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Overwatch 1.43 update: Bad news as PS4, Xbox patch delayed into 2020 – report

Bad news for anybody hoping the Overwatch update that's currently on the PTR would be coming to consoles soon is going to want to sit down.

New leaks suggest that the incoming patch won't be arriving on the console version of the game in time for Christmas – or even the end of the year.

A leaked screenshot of the Overwatch Contenders ruleset seems to suggest that Patch 1.43, which is supposed to bring a lot of quality-of-life changes to the game, will be pushed back into next year.

The patch, which has been live on the Public Test Realm (PTR) for just under a month, is supposedly going to drop into console versions of the game in mid-January instead.

The leak appears to originate from Overwatch Pro player Ashley ‘Trill’ Powell.

Tweeting on December 3, the Dallas Fuel tank revealed the wording of a document outlining the rules of the Overwatch Contenders 2020 event, and it seems to suggest we're going to be waiting a while until we see the update land on PS4 or Xbox One.

We've embedded the tweet above so you can see it in context, but to save you clicking through, the statement reads:

"Matches will be played on the Live Servers while the patch is still active and will move to OPR once the mid-January patch lands on Live Servers."

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This means any potential Winter Wonderland events we see this year will be playing on a (sort-of) outdated version of the game, and that any Pro teams that have been practising on the PTR are going to have to use a different version of the game for the competition.

Needless to say, there's a little frustration in the Overwatch community right now.

Casual players and Pros alike are looking forward to seeing the buffs that Hanzo and Baptise have recieved, and others are eager to see Orisa and Sigma get nerfed.

A whole new meta is brewing in the game, but you're probably going to have to wait until mid-January to sample it for yourself.

What is Overwatch?

Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. Described as a "hero shooter," Overwatch assigns players into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of over 30 characters, known as "heroes," each with a unique style of play that is divided into three general roles that fit their purpose. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time.

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