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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 our recorded Blizzard panels, BlizzCon panel transcripts, 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.

Pre-PAX East 2015 Overwatch Teasers

The Overwatch Team has posted a couple teasers aimed at hyping whatever plans there are to announce at PAX East on Friday, March 6 at 10:30am. Wankyu and I will be there at the panel, so make sure to check back for any updates. We’ll also share our first impressions playing the game, and will gather questions from the community after the panel to approach the developers with your questions.

The latest teaser says: “The scent of gunsmoke mingled with the aroma of gyóza following yesterday’s thwarted ramen shop robbery attempt. And while the mainstream media focused on the anachronistic fashion sense of the stranger who saved the day, I want to know whether he’s the self-appointed sheriff of the corner store, too. We’re told we live in an era of peace, but crime is running rampant, and the authorities don’t seem to care. If folks like him want to protect us, maybe we should just let–“.

Other than that, Blizzard doesn’t give any more hints on what this new hero presumed to be announced at PAX East is about. The only hint is “anachronistic fashion sense” which points toward a vigilante wearing cloths that aren’t unique or conforming with the current era in the Overwatch universe. Could it be a cowboy vigilante?

Something wrong is going on in a post-Overwatch era where peace is supposed to reign. The description “We’re told we live in an era of peace, but crime is running rampant, and the authorities don’t seem to care” points to some mysterious corruption from within plaguing the government(s).

Pre-PAX East 2015 Overwatch Teasers

Pre-PAX East 2015 Overwatch Teasers

The previous teaser said: “[EXCLUSIVE] What caused one weightlifting world champ hopeful to give up fame and glory? Find out in our March issue!“.

pax-east-2015-overwatch-teaser-1

Seems like Blizzard plans to unveil at least two new heroes in the Overwatch roster.

PAX East 2015 – Submit Questions for Developer Interviews

Wankyu and I will be at PAX East. We wish to gather questions from the community concerning Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.

Watch the PAX East livestream on March 6th to witness the Blizzard panel (livestream embed is at the bottom of this page). Make sure to submit more questions during and after the panel too. Send your questions through the form below or via email at [email protected]

Note: We will message again via Twitter and Facebook to gather questions after the Blizzard panel when you might have even more questions. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

PAX East 2015: Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Battleground

Blizzard Entertainment teased via Twitter one of the maps which apparently might be playable at PAX East 2015. The new map is an abandoned Overwatch Observation Post located in the Iberian Peninsula (for the geography-challenged, that’s the large region that consists mostly of Spain, and Portugal).

The Atlantic Seaboard A.I. Summit March 6-8 (shown in the image below) is a reference to PAX East which will take place on the same date in Boston, Massachusetts.

I really never digged Team Fortress, but I have over 5,000 hours of experience in Half-Life 2: Deathmatch. Not an expert, but let’s say I’m quitely persistent. Usually end up winning top kills.

Taking a look at this battleground Blizzard teased us with, and some of the heroes’ abilities I can visualize potential strategies. It is very important to know the map, and the spots you can excel at.

Considering all the high-places in this map, I see good tactical points that Widowmaker, Pharah and Hanzo can exploit for a ranged snipe/attack at the top of the building. Lot of places where Tracer, Symmetra, Bastion and Tborjorn can place their devices to defend/attack as well. Very exciting.

PAX East 2015: Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Battleground

PAX East 2015: Blizzard Teases New Overwatch Battleground

Blizzplanet writer Wankyu, and myself will be attending this event, and plan to play Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone. Make sure to check us back for photos, and videos.

PAX East 2015 Blizzard Preview Panel Schedule

Blizzard Entertainment plans to make a series of announcements at PAX East 2015 according to the panel schedule posted on the PAX website. Blizzplanet was invited to come to PAX East, and considering the content of this panel, we can’t do anything else but happily oblige. Wankyu and myself will be at PAX East to bring you photos, articles, video interviews and of course, the panel video.

PAX East 2015 Blizzard Preview Panel Schedule

Bold new heroes, exciting new cards, and epic new battlegrounds … Join a trio of Blizzard Entertainment developers for a look at just some of what’s in store for 2015, including upcoming content for Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

Panelists: Dustin Browder [Game Director, Heroes of the Storm], Eric Dodds [Game Director, Hearthstone], Jeff Kaplan [Game Director, Overwatch]

Albatross Theatre
Friday 3/6 10:30AM – 11:30AM

PAX East 2015 Blizzard Preview Panel Schedule

King’s Row Screenshots

Blizzard Entertainment posted new screenshots of the Overwatch battleground King’s Row in the official Overwatch Facebook page.

To learn more about King’s Row, read our BlizzCon 2014 Overwatch Unveiled panel transcript.

King’s Row is a Payload map situated in the heart of England. In this location, the attacking team’s objective is to move vital cargo to a designated delivery point, while the defenders work to halt the attackers’ progress until time runs out.

 

 

Blizzard Careers: Cinematic Animator (Temp)

Blizzard Entertainment is looking to fill a temporary position for a Cinematic Animator. The listing doesn’t specify for which team, but considering the Overwatch story will be told outside the game itself (which is confirmed to lack a single-player component) this temporary position [might] be for Overwatch or for some secret project.

Do you have the skills, and experience to apply for this position? Do you know a family or friend who might be able to apply? Then visit the application page.

Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a talented 3D animator to assist our cinematics team in creating the next generation of animated films. The cinematic animator will be skilled at animating characters at a level that lives up to the ever-increasing Blizzard Entertainment standard of quality. The ideal candidate will have a strong foundation in animation principles, the ability to reinforce the story by creating memorable performances, and have aptitude working in a variety of animation styles.

Blizzard Entertainment offers a fun, creative, and technically challenging environment.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 years’ character and / or creature CG animation experience in game development, television, or film industry using Maya or equivalent 3D program
  • Passion for film, animation and video games
  • Able to effectively collaborate with other artists, producers, and programmers
  • Self-motivation, good communications skills, and a great team-player attitude
  • Assist in supporting and evolving the cinematics team with constructive feedback both technically and artistically

Pluses

  • Traditional artistic skills: story boarding, gesture drawing, 2D animation, and composition
  • Technical skills: rigging, scripting, and understanding of pipeline
  • Physical skills: acting, martial arts, and choreography
  • Film making skills: cinematography, pre-visualization, editing, and story writing
  • Understanding of FX, particles, cloth, and hair as they contribute to a character’s performance

Overwatch | Hanzo

HanzoHanzo excels at killing enemies at long range with his bow. Sonic Arrow reveals the location of nearby enemies. Use Dragonstrike to clear enemies from an objective.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name Real Name: Hanzo Shimada, Age: 38

Occupation Occupation: Mercenary, Assassin

Base of Operation Base of Operations: Hanamura, Japan (formerly)

Affiliation Affiliation: Shimada Clan

  • hanzo-abilities
  • hanzo-storm-bowHanzo nocks and fires an arrow at his target.

  • hanzo-sonic-arrowHanzo launches an arrow that contains a sonar tracking device. Any enemy within its detection radius is visibly marked, making them easier for Hanzo and his allies to hunt down.

  • hanzo-scatter-shotHanzo shoots a fragmenting arrow that ricochets off walls and objects and can strike multiple targets at once.


  • hanzo-dragonstrikeHanzo summons a Spirit Dragon which travels through the air in a line. It passes through walls in its way, devouring any enemies it encounters.


  • blizzcon-2014-overwatch-unveiled-panel-25Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer.

    The Shimada family was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a vast criminal empire that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of the family's head, Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire. From a young age, he was trained for that responsibility, displaying a natural aptitude for leadership and possessing an innate understanding of strategy and tactics. He also excelled in more practical areas: he was a prodigy in martial arts, swordplay, and bowmanship.

    Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. This act broke Hanzo's heart and drove him to reject his father's legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.

    Now, Hanzo travels the world, perfecting his skills as a warrior, attempting to restore his honor and put the ghosts of his past to rest.
  • These animations can be purchased with in-game currency -- earned through Loot Boxes when you level up, or randomly looted from the Loot Box as a reward.

 

Overwatch | Pharah

pharah-characterPharah is a flexible hero equipped with a rocket launcher. She dominates the skies with her Jump Jet and Hover abilities. Rain rockets on a group of enemies with Barrage.

 

Offense icon Role: Offense
Real Name Real Name: Fareeha Amari, Age: 32
Occupation Occupation: Security Chief
Base of Operation Base of Operations: Giza, Egypt
Affiliation Affiliation: Helix Security International

Overwatch | Widowmaker

widowmaker-characterWidowmaker has an extremely long range with her sniper rifle. Use her grappling hook to reach vantage points or to escape from danger. Infra-Sight allows her entire team to see enemies through walls.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name Real Name: Amélie Lacroix, Age: 33

Occupation Occupation: Assassin

Base of Operation Base of Operations: Annecy, France

Affiliation Affiliation: Talon

Overwatch | Tracer

Tracer: “Cheers, love! The cavalry’s here!”

tracer-characterTracer is highly mobile using Blink and Recall. Her short range pistols and low health encourage a hit and run play style. Her Pulse Bomb devastates static defenses and tightly grouped enemies.

Offense icon Role : Offense

Real Name   Real Name : Lena Oxton, Age : 26

Occupation Occupation : Adventurer

Base of Operation Base of operations : London, England

Affiliation Affiliation : Overwatch (Formerly)

Overwatch | Torbjörn

torbjorn-character-pageTorbjörn can build a deadly turret to help him dominate an area. Use scrap to create armor packs for allies. Molten Core clads him in armor and powers him and his turret up. Use it wisely.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name Real Name: Torbjörn Lindholm, Age: 57

Occupation Occupation: Weapons Designer

Base of Operation Base of Operations: Gothenburg, Sweden

Affiliation Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

BlizzCon 2014 Speculation – Was an Overwatch TV Animated Series or Pixar Movie Hinted?

Chris Metzen (Senior vice-president of Story Development) said something during the BlizzCon 2014 Overwatch Unveiled panel that totally floored me, and most likely a lot of people who caught Metzen’s drift.

As you can read in our Overwatch panel transcript (page 4), Metzen dropped a massive hint bomb that will leave you scratching your forehead in deep thought.

  • In summary, there won’t be an Overwatch single-player campaign.
  • The Overwatch story will be released in the same format as the BlizzCon video trailer.

BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Unveiled Panel Transcript

This is a transcript of the Overwatch Unveiled panel held at BlizzCon 2014. Panelists were Jeff Kaplan (Lead Game Designer) and Chris Metzen (SVP of Creative Design & Story Development).

Overwatch is a team-based shooter centered in a futuristic Earth where robots took over the world, and a special world strike force was pooled to counter that global threat. Thirty-years later, Overwatch fell apart, and a new threat is looming. Heroes must band together to deal with it. Below is the transcript of the panel, which explains the characters, map locations and gameplay roles in the game.

BlizzCon 2014 – Opening Ceremony Transcript

This is a full transcript of the BlizzCon 2014 Opening Ceremony where Blizzard Entertainment unveiled Overwatch, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes.

Transcript

Presentator: Ladies and gentlemen please welcome president and CEO of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime

Morhaime: Hello everyone! Welcome to BlizzCon 2014!

I know there are some of you who have attended multiple BlizzCons. How many of you have been to BlizzCon before? And how many of you are joining us for the very first time?
We are thrilled that you are here! Not only are you among friends, you are among family.

Some of my favorite life memories have been created here with you at past BlizzCons and I expect this here will be no different. This is an extra special celebration for us. It’s our eighth BlizzCon together and this show is our biggest one yet.