Terry Crews Teases Overwatch Announcement at E3!

It is not official, but Terry Crews leaves nothing to the imagination. Terry posted a Facebook video showing off his Old Spice PC, and right at the moment when he shows Overwatch: Uprising’s Tracer skin on his monitor he said: “I have got a major surprise coming at E3. Yes, the Electronic Expo E3 in June. Major, major surprise. (horselaugh) Y’all know what’s going on. Major surprise. It’s going to be really really fun.

You can watch him saying this quote in the video below at the 8:44 mark.

I don’t know about you, but that was a hell of a tease. It is no secret that Terry Crews visited Blizzard Entertainment a few months ago, with the request that he wanted to voice Doomfist. Terry is an avid Overwatch player and fan.

Whether his E3 tease is about an Overwatch announcement, or something else, dperschonok filed to attend E3, and he will have the scoop. dperschonok attended E3 the past two years for Blizzplanet. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @blizzplanetcom for future updates.

 

Overwatch: Uprising


The newest event in Blizzard’s Overwatch has players timewalk back to a critical moment in the game’s lore. Omnics titled, “Null Sector” have followed through with an insurgency attack in London. Players take on the role of either Reinhardt, MercyTorbjörn, or the freshly recruited Tracer, to put an end of what might be the second Omnic Crisis. This event was teased earlier in the week with the comic Uprising and you can read more info on it here.

Updates to the game have also gone live.  Lúcio has received his rework, Orisa’s head hitbox has been reduced by 15%, and several other quality of life improvements.

King’s Row Uprising Holiday Event?

Easter starts officially on Sunday, April 16th and it is likely no coincidence that Blizzard Entertainment is teasing April 11th heavily through transmedia.

The first tease was posted via Twitter announcing that declassification of files would be revealed on April 11th.

 

This Overwatch Mission Archive reveals the King’s Row Uprising happened 7 years ago. There is a silhouette of Tracer, a poster that says Mandatory Omnic Registration, and there are two images that aren’t too clear to figure out.

A few days later, Blizzard Entertainment published the newest digital comic titled Uprising, where we see a younger Tracer being trained to join Overwatch.

This comics describes an incident where there are hostages in the power plant in King’s Row. McCree is sent in by Gabriel Reyes for recon assignment. Toward the end of the comic, Soldier: 76 sends Reinhardt, Torbjorn, Tracer and Mercy to take care of the hostage situation.

I think it is pretty clear what’s going on here. Blizzard is teasing the next Holiday Event to celebrate Easter. However, it remains to be seen exactly how it is themed around Easter, or whether there is nothing Easter-minded about it. Maybe it is a new Season 3 map. Maybe it is a new Arcade map that stays around. Or maybe it is a 1-2 week holiday event.

We’ll just have to wait a few days more to find out what the Overwatch team has cooked for us. Hopefully you are excited as I am.

Orisa

Orisa serves as the central anchor of her team, and defends her teammates from the frontline with a protective barrier. She can attack from long range, fortify her own defenses, launch graviton charges to slow and move enemies, and deploy a Supercharger to boost the damage output of multiple allies at once.

 

Orisa Abilities

Orisa’s automatic projectile cannon delivers sustained damage, but slows her movement while she fires it. .

Orisa throws out a stationary barrier that can protect her and her allies from enemy fire.

Orisa temporarily reduces damage she takes, and cannot be affected by action-impairing effects.

Orisa launches a graviton charge which she can detonate, slowing nearby enemies and pulling them towards the explosion.

Orisa deploys a device to increase damage inflicted by allies within her line of sight.

 

Overwatch PTR: Numbani Airport Wrecked & Doomfist Missing

Blizzard Entertainment deployed a new version of the Numbani map matching the latest lore snippet posted today in the Overwatch Twitter, and in line with the recent Efi Oladele interview.

 

FUNKO POP Vinyl Overwatch Series 2 Pre-Orders

The FUNKO POP Vinyl Overwatch Series 2 pre-orders have begun. These are slated to ship on May 2017. Follow the links to pre-order each individual figure:

 

Overwatch 24th Hero Teased: Spider Drone

Blizzard Entertainment recently teased the 24th Hero will be announced soon, by releasing an Atlas News interview with Efi Oladele — an 11-year-old robotics/AI engineer. Story developer Michael Chu recently clarified that this interview takes place in the present day of Overwatch (aka 60 years in the future). Therefore, Efi is not the 24th hero as she is currently age 11. What this means is that the 24th hero is meant to be a robot with an artificial intelligence, created by Efi.

During the interview, Efi says: “I became obsessed with putting together little drones.” Therefore, Blizzard is hinting at a drone-like hero.

There is actually a concept art that shows a spider-like drone. The image was shown today at the DICE 2017 Summit during Jeff Kaplan’s Overwatch Opening Keynote.

DICE Summit 2017: Jeff Kaplan Overwatch Opening Keynote

Jeff Kaplan discusses the creation of Blizzard’s first IP in over 17 years with Overwatch as the opening keynote for the DICE Summit 2017 (Feb 22 at 1PM EST / 10AM PST). We will have a transcript later during the week (probably Friday), and a replay video (later today) in case you missed the live keynote.

** IF you aren’t able to see the embeded player’s interface, try Chrome instead of Firefox. Jeff Kaplan starts at 00:07:16. Read the full transcript below.

Wonfes Winter 2017 – Nendoroid & Figma Overwatch Figure Series Announced

Figma revealed posters of two more Nendoroid Overwatch figures and two Figma Overwatch figures at Wonfes Winter 2017 in Japan today (2/19).

The new Nendoroid Overwatch figures includes: Mei and Mercy.

The new Figma Overwatch figures include: Genji and Tracer.

That’s not to be confused with the Nendoroid Tracer. This one is a Figma Tracer Figure:

Figma Overwatch

Recently, Blizzard Entertainment announced the Nendoroid Tracer figure pre-orders were open, accompanied by a press release (shown below).

TOKYO, Feb. 15, 2017 — Good Smile Company, Inc., a premier Japanese collectible figure maker, announced on February 15 that it has acquired the license to produce Nendoroid collectible figures based on the heroes of Blizzard Entertainment’s internationally acclaimed multiplayer team-based shooter “Overwatch”.

“We are very excited to be working closely with Blizzard Entertainment to create these collectible figures that both our fans and their players will enjoy!” said Good Smile Company President and CEO Takanori Aki.

Overwatch’s Tracer will be the first character to join the Nendoroid lineup and is fully articulated, allowing her to be posed in many different ways. She comes complete with a variety of optional parts to add effects for her abilities, interchangeable bent legs, and hair options that can cover up her eyes to recreate her iconic poses from the game. Also included are her trademark Pulse Pistols and open-hand parts to pose her without her guns. Her Pulse Bomb is also included to pose her activating her ultimate ability.

Overview of Overwatch

  • Product Name: Nendoroid Tracer: Classic Skin Edition
  • Series Name: Overwatch
  • Specifications: Painted ABS & PVC non-scale figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height.
  • MSRP: US$49.99
  • Preorder Start Date: February 14, 2017 (4:00 PM Pacific)
  • Preorder End Date: March 15, 2017 (TIME TBD)
  • Release Month: August 2017
  • Copyright: (C) 2017 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. Overwatch, the Overwatch logo, and Blizzard Entertainment are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. in the US and/or other countries. Visit us at gear.blizzard.com

Nendoroid Tracer is now available for preorder at the GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP(http://goodsmileshop.com/en/) and at participating retailers worldwide. Information on other upcoming Nendoroid and figma Overwatch heroes will be made available soon.

 

What Overwatch Update Means to You

Blizzard, the developer behind the insanely popular game Overwatch, is releasing a new update. It will bring a number of new changes to the characters just as the Year of the Rooster event comes to an end. Some players will be pleased with this latest update, while others may be disappointed depending on which character they enjoy using.

Roadhog Rebalance

Blizzard can’t seem to get Roadhog where it wants him. The character is being rebalanced yet again. This time, however, Roadhog fans may be disappointed with the changes. According to Blizzard, it’s reducing the power of Roadhog’s famous hook ability. To counter this, his gun will be more effective when he’s not using his hook.

What does this actually mean? The spread for Roadhog’s scrap gun is being decreased by nearly 20 percent. This means that it will be more accurate and do more damage from far away. The chain hook, however, will pull enemies to 3.5 meters away from Roadhog rather than 2 meters. Also, the cooldown for the hook ability is being increased from six seconds to eight seconds.

Capture the Flag Here to Stay

During the Year of the Roster Event, one of the biggest draws was the Capture the Rooster mode. In this mode, players are on a mission to capture a rooster flag from the opposing team and safely deliver it to their ally base. The mode turned out to be so popular that Blizzard has decided to keep it. The mode will be renamed Capture the Flag, and the stages that are available will be expanded beyond the few stages that were available during the Year of the Rooster event.

roadhog

Changes to Winston

Roadhog isn’t the only one that Blizzard is changing in this update. Winston will also be rebalanced, but this time for the better. Blizzard said that Winston had an abnormally big head hitbox. This means that Winston was taking more damage than he should have been taking. Because of this, it was far too easy for enemies to drain Winston’s life with critical hits.

Basically, Blizzard is reducing Winston’s head hitbox by 15 percent. This is being changed to bring him in line with other tank heroes.

If you’re a PS4 or Xbox One player, you should expect this update to become live soon because Blizzard has added it to its latest Overwatch PTR update. What do you think of the new update? Does it impact any of the characters that you enjoy using?

 

Overwatch Season 3 Ends Feb 21, 2017

The Overwatch Community Manager, Lylirra, announced the end of Competitive Play Season 3 will be on February 21 at 4pm. So login and start your marathon against the clock to reach the next rank and your next golden weapon Competitive Points. The Season 4 is slated to start a week later, around February 28th.

Lylirra: Hey, everyone.

Season 3 of Competitive Play is coming to an end very soon, so we wanted to lay out a few key dates and important pieces of information regarding the upcoming season roll.

DATE AND TIMES

Season 3 will officially end on Tuesday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. PST (or Wednesday, February 22 at 00:00 UTC). Season 4 is currently scheduled to launch one week later on Tuesday, February 28 at 4:00 p.m. PST (or Wednesday, March 1 at 00:00 UTC).

For time zone assistance, and to see when the season will roll in your region, visit thetimezoneconverter.com.

SEASON 3 REWARDS

If you completed your placement matches during Season 3, you will eligible to receive a special spray and player icon. These will be unlocked automatically when you log into your account the first time after the season ends. If at any point during the season you managed to break into the Top 500 players on your platform (and in your region), you’ll receive an extra player icon and animated spray on top of the other seasonal rewards.

Aside from sprays and icons, you’ll also receive a number of Competitive Points based on the maximum skill rating you achieved during the season.

Here’s the Skill Rating (SR) to Competitive Point (CP) breakdown for Season 3:

SR 1-1499 (Bronze): 100 CP
SR 1500-1999 (Silver): 200 CP
SR 2000-2499 (Gold): 400 CP
SR 2500-2999 (Platinum): 800 CP
SR 3000-3499 (Diamond): 1200 CP
SR 3500-3999 (Master): 2000 CP
SR 4000-5000 (Grandmaster): 3000 CP

STAY TUNED!

Throughout Season 3, we’ve been listening to the community and modifying our plans based on your feedback. We really appreciate hearing your opinions, and can’t thank you enough for taking the time to help us make Overwatch better.

We’re always excited about the future of Competitive Play, and we’ll be talking more about Season 4 in the coming weeks. Until then, keep your eyes on playoverwatch.com, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for the latest news.

Overwatch Patch 1.7.0.2.34315

Blizzard Entertainment deployed today a small patch for PC to address specifically a few bug fixes. A larger patch for the PS4 and Xbox One will be available at a later date.

Bug Fixes

General

  • Fixed a bug that allowed the flag to get stuck outside the standard gameplay boundaries in Capture the Rooster.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Competitive Matches to continue indefinitely.
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer and Mei to reach unintended locations outside the standard gameplay boundaries on several maps.
  • Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt’s shield from displaying cracks at low health when the Wujing skin was equipped.

 

Scholastic Overwatch World Guide

The Scholastic Overwatch World Guide is slated to ship on January 31, 2017. You can now pre-order this book for $8.99.

Welcome to the world of Overwatch! This handbook is the perfect introduction to the scientists, soldiers, and adventurers who make up the Overwatch roster, from the time-jumping Tracer to the super-smart, genetically engineered gorilla Winston. You’ll discover each hero’s story and which unique abilities and weapons they bring to the battlefront. Then learn about the Omnic Crisis and how humanity restored peace, and get to know the awesome environments that make up the Overwatch landscape.

There’s a poster you can hang on your wall, too!

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1338112805
ISBN-13: 978-1338112801

Scholastic Overwatch World Guide