The latest Overwatch Developer Update has announced several new changes to the game. Most notable is a new player endorsement system which allows you to praise teammates after each match.
Patch 1.25 adds a bunch of new features to Overwatch, and is now live on the PTR. First up is a new rating system called Endorsements. When a player finishes a match, they can rate other players based on their behavior and performance. There are three options available; Good Teammate, Shot Caller, and Good Sportsmanship. These ratings will all go towards a new Endorsements progression system, which will provide each player with a level based on the ratings they receive after matches. Players will earn 50xp every time they give an Endorsement to another player too, which contributes to their overall level.
Also added in the Overwatch 1.25 Patch is a new Groups feature. Players can now form their own groups, choose roles and make restrictions based on Endorsement Levels. There's also the option to merge with other groups. An often requested feature by fans is the ability to set profiles to private. With Patch 1.25 you can do exactly that, or choose friends-only or public instead.
There have been a number of changes that will affect gameplay. Tweaks have been made to the way Symmetra plays, including alterations to her Primary and Secondary attacks, and abilities. She's also received a new Ultimate Ability. There have been some design changes to the Horizon map, in the hopes of making it more balanced. Finally, the Defense and Offense roles have been replaced by the new Damage Role
All of these changes are live now on the PTR so just update your game to receive them. Overwatch is currently holding its Anniversary Event. For full details, head over to our Overwatch Anniversary Event Guide where you'll find a breakdown of all of the new Legendary Skins and more.