This week, the Overwatch community argued so much that “dad” had to step in to give some clarity. Following rumors that suggested Patch 1.43, the next big Overwatch patch, wouldn’t hit the live servers until January 2020, game director Jeff Kaplan gave the whole truth on the Blizzard forums today. Patch 1.43 will be live next week, Kaplan confirms.
Patch 1.43 is now in testing on the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR). It’s a sizeable patch and includes big changes, like nerfs to shields and hero buffs. Patch 1.43 also includes the new “While You Wait” feature, which allows players in a competitive mode queue to play Skirmish, Deathmatch, or custom games during their wait time.
Patches are normally on the PTR for about two weeks before they hit the live servers, so many players expected the patch to be uploaded yesterday, Dec. 3. After “Patch Tuesday” came and went without any updates, Overwatch fans began to get worried. Since Patch 1.43 will likely change the meta and improve the competitive experience, most of the community is eagerly awaiting its arrival.
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