Overwatch’s next “major” patch will require players to do a full reinstall of the client, says Blizzard in today’s announcement.
Blizzard didn’t go into much detail about why this update is needed, but they claim that “some pretty fundamental changes to the game client” is the reason. “The number of back-end changes we’re putting in is substantial enough that we can’t just patch over the current content efficiently,” reads a post on the Blizzard forums. “We know that this isn’t ideal for people on metered connections, so hopefully this announcement helps you prepare for this coming update.”
Blizzard was contacted by Kotaku contacted and clarified some details about what they call a “remaster” patch. The upcoming patch will bring loads of optimization and performance improvements, which will especially improve gameplay on “constrained systems”. The patch will alter data formats to “support future content”, which explains why it will be brought to both the PC and the console version of Overwatch.
According to RPG, the Overwatch client requires approximately 30GB of free space, but those who have the Public Test Region installed will see a “significantly smaller” download size. If you don’t have it installed, you can download the PTR now to test out Ashe, the game’s newest hero.
Those with weak internet connections won’t be glad to hear this, but as the developers have yet to give us a release date, I’d assume we have a few weeks before the patch is released.