Video game developer Blizzard warns Overwatch players to not use the character glitch in the Lucioball seasonal event in order to avoid potential punishment.
According to a post made by Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan on the Blizzard Forums, those who purposefully exploit the game’s recently discovered Lucioball glitch could find themselves on the receiving end of some form of punishment from the developer. Kaplan issued this as a “fair warning” to the team-based multiplayer shooter’s 15 million players, but didn’t explicitly state what the repercussions would be for consciously taking advantage of the bug.
As many Overwatch fans have noticed since the game’s launch, Blizzard has been adamant about maintaining a fair and balanced experience for the title’s legions of fans, which has resulted in numerous punishments ranging from significant XP penalties for those leaving matches early to banning large groups of cheaters for using “aimbots” or “triggerbots.” With this being the case, avid players of the shooter would do well to heed Kaplan’s warning (seen in full below), as there’s an extremely high chance for those who go into Lucioball with the intent to exploit the system to be penalized in some shape, form, or fashion.
“Apologies for this bug. We’ve attempted to fix it numerous times and have had unrelated issues preventing the fix. We hope to have a fix this week.
“In the meantime, we are in discussions with our Customer Support group to start taking action against those deliberately using the bug to play heroes other than Lucio.
“Please do not exploit this bug. Fair warning.”
For those unaware, Overwatch‘s Lucioball glitch allows players to take on the role of any of the game’s selection of heroes other than the titular character for the Rocket League-esque mode, Lucio. While it has been reported that PC users can access the exploit by repeatedly hitting “H” to bring up the character selection screen prior to matches, there also have been instances of the bug cropping up randomly without players’ input at all.
Bearing this in mind, it’s possible that Blizzard would overlook such unforeseen circumstances during its first seasonal event, and not punish players who are unwittingly experiencing the glitch, since the problem does, in fact, stem from the developer’s side. Nevertheless, without the studio having delivered a clear-cut definition of what it means to “abuse” the Overwatch bug, it’s possible for some fans who didn’t even know they were violating the company’s terms to be indiscriminately swept up in the retribution.
At any rate, this is far from the first time that Overwatch has experienced a game-altering glitch, and if Blizzard updating and patching the title on a near-constant basis is any indication of its future, the Lucioball bug certainly won’t be the last problem that developers encounter. As a matter of fact, just recently, players were able to glitch between the three levels of the Nepal map without dying, much to the chagrin of Blizzard. That said, in this day and age of game development, it seems as if no matter what the release is, or which studio is behind its production, glitches are bound to occur at some point.
Overwatch is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.