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Overwatch
Overwatch

PC | PlayStation 4 | Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment Official Site: http://eu.battle.net/overwat...
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:35am 10/10/18 | 0 Comments
Including a Junkenstein’s Bride look for Sombra and Soldier 76 turning into the villain of an '80s Slasher film. A spooky cinematic sizzle reel of all the big new skins can be found after the jump.



The Halloween seasonal event in Overwatch now finds itself in its third year, and brings back Junkenstein’s Revenge in both its variations - including the new ability to play through it as either Tracer or Brigitte.

Overwatch Halloween Terror 2018 runs from today until November 1.
Monday, 10 September 2018
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After expanding recently with the addition of Atlanta, Georgia and Guangzhou, China teams comes word that six more teams will be joining the Overwatch League for the 2019 championship - bringing the total roster up to a total of 20 teams. With nine of these based outside of the Unites States.

The six new cities include Chengdu, Hangzhou, Paris, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C.

“The Overwatch League’s inaugural season was a great success,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “This past season alone, fans spent 160 million hours watching the leading Overwatch players in the world compete. We are thrilled to add eight new outstanding team owners from Europe, China, and North America to our Overwatch League ownership group. We now have 20 of the very best owners in professional sports.”

“We just capped an amazing inaugural Overwatch League season, crowning our first-ever Grand Finals champion in front of a sold-out crowd of dedicated and passionate fans,” said Pete Vlastelica, president and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports Leagues. “Now, as we look forward to the 2019 season and beyond, we’re adding eight new teams that will help us grow our league in important regions around the globe. We know that the difference between a good league and a great league is its owners, and we set a high bar for our first season with the calibre of ownership groups. Every one of these expansion franchises cleared that bar and will make our league even better.”

Team names and rosters will be announced soon alongside additional 2019 season details.
Thursday, 23 August 2018
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Blizzard's animated shorts for Overwatch have so far been excellent, so much so that the release of a new one is a mini-event in and of itself. And today the latest Overwatch short features an origin story of everyone's favourite pro-gamer in a mech suit D.Va. The action-packed story focuses on her own tireless efforts to protect South Korea from the next Omnic attack.

Check it out.



And in keeping with the MEKA theme the next location to come to competitive Overwatch is a Control map set in Busan - with three distinct locations, Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base. Here's a sizzle reel for the brand new map which is currently available to play via the Overwatch PTR.


  • Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, featuring an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture
  • Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight across a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station… but watch out for the train!
  • Contest your position in the MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks

  • In other Overwatch news the full game will be free-to-play this weekend from Friday, 24 August through 28 August AEST on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One - where the current Summer Games event is still going strong.
    Monday, 13 August 2018
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:11pm 13/08/18 | 2 Comments
    All your favourites will be there like Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga! Aruglia! And Pizzoza!. Wait, no. Wrong sport. Ahem.

    Blizzard will be hosting the Overwatch League All-Stars Weekend featuring the "fan-selected Atlantic and Pacific Division All-Stars".

    And they'll be showing off their elite "get on the point" skills. Well, actually it'll be in a series of "custom skill-based games":
    • Lucioball Showdown
    • Mystery Heroes
    • Widowmaker 1v1
    • Talent Takedown, Presented by T-Mobile
    • Lockout Elimination
    The 18 players on each roster will compete in at least one game mode, and there will be no substitutions within each game. The All-Star game itself will take place on Monday, 27 August over a total of five maps. The six starters for each division, including Australia’s Scott “Custa” Kennedy, will play the first map, but each team’s 12 reserves will play at least one map in the series.

    All-Star Weekend will be streamed live on Twitch, OverwatchLeague.com, the Overwatch League app, MLG.com, and the MLG app. To celebrate the event in-game, two new legendary skins will be available. Atlantic All-Star Tracer and Pacific All-Star Genji are redeemable for 300 Overwatch League Tokens from 18 – 28 August.
    Check out the full roster by clicking here.
    Friday, 10 August 2018
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 05:15pm 10/08/18 | 0 Comments
    With more than 50 new Summer Games items up for grabs and a new Lúcioball map, now's never been a better time to get your Summer Games Overwatch on, even though it's technically winder here in Australia, but hey, we're used to being forgotten.

    Jokes. We all get jokes. Anyway, here's a breakdown of the seasonal event as supplied by Blizzard:
    50+ brand new 2018 Summer Games items as well as the whole suite of past exclusives, available in Summer Games Loot Boxes
    • Six new Legendary Skins – Cabana Ana, Fastball Zenyatta, Gridironhardt Reinhardt, Lacrosse Roadhog, Waveracer D.Va, and Catcher Winston
    • Three new Epic Skins – Mexicana Sombra, Éireannach Moira, and Tre Kronor Brigitte
    • Over 200 total Summer Games themed cosmetics from throughout the years to collect!
    Return of the Summer Games exclusive Brawl, Lúcioball!
    • An Overwatch twist on traditional football/soccer, each team pilots three Lúcios scoring goals on a playing field modified for use of his Wall Ride
    • Control the ball with melee attacks or sound waves, make use of the Crossfade and Amp It Up abilities for mobility, as well as boost movement speed and jump height with the new Turbo Boost Ultimate
    • Three unique arenas to play on, including the brand new Busan Stadium, as well as the previous maps Sydney Harbour and Estádio das Rãs (Rio)
    • Last year’s Copa Lúcioball returns, with the Competitive Play ladder structure and placement matches for players to show off their skills
    You can learn even more by clicking here, and you can watch a video highlighting the above, embedded below.

    Friday, 27 July 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:27pm 27/07/18 | 0 Comments
    Starting right now and running through to Tuesday, July 31 on PC. With the Overwatch League Grand Final scheduled to kick off tomorrow this comes just in time for viewers to take a break between all the action by jumping straight into Overwatch. Timing-wise the free-to-play weekend also coincides with brand new hero Wrecking Ball who is now available to play on the live servers.

    Also, the Overwatch Standard Edition for PC is 50% off for those that choose to purchase the game - with all progress gained via the free-to-play weekend carrying over.

    Installation is easy, simply install or fire up Blizzard Battle.net and click on the Overwatch tab to begin the fight.
    Thursday, 19 July 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:14pm 19/07/18 | 0 Comments
    Celebrating its Second Anniversary we recently had the chance to sit down with Blizzard's Scott Mercer to discuss the most recent Overwatch Patch. Which in addition to providing the most recent rework of Symmetra introduced a number of features designed to enhance the social side of the game by taking steps to combat negative behaviour.

    Which in handles by doing the opposite of simply becoming like Mario in Donkey Kong and swinging the ban hammer wildly - by rewarding positive behaviour and teamwork.
    This fundamental shift to incorporating a system that has the required effect of reducing negative behaviour but also one that encourages teamwork, is something the team at Blizzard has been slowly building toward over the past two years. “Trying to encourage better player behaviour is something we've been actively working on for quite some time,” notes Scott Mercer, Principal Designer of Overwatch. “There's a lot of things we've been doing in terms of feedback when players do report someone. They received an email and they knew that the report actually did something.”

    “But I think Endorsements was really an opportunity for us to provide a much more positive reinforcement for members of the community,” Scott adds. “To be able to say, ‘Hey, you're awesome, and I really enjoyed playing with you. Here's this endorsement.’" Built around the idea of a player being able to assume positively instead of assuming negatively – instant access to someone’s endorsement level promotes a clear tangible record of past behaviour.


    Click Here to Read Our Full Interview with Blizzard's Scott Mercer
    Friday, 29 June 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:58pm 29/06/18 | 0 Comments
    Aka Hammond, aka "Specimen 8", like Winston was genetically modified at Horizon Lunar Colony resulting in both increased size and intelligence. And so, is able to command and fit comfortably inside a large wrecking ball of a tank. The new tank hero is live now on the PTR and as per the name is able to switch between bipedal shooting and giant ball rolling.

    Check out the Wrecking Ball origin video below.



    As a new tank, Wrecking Ball sounds like a fantastic addition to the Overwatch line-up. The addition of a Grappling Claw should introduce a new type of movement too.

    Abilities
      Quad Cannons: Wrecking Ball fires machine guns
      Adaptive Shield: Grants Wrecking Ball a number of temporary shields based on the number of enemies nearby
      Roll: Wrecking Ball transforms into a sphere with increased speed
      Grappling Claw: While in Roll mode, Wrecking Ball can launch a short grappling hook to attach to surfaces, swing around, clear gaps, and move upwards. Using this ability allows Wrecking Ball to gain momentum , dealing damage and knocking back enemies upon impact
      Piledriver: Wrecking Ball slams down from the air, pulling enemies towards the center of impact and dealing damage
      Minefield (Ultimate): Wrecking Ball litters the ground around him with damage-dealing proximity mines


    Of course, as a giant hamster, reaction to the new Overwatch hero has been mixed - with many forgetting the already very strange line-up that includes a giant gorilla, gamer in a mech, and cyborg ninja. For more on Wrecking Ball be sure to watch this video of Game Director Jeff Kaplan introducing Hammond.
    Tuesday, 29 May 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:51pm 29/05/18 | 0 Comments
    As noted by Blizzard Esports Leagues CEO Pete Vlastelica to German site Handelsblatt (translated by PC Gamer). In the interview he notes that Blizzard are looking to expand the Overwatch League's global reach with two more teams from the Americas, two from Asia-Pacific, and two from Europe and the Middle East. Fingers crossed that means one from Australia.

    Although that might be unlikely due to the fact that for the inaugural season Overwatch League franchises sold for $20 million USD each. Which is rumoured to be going up for Season 2 based on the popularity of current competition and the success that teams have been finding. As the original interview was with a German publication Blizzard made special mention of Berlin and how it would be the perfect city to host an Overwatch League team.

    In terms of the second season Blizzard also confirmed that all league matches will once again take place at Blizzard Arena, with home-and-away scheduling pushed back to the third season of competition.
    Wednesday, 23 May 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 03:05pm 23/05/18 | 0 Comments
    Overwatch turns two this month, which means we've been playing it on the reg for the past two years. Okay sure, that's a no brainer but it feels like Overwatch has been with us for longer than that. A testament to the game's staying power and all-time classic feel. And to celebrate the Overwatch Anniversary Event is now live, bringing a number of goodies.

    Including anniversary themed cosmetic items, a new Deathmatch map called Petra, and the return of all past seasonal cosmetic items as well as past seasonal brawls. And it's that last bit we're excited about the most.



    Also, Overwatch is on sale across all platforms with prices Genji-slashed by up to 50%.

    • Overwatch - $29.95 AUD
    • Overwatch: Legendary Edition – PC - $59.95 AUD
    • Overwatch: Legendary Edition – XB1 - $64.97 AUD
    • Overwatch: Legendary Edition – PS4 - $64.95 AUD
    • Upgrade from Overwatch to Overwatch: Legendary Edition - $30.00 AUD


    With Legendary Editions packed with five Origin, five Epic and five Legendary Skins. The event will be running from now until June 12, so be sure to log-in to Overwatch on PC, PlayStation or Xbox One.
    Tuesday, 15 May 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 11:40am 15/05/18 | 0 Comments
    Overwatch is on the cusp of hitting its second year anniversary, and to celebrate a special Overwatch Anniversary Event will run from May 23 through June 12. The best part is that we'll be getting all the seasonal brawls, which will rotate daily in the Arcade. Including the most recent Overwatch: Archives mission.

    Also coming is a new Deathmatch map called Petra, alongside a new Competitive Mode specific to Deathmatch. Which will, like standard competitive play, include placements matches, skill ratings, and leader-boards.



    Naturally, any new Overwatch event means new cosmetics and Overwatch Anniversary Event 2018 is no different. But, this time to celebrate two-years of Overwatch all Loot Boxes will include all previous seasonal event loot. Also players who log-inwill receive a Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, which will guarantee one Legendary item.

    And finally, for those that have yet to jump into Overwatch - a free weekend is coming May 26 through May 29 on all platforms.
    Friday, 4 May 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 02:53pm 04/05/18 | 0 Comments
    If you played through the recent Retribution event no doubt you were impressed by the new map set in Venice, Italy called Rialto. After its debut as part of the Retribution co-op mission, Rialto is now live as a new PvP escort map. Set during the daytime this version of Rialto features both familiar and new locations.

    Here's a quick sizzle reel of Rialto set to music perfect for a Gondola ride.



    I don't know about you but I got serious Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade vibes from this. And because X always marks the spot I'll be checking this out on the Xbox One X later tonight.
    Wednesday, 11 April 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 04:27pm 11/04/18 | 0 Comments
    Recently we had the chance to sit down with Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan to talk about the new Retribution co-op mission. The latest, and definitely most successful, attempt by the team to bring co-op story content to the game. We talk about the lessons learned along the way, the early experiments, and the evolution of PvE Overwatch.


    Mechanically Retribution is the evolution of PvE content within Overwatch. A team-based shooter designed for PvP, where it has gone on to become a household name across the globe. Thanks to its now with over 35 million players, an annual World Cup that attracts talent from across the globe, and a high profile esports league – fittingly called Overwatch League. The road to creating a co-op mode though, that could stand alongside the core competitive side of Overwatch was a long process. And one that began well before the arrival of Retribution and last year’s Uprising event.

    “Halloween Terror 2016 was the first time. That's when we did the whole PvE experiment with Junkenstein’s Revenge,” Jeff tells me. “Before that, we had done some work on playing against AI, which we thought was cool. We knew it wasn't great. We knew it wasn't a compelling experience. Sure, we can teach bots to play the game, but it was never going to be as fun as playing against real people. It really was Halloween Terror, that first year, where we said, ‘Why don't we try something a little bit different. Let's see if we can create this fun new mode’.”


    Click Here to Read Our Interview with Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:11pm 11/04/18 | 0 Comments
    Retribution, the new PvE co-op mission live now in Overwatch finally delivers on the promise of fun story-based content. At a preview event last week at Blizzard HQ we were lucky enough to go hands-on with the new mission and speak with some of the talented people behind the scenes.


    “There's just a lot of what we would probably call heavy handedness in Uprising,” Matthew Hawley, Lead Game Producer on Overwatch tells me. “We've tried to be a little bit subtler with Retribution. I think by its nature, Retribution's a little bit more run and gun so you have player interaction as the action. Which has helped us to better tell the story rather than maybe some of the more heavy-handed moments in Uprising.”

    Not that it was designed to be the Overwatch equivalent of a campaign mode. The nature of it being a limited-time event meant that it was fine to play through a few times but wasn’t something that you immediately missed.

    Little did we know though that whilst we were all experiencing Uprising for the first time, Blizzard were hard at work on a new bit of story content – Retribution. A new co-op mission that would take all the lessons learnt from Uprising, and offer a faster, leaner, and more exciting co-op experience. After the initial tests with the horde-like Junkenstein’s Revenge from the first Overwatch Halloween Terror event, to the experiment in objective-based co-op mission design that was Uprising, it seems like that old saying is true. In that third time’s the charm.


    Click Here to Read Our Full Overwatch Retribution Preview
    Friday, 6 April 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 09:24am 06/04/18 | 0 Comments
    Last year with the release of Uprising we all got our first taste of story-based co-op Overwatch content. That being a PvE mission where players took on the role of specific Overwatch heroes in a historical battle that took place in London. And now with the introduction of Overwatch Archives, the second historical mission is set to drop next week. And it looks, well, awesome.

    Taking place in a new location, Rialto (Venice, Italy) players will get to relive a critical Blackwatch mission as McCree, Moira, Genji, and Reyes take on Talon forces. And that's Reyes as in before he became Reaper.



    Now, as it looks like the above trailer was created using in-engine assets this is definitely the most cinematic Overwatch has looked in a while. And it looks great, especially with what look like Talon forces that haven't been seen in-game before. If the new Overwatch Archives event means more co-op missions like Uprising and now Retribution, fans looking for more Overwatch story will be in for a treat.

    Also, Retribution will see the addition of over 160 new cosmetic items - including what we assume will be some cool new skins. We'll have more on Retribution next week when the event goes live from 11 April – 1 May AEST/NZST on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
    Wednesday, 28 March 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 12:25pm 28/03/18 | 0 Comments
    And will once again see countries go head to head this November at Blizzcon. But before that, the players and eligible countries need to be sorted out. So, from From today through the end of Competitive Season 9 (29 April AEST), Blizzard will be tracking the skill rating of each country's top 150 players. With the top 20 countries at the end moving on to compete in the 2018 Overwatch World Cup.

    Progress can be tracked here, and as of writing Australia is sitting in 15th place. The four top countries chosen to host Overwath World Cup events - South Korea, United States, Thailand, and France - automatically go through.

    Australia made it through to the top eight last year, so here's hoping we can go further in 2018.
    Wednesday, 21 March 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:09pm 21/03/18 | 0 Comments
    The daughter of everyone's favourite master of the portable turret, Torbjörn Lindholm, is the newest hero to join the Overwatch ranks. Whereas her father is more of a weapons designer Brigitte went the imposing armour and defensive route. From her portable plasma shield to her flail, one might be surprised to learn that she's a new Support character.

    But then one look at her abilities, which includes being able to throw out healing repair packs and then Rally her team with an Ultimate buff of armour and faster movement, you begin to see her appeal. In that she bucks the usual kinda-squishy Support trend in favour of well, a formidable presence.



    For more info head to Brigitte's official character page, or fire up Overwatch and start flailing. Literally.
    Thursday, 1 March 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:49pm 01/03/18 | 0 Comments
    Well, turns out that I was wrong. All that teasing was in fact about hero numero 27 joining the Overwatch ranks - daughter Torbjörn Lindholm, Brigitte. Who also happens to be a mechanical engineer specialising in armour and defense. Click through for a breakdown of her skills and abilities.

    Okay so Brigitte, as a new Support Hero, can throw Repair Packs down to heal teammates. Plus, her Flail weapon also has the ability to heal when damaging foes. Throw in a personal Barrier Shield (think mini-Reinhardt) and an ultimate that gives allies long-lasting armour Brigitte sound like quite the addition to the Overwatch lineup.



    Her abilities in full:
    Rocket Flail – Brigitte’s melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.
    Repair Pack – Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armour instead.
    Whip Shot – Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.
    Barrier Shield – Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.
    Shield Bash – Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.
    Inspire – When Brigitte hits enemies with her flail, she also heals nearby allies over time.
    Rally – Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armour that lasts until it’s removed by damage.


    Brigitte is also now live on the PTR, giving everyone a chance to check her out before going live in the near future.
    Tuesday, 20 February 2018
    Post by KostaAndreadis @ 01:24pm 20/02/18 | 0 Comments
    And New Zealand. And sure we could have put that in the headline too, but hey we put the A in ANZ. For those that need a reminder Overwatch Contenders is a semi-professional league that will showcase the best local talent, where they'll go up against each other and possibly make it to the Big Leagues. As in the Overwatch League.

    The first of three Overwatch Contenders seasons planned for this year, with a total local prize pool of $150,000 USD per year, kicks off March 12 at 2:00pm AEDT/4:00pm NZDT.

    This is all part of the path to pro for Overwatch that begins with the Open Division that is, yeah, open to all. The ANZ region has eight teams confirmed so far: Legacy, Kings GC, Your Name Here, cmonBruh, ViewSonic.DarkSided, Masterminds GC, Kanga Esports, and Alter Ego.

    For more info, including schedules and updates head to the Overwatch Contenders site.
    Tuesday, 13 February 2018
    Post by Steve Farrelly @ 02:10pm 13/02/18 | 0 Comments
    It must surprise Blizzard that there are people out there still not playing Overwatch. But, to their tenacious credit, they won't let these stragglers live Overwatchless forever, inviting them in for free this coming weekend to play with the full roster across a number of game modes.



    The free weekend will take place across PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here's the official line:
    Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance!

    During this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 26 heroes and 17 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn loot boxes, and unlock a variety of different customisation options.

    If players decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, they’ll get to keep any progress made during the weekend—as long as they use the same Blizzard, Xbox Live, or Sony Entertainment account that they played on.

    To learn more, please visit: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/21508380
    Interestingly, outside of a few BlizzCon's ago, when the game was first revealed, this editor hasn't since jumped into the full release proper. I guess this weekend gives me no excuse now.

    Are you also an Overwatch no-show? If so, what's stopped you jumping in?