Overwatch Update Adds Permanent Capture the Flag, Game Browser

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Overwatch Update Adds Permanent Capture the Flag, Game Browser

Overwatch's latest update adds a permanent Capture the Flag mode.

A new update has gone live on Overwatch, and one of the biggest additions is the permanent Capture the Flag mode. During Overwatch's "Year of the Rooster" event, the "Capture the Rooster" mode was added to the Arcade, and Blizzard stated that the mode was "without a doubt Overwatch's most popular brawl." Today the mode was added permanently, with Capture the Flag versions of Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, and Oasis available. That gives you 12 different Capture the Flag maps to try out.

Blizzard also introduced the Game Browser [https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20573268] today, which is "an extension of Overwatch's Custom Game mode," giving you the ability to make your custom games "accessible to a much wider range of players."


"You can toggle switches and adjust sliders for game modes, hero abilities, movement speed, health, damage, and much more," the post reads. "Not only that, once you've crafted your ruleset, the Game Browser lets you open it up to anyone, giving players from all over your region the chance to experience."

The patch also includes a number of bug fixes and tweaks to heroes. You can check out the full details here [https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/game/patch-notes/pc/#patch-34484].

This has been a busy week for Blizzard's shooter, between teasing it's upcoming new hero [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/169661-Blizzard-Teases-Next-Overwatch-Character] and prepping for Season 4 of Competitive Play, which goes live tonight at 7pm ET.


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I'm cool with this, as long as I'm still able to level up outside of modded servers when the use the game browser.

You do not wanna know how much I don't like KOTH mode.
 

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they just took out capture the flag mode, i was playing it and it kept glitching during and after match, had to restart game twice, and now its not in menu. Im just speaking on PS4 maybe its still on PC or Xbox
 

karloss01

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Strange thing is that they removed the brawl playlist but didn't put anything in its place.

EDIT: and 1v1.
 

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Did they... y'know... fix the CTF mode? My community played like ten games, all complete losses because the "Take 1 point of damage stops flag capture" was complete garbage. It annoyed us so much, we barely played during the event.
 

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Zydrate said:
Did they... y'know... fix the CTF mode? My community played like ten games, all complete losses because the "Take 1 point of damage stops flag capture" was complete garbage. It annoyed us so much, we barely played during the event.
I think it is a great way to enforce actual teamplay, instead of just one Tracer doing all the work.
 

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It may be just a small detail, but being able to change the daylight circle on the maps makes me happy.

Other than that: In my opinion this is great and a win-win. In my mind this helps players create their dream match (-> longlivety) and on the other hand Blizzard can take a glimpse at what's edited and get a better sense of balancing the classes.
 

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karloss01 said:
Strange thing is that they removed the brawl playlist but didn't put anything in its place.

EDIT: and 1v1.
No idea why they removed 1v1, but "All Brawls" was probably removed because the server browser supersedes it.

Every one of the previous brawls (seasonal events excluded) can be replicated by creating a new custom match with the desired ruleset changes.
 

vallorn

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1v1 is gone and their inbuilt custom modes are broken?

Gee, wouldn't it be nice if the community could set up their own servers with whatever crazy custom game modes that modders could dream up being available? It might counteract the dearth of deep content in the game.
 

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IceForce said:
karloss01 said:
Strange thing is that they removed the brawl playlist but didn't put anything in its place.

EDIT: and 1v1.
No idea why they removed 1v1, but "All Brawls" was probably removed because the server browser supersedes it.

Every one of the previous brawls (seasonal events excluded) can be replicated by creating a new custom match with the desired ruleset changes.
While it can, it's still obnoxious to have to sift through all of the matches, many of which are full/going to take forever to fill if you're playing by yourself.

While I find Mystery Heroes to be a generally more fun mode anyway, I liked swapping to the Brawls playlist for variety every now and then as well, and just... abandoning it so that players have to do everything themselves seems like it goes against every design decision that has been Blizzard's MO since, like, 2010.
 

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shrekfan246 said:
IceForce said:
karloss01 said:
Strange thing is that they removed the brawl playlist but didn't put anything in its place.

EDIT: and 1v1.
No idea why they removed 1v1, but "All Brawls" was probably removed because the server browser supersedes it.

Every one of the previous brawls (seasonal events excluded) can be replicated by creating a new custom match with the desired ruleset changes.
While it can, it's still obnoxious to have to sift through all of the matches, many of which are full/going to take forever to fill if you're playing by yourself.

While I find Mystery Heroes to be a generally more fun mode anyway, I liked swapping to the Brawls playlist for variety every now and then as well, and just... abandoning it so that players have to do everything themselves seems like it goes against every design decision that has been Blizzard's MO since, like, 2010.
tbh, I agree with you.

I too used to play the Brawls playlist from time to time (my favorite was the PharMercy one). But queue times in the Arcade have been getting steadily worse recently, even getting as long as 10 minutes on some nights.

Near as I can tell, not many people were playing that game mode. And indeed, the Arcade screen used to have a 'Popularity' meter on each game mode (button), which gave you a decent indication of how long the queue time would be. But then they removed that meter, for reasons unknown.
Still though, before it was removed, I remember "All Brawls" being fairly low in popularity.

Anyways, - back to agreeing with you, - I still think of the server browser as being a bit of a gimmick that wasn't really needed.
And it's tedious as hell to scroll through a million "Widowmaker-only headshots-only" or "XXXPROREAPSXXX'S SUPER MEGA ULTRA ARENA OF EXTREME CARNAGE"
 

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IceForce said:
shrekfan246 said:
IceForce said:
karloss01 said:
Strange thing is that they removed the brawl playlist but didn't put anything in its place.

EDIT: and 1v1.
No idea why they removed 1v1, but "All Brawls" was probably removed because the server browser supersedes it.

Every one of the previous brawls (seasonal events excluded) can be replicated by creating a new custom match with the desired ruleset changes.
While it can, it's still obnoxious to have to sift through all of the matches, many of which are full/going to take forever to fill if you're playing by yourself.

While I find Mystery Heroes to be a generally more fun mode anyway, I liked swapping to the Brawls playlist for variety every now and then as well, and just... abandoning it so that players have to do everything themselves seems like it goes against every design decision that has been Blizzard's MO since, like, 2010.
tbh, I agree with you.

I too used to play the Brawls playlist from time to time (my favorite was the PharMercy one). But queue times in the Arcade have been getting steadily worse recently, even getting as long as 10 minutes on some nights.

Near as I can tell, not many people were playing that game mode. And indeed, the Arcade screen used to have a 'Popularity' meter on each game mode (button), which gave you a decent indication of how long the queue time would be. But then they removed that meter, for reasons unknown.
Still though, before it was removed, I remember "All Brawls" being fairly low in popularity.

Anyways, - back to agreeing with you, - I still think of the server browser as being a bit of a gimmick that wasn't really needed.
And it's tedious as hell to scroll through a million "Widowmaker-only headshots-only" or "XXXPROREAPSXXX'S SUPER MEGA ULTRA ARENA OF EXTREME CARNAGE"
I love the customization options in the new browser (I found the previous custom games to be too highly limited to really be interesting enough to play), but yeah, I think they should have the browser and the brawls. For that matter, they should still be regularly rotating new brawl modes into the playlist, too.