On the 26th of April 2022, Overwatch 2 will have its BETA release for a selected few players. In the BETA release, we have been able to see a lot of new features that improve the overall faults & falls of Overwatch. One such feature that was added is the Ping System. In this guide, I will show you how to use the Ping System in Overwatch 2 as well as explain how it works.
How to Use the Ping System in Overwatch 2
In Overwatch 2, you will have a dedicated Ping Button. This will be similar to other FPS games where you can ping a location by just tapping the Key. You will be able to customize the Key by going to your Controls under Settings. Depending on what you ping, different information will be displayed. If you tap the key aiming at a location, it will ping it. But if you hold down the button, you will be shown a Wheel of different prompts. These prompts will consist of:
- Going In
- Fall Back
- Need Help
- Watching Here
Just like your Emote Wheel, the Ping Wheel will function similarly and will ping with the respective information. You can ping Locations, use the various calls, or ping Enemies. This system feels very polished even though the game is in BETA. Although it is a good mode of communication, it won’t be replacing Voice Chat. If you are facing Toxic players, then the Ping System will work just as well. If they persist to annoy you then you can mute them entirely.
How Does The Ping System Work?
The Ping System in Overwatch 2 may be the best one in the genre. As in its current state, it provides a lot of information and allows smooth communication without the use of Voice Chat. As mentioned above, it does all of the pings but also a lot more. If you see an enemy, say an enemy Sombra, you will be able to ping that enemy revealing their location for a while. Once they break Line Of Sight, their last known location will only be revealed. This provides enough information for your team to be alert around them. The only way you can break this ping is by using Sombra’s Translocator, Doomfist’s Meteor Strike, Moira’s Fade, and Tracer’s Recall.
Not only that, you will be able to affirm or reject certain callouts by other teammates by looking at them and pinging them. This will open up a different Wheel which will allow you to answer them. This opens up a kind of Ping Communication that is not seen in many games if any. Although this seems like the best Ping System in the world, it has its flaws like being abused by Toxic Players. As such, the Devs have put a limiter on the Pings so you won’t get spammed by it. If it gets bad, you have the option of muting them entirely. As stated by the Devs, the Ping System in Overwatch 2 is going to be an evolving process. It will only get better if we as the players communicate with them and make it better.
This is all given to us in the current BETA release, there is more to come for the Ping System and the future looks bright. This was all about the Ping System in Overwatch 2 and how it works. It is a Work in Progress but it proves to be a very effective mode of communication. Hopefully, this guide has helped you. You can also check out our other guides like Scoreboard System & How To Link Your Battlenet Client To Your Twitch Account in Overwatch 2