 December 2019
Torbjorn's daughter, Brigitte Lindholm, looking at her godfather, Reinhardt
Overwatch - Brigitte Lindholm

After some misleading information about the patch that's currently live on the Overwatch PTR, Jeff Kaplan took to the forums to clarify. In the process, the game director has also revealed the possible launch date for the patch in question as well as the upcoming in-game event - Winter Wonderland.

Jeff Kaplan doesn't exactly have the best track record when it comes to keeping the information about Overwatch under wraps. Now we don't know if his "leaks" are intentional or not and you won't hear us complaining either way. The latest morsel comes to us courtesy of the Overwatch forums.

Jeff from the Overwatch team has written a post to shut down some rumours perpetuated by a pro player who goes by the alias Trill. The rumour was that the PTR patch that's currently up won't be seeing the light of day until mid-January 2020.

The patch will, in fact, go live next week - Jeff wrote on the game's forum. "I’m guessing everyone is as excited as we are for the changes to go live as soon as possible along with Winter Wonderland," he said. While there's been no specific date given in the post, Jeff Kaplan's post confirms it will be the week starting on 9 December 2019.

The December patch 1.43 is set to bring some quality of life improvements as well as some major changes to the hero roster. The players will reportedly be able to fill the dreaded queue time with more than just skirmish. 

The options will include:

  • Practice Range - which you will be able to enter while in a group and with said group. Gasps of excitement and applause all around.
  • Deathmatch - pretty self-explanatory and lots of fun as well.
  • Custom game - with a caveat that the custom game you wish to enter will have to have the new setting "Allow players who are matchmaking" available.

    Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2019 Skins

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    A man with an axe running through a forest in SCUM
    Sombra - Rime

If Patch 1.43 transitions over to the live game in its current form, it will spell bad news for Orisa and Moira. 

Orisa's Protective Barrier health will be reduced by 300 hp but her base armour will see an increase of 50. This is good for battling the new bunker comp but man oh man will some players have a time adjusting. 

Moira's Biotic Grasp ability will have its healing output reduced from 4 to 3.25 (80 HP/s to 65 HP/s) and Widowmaker's Grappling Hook cooldown will increase from 10 to 12 seconds.

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