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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 18.104.22.168 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.
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.