In a surprise announcement, Blizzard has revealed that the “next big patch” will require the game to reinstall.
In a post on the Overwatch forums from “Drakuloth”, a member of customer support, the company reveals that “the number of back-end changes we’re putting in is substantial enough that we can’t just patch over the current content efficiently.” This will mean that the whole game will need to be reinstalled by all players.
Assuming that the next big patch will be the one that introduces Ashe, people with slower or metered connections will not enjoy having to wait to jump in and give her a shot. This post is meant to allow players to “prepare for this coming update.”
It is rare that such drastic changes are made that a game would require to be completely redone, however, little details are known about what exactly is being changed.
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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!”