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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

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.

 

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

 

 

Overwatch Nominated for 2017 New York Game Awards

On January 19, 2017, the New York Game Awards will reveal the winners. Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch video game has been nominated for a couple Award categories including:

  • Best Game of the Year
  • Best Music in a Game

The New York Game Awards Ceremony will be held from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM EST at the following venue:

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Tickets for the event can be purchased (while they last) here, at a suggested donation of $20 going forth toward their scholarship fund. The cost also includes attendance to the After Party reception.

Overwatch PTR: Roadhog Hook 2.0, Plus Emote and Voice Line Wheel

The latest 1.3GB PTR Patch 1.7.0.0.33835 introduced the new Roadhog Hook 2.0 which corrects the overpowered transdimensional pulling of heroes without line of sight.

  • Roadhog can now hook and shoot to kill Ana and Mei more effectively.

  • Sombra was buffed. She is more viable against Dva now

  • Dva armor reduced. Dies faster. Probably to force Dva to rely on her shield ability more often

  • Ana’s grenade does more damage to enemy heroes, but her heal amount seems to have decreased for friendly tanks

  • New Wheel which allows players to choose and keybind 4 emotes, 4 Sprays, and 4 voice lines

Check out the video to find out how it works, and how to set it up.

 

Emote & Voice Line Wheel

This video shows how to find and setup your 4 Emotes and 4 Voice Lines.

 

Roadhog Hook 2.0

A player and I joined a custom game to test the Hook 2.0 against each other. There is a drastic difference hooking people through walls. It is a bit more difficult now to hook a player from a second floor, but can be done less frequently. The player was able to hook me into oblivion as he jumped off a cliff.