Blizzard announced today several changes coming to Overwatch, but for now, all players who log into the PTR (public test region) can try out these new changes. PTR is for PC only and any Loot Boxes you open on PTR will not transfer to your live account.
On the Overwatch Twitter account the game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, posted a 5 minute video explaining the changes they had made. First off, loot boxes were producing too many duplicates. So they drastically reduced the amount of duplicates players received, but to compensate for the loss of credits from those items, loot boxes will also be giving out more credits. So you will be receiving just as many, if not more credits.
As for Highlights, there were several major changes made. One of the biggest being you can actually save you Highlights permanently. You can see all the important changes below:
- The game will continue to automatically generate highlights for you based on your recent gameplay. These auto-generated highlights—now categorized as “Today’s Top 5”—will be surfaced on a daily basis and persist for a full 24 hours (or until the game client is patched, whichever happens first).
- Players can now generate their own highlights! The ability to capture 12 seconds of your own gameplay has been added to the game, and can be bound to a single button of your choice (or a button per highlight slot) in the Options menu under “Request Highlight.” These player-generated highlights will be saved under a new section called “Recently Captured” and will persist until the game client is patched. Players can have up to 36 recently-captured highlights stored at one time.
- With the above, players can now record any of their “Top 5” or “Recently Captured” highlights, exporting them as a video file to their gaming platform’s designated media library (on console) or directory (on PC). On PC, players will also have the option to select the quality at which these highlights are exported, supporting up to 4K at 60 FPS for Windows 8 or higher operating systems, and up to 1080p on Windows 7.