Overwatch screenshot of Ashe and Bob posing together

Ever since it first launched, Overwatch has enjoyed a continuous stream of updates and tweaks. We have received numerous balance changes, new maps and heroes, new game modes and systems, and with the latest World Cup Viewer, even a brief glimpse at replays and spectating.

While all of these are certainly positive additions that have made Overwatch stand the test of time with ease, they have also unfortunately caused a rather significant drop in performance. This is most noticeable on some of the newer maps like Blizzard World as certain areas can cause your FPS to fluctuate wildly no matter how strong your PC might be. Thankfully, according to the latest announcement from Blizzard, all these problems will soon be a matter of the past.

"The next major patch will have some pretty fundamental changes to the game client," reads the brief announcement. "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." 

Blizzard's announcement didn't provide anything in terms of actual details, but in an equally brief email to Kotaku they did reveal that the upcoming update will be a 'remaster' patch that will improve load times, optimize memory usage, reduce the amount of required hard drive space, as well as fix all sorts of bugs. In other words, this is the fabled 'optimization patch' the community has been asking for nearly a year now!

Once more information becomes available, or the patch itself lands on the PTR, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then, however, I would recommend you go and check out Ashe and the improved Roadhog on the current PTR as they're both a blast to play. Enjoy!