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Overwatch: Junkertown map and Mercy changes now live

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Overwatch - Junkertown

Junkertown, the latest escort map in Overwatch is now live. Mercy and D.Va changes that were previously in the PTR have also become available on the live servers. A free Overwatch weekend is coming up this week.

Junkertown update hit the live servers today. Just as I suspected, changes to D.Va, Mercy and other fixes have also arrived with the blinged out boom trolley. 

Apart from the new escort map, the biggest change is the Mercy ultimate swap. As Jeff from the Overwatch team kindly let us know last month, Mercy is getting a new ultimate ability. Up until this patch, her ultimate was Resurrect, but now that has been turned into a single target ability.

The new Resurrect:

  • Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius
  • Radius reduced to 5 meters
  • Ability cooldown is 30 seconds
  • Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active

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Valkyrie - the new ultimate - unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie Suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds.

D.Va also has a new ability - Micro Missiles. The ability includes D.Va firing a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion. These can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons.

Additionally, her Defense Matrix's resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly, and her energy regeneration per second has been increased to 12.5 percent. Read the full patch notes here.

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Another free Overwatch weekend is coming up this week. The weekend will start on 22 September and go on until 25 September. During this time, PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One owners will be given a chance to give the game a go.

The blog post put it this way: "for this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customisation options."

"Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on."