If you are one of those players who have shamelessly used Mei’s Ice Wall glitch during 3v3 matches in Overwatch, you can prepare to feel the wrath of Kaplan rain down upon you like a barrage of Pharah rockets.
The glitch which has been floating around for a little while now would see Mei players heads to a certain corner of the map, crouch down, and drop an ice wall. This would send the player to the upper level of a room which shouldn’t be accessible in game. They can then roam about above the map, and access off limit areas while popping off shots at the enemy team without breaking a sweat.
Game director and all round top bloke Jeff Kaplan finally weighed in the issue.
“Overwatch is a PvP experience so that means exploiting game mechanics like this comes at a cost to those you are competing against,” he said. “We take aggressive action against people who abuse game mechanics, hack or cheat. This case is no different. This bug is clearly an exploit and we consider this cheating. Do not attempt to reproduce this bug. If you see someone abusing this mechanic, please report them.”
It appears the bug is quite a pesky one for the Overwatch team to track down (it happens- welcome to game development) so in the mneantime until a final fix is sorted, be a good citizen and rat out those using the advantage. a fix is expected within the next 24 hours.
No word on what punishment is awaiting those who used the exploit. Although not a straight up hack it does violate the games T&C’s of fair play.
A full blown ban is possible but unlikely, we will just have to await the fist of Jeff Justice and see what pans out.