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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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Specifications: Painted ABS & PVC non-scale figure with stand included. Approximately 100mm in height.
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.
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).
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
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.
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
Game Informer interviewed Michael Chu (lead writer) and Aaron Keller (assistant game director) to discuss details of the Oasis Map in Overwatch. Oasis was inspired by several research photos of cities of Irak. They explain the design process for the three areas of the map: the Garden, the City Center, and the University.