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.
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Anjali Bhimani (voice of Symmetra) shared a video in her YouTube Channel showing most of the Overwatch’s voice actors dancing like their game counterparts. Among them are Roadhog, McCree, Lucio, Sombra, Symmetra, Pharah, D.va, Mei, Widowmaker, Orisa, Tracer, Mercy, Winston, Torbjorn, Genji, and Zenayatta.
If you want any of the Overwatch Anniversary Skins your time is now while the Double XP Weekend promo lasts. It ends today or probably until server resets in Pacific Time. In the past couple of days I have gone up 25 levels (25 loot boxes). Takes about two games per level. So hurry and grab any of these cool skins!
As a fan of the Overwatch lore, one of the things I would really love in the game is the opportunity to explore each map to find interactive elements that could provide further information and lore about the world.
Outside the game, there have been transmedia elements in the past… like Amomentincrime.com, and lumerico.mx (Before Sombra was announced), as well as the Atlas News webpages in the official website.
Inside the game, sure, there is a news ticker in Numbani, there are Atlas News feeds in monitors throughout Volskaya Industries, and there are newspapers on the ground in Dorado and King’s Row. Sadly, those are not updated so often, which I consider to be a waste of potential. On top of that, there have not been interactive elements in the game to expand the universe.
Nevertheless, perhaps the Overwatch Creative Team is preparing to change that stance in big ways. There is evidence in the new Horizon Lunar Colony map that points in this direction. The Overwatch developers have added interactive elements in this map. It is not like the jump pad in the Oasis map (which I consider the first interactive element in the game). No. This one in the Horizon Lunar Colony is different.
When you are in the Attack team’s base: The Observatory, if you stand near the telescope’s eyepiece and press the “R” key in your keyboard, you will trigger a video clip that represents your character looking through the telescope. The telescope is aiming at Spain. It seems baby Winston set the telescope there searching for locations where to land his space rocket. It has a few potential landing spots marked, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar is one of them.
When the video clip plays, your character talks a short phrase. Each is unique, so Blizzard had to customize all 24 heroes’ audioclips.
Interactive Elements Wishlist
The telescope is not the only interactive element. To the right of the telescope is a giant yellow button or pad. When you stand on it, the massive Observatory outer-door opens wide or closes back to its original position. That’s less exciting, but still a cool thing if future maps can reveal hidden things by moving doors like that. There’s plenty of potential with things like that.
For example, with the help of a friendly player you could potentially operate a crane to move a player from the ground to a higher area. Maybe you could stand on a pad or click a button to open a door to gain access to a shortcut, or to a high-ground ledge (especially in a pyramid map). Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider style.
In the lore side of interactive elements, there are many monitors in various maps that scream for attention. In The Horizon Lunar Base, some monitors have buttons A and B which are not interactive. It would be nice to press A, and have the screen actually play video clips of some of the scientists, and the specimens — to learn what exactly was going on before the hominid rebellion.
In Numbani, it would be nice to see one of the monitors showing Atlas News reporting what happened at the airport, and actually see Doomfist punching the robots and cratering the wall.
In Antarctica, we should be able to interact with the monitors to access audioclips and videoclips of the crew as they are studying the weather anomaly near their base.
Of course, this shouldn’t be available in Play Mode or Competitive Mode (to prevent people from going AFK too often) — but make them available in Custom Games, where you can solo explore the maps for as long as you wish.
Telescope Interaction Video
This video shows you what all 24 heroes say when they interact with the telescope to view Spain from the moon. Note: Only Bastion and Winston have audioclips missing in the PTR.
With the introduction of the Horizon Lunar Colony map (now on PTR), Blizzard Entertainment also enabled a new Arcade Mode map: Low Gravity 6v6 — and it is ubber-fun! The Horizon Lunar Colony map only has one small area that is low-gravity, and it is kinda a shortcut in the moon outdoor.
However, this new Arcade Mode lets you play any map in Low Gravity. The video below shows you Winston in Volskaya Industries with Low Gravity. Considering Winston already has a long leap, with low gravity it is just ridiculously fun to jump over tall arches, and jumping across the map to escape toward a health pack.
Winston’s Tesla Cannon also guarantees multiple kills as enemy players are not able to flee, or run away while floating down once they are airborne.
The Horizon Lunar Colony map presents various chokepoints, high-ground catwalks, and entry points into the objective allowing strategic attacks to take out the enemy. By far the best Assault maps compared to the other Assault maps: Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries.
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Blizzard Entertainment posted a new transmedia article from the point of view of Atlas News, which reports that Horizon Lunar Colony’s database and monitoring systems are still up and running, but Lucheng Interstellar has not been able to reestablish contact with its communication array.
Lucheng Interstellar, however, shared the last email logs leading to the final moments before losing communication with the Horizon Lunar Colony.
For the first time in years after Horizon Lunar Colony went offline, new information has been revealed as to the fate of the program.
At a press conference today, Lucheng Interstellar revealed the surprising fact that the colony’s databases and monitoring systems are still up and running this day. While no direct communication has been established with the facility, the company has successfully retrieved personnel logs sent days and moments before the base lost contact with earth. Below are some of the transmissions Lucheng shared.
Lucheng Interstellar has released its first image of the colony's still-operating integrated monitoring systems. A Lucheng spokesperson told Atlas News the connection is unstable, but the company is working around the clock to gather new information.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Overwatch Patch 184.108.40.206 introducing the First Anniversary Seasonal Event with 100 rewards themed around the anniversary, and 3 new Arcade maps: Castillo, Necropolis, and Black Forest.
New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary
We are raising our glasses to toast the 30 million heroes who have answered the call to join us in Overwatch! From now until June 12, players can collect more than 100 Anniversary-themed rewards, and play three new Arena maps in the Arcade — all in celebration of our first year fighting for the future together. Put on your finest skins and join us for the festivities!
New Standard Loot Box Items
In addition to new items in the Overwatch Anniversary event, we are also adding new goodies to our standard loot boxes. Sombra, Orisa, and Tracer are all getting brand new emotes, and Reaper picks up several new unlocks based on the infamous shrug from the recent Uprising Comic.
Blizzard Entertainment launched the new website: OverwatchContenders.com. Overwatch Contenders is the new development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals kicking off this summer in North America and Europe. Each region will get a prize pool of $50,000.
A Foundation for Greatness
Introducing Overwatch Contenders
While preparations for the Overwatch League are busily underway, we know that the future stars of the league are out there, training hard and looking to make their mark. That’s why we’re creating opportunities now for players across the competitive spectrum to prove themselves in glorious combat, from the solo-queue superstars to the established tournament veterans.
Blizzard is excited to announce Overwatch Contenders—the development league for aspiring Overwatch League professionals, kicking off this summer in North America and Europe. Over the first year of organized Overwatch competition, we’ve seen an incredible exhibition of skill at Overwatch APEX in South Korea, the Overwatch Pacific Championship in the Asia-Pacific region, and the Overwatch Premier Series in China. It’s time to bring that level of competition to the West.
If you and your team have what it takes to compete with the best in the West, Overwatch Contenders is your chance to shine. To find the top teams on the North American and European servers, Season Zero of Overwatch Contenders will be an open signup, online-only qualifier to determine the top eight teams in each of those two regions. Each of these tournaments will have a prize pool of USD $50,000.
In North America, Season Zero’s top six teams will be joined by APEX participants Envy and Rogue for six weeks of round-robin play in Overwatch Contenders Season One. The top four teams will advance to an offline playoff bracket, where they will fight for their share of USD $100,000. Across the Atlantic, the top eight European teams from Overwatch Contenders Season Zero will also play in a six-week regular season for Season One. The four teams that rise to the top will be playing for a slice of a USD $100,000 prize pool in their own offline playoff bracket.
Of course, there is more than cash on the line—with organizations looking to fill their rosters for the launch of the Overwatch League, all eyes will be watching this summer’s competitive showcase.
Once Overwatch Contenders is underway, up-and-coming teams will have additional opportunities to demonstrate their prowess via the Overwatch Open Division. This tournament series will take place in select regions around the world, and in 2018, will offer emerging teams a path to Overwatch Contenders seasons in each region. If you are Masters rank or higher, and you dare to see where your Overwatch skills can take you, then stay tuned for more information on Open Division signups.
For now, though, assemble your roster in North America or Europe and head to OverwatchContenders.com for more information and to register your team.
Overwatch Contenders Season 0 Schedule:
May 22: NA & EU team registration opens
June 2: NA team registration closes
June 3-4: NA Open Qualifier
June 9: EU team registration closes
June 10-11: EU Open Qualifier
June 17: EU Group Stage
June 18: NA Group Stage
June 24: EU Group Stage
June 25: NA Group Stage
July 1: EU Playoffs (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals)
July 2: NA Playoffs (Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals)
Dark Horse announced they will publish The Art of Overwatch on October 24, 2017. You can now pre-order it here.
“When it launched in May 2016, Overwatch took the world by storm, boasting millions of players and gaining critical acclaim. Now, in this beautiful hardcover, Blizzard Entertainment reveals the creative process behind one of the most popular FPS games of all time! Filled with never-before-seen art as well as commentary provided by the games development team, this book is sure to please any Overwatch fan!”
Blizzard Entertainment deployed the Overwatch PTR patch 1.11 (0.0.36376) with a few hero updates and bug fixes. There were some significant changes overall. Genji and Hanzo now can climb a wall and engage in combat immediately. The attack cooldown after a climb was removed.
Orisa’s basic attack damage was reduced by 15%. Her damage was too good, you know that.
Reaper will get a free auto-reload when using Wraith Form. I can see the logic here. You have 2 shots in the cylinder, go Wraith Form, aim at the enemy chasing you, and oops … no more bullets. Reload. You are dead before shooting.
Reinhardt’s Earthshatter has been nerfed just a tidbit for the right reasons. Let’s say Soldier:76 is standing on the hood of a car, and Reinhardt earthshatters. Before, the earthshatter would hit Soldier all the way up there. Now earthshatter’s height is 2 meters instead of 3.
Soldier: 76 got a bit of a nerf, but not that much. His damage was reduced from 20 down to 19.
Check out all the hero changes and bug fixes below. If you plan to test this PTR patch, and wish to submit bugs, first make sure to read the known issues go here.
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.
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 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.