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Overwatch Getting New Custom Game Options And A Server Browser

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Hey, you hear about that rad new player-created game type Overwatch fans are super into? You... have? Come on now, don’t lie. Overwatch’s custom game options have been basically worthless since since day one. Thankfully, that’s about to change.

In a new developer update, Jeff “from the Overwatch team” Kaplan delved into the game’s new custom mode options and server browser, which are now available on the PTR for testing.

We already knew about the server browser, but in short, it’ll allow you to select from custom games being hosted in your region. In addition, custom games will soon grant XP, and CTF will become a permanent custom game option (with more re-purposed maps). The coolest thing here, though, is the breadth of options that’ll soon be available in custom games. A few examples:

  • Turn on/off individual hero abilities
  • More customization on hero ability cooldown times
  • Change payload speed
  • Change capture speed on control points
  • Allow/disallow individual heroes
  • Enable/disable flag pick-up time
  • Change CTF so a team’s flag has to be back at their base in order to cap the enemy flag
  • Increase Pharah’s missile speed

Kaplan offered an example custom mode where only Widowmakers are allowed, and there’s no cooldown on grappling hooks. So basically, Spider-Woman. And thanks to the server browser, it’ll actually be easy to find this stuff now.


Admittedly, Overwatch’s custom options still aren’t on the level of some other multiplayer shooters (especially ones on PC), but this is a long-overdue step in the right direction. You can try out the server browser and new custom game options on the PTR right now, along with Bastion changes we previously reported on, some tweaks to D.Va’s barrier, and a Mercy buff.