Today's Overwatch PTR update adds a host of new content to the game including the launch of the new Deathmatch mode to Arcade, and the launch of Junkertown on the Overwatch PTR. In addition, console players will finally have access to Overwatch's reporting system that will hopefully help them curb the amount of harassment in the game.
Deathmatch is Overwatch's take on the competitive multiplayer mode where the goal is to rack up the most kills. This is different from Overwatch's usual teamwork-focused modes, and something that Blizzard was hesitant on pursuing because of how different it is from Overwatch's core competitive philosophy. As a result, Blizzard made some changes to its Deathmatch mode like having Mercy's revive power take away from the opposing team's kill count. This way, even support characters become strategically viable in a mode like Deathmatch.
The mode also comes with a new free-for-all map, Chateau Guillard, Widowmaker's ancestral home. Additionally, several maps have been repurposed for Deathmatch to make it more competitive.
Next, the new Junkertown map is live on the Overwatch PTR. The home map for Junkrat and Roadhog, the escort map changes the payload to a truck full of gold and explosives meant to blow up the Junkertown Queen. The Queen it should be said, is a pretty interesting character who could be a potential new character to the series.
Lastly, Overwatch is adding a reporting system to console players. Previously, console players had to go through their respective console's reporting systems to punish toxic players. Overwatch's own reporting system allows Blizzard to silence players from voice and text chat if they've been reported for abusive behavior. Speaking to Dot Esports, Jeff Kaplan says that eventually silences will be phased out for straight suspensions and bans. A necessary move after a wave of hate and vile within the community caused a major backlash within the community.
So go out and enjoy today's Overwatch updates as we prepare for the next big thing Overwatch has planned for players.