New Symmetra Gameplay

Symmetra has been reworked completely visually and mechanically. The Overwatch Team decided to remove the “Defense” type and merged previous Defense heroes into “Damage.” Symmetra is no longer Support. Now she is in the Damage category.

Photon Projector: Left-button works like before with new graphics and sounds. Short-range beam weapon with increasing damage. Damaging Barriers does not consume ammunition. However, the right-button has some interesting changes. Hold to charge, release to fire explosive orb. What’s cool about it? Before, you could shoot one orb per sec. Now you can spam 3 orbs per sec with barely no delay.

Sentry Turret: Deploy a small turret that damages and slows enemies. Gone are the days when you had to walk close to a wall and place your turrets. You can stand still, and aim your cursor anywhere you want and shoot the turret as a missile. The turret then attaches itself where you aimed. Better yet, the turret activates while in transit to attack whatever is within its trajectory. You can now have 3 turrets (instead of 6).

Overwatch PTR 1.25.0.0 – Symmetra Rework & Hammond Teaser?

The latest Overwatch PTR patch 1.25.0.0 introduced a Symmetra rework, and balance changes for Doomfist, and Orisa. Multiple bug fixes for several heroes, and map updates.

The Horizon Lunar Colony has been heavily edited with known access points closed, and new access points added, including a new stairs to access the catwalk above the Point A, and shield pads placed at the catwalk to take cover behind.

Most intriguing? Specimen 8’s room is now open for exploration, and this might be a big smiley-face hint that Specimen 8 (aka Hammond) is coming to Overwatch as a new Hero. Hammond is a chimpanzee. You can read more about him here (that was the May 2017 article where the Horizon Lunar Colony was first introduced in the PTR.

To see how the Specimen 8’s Room looked like in Live servers go here.

 

Read the patch notes below.

Over 20,000 Overwatch League Grand Finals Tickets Sold at Barclays Center

The tickets to attend the Overwatch League Grand Finals have sold out at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Impressive. That’s almost the amount of tickets to fill up BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. The event will be held there through July 27-28. You can watch the Grand Finals at Twitch.tv/OverwatchLeague

Fans purchased more than 20,000 tickets to the esports championship in Brooklyn, New York. The largest esports event ever slated at Barclays Center sold out within two weeks of its public on-sale date.

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jun. 1, 2018– Tickets to the first-ever Overwatch League Grand Finals have sold out. The competition to determine the champions of the world’s first major global, city-based esports league will be held over July 27–28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. More than 20,000 tickets were snapped up following the public on-sale date on Friday, May 18, marking the largest esports event ever slated at Barclays Center.

 

What Petra Map Reveals

Exploring the Petra map in solo mode allowed me to observe in more detail some information the story developers planted around some areas.

For example, there is a laptop with two email messages, and also a tablet that say:

Overwatch Licensed to Hasbro, NERF and Lego

Activision Blizzard sent out a press release to annouonce its presence at the Licensing Expo 2018, and to reveal its new partners. Blizzard Entertainment has licensed Overwatch to Hasbro, NERF Blasters, Lego Group, and UNIQLO (apparel).

In addition, something new is that Scholastic not only does the World of Warcraft: The Traveler series, but they have landed the Overwatch license as well. That one in particular will be on fans’ radar.

AS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 22, 2018– Set for ongoing growth with a slate of world-class entertainment properties, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group (ABCPG) arrives at Licensing Expo 2018 with an all-star roster of licensing and retail partners. Through gameplay, film and television content, esports events and consumer products, Activision and Blizzard Entertainment are creating depth, breadth and longevity of engagement around their franchises and across platforms. A year into the group’s formation, ABCPG is successfully delivering against the company’s franchises, including Blizzard’s Overwatch® and Activision’s Call of Duty®, among others.

The merchandising program for Overwatch is significantly expanding. Hasbro has been awarded the master toy license for the franchise with plans for a wide range of play experiences including a NERF product line, games and more. Additionally, LEGO® Group has plans for multiple Overwatch building sets across various price points. Further, Overwatch is just one of many Blizzard Entertainment properties featured in the recently announced exclusive apparel line from UNIQLO as part of its Spring/Summer 2018 collection that launched globally on May 18.

Esports has emerged as a significant opportunity that engages millions of players and spectators worldwide. Activision Blizzard is at the forefront of competitive gaming with the Call of Duty World League, MLG Network and the Overwatch League™, the first major global professional esports league with city-based teams. A robust apparel line is at the center of the merchandising program, designed to appeal to a massive global audience of gamers. ABCPG is currently seeking best-in-class partners across all product categories to explore burgeoning licensing and merchandising prospects targeting a new era of fans.

“Since debuting at last year’s Licensing Expo, we’ve begun to successfully realize our vision of offering more value and more opportunities for our global licensing and retail partners by leveraging the blockbuster franchises that Activision and Blizzard have created and expanded over many years of dedicated development,” said Tim Kilpin, CEO and president, Activision Blizzard Consumer Products Group. “For our hundreds of millions of players around the world, we’re working hard to build lasting global franchises that they can connect with across game platforms and through esports and vibrant transmedia story content. We are well positioned to continue playing a leading role in shaping the future of entertainment.”

Located in Booth #U202, additional highlights of Activision Blizzard’s slate coming to Licensing Expo 2018 include:

OVERWATCH

With a player base of 40 million¹, Overwatch’s wide appeal continues to drive a robust merchandising program supported by new and returning partners including: Hasbro (Master Toy); NERF (Blasters); LEGOGroup (Construction); UNIQLO (Apparel); Bioworld International (Bags, Accessories); Spirit Halloween (Costumes); Disguise (Costumes); Brown Trout (Calendars); Insight Editions (Stationery, Cookbook); Trends (Posters, Sticker Packs); Just Toys (Sticker Books); Good Smile Company (Figures); Razer (PC Peripherals); J!nx (Apparel, Accessories); Dark Horse (Artbook); Funko (Apparel, Bags, Home Accessories, Figures); and Scholastic (Books).

WORLD OF WARCRAFT

More than 100 million passionate players have enjoyed the ever-evolving online adventure of Blizzard’s seminal massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft¹. Partners include: Brown Trout (Calendars); Del Rey (Novels); Panini International (Novels); AST (Novels); Jeu Media (Publishing); Ju Ju Be (Bags and Accessories); J!nx (Apparel, Accessories); Insight Editions (Cookbook); Funko (Figures); and Dark Horse (Publishing).

HEARTHSTONE

Blizzard recently launched the 12th content release for Hearthstone, its internationally acclaimed free-to-play digital card game that continues to engage and delight a massive global audience across PC and mobile platforms. Licensees include: Insight Editions (Pop-up Book); Displate (Fine Art); Panini International (Art Book); and Huginn & Muninn (Art Book).

Overwatch Anniversary Map: Petra

Blizzard Entertainment released a sneak peek into a new Deathmatch map named Petra, expected to arrive around the 2nd Anniversary of Overwatch (May 22 – June 11).

A group of archaeologists have begun an excavation and preservation project among the ruins of Petra, a new Deathmatch map that puts all heroes on their own, facing off against one another until one hero scores enough eliminations to win the match. Take in Petra’s majestic views, from high vistas to twisting passageways and deep caverns. Travel along deadly cliffs, but be careful to not fall off! A dilapidated bridge stretches across the map, and the ground underneath it can crumble away to reveal a lethal pit. Hopping on a green jump pad will boost you up to Petra’s higher levels and unlock new strategic possibilities for you…

Overwatch Retribution Videos

Play a part in history in Overwatch Archives, a seasonal event that brings back last year’s Uprising mission and introduces a new PvE co-op mission, Retribution. More than 160 Archives Loot Box items will be available to unlock during the event, including items from last year’s Overwatch Uprising event along with 8 new Legendary skins.

The all-new Retribution mission gives players a chance to return to the past and experience a critical Blackwatch operation that ultimately led to the fall of Overwatch. Taking place in Venice prior to the events of Uprising, Retribution casts players as Blackwatch members McCree, Moira, Genji, and Reyes (before he became Reaper) in pursuit a high-ranking member of the Talon organization.

In Story Mode, players must fight the forces of Talon in the streets of Venice as the four agents of Blackwatch, teaming up and relying on their distinct abilities to battle their way to an extraction point. In All Heroes Mode, players can bring the hero of their choice into the mission, engaging in dynamic encounters with foes that spawn in different locations each playthrough. Can you master the highest level of difficultly?

Overwatch Patch Notes 1.22.0.1 Retribution Event

Blizzard Entertainment deployed Patch 1.22.0.1 which introduces the brand-new event: Retribution — set in Venice, Italy.

A very sought feature allows you now to choose “Avoid as Teammate” so you never play with the toxic or trollish players that have joined your matches often.

There are many bug fixes and balance changes to heroes. Check out the patch notes below.

Brigitte Origin Video shows different Eichenwalde

If you didn’t watch the Brigitte origin story video entirely, you should wait till the last frames play to see what I meant. Toward the very last 5 seconds you can clearly see an outdoor image of the Eichenwalde Inn seen from the cafeteria house’s perspective.

Immediately, you will notice there is some sort of mobile command center (or if you are familiar with The Punisher comics: the Battle Van). This van is nowhere in any of the Overwatch maps. It is unique.

The second thing you will notice is that the destroyed omnic is still at the Inn’s entrance to your left, but the big vehicle scrap is missing. The banners by the windows have changed as well. There are no trees in the in-game Eichenwalde by the Inn either. That’s like 4 differences comparing the in-game Inn versus the one shown in the Brigitte Origin Story video.

Could this be an upcoming update to Eichenwalde? A new special event? If it is a new special event, it doesn’t seem to be set in the past, but more contemporaneous. The current Eichenwalde map is set possibly shortly after Reinhardt and Brigitte visited the Eichenwalde castle, where Reinhardt placed the Overwatch insignia on the throne. But that happened shortly after Winston sent out the message to all inactive Overwatch agents.

The image shown below shows a van that has never been there before, and the vehicle scrap in front of the Inn is missing. What do you think Blizzard might have done here on purpose?

 

@Modstersmash points out this Battle Van was featured in the “Dragon Slayer” digital comics that featured Reinhardt and Brigitte (Originally posted on April 28, 2016).

 

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