Blizzard has revealed that Overwatch will be updated with a new replay feature that will allow players to dive back into previous matches and watch how the action unfolded from any perspective. The Replay feature is currently available on the Public Test Realm PC, where it will be put through its paces before being officially made available on all versions of the game.
As detailed on Blizzard's website, players will be able to watch replays from the first-person and third-person perspectives, or take a bird's-eye view of it all. The action can be sped up or slowed down, and the UI can also be removed.
Replays will be accessible from the Player Profile page, where the Replays tab will appear. Overwatch will store the 10 most recent matches from all games, except for the Tutorial and Practice Range modes. However, Blizzard notes that replays will be available for the duration of a patch, so if the game is updated to a new version, replays will be reset--as is also the case for Highlights.
You can take a look at some of the tips for using Replay that Blizzard has provided on its website, below.
Here are a few tips to help you level up your Replays experience:
- If you want to learn how a specific player uses a hero, make sure to spectate both them and the enemy they're attacking. This will help you understand the difference in their play styles.
- Using the map overlay (Ctrl+I) to watch a match will help you understand how team fights unfold. The icons for each hero provide status indicators so you can see exactly what is happening to that player.
- For the best view when using the map overlay, position your camera high in the sky and look straight down at the ground. This allows you to see an overhead map when using the tool.
- Setting up static cameras in specific locations can help you view fights from multiple perspectives and better understand team rotations. Remember to bookmark your locations in each new match.
- If you're creating highlight footage for videos, don't overuse slow motion. For the most dramatic effect, slow down the most impactful moments of a play or a team fight.
Overwatch Anniversary event is currently live on all platforms and runs through June 10. It has introduced a bunch of new skins, in addition to other cosmetics and rotating brawls. Blizzard is also hosting an in-game contest for Overwatch League fans. From May 27-31, players can wear an Overwatch League team hero skin and take part in Quick Play or Competitive matches. Each match completed while wearing one of these skins earns a point for the team represented. On June 3 a winning team will be announced and the winning team gets to take over the official OWL Instagram account.