Physics Tweaks Coming to Overwatch's PTR Servers

Physics Tweaks Coming to Overwatch's PTR Servers

You will believe a gorilla can fly.

The laws of physics are getting a bit of a tweak on Overwatch's public test region (PTR) servers. There are no patches to apply; the change will take effect "shortly," and it applies to all characters.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan posted about the update on Battle.net. The update mainly stabilizes characters' rates of acceleration, especially on inclines.

"Specifically, movement on the ground is much more consistent. Going up/down inclines will no longer affect the Hero’s speed," Kaplan wrote. "Previously, inclines could either make you move slightly faster or slightly slower, depending on the circumstances. Inclines will also no longer cause a small amount of strafing movement when moving diagonally on them."

Physics are no joke, child.

Kaplan also said better air control will be one of the positive effects of these changes. "For example, Winston previously was not able to easily make small adjustments to his flight path during his Jump Pack leap, but now he should be able to do that, and it is also noticeable on many of the other Heroes that are often in the air."

I'm all for any kind of science that improves a gorilla's air control.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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