A string of code found in the current version of the Overwatch game files suggests that the console version of the new reporting system could be released with the upcoming Summer Games 2017 update.
Redditor Yernemm datamined the live version of Overwatch (1.13) and discovered references to the console reporting system alongside many strings of code detailing what other content we've got to look forward to in the Summer Games 2017.
The text in the image above reads:
"0000000069CC.07C: Violation: Gameplay (PSN / XBL)
Your fellow players reported you for a gameplay offense. This includes griefing, inactivity, ongoing harassment, physical harassment, and scams.
After a thorough investigation of the evidence, we have Suspended your Overwatch account. As the owner of this account, you are responsible for all actions associated with it. We will only overturn penalties if there is evidence of a compromised account or similar extenuating circumstances."
It was only recently that Blizzard announced an improved reporting system for PC users, and also stated that it was working on bringing this feature over to consoles - although no release date was confirmed at the time.
Since Overwatch first launched, there's been no reporting system at all on PS4 and Xbox One. This means that toxic members of the community aren't duly punished for griefing and ruining games. As time ticks on and the player base only continues to grow, those on console can't help but feel the feature is long overdue.
From the datamined files above though, it looks like it could finally be on its way soon. We'll make sure to update the site with all the latest, so keep your eyes peeled for more!
If you’re after every detail that was unearthed by the datamine, as well as everything rumoured to be coming to the Summer Games 2017 event, make sure you check out our Summer Games 2017 guide.