Overwatch screenshot of the new spectator system

[Update #2]: The replay system has now been extended to support official Overwatch League matches. So if you ever wanted to see what your favorite pros do throughout the course of a match, you now have a chance to do just that!

[Update]: This patch will also be accompanied by a variety of balance changes, as well as tweaks to the Assault (2CP) game mode!

Even though Overwatch may be three years old at this point, the team behind it doesn't seem to have lost even a shred of passion for their work. Just recently they have released the massive Anniversary event alongside the very first Workshop modding tools, while today they are introducing the long-awaited replay system.

Right now the replays are somewhat limited in the sense that you can only watch your ten most recent matches, as well as only the replays that are from the current patch. That said, Blizzard is working on expanding the system, so consider all of this a small proof of concept.

The first of these expansions should be coming in the near future as Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that the Overwatch League games will be available for watching a day after the match itself . The details are still few and far between, so do make sure to keep an eye out for how exactly this portion of the replay system will function.

When it comes to the actual features, however, the replay system is no slouch. You can spectate each individual player, use a map overlay and various cameras to understand how teamfights unfold, as well as control the playback speed in order to create your own montages or just slow down the action enough so you can see what's happening. All of this is possible through the use of simple keyboard shortcuts and cameras you can set up yourself, so once you get used to the controls, you should be able to get quite a lot of useful information and footage out of a single replay.

It really is a nifty new feature, so if you're even remotely interested, I would highly recommend you go to the PTR and check it out for yourself. On the other hand, if you're just looking to learn a little bit more about replays, you'll find what you seek over at the official website. Have fun!