Overwatch update time and early patch notes for new event

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Developers Blizzard has confirmed that its next Overwatch Anniversary event is launching on May 18, and gamers will need to download and install a new update.

This means new skins to unlock from returning Anniversary Loot Boxes, which will back in the game later today.

New outfits will include Black Cat Sombra, Venus Moira, and the Funky Baptiste, all of which will be available until the event ends.

The new Anniversary event is expected to last around three weeks and will include other returning activities from past years.

Anniversary usually includes the return of seasonal brawls, with Blizzard confirming last year:

“Participate in the weekly anniversary Challenges for even more epic rewards, such as Carbon Fiber Sigma, Fleur de Lis Widowmaker, and Masked Man McCree.

“Did you miss any Overwatch festivities over the previous years? Don’t worry—you’ll be able to unlock items from past events using credits (or by opening Loot Boxes)! Relive the thrill of previous seasonal brawls in the Arcade, with a brawl of the day rotating throughout the Anniversary celebration.”

So fans can probably expect more of the same, as well as some other background changes.

The new Overwatch update is expected to arrive at 7pm on Tuesday, May 18, across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

This is the usual Overwatch update time for events and shouldn’t change unless issues arise during the launch.

Overwatch anniversary event to introduce new heroes and maps

There has been no word on Overwatch needing to perform any maintenance for the upcoming patch.

When it comes to early patch notes, we do know that Blizzard have been testing some bug fixes for May.

The PTR patch notes can be found listed below and while they are unlikely to be complete, they are expected to include some of these changes:

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed a bug with team composition tips appearing on hero select in non-role-queue 6v6 game modes

Maps

Nepal

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on top of the bell

Oasis

  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand in an unintended location

Heroes

Junkrat

  • Fixed a bug that caused the default RIP-Tire portrait to appear when equipping specific skins

  • Fixed a bug where using RIP-Tire on a ledge could cause it to appear on the ground underneath

Reinhardt

  • Characters pinned by Charge and slammed into a wall will now be placed flush with the wall, more accurately placing them out of the range of area-based abilities (like Baptiste’s Immortality Field) when appropriate

Roadhog

  • Fixed a bug that caused Toxic Roadhog’s hook to flicker on low settings

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