Those of you who are on capped or slow internet, this is fair warning. Blizzard has revealed that when the next Overwatch update releases users will have to reinstall the entire game from scratch, even if it is on disc.
According to the Blizzard forum, the next Overwatch update will require a full download to reinstall due to “fundamental changes to the game client”. Darkuloth, a member of the Blizzard Customer Service team posted the following on the forum.
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!
Blizzard told Kotaku that the upcoming patch should be considered a “remaster” patch that improves load time and reduces hard drive imprint of the PS4 version. It will do a lot more than that too and while Blizzard has yet to reveal the patch notes for the update, the fact that it requires a fresh install could mean some major changes incoming.
I personally hope for some sort of Xbox One X and PS4 Pro enhancements. The update currently has no release date but stay tuned for more and keep some cap aside if you are an Overwatch player.