Overwatch‘s 27th hero hit the game’s public test region recently, but with her came a small quality-of-life change that may prove to be just as impactful.
As soon as players jumped into Overwatch‘s PTR to test out the new character, they noticed that the game featured some new user-interface information. The game has always allowed players to bring up a team screen, relaying the heroes that are on both sides, and for a while, the screen has also indicated which teammates on a player’s team have their Ultimate ability fully charged. Since the latest PTR update, however, it also details exactly how much percentage charge each teammate has toward their Ultimate.
An image of the team screen with the new Ultimate percentages can be seen below.
Successful plays in the higher competitive levels of Overwatch are almost exclusively reliant on a team’s management of their Ultimates. Knowing who on your team has an Ultimate ready to complement your own will often be the difference between winning and losing a fight.
While full teams of skilled players generally had no problem with this coordination, the balance was more of a headache for players without mics playing with other randomly matched players. This would often leave you unsure whether or not to use an Ultimate because you had no way of knowing how close your teammates were to having theirs ready. This change significantly streamlines team cohesion, providing a more comprehensive means of gathering information in a match.
Another small improvement, as can be seen on the player JackWolf22 in the above screen, is that the UI was also updated to indicate the amount of time until a dead player spawns. This timer was already available on a player’s icon when they died on the map, but it is good information to have for those that might not be in the immediate vicinity.
Players are enjoying this adjustment in the PTR alongside Brigitte, the game’s first tank-healer hybrid. The character features a variety of ways to buff and defend her team, but her unique weaponry—namely her Rocket Flail and Barrier Shield—also makes her extremely useful in stunting enemy advances. Brigitte and the UI change are currently live only on the PTR, but fans should expect both to hit the main game in a week or two.