[Update: Havana has made it through testing on the PTR and is now playable in Overwatch on PC and PS4. Strangely, there’s a slight delay on the Xbox One update. Along with the map, Blizzard has also opened up shop for Atlantic Mercy and Pacific Lúcio – the skins are 200 League Tokens each.]
Another Overwatch map has entered the fray. For those of you on PC who like to keep up with the PTR, the new Escort map Havana is now ready for testing. Try not to get that Camila song stuck in your head.
The map first debuted in Overwatch‘s currently-running Storm Rising event as a PvE story mission in which Genji, Tracer, Mercy, and Winston have to tear through Talon forces to get to Maximilien, an omnic handling the organization’s finances and a possible lead toward catching up with Doomfist.
As an Escort map, Havana involves babysitting a truck of rum barrels, battling through the Don Rumbotico distillery, and ducking into an imposing sea fort. It’s quite the picturesque battleground.
Looking over the patch notes, there isn’t much else to report. Blizzard set the PvP map loose and touched up a few issues with text errors on posters and made it so the Yucca plants no longer trap players. There aren’t any wild hero balancing changes or other tweaks in today’s Overwatch PTR update.
That said, the recent April 16 patch altered Junkrat’s projectiles and improved Reaper’s Shadow Step.
Junkrat – Frag Launcher
- Projectile speed increased from 20 to 25.
- Grenades now bounce less but explode sooner.
Reaper – Shadow Step
- Can now be used in air.
- Time to exit Shadow Step reduced from 1.0 second to 0.5 of a second.
- Reaper is now invisible for the entire time it takes to exit shadow step.
- Railings and other breakable objects no longer block teleporting.
- Disabled by Zarya’s Graviton Surge and Junkrat’s Steel Trap.
Symmetra – Teleporter
- Railings and other breakable objects no longer block teleporter placement and teleporting.
My favorite semi-useful but very appreciated feature in recent memory
- You can now set your Victory Pose choice to random.
You might’ve missed it, but initially, the company referred to Havana as an Assault map. That mislabeling sent some folks into a tizzy. To be clear, this is one-hundred percent an Escort map.
Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – April 18, 2019 [Blizzard]