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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A third teaser was posted today in the Overwatch Twitter. Hero 27 is definitely looking to be Brigitte, Torbjorn’s daughter. The image clearly shows the Torbjorn gear logo (on the mug), which she also has tattooed on her left arm in the Glory and Honor animated short.
Seems she has a talent for designing and crafting, like her dad, but the most notable item in the blueprints is what looks like a Diablo III Crusader shield with a lion crest. This doubles down on my earlier speculation that she might be a tank.
Another notable detail is that one of the sketches hidden beneath the blueprint shows a pencil-drawn sketch of her cat’s tail (marked by the mug’s stain), and what looks like some sort of mechanical gadget wrapped on the cat’s hips. Is it an exoskeleton? Some sort of jetpack? Could Brigitte be a tank with a combat pet? Rexxar anyone?
Morrhar is swedish for “Whisker” — proper name for a cat.
There is another teaser I missed earlier that shows a weapon named Slaga 3.0. Slaga is swedish for Flail. You can also notice a cat toy shaped like a mouse. You can see the cat’s paw playing around at the bottom.
The translations go like these:
Titanlegering = Titanium Alloy
Titanstav = Titanium Rod
Gummiblad = Rubber Sheets
3MM forsankt Skruv = 3MM Screws
Hög mutter = High Nut
Vagnsbult = Carriage Bolt
Slaga Med Kedgja = Flail with chain
Another observation: The letter that Torbjorn sent to his wife Ingrid nearly 20 years ago after the operation WHITE DOME went south with his injuries, had an odd numbering at the bottom: OW-ICLD-07. If you take a closer look at the Shield blueprint image at the top of this page, you will notice the red pencil also has the imprint: ICLD 07.
Blizzard Entertainment has teased a brand-new Overwatch hero with today’s transmedia tweet. In this report, Operation White Dome takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. Formerly known in history as Constantinople — for those who remember reading about the journey of Marco Polo.
According to Blizzard’s report: Ana Amari led a team composed of Reinhardt, Torbjorn, and Private First Class Emre Sarioglu into Istanbul to deal with remnants of the Omnic resistance. Emre is potentially to be Hero 27 (or the 27th hero in Overwatch).
In this confrontation, Reinhardt saved Torbjorn’s life, though Torbjorn suffered serious injuries.
This seriously hints there might be a upcoming digital comic telling the story of how Torbjorn’s eye and hand were lost and replaced with prosthesis. It would be cool if we also got to see a new QP/Competitive map set there, or at least something akin to the Uprising special event, and a cinematic.
I will attend PAX East with a press badge. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @blizzplanetcom for updates. I have a feeling we might hear more about this hero there.
Activating Wall Ride will now cause the flag to drop during Capture the Flag matches
Developer Comments: Lúcio’s Wall Ride allowed him to reach unintended places in Capture the Flag maps, which made it overly difficult for opponents to stop him. So, we have changed the ability to cause the flag to drop instead for better balanced matches.
Fixed a typo that caused the Lunar New Year banner to display the wrong end date for Overwatch Lunar New Year
Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the client to crash after a player used the Hero Skin Selection dropdown menu in Hero Select
Capture the Flag
Fixed a bug that allowed Winston to pick up the flag while airborne after activating his Jump Pack
Fixed a bug that caused flags dropped near ceilings to get stuck inside of walls
Fixed a bug that caused Mei to levitate if she used Cryo-stasis
Game Browser and Custom Games
Fixed a bug that prevented players from playing games in the Arcade if they were using a trial account
Fixed a bug that caused hero ultimate charges to reset after the first death if a player changed their skin using the Hero Skin Selection a second before the match began
Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s reaction animations to loop continuously after taking damage following the destruction of her Particle Barrier
Fixed a bug that prevented the Weekly Rewards timer in from displaying correctly in the Arcade
Overwatch League and Twitch have signed a multi-year media rights deal to broadcast their eSports livestreams in English, French, and Korean languages. The Overwatch League is slated to start tomorrow January 10th at 4pm PST.
Below you can read the media rights deal press release. The Overwatch League schedule can be found here.
Every match from season one and two of the Overwatch League will be broadcast live on Twitch. Upcoming innovative new viewership reward system announced for fans who watch and engage with the Overwatch League on Twitch
IRVINE, Calif. — Today the Overwatch League™ and social video service Twitch announced a historic esports media-rights partnership, ensuring that every match of the world’s first major global city-based esports league will be readily available to fans across the globe. The first match of the Overwatch League’s inaugural season goes live on Twitch this Wednesday, January 10 , on Twitch.tv/overwatchleague.
Fans of professional Overwatch have been eagerly anticipating a seamless Overwatch League viewing experience. This two-year deal, which encompasses the entirety of the league’s first two seasons, makes that a reality. With the exception of China , Twitch will be the exclusive worldwide third-party digital provider for Overwatch League regular-season, playoffs, and championship matches, with streams in English, Korean, and French.
The Overwatch League and Twitch also are developing innovative rewards for fans, which will bestow the league’s most steadfast viewers with Overwatch League in-game items. More details about content and additional rewards for the biggest fans, including some content that will be exclusive for a period of time, as well as Cheering with Overwatch League Cheermotes, will be announced as they become available.
“Our fans love to engage with content on Twitch, and we wanted to drive significant viewership of the Overwatch League in its inaugural season and beyond,” said Armin Zerza , COO of Blizzard Entertainment . “That’s why this historic and ground-breaking partnership is perfectly suited for Activision Blizzard , for Twitch, and—most importantly—for our growing global fanbase.”
“The Overwatch League is making a major impact on esports by reshaping the industry with city-based teams,” said Kevin Lin , COO of Twitch. “Given Overwatch’s consistent reign as a top-viewed game by our community, we look forward to offering their pioneering style of league play to a large and passionate fanbase that will be able to bond over not only their favorite plays, but hometown pride.”
The first season of the Overwatch League will run until June, with playoffs and finals scheduled for July. For the inaugural season, all games will take place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles, a state-of-the-art live-event venue in Burbank, California , custom-renovated for Blizzard Entertainment esports events. Fans can purchase tickets to attend matches, which will be played each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A full schedule and information about ticket sales can be found at OverwatchLeague.com, and all matches can be viewed live at Twitch.tv/overwatchleague (English-language channel), Twitch.tv/overwatchleague_kr (Korean-language channel), and Twitch.tv/overwatchleague_fr (French-language channel).
The latest Overwatch PTR 188.8.131.52 (build 42530) was released today in the evening. It mostly deals with Junkrat and Mercy changes.
A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or FM Bug Report forums.
Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.
Concussion Mine: Will now deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center.
Developer Comment: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has now become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.
No longer makes Resurrect instant.
No longer grants a bonus charge of Resurrect.
The speed boost that Guardian Angel receives has been decreased by 50%.
Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds.
Developer Comment: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall reduce the power of this ability.
We will likely be iterating on these changes in the coming weeks.
Back in 2016, Blizzard Entertainment celebrated the 2016 Olympic Summer Games with a popular map for Overwatch named Lucioball. Surprisingly, in 2017 Lucioball made a return with a tweaked ruleset to celebrate the anniversary.
I say surprisingly because there was no actual Summer games celebrated in 2017. You see, the Summer Games is celebrated every 4 years. The next official Olympic Summer Games will take place on 2020 at Tokyo.
However, there is also an Olympic Winter Games — and that one runs also every 4 years, but on a different schedule. The Winter version doesn’t run the same year as the Summer one simultaneously.
For example, the last Winter games was held at Sochi (Russia) in 2014. This year, the Olympic Winter Games will take place at Pyeongchang (South Korea) through February 9-25.
Overwatch originally launched on May 24, 2016 — so there was obviously no Winter 2014 event. But there was a Summer 2016 event in Overwatch. So the question is… Will there be a 2018 Olympic Winter Games event in Overwatch?
Let’s add another couple of questions to that: Will it be celebrated each year, like Lucioball? What type of map might Blizzard make themed around Olympic Winter Games?
Well, that is pretty difficult to accomplish in Overwatch. See, the Olympic Winter Games is very limited in scope of games played (limited to those playable on snow or ice), and there are no heroes in Overwatch that sorta mimic those gameplay mechanics. Check out Wikipedia for the various types of games which include:
Short Track Speed Skating
Technically, Lucio can skate. On walls, but you never know what type of map Blizzard might come up with where several players can skate toward a goal. Or some kind of capture the flag where skating is the main mechanic.
Unrelated to “Winter Games”* — This topic also makes me wonder if we might see Heroes in the future that use sports or gymnastic-inspired gameplay mechanics that could later be used in the Overwatch Summer Games — like a hero on a skateboard. Skateboarding is part of the 2020 Olympic Summer Games (Tokyo).
Or maybe, another Hero that is a mix between Hanzo/Genji climbing, Winton’s leaping, and Doomfist’s acrobatics moving all over the place with a shorter cooldown.
One thing that could work out is giving Mei a modifier key (i.e. using the CTRL button) where Mei could shoot a slippery path instead of building a wall. Say you press the CTRL button while clicking the button you usually use to build a wall. You place the cursor at the destination desired (like Reaper’s teleportation). If the destination is high ground — the path creates a sort of ramp or bridge of ice. Any enemy standing on the path, could slip and fall, but Mei can slide across the path like Iceman.
Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if this ability is not already in development. Mei actually has a Highlight Intro option where you can see her robotic companion creating a path of ice for her to slide on. Interestingly enough, it is also named: Skating Around.
*Edited to highlight some sports that are not part of Winter Games for clarification. Thanks @RetPallyJil
The latest Overwatch PTR patch 1.19.1 (build 0.42391) introduced the Hanzo “Casual” skin for 3000 gold. This skin features the casual clothing Hanzo wore during the Overwatch comics: “Reflections.”
Weapon accuracy is no longer increased or decreased when shooting at Genji’s Deflect or abilities that block projectiles (e.g. Winston’s Barrier Projector or Mei’s Ice Wall)
The Casual Hanzo skin has been updated to more accurately reflect his appearance in the Reflections comic
Fixed a bug that caused weapon accuracy statistics to incorrectly calculate and display as a negative percentage in-game (e.g. players’ career profiles, the match status screen, and the end of match summary)
Fixed an issue with spawn room doors preventing players from leaving or entering the spawn area on Control maps
During an interview with GameReactor held at Fun & Serious in Bilbao, Spain, game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that the Overwatch team and the Story and Franchise Development team have discussed other media opportunities to expand the Overwatch universe, and that discussion includes the potential for an Overwatch featured film or an episodic series.
The new Overwatch map Blizzard World is now on the PTR. Though it looks huge, you don’t have access to the entire amusement park. It is comparable with Hollywood and Junkertown.
The attack team starts at the Hearthstone Tavern, and when the gate opens you are in front of the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind. There are two possible access points to go inside. The frontal gate can be accessed from either of both stairways, or from the side stairway by the Ancient Curios building. Regardless of which of these three stairs you go through, there is only one big door (chokepoint).
Announcer: Welcome to the Overwatch: What’s Next panel.
Michael: Hello. How is everybody doing? Alright, Did everyone check out the Opening ceremony? All of the new stuff we are going to be talking about today. Obviously, we have a new hero: Moira. Yeah. We have got a new map: Blizzard World. That will be fun to talk about. Maybe a couple surprises. So we have got lots of talk about. So let’s start off. Get right into it. I am Michael Chu. I am the lead writer on Overwatch.
The PAX public relations team reached out to inform that PAX East tickets are now on sale. Unlike previous years, this is the first PAX East to last 4-days. The Penny Arcade’s Boston Show Returns through April 5-8.
For the naysayers who won’t bother because Blizzard Entertainment might not go, I will show you real quick why there are more chances fo Blizzard coming than not.
It is unknown if the Diablo team has something new to show at PAX East, but in past years, the Hearthstone and Overwatch team have been at PAX East (Boston) — those links take you to my 2015 PAX East coverage articles.
In 2014, Blizzard announced Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4), Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas, Heroes of the Storm (Brightwing, Lili Stormstout, Zagara and Murky), and we had an interview with the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor developers Kris Zierhut & Steve Burke — check out our PAX East 2014 page.
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BOSTON – Nov. 9, 2017 – Tickets for PAX East 2018, taking place April 5-8 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), are now on sale. This marks the first year PAX East will grow from three to four days.
Single day badges are available for purchase via the official PAX East registration page for $53 USD. Exclusive PAX East 2018 merchandise, including a blanket ($40), socks ($25), and a dice set ($40) are on sale exclusively through the online store. These items can be added onto PAX East badge orders and will be shipped out prior to the expo.
PAX East has become the premier east coast event for gamers since its debut in 2010. The annual expo quickly sells out, drawing tens of thousands for a celebration of gaming culture with reveals from the biggest publishers, hands-on demos with the most hotly anticipated titles, panels with industry icons, eSports tournaments with world-class players, concerts with game inspired music and much more.
“While my biggest joy is helping bring millions of gamers together at PAX, my biggest disappointment is not being able to share the experience with more people,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “With PAX East’s expansion to four days, we expect even more people will be able to join us for our best show yet at PAX East 2018.”
Active journalists and content creators interested in attending PAX East so they can produce coverage will be able to apply in January when media registration opens.
The PAX series of shows (West, East, South, Unplugged and Australia), produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world’s largest gaming festivals, with each event entertaining tens of thousands of guests. PAX events connect leading video game and tabletop developers directly to passionate audiences, providing a space where gaming culture is celebrated through demos, panels, tournaments, concerts and free-play sessions.