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Blizzard adding health bars to Overwatch Spectator mode

January 17, 2017 — by Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh0

Blizzard have added health bars to the Overwatch Spectator mode in the PTR in an attempt to make teamfights less chaotic and easier to read

With Overwatch being as popular as it is right now, it comes as no surprise that it’s very quickly becoming big in the eSports scene. Now when it comes to watching competitive matches, we’re assuming it’s important to be able to keep track of what’s going on and who’s actually kicking whose ass. Unfortunately, this was rather difficult to do in the Overwatch Spectator mode because, whelp, there’s no health bars! There was no way to know who was winning and how individual players were faring on the field. This made reading matches incredibly difficult, and the matches are quite chaotic to begin with. But this was until recently, because it looks like health bars have now been added for all players in the PTR.

Overwatch Spectator mode

Doa, who’s well known on the eSports scene, shows the new feature off in a YouTube video. The new feature, the floating health bars, can be toggled on and off with ease. This is definitely a step in the right direction and will offer viewers a better sense of how individual players are performing.

According to Doa, this new change will definitely help quite a bit with casting, especially in bigger and messier fights. “You can tell the narrative of the fight a little bit more, you can see who’s getting lower. Poor Zenyatta, will he live through the fight? It’s so exciting now because I can actually look at the fight and the life bars at the same time without going back and forth between the characters in the middle of the screen and the life bars up the top—I can keep my eye on the action, I can keep my eye on the health at the same time.”

This feature is currently available only on the Overwatch Spectator mode in the PTR, however, according to Doa the feature should go live pretty soon.

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Manish "Trigger-Happy" Rajesh

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