Blizzard has announced that the next major patch for popular multiplayer shoot-em up Overwatch will require a full re-install. The news was shared over on the official Blizzard run Overwatch forums in a post authored by a member of the customer support team.
Though there’s not yet a firm date for the patch, Blizzard are eager to let players know about the minor inconvenience headed their way so that they can prepare particularly for ‘for people on metered connections’.
Citing ‘fundamental changes to the game client’, Blizzard explains ‘the number of back-end changes we’re putting in is substantial enough that we can’t just patch over the current content efficiently’. As a consequence, the client itself will wipe then reinstall itself to usher in the changes. It’s all back-end changes that shouldn’t affect game play, but sets the foundations for future, meatier updates. Fortunately, as file sizes go Overwatch is on the smaller size requiring a very modest 30GB of hard drive space, therefore downloading and reinstalling shouldn’t eat up too much of our time.
As for what the update will contain, Blizzard have coined it a ‘remaster’ patch in an email exchange with Kotaku. Depending on how on-going Public Test Realm sessions go, new hero gunslinger Ashe should form a central pillar, while other quality of life improvements such as better loading times, a smaller PlayStation 4 file size, performance tweaks, and bug fixes should feature as well.
As always, we’ll keep you updated when news drops on a release date and Blizzard shares fleshed out details about what the patch will contain.