The Overwatch 184.108.40.206 Patch introduces the 2019 Anniversary Event
YouTuber Ohnickel interviewed Jeff Kaplan at the Blizzard HQ to ask questions about Overwatch in general. Jeff teased the Overwatch Anniversary event will have a new D.Va skin that will break the internet.
The new escort Havana map is now available for PvP in the latest PTR. Read the patch notes, and watch the solo exploration video.
Storm Rising is now live. Players can face the adventure as Winston, Genji, Mercy, or Tracer in Co-op Story mode in four difficulties: Normal, Hard, Expert, Legendary.
The event can also be played in Co-op All Heroes mode with the same difficulties. In All Heroes mode, you can play as any of the Overwatch heroes. All of them are available to choose.
The Storm Rising trailer was released today by Blizzard Entertainment. Here we can see a bit more of the Havana map — which includes a massive ancient fort with a Lighthouse. The spaniard-inspired fort is surrounded by 16th century cannons. Blizzard was not kidding. It is a massive hurricane. The weather is literally windy and brutal as seen in the video. Palm trees swing back and forth with force. The waves crash strong against the coast.
Something that caught my eye is that Tracer is riding a motorcycle in the trailer. That’s the second time Blizzard shows heroes riding a vehicle (Ashe, and McCree) — which makes you wonder if players will ever be able to ride vehicles in future maps. It might be nothing, but you can’t deny there’s an itch in the back of your brain now.
The Overwatch website leaked the Storm Rising achievements, showing classified placeholders for hero skins that will be unclassified daily over the next few days toward the April 16 debut of Storm Rising.
Among the locked placeholders, there will be 9 skins and 3 Intros:
Blizzard Entertainment announced the Overwatch: Storm Rising event will start on April 16, and ends on May 6.
The announcement was made via Tweet through a decrypted archive’s audio record.
This special event happens chronologically shortly after Overwatch: Uprising (King’s Row).
There are two prominent characters mentioned in this video: Maximillien (Doomfist’s accountant), and the female voice narrating the audio… one that I have never heard of before… Soujorn.
It seems Storm Rising will set Tracer and her team to strike Maximillien in the new Havana map.
Another clue revealed in this clip is that Soujorn seems to be a high-ranking member of Overwatch or Blackwatch. Soujorn assigned Tracer for this Maximillien mission.
Strangely, Blizzard Entertainment posted today (on a Sunday!!!) a new newspaper teaser. The newspaper is in spanish, but Blizzard provided the english translation.
For those who don’t know, Havana is located in the Cuba island — southwest of Miami.
France-born artist and sculptor, Fred Wajeman, reached me out by email to inform that there is now a gallery website dedicated to showcase all the life-size Blizzard Entertainment-commissioned statues developed by the FX Deco workshop (to date) since 2014. Same ones you have seen at BlizzCon and GamesCom.
Among the human-sided statues featured in the website are King Varian Wrynn, Junkrat, Tracer, Winston, Widowmaker, and Warchief Garrosh Hellscream.
The Bios section shares Fred Wajeman’s former education and experience, plus links to each statue’s The-Making-Of videos.
If you wish to commission life-size statues, the FX Deco website has a contact form, or you can visit their Facebook, Linkedin, and Youtube pages.
The latest Overwatch PTR build introduced all of Baptiste’s skins, emotes, voicelines, highlight intros, victory pose, and sprays.
The newest support hero, Baptiste, is now on the PTR. Baptiste is very fun to play, and if friendly players are in trouble, and there is line of sight, you can quickly jump to high ground, or above buildings in Temple of Anubis to shoot a few healing lobes.
Recently, I was contacted by Insight Editions to inform that the Overwatch: The Official Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel is now available for pre-order. The book is slated to ship on October 1, 2019.
The book is still undergoing internal editing, but Insight Editions was able to provide a few samples. These are not final. The official cover will be revealed at a later time.
I’ll have the opportunity to interview the author at some point, so feel free to leave questions in the comments below or direct message me @blizzplanetcom via Twitter to submit your question.
Overwatch Patch 220.127.116.11 introduced the new map: Paris to the live servers along with multiple bug fixes.
The latest Overwatch PTR 18.104.22.168.54618 (1.4GB) introduced a new Assault map set in Paris.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced the Overwatch: Ana’s Bastet Challenge running through January 8-21 to unlock the new Bastet skin, and other in-game rewards.