An Overwatch report system will finally be available on the console version, and it’s happening in the next live patch.
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan wrote on the official forums Thursday that the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of Overwatch will finally have the much-desired ability to report players in the next patch.
“Reporting on console will be available when patch 1.14 goes live (the patch that has DM and TDM and is currently on the PTR for testing),” he wrote. “Also, it’s important to note the reporting system and punishments are very much an ongoing development for us. Improvements will continue over time. We are working on increased punishments for high frequency offenders, email notifications when your reports result in disciplinary action (we’re experimenting with this right now and we’ll expand this as we refine it), and eventually notifications in the game client when your report results in disciplinary action.”
Since the simultaneous release of Overwatch on both the PC and consoles last May, the reporting system for console players has been absent, to the frustration of many. While the reporting system for the PC was far from perfect, an update on July 26 increased the penalties to reported players ranging from chat restrictions to suspensions and bans. Last month’s update also detailed the console report system was in the works, and that has now materialized.
The lack of a reporting option on console versions of Overwatch spawned countless numbers of complaints, as players were free to harass other players or throw games with zero consequences. Hopefully in the coming patch players will be able to curb such attitudes with the new and developing system.
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