Blizzard has pushed a new update to Overwatch‘s PTR on PC that includes a number of new features and a rework for Symmetra.
Let’s start with Symmetra’s rework. As part of this update Symmetra’s main fire ability, Photon Projector, no longer locks onto targets and takes two seconds to ramp up damage, but its range and damage ramp up have been increased. As well as this, her alternate fire no longer pierces targets, but is now quicker and explodes on contact dealing impact and explosive damage.
Changes have also been made to her Sentry Turret and Teleporter. Sentry Turrets are now placed like a projectile and have had their damage increased, but the maximum amount that can be placed has been dropped to three. While Teleporter is now an ability that lasts 10 seconds and allows her to place the exit up to 25 meters away, with the entrance forming in front of her.
Finally, Symmetra has been given a new ultimate called Photon Barrier. When activated, a barrier will be deployed with 5,000 health that is big enough to span and cut through an entire map.
“The goal of these changes is to move Symmetra to her new damage role and make her more flexible and viable across more areas of the game than she was previously,” Blizzard explains. “Now that Symmetra is no longer a support hero, she is expected to be able to dish out heavy damage, and these changes allow for her to do so. She should be more powerful and interesting in more team compositions and maps, and she should also be stronger on offense and defense.”
Alongside the above changes, the update introduces two new features to the game. The first of these new features, Endorsements, allow players to recognize commendable behavior of teammates and enemies at the end of the game for sportsmanship, being a good teammate, or for shot calling. Endorsements can be found on a player’s profile and rewards will be gifted to players with a high number of Endorsements periodically.
The second new feature being added to the game is Looking for Group. As expected, this new feature lets players advertise for like-minded group members in Quick Play, Play vs AI, or any competitive mode. Players can also choose the roles that teammates will play when joining their group.
Take a look at the lengthy patch notes here.