Video Exploration — New Overwatch Map: Ilios

The latest beta patch 27704 introduced a new control map to the roster of battleground maps. Ilios is located in Greece facing the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Highlights

It’s an amazing map to play in with many tactical spots to exploit to defend or attack control points.

  • This new map is a paradise for Lucio and Winston — pushing players off the edge into the marina below, especially in Round 2 which has a huge hole in the middle of the control point.
  • Widowmaker, Pharah, Genji, and Hanzo have many high-ground places to snipe from afar.
  • Bastion, Torbjörn, Zenyatta, and even Junkrat can reach high-ground via stairs and bridges to sneak attacks from behind or flank from unexpected sides.

 

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Overwatch Beta Patch Notes – Build 27704

The latest beta patch build 27704 reset the career profile stats where you used to have Most Kills, Deaths, Play of the Game data. However, the level progression, and rewards are intact. Last night there were a few server disconnections disrupting matches mid-game, so a new mini-patch was released to address those issues. The current build is 27729.

A brand-new mediterranean control map was added in this patch: Ilios, new skins and character balance changes. Read the patch notes below.

Overwatch Beta Patch: Character Profile Wipe on March/8/2016

Community Manager Lylirra announced this new patch (build 27704) comes with a full character profile wipe. Once you login you will keep your current level, past rewards (such as avatars, sprays, Victory Pose, Highlight Intro, Currency).

You will lose all stats found in the character profile. This is my character profile as a sample:

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We’re in the process of preparing the next beta patch for release and wanted to provide all Closed Beta testers with a heads-up that a full wipe of players’ Career Profiles will be included. As a result, the Career Profile page will appear empty when you first log in after patching, and your previous “Personal Best” records will be reset.

Note: This wipe will not affect matchmaking, player levels, progression, or rewards.

We don’t have an ETA for when the next beta patch will be ready for download, but we’re looking to deploy it to all regions as soon as possible. As always, patch notes will be posted in the Beta News forum shortly after the patch is live.

Thanks for your continued feedback and testing! — source: Official Forum

The Future Arrives May 24 – Overwatch Prepares for Battle on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Play Overwatch™ free May 5-9 during open beta for all three platforms. Pre-purchase the team-based shooter of tomorrow TODAY at www.playoverwatch.com/buy and get a head start on the open beta for you and a friend†

IRVINE, Calif. — Assemble your team and prepare your defenses—the fight for the future is about to begin! Blizzard Entertainment today announced that Overwatch™ will arrive in stores on Windows® PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One starting May 24 .†† Heroes from around the world can join the coming conflict by pre-purchasing Blizzard’s team-based first-person shooter today at www.playoverwatch.com/buy.

 

In addition to receiving the previously revealed Noire skin for Widowmaker, Overwatch’s ice-cold assassin, players who preorder or pre-purchase the game for PC, PS4™ system, or Xbox One will also get a two-day head start on the upcoming Overwatch open beta for themselves and a friend.† In the open beta, players will have an opportunity to play all 21 heroes and experience the intense action, tactical depth, and vibrant world of Overwatch prior to the game’s release. Following the head-start period on May 3-4 for those who have preordered, gamers everywhere will be able to assemble a team of friends and check out the game free during the all-access period from May 5-9. To learn more about the open beta, players can visit the official website.

“Overwatch is a team shooter for everyone, with deep, cooperative gameplay, fast and fun competitive action, and a diverse range of larger-than-life heroes,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We think PC and console players everywhere will have a great time in the game, and we’re excited to give everyone a chance to try Overwatch out for themselves ahead of its May 24 launch.”

The Story So Far. . . .

In Overwatch, players join the ranks of a legendary force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities, and clash on the battlefields of a near-future Earth. The game features a diverse cast of 21 heroes—each with their own unique arsenal of extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities. Teamwork is critical as players complete objectives, swap heroes on the fly, and combine their powers to game-changing effect—the action is intense, immediate, and fun.

Since the world last caught up with Overwatch at BlizzCon® 2015, Blizzard has introduced a number of game features in the ongoing closed beta test. In a new map type, Control, teams battle to capture and hold objectives in locations such as an omnic village in the mountains of Nepal and a high-tech skyscraper in a Chinese metropolis. Overwatch’s new progression system awards players with Loot Boxes containing an array of cosmetic items to personalize heroes, including sprays, emotes, voice lines, and skins such as Punk Tracer and Safari Winston.

In addition to Quick Play mode, which automatically matches players with teammates and opponents of similar skill online, players can test their mettle against computer-controlled opponents in a new Play Vs. AI mode, while Custom Games allow players to set special rules for hero switching, damage modifiers, and more. And there’s more to come in the future: Blizzard plans to patch in new heroes and maps post-launch at no additional cost. To keep up with the latest Overwatch news, head to the official website.

overwatch-open-beta-early-access-headerMeanwhile, In Stores Everywhere. . . .

Windows PC, PS4™ system, and Xbox One gamers will be able to join the fight for the future by picking up Overwatch: Origins Edition (SRP: $59.99 ), which comes with hero skins for five characters based on their storied pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer. It also includes a cache of Overwatch-themed content for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft®, Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm®, and more—visit www.playoverwatch.com/buy for the complete Origins Edition details.†††

Overwatch will also be available in a limited-edition, retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $129.99 , Windows/PS4™ system/Xbox One), which contains the digital content from Origins Edition along with a full-color visual sourcebook, the Overwatch soundtrack, and a high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76—the vigilante alter ego of former Overwatch commander Jack Morrison . Windows PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition ( $39.99 , digital only), which provides the core Overwatch experience.

Overwatch will be available in English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean (PC only), Japanese (PC and PS4™ system only), and traditional and simplified Chinese (PC only).†† Overwatch has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about Overwatch, visit the official website. For screenshots, videos, and other media, visit the Blizzard Entertainment press site at http://blizzard.gamespress.com/overwatch.

With multiple games in development, Blizzard has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

†Offer available by pre-purchasing digitally through www.playoverwatch.com/buy or preordering at select retailers until April 29 , 2016—players should check with their local retailer to find out whether they are participating. Players who previously pre-purchased or pre-ordered Overwatch at participating retailers are also eligible to participate—players should contact their store for details.

††Beta/launch plans for mainland China will be announced at a later date.

†††Battle.net account required. World of Warcraft, StarCraft® II, Heroes of the Storm®, and Diablo® III content available on Windows/Mac®. Hearthstone® content available on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android. Heroes of the Storm Tracer hero will also be available separately—further details will be announced at a later date.

Overwatch Beta Patch Notes 1.0.2 – February 19, 2016

Torbjörn has been slightly nerfed — which many will see as a welcomed decision. You could out-repair incoming damage, making it hard to destroy a strategically placed turret which prevents claiming a checkpoint or objective. Especially, if two or more players chose to play as Torbjörn.

For those who haven’t watched a video, the turret automatically targets you the second you enter its view, and you were basically dead or nigh dead. Any attempts on destroying the turret would be met with Torbjörn quickly repairing the turret.

I livestreamed Overwatch last night before this patch. That will allow you to see how powerful Torbjörn was before this new patch.

New Skins in March & April and possible Progression Reset

Jeff Kaplan posted in the official forum: “I think a few new skins should show up in March… some in April. Don’t forget though, progression will be reset at some point so please don’t get too attached!” — source

That sounds like currency and skins you own in beta will be lost after the reset.

It is not official, but PAX East (Apr 22-24) starts within that April schedule. Notch, notch! Fret not. I’ll be at PAX East to bring you details, photos, and panel videos.

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Overwatch | Zarya

zaryaZarya is a heavily shielded tank that uses barriers to protect herself and her allies. Fire her weapon’s primary beam at nearby enemies, and its secondary fire at long range. The Graviton Surge pulls enemies into it and damages them.

Role: role-tank Tank

Real Name: Aleksandra Zaryanova, Age: 28

Occupation: Soldier

Base of Operations: Krasnoyarsk Front, Russia

Affiliation: Russian Defense Forces

Overwatch | Soldier: 76

Soldier: 76Soldier: 76 is a flexible offensive hero able to sprint across the battlefield. Deploy his Biotic Field to heal allies who stand within it. The Tactical Visor automatically aims his heavy pulse rifle.

Offense icon Role: Offense

Real Name: Unknown, Age: Unknown

Occupation: Vigilante

Base of Operations: Unknown

Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

Overwatch | Roadhog

RoadhogRoadhog is a very sturdy tank that can take heavy damage and heal himself. Use Chain Hook to pull vulnerable heroes close then blast them with your Scrap Gun. RoadHog can push the entire enemy team away from a map objective in addition to dealing damage.

role-tank Role: Tank

Real Name: Mako Rutledge, Age: 48

Occupation: Enforcer (formerly), Bodyguard

Base of Operations: Junkertown, Australia (formerly)

Affiliation: Junkers (formerly)

Overwatch | Mei

Mei slows and freezes enemies, making them vulnerable to attack. Build Ice Walls to split up the enemy team or protect your own. Use the Blizzard ultimate on map objectives to freeze enemy defenders.

role-defense-icon Role: Defense

Real Name: Mei-Ling Zhou, Age: 31

Occupation: Climatologist, Adventurer

Base of Operations: Xi’an, China (formerly)

Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

Overwatch | McCree

McCreeMcCree is a flexible hero with a highly accurate and powerful revolver. Use a Flashbang to stun enemies in front of him. Deadeye targets all the enemies in his view for one shot eliminations.

Real Name: Jesse McCree, Age: 37

Occupation: Bounty Hunter

Base of Operations: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Affiliation: Overwatch (formerly)

Overwatch | Lúcio

lucio-225pxLúcio is a highly mobile support hero that speeds up and heals his team. Improve his songs at crucial moments with Amp It Up. Protect your team from massive damage with Sound Barrier.

Real Name: Lúcio Correia dos Santos, Age: 26

Occupation: DJ, Freedom Fighter

Base of Operations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Affiliation: None

Overwatch | Junkrat

junkrat-artworkJunkrat uses a variety of explosives to wreak havoc on the battlefield. Use the knockback from your own Concussion Mine to quickly reposition yourself. RIP-Tire can devastate a group of enemies if they don’t destroy it first.

Real Name: Jamison Fawkes, Age: 25

Occupation: Anarchist, Thief, Demolitionist, Mercenary, Scavenger

Base of Operations: Junkertown, Australia (formerly)

Affiliation: Junkers (formerly)

Overwatch | D.va

overwatch-dva-model-300pxD.Va pilots a heavily armored tank with a Defense Matrix that can destroy enemy projectiles. Use Boosters to reposition quickly, then attack with your short range Fusion Cannons. After ejecting, fight using your Light Gun so you can call another mech to you.

Real Name: Hana Song, Age: 19

Occupation: Pro Gamer (formerly), Mech Pilot

Base of Operations: Busan, South Korea

Affiliation: Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army

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