Replays Are Finally Coming To Overwatch's Public Test Realm

Replays Are Finally Coming To Overwatch's Public Test Realm

Time to watch my lowlights in slo-mo.

Overwatch is finally adding a long-requested feature: replays. You'll soon be able to rewatch your Overwatch matches from a whole new perspective with the replay tool that just hit the game's Public Test Realm. While it isn't in the main build just yet, on the PTR you can jump into a match replay and watch all the heroic mayhem play out from different or entirely new viewpoints.

The replay tool allows you to watch a match from the first-person perspective of players, as well as a behind-the-back third-person camera and an omniscient bird's-eye view. The new replay tool also includes some overlay tools for added clarity and analysis, as well as a few controls for playback and bookmarking, so it's worth checking out the shortcut guide Blizzard published.

Players can access replays from their profile, where their ten most recent matches will be available. Blizzard makes note that replays will only be available for the duration of a patch, just like the highlights tool.

Competitive Overwatch players will likely notice these are tools used in the Overwatch League for replays and in-match commentary, so it's cool to see these options being made widely available. Beyond just saving your best highlights (or lowlights), it's a great way to dissect your play and get an idea of how they could improve their own play.

Overwatch also added workshop support recently, allowing custom game makers to develop their own game modes. I'm looking forward to someone making an Uno montage set to a bassy dubstep remix.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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