Blizzard brings long-awaited fixes to Doomfist on the Overwatch PTR

Blizzard is bringing some fixes to Doomfist in their latest Overwatch PTR.

The anticipation for the villainous, iconic character of Doomfist in the months leading up to his release in Overwatch was matched only by the frequency with which players began immediately encountering bugs whilst playing him. His signature Rocket Punch would either fall short, pass through an enemy entirely without harming them, or fail to cause additional damage when knocking the victim into an object - and those are the issues with only one of his four abilities.

Luckily for those fans of the highly mobile hero, Blizzard has some changes currently going the rounds over the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR). Reported fixes so far include a more accurate "wall slam" effect when striking players into an object, a tweak to Rocket Punch to allow it once again destroy breakable objects in its path, and a fix to Seismic Slam that will prevent the ability from canceling entirely when activated too close to a wall.

There's also a fair number of additional fixes still in the works, whilst others are currently being investigated by the developers. You can find the full summary further below, or check out the official post over the game forums.

As is the usual policy with Blizzard's PTR, no progress is kept when returning from it to the live Overwatch servers. This includes all cosmetic rewards, ranks, and loot boxes. All regions (excluding China) are eligible to participate, though only PC players can actually download and test the client via the app.

The full documented changes are as follows:

Things that are fixed

  • Wall slamming should be much improved. The wall slamming logic has also been simplified so players should find that a 45 degree impact angle is the cutoff between the target being slammed into the wall, or sliding off. This is the biggest change that should be noticeable instantly.
  • Rocket Punch now breaks breakables again. Not only was the bug fixed that caused it to no longer break breakables, but the system we have in place now should break them much more consistently than before.
  • Seismic Slam being canceled when landing too close to a wall should be fixed.
  • Seismic Slam will now 'slide' a small ways up ramps instead of instantly triggering. Winston's leap has also changed in the same way. The slide distance is manually tuned so let us know if it seems like he is sliding up ramps too much or too little.

Things we're still working on

  • Seismic Slam has a bug when you or your target is near a corner, it will sometimes not find them as a valid target. We have identified this bug but it is going to take a little longer to get a fix in place.
  • Ghost punches. This is an issue where you Rocket Punch and go through an enemy, instead of impact them. Some of these reports are latency related, but we did find an issue that was causing this to come up beyond just typical networking issues. Hopefully we'll get in a fix in soon.
  • Corner bounce. This happens if you use Rocket Punch near a corner or edge, and it causes you to 'bounce' off and slide quite a ways away, probably messing up your punch. This is a recent bug caused by a seemingly unrelated change. We have identified why this can happen though, and are working on a fix for it.

Things we're still investigating

  • Rocket punch vs. Rocket Punch/Charge. We get reports that it can feel really 'random' what happens when 2 Doomfists using Rocket Punch hit each other, or a Reinhardt using charge hits a Doomfist that is Rocket Punching. We're still gathering data and information on this one, and hope to be able to improve the consistency of situation. The intended result is that both players should fall over, much in the same way that two Reinhardts charging into each other knocks both of them down.
  • Aerial Seismic Slam sometimes causing Grounded Seismic Slam. We've gotten reports of people being up in the air and using Seismic Slam sometimes triggering the 'Grounded' version instead of the 'Aerial' version. This one seems really rare so its pretty hard to track down, but we're looking into it.