Overwatch's new Retribution event is now live but it's not just the new game modes and skins that this giant new update introduces.

A quick look at the new Patch Notes reveals that there's also plenty of bug fixes and changes to the game as well.

This includes the games new "Avoid Player" feature, which allows you to filter players you don't want to play with again.

You will find all of these new patch notes just below the gallery, but before you get to that, here's a reminder of what the big fuss is about when it comes to the Retribution event:

Experience pivotal moments from history in Overwatch Archives. Join a team of four heroes and participate in cooperative, story-driven missions that give you a new perspective on the era before the fall of Overwatch.

This year, you can take command of the agents of Blackwatch and face off against Talon in an exciting new mission, Retribution. You’ll also get a second chance to stop an omnic insurrection as last year’s Uprising mission returns for a rematch.

You’ll earn Archives Loot Boxes as you play, packed to the brim with over 60 new cosmetics including legendary skins like Blackwatch Moira, Scion Hanzo, Talon Doomfist, Specimen 28 Winston, and more.

The Overwatch Retribution event runs until April 30th.



  • Players can choose to “Avoid as Teammate” with a dropdown menu in the Career Profile

PS4/XB1 Voice Chat Mode

An option to toggle Voice Chat Mode has been added under Options > Sound

Report Menu

  • The “Poor Teamwork” dropdown menu option has been removed
  • The “Griefing” dropdown menu option has been renamed “Gameplay Sabotage”


  • Sombra’s “Enemies Hacked” commendation card now also displays her offensive assists
  • Brigitte’s Golden Weapon variant will now also give her a golden shield
  • Changed Mercy’s Valkyrie voice line


Barrier Shield

  • An option to “Toggle Barrier” has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte


Micro Missiles

  • Explosive damage reduced from 6 to 4


  • Impact damage reduced from 25 to 10


  • Death Blossom
  • Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use
  • Wraith Form
  • Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%
  • You can now cancel the ability by pressing the Shift or Primary Fire hotkey

Developer Comments: These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets.


  • Biotic Grasp
  • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target
  • Coalescence
  • Now becomes more transparent the closer its visual effects are to a player’s camera
  • Fade
  • Transparency increased the closer you are to a target

Developer’s Comment: Due to issues with visibility, we have made most of Moira’s visual effects fade away the closer they are to the camera. We have also made modifications to Coalescence to greatly increase the ability for foes and allies alike to see through it when facing it.


  • Orb of Destruction
  • Secondary fire rate of fire reduced by 15%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta is meant to be able to deal a lot of damage, especially for a support, but his alternate fire burst damage was a bit too high. This change keeps the overall damage the same but lowers the DPS slightly and makes it harder to hit multiple shots at very long ranges.



  • Lockout Elimination cards in the Arcade are now just referred to as Elimination
  • Added Ayutthaya to the map rotation in 3v3 Elimination game modes


Blizzard World

  • Moved the first payload checkpoint (Pylon Terrace) back 10 meters

Developer Comments: We moved the checkpoint back for two reasons. The original location swung the map’s balance too far in one direction (favoring the defenders). Also, once the payload reached the checkpoint, defenders returning from spawn could get pinned in this area, usually resulting in their death.


  • Corrected the spelling on a poster from Thespian 4.0 to Thespion 4.0



  • Heroes can now be selected by double-clicking the hero icon during Hero Select
  • Added leaderboard information to the competitive information screen. This can be accessed by right-clicking the menu on the competitive card
  • Simplified Hero Select tips for roles



  • Fixed a bug that caused camera movement to be jittery when players ran against a moving ramp
  • Fixed a bug that prevented oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers in spawn rooms from propelling after taking damage


  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to attempt running outside of the spawn room before the match began on Assault/Escort maps


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