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Overwatch’s Next Update Will Require a Full Reinstall

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Overwatch’s Next Update Will Require a Full Reinstall

The next big patch for the popular game by Blizzard Entertainment, Overwatch, will hopefully introduce the new announced hero, Ashe, to the live servers, and Blizzard stated that “for the game’s next major update, players will actually have to fully reinstall Overwatch”.

Currently the new hero, Ashe, is being tested by players on the PTR server of the game. But apparently, Blizzard has more “fundamental changes” to the game with this new update, as it will be so significant that fans will need to reinstall the full game to take effect.

A post on the official Overwatch forums explained the reasoning for the reinstall.

“Hey folks,

We wanted to get ahead of this early and let you all know what to expect with our next big patch. We don’t currently have a release date/time with this, but will update this thread once we do.

The next major patch will have some pretty fundamental changes to the game client. 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 result, when the next patch comes out, the client will fully reinstall itself to handle these changes. We know that this isn’t ideal for people on metered connections, so hopefully this announcement helps you prepare for this coming update.

Thanks for your patience with this matter, and we’ll see you all in game!”

A detailed patch notes or the release date of the update hasn’t been revealed yet.

About Overwatch


Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities.
In a time of global crisis, an international task force of heroes banded together to restore peace to a war-torn world: OVERWATCH.

Overwatch ended the crisis, and helped maintain peace in the decades that followed, inspiring an era of exploration, innovation, and discovery. But, after many years, Overwatch’s influence waned, and it was eventually disbanded.

Now, conflict is rising across the world again, and the call has gone out to heroes old and new. Are you with us?


Choose your hero and clash on the battle fields of tomorrow.
Bend time, defy physics, and wield extraordinary powers in the ultimate team-based shooter.


In Overwatch, heroes do battle in diverse locations around the world. From the technological marvel of Numbani to the manufacturing powerhouse of Volskaya, each map has a unique layout and specific win conditions that your team must meet in order to secure victory.

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