Direct Jeff Kaplan debunks reports of the patch releasing in January 2020.
For players of Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch, there’s been plenty of reason to be antsy. Overwatch 2 was announced and Blizzard has admitted that it’s taking resources away from the main game. A new update, patch 1.43, has been in the works since November to nerf heroes like Sigma and Orisa. However, reports indicated that the patch wouldn’t be available until January 2020.
Director Jeff Kaplan has since taken to the official forums to clarify that patch 1.43 is coming next week. “Short of some unforeseen circumstance causing a delay, we’re expecting to go live with the patch next week.” Kaplan also mentioned Winter Wonderland, indicating the seasonal event’s return. Of course, whether that’s next week with patch 1.43 or afterwards wasn’t clarified.
This isn’t the first patch where Blizzard has attempted to nerf barrier heroes like Sigma and Orisa. But the patch also makes changes to heroes like Reinhardt, Orisa, D.Va and Widowmaker along with introducing the ability to play Skirmish, Deathmatch, Practice Range or Custom Games while queuing for Competitive Play. Stay tuned for more details on the patch’s release and any other changes it may carry.