In the wake of the Overwatch 2 beta date announcement and an apologetic video from sport director Aaron Keller promising the crew would give more consistent updates on progress, the Overwatch 2 information floodgates have formally opened. In this newest replace, we’re provided a glimpse of Overwatch 2’s overhauled ping system.
“We wanted to create a system that would enhance voice communication as well as provide alternative ways to share information with your team,” methods designer Gavin Winter says in the blog post.
New options embody character-specific callouts through which, when a participant makes a ping, their teammates hear that notification in that participant’s hero’s voice. The weblog gives an instance: “if you’re playing Tracer and ping an enemy Reaper, your teammates will hear Tracer call out that Reaper’s location.” The weblog goes into additional element about how pings will present the last-known location for shifting enemies, giving players more info on how to transfer by means of maps with out fear of getting ambushed. There’s additionally a new function that’ll ping a teammate’s location on the mini-map and permit players to reply to pings based mostly on decisions made in a new communication wheel. Now, each time a crew’s Genji begins spamming “I need healing,” the sport will really present pleasant healers that Genji’s location on the mini-map to allow them to heal and thus shut him the hell up.
An improved ping system has been a long-time ask from Overwatch players. Not solely does it enhance a crew’s potential to communicate, however it’s additionally an essential accessibility device for players who can’t (or won’t) take part in voice chat. The builders did notice that the new ping system is a piece in progress and topic to change as the sport’s closed beta nears.