Ecopoint: Antarctica Lore

Ecopoint: Antarctica is potentially the location that most points toward a future Overwatch expansion in the game than any other map. More of that later in this article.

10 years ago, there was a rise on climatic changes affecting the world. These climatic changes were attributed to new technologies, increased consumption of resources, and even overpopulation of omnics. Unusual climatic disasters around the world, prompted Overwatch to establish several ecopoints at critical locations throughout the world in order to investigate the source. One of these was Ecopoint Antarctica.

According to the Overwatch Visual Sourcebook, Mei was assigned to the monitoring station to investigate the cause of drastic climatic changes in Antarctica.

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Ecopoint: Antarctica Infrastructure

There are six core habitat modules in Ecopoint: Antarctica:

  • Crew Quarters
  • Storage
  • Cryo Lab
  • Engineering
  • Battery (contains the battery and servers)
  • Climatology (monitoring station)

 

There are however 8 modules at the top of the mountain, which are not accessible by players, and a helicopter.

 

Crew

The 1v1 / 3v3 Arena map reveals the names of Mei’s colleagues. A malfunction in the cryonic system killed her hibernating crew. Their names are imprinted on the cryogenic pods:

  • Adam (researcher)
  • Macready (engineering)
  • Opara (cryonics)
  • Torres (cryonics)
  • Arrhenius (climatology)

A catastrophic polar storm damaged the solar array tower powering the Ecopoint: Antarctica station. More specific, one of the module tanks within the tower — as seen in the Ecopoint: Antarctica image below.

There are two cylindrical modules in the solar array tower. The one damaged has a sticker that identifies it as #2. The Battery station has the same sticker. That means, the solar array tower was no longer powering the battery station. Thus, eventually the battery couldn’t sustain to power most of the station’s electronics.

 

The Battery station says Battery power low. Solar array critical damage. Battery power: 7%. Alert: Storm Incoming. Temperature: -43C.

 

In the Crew Quarters, Mei kept track of the available resources, leaving a note on the refrigerator concerning the supplies remaining:

  • 28 cups of noodles
  • 10 liters of water
  • 7 packets of tea
  • 13 protein bars

The footnote of this note estimated there was enough nutrients for the team to last merely 4 days.

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When food and resources started to dwindle, the crew decided it was best to enter their cryogenic chambers hoping that Overwatch would eventually find them. However, Overwatch was disbanded, their headquarters blown, and Jack Morrison was thought dead. All Ecopoints were shutdown, and thus no one came to their rescue for 10 years. Mei was the only survivor rescued.

Mei is now dedicated to power up the other abandoned Ecopoints in search of answers surrounding the climate phenomenon.

 

Speculation

It might be a crew joke, but it might be possible that Blizzard is hinting at what is causing the climate changes around the globe. If that’s the case, then something tells me there might be an expansion taking us to that next step.

There is a map in the Climatology monitoring center showing the location of Ecopoint: Antarctica, a Relay Station with signal disrupted to the far east, and south of the relay station is a blinking yellow dot marking an anomaly detected. Looking at the climate monitor the storm is coming from the east.

The funny thing is that there is a written note, just inches away from the “anomaly detected” hologram. The note says: “What’s causing the anomaly? Global warming. Unexplained phenomenon. Aliens!!!”

 

We have a hero with supernatural abilities from beyond death: Reaper.

We have a talking gorilla with a PhD in physics: Winston.

We have a sentient Omnic with special spiritual views that differ with those of the Shambali: Zenyatta.

We have a mystical-powered ninja and samurai.

We have Talon pursuing control over ancient mythology ruins and artifacts in Ilios. Potential new hero.

Overwatch. Soldiers. Scientists. Adventurers. Oddities.

How long before Mei’s efforts seeking answers surrounding the climatic anomaly uncovers an alien threat attempting to destroy humans from within?

If the note in Ecopoint: Antarctica is a hint of things to come, that rises a lot of questions. Will there ever be a single player campaign? We know that after the demise of Project Titan, Overwatch was rushed for release in flash time record since its announcement. There was no time for a single player experience. That doesn’t mean there can’t be one at a later point.

If there is an alien threat, that means new enemies. Maybe another faction other than Overwatch and the Talon. That also means, there might be sympathetic aliens as well that might become our allies against a galactic threat.

Let’s not forget there were already two hints at alien life out there: Hollywood and Route 66.

 

Overwatch Developer Update: Symmetra Design Changes

Jeff Kaplan addresses the Overwatch players with a new Developer Update video. This time explaining the new radical changes for Symmetra. Symmetra now creates a Photon Barrier which travels across the field in a straight line. It is similar to Reinhardt’s shield. This ability has a 10 second cooldown.

The second ability is the Shield Generator — the first time a hero has a choice between two Ultimate abilities. The Shield Generator deploys a generator that provides additional shields to allies in an area. It looks like the Teleporter, but a sphere instead of a portal. All you have to do is click the Ultimate button again to toggle between Teleporter or Shield Generator before deploying it.

This is a hefty change, and no doubt very welcomed by Symmetra players, and this will definitely increase the use of Sombra as a counter.

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Overwatch Developer Update: Symmetra Design Changes

 

Nexus Challenge: How to obtain the Oni Genji Skin

The Oni Genji skin is a promotional reward for playing 15 games in Heroes of the Storm. If you don’t have Heroes of the Storm, you can click the install button within the Blizzard Launcher. It is a free-download game.

When you launch the game, you will see two Special Events Quests for the Nexus Challenge. The one you are interested in is “Play 15 games in a party with a Friend.”

 

Now invite someone in your friend list within Heroes of the Storm, or type /join general

There you can ask LFM or LFG Nexus Challenge 15. Add someone to your friend list temporarily as an alternative. Play 15 games in Co-op vs. AI and attack the bottom lane. The game ends fairly within 3-5 minutes. It doesn’t take long before you reach 15 games to complete the Nexus Challenge.

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Afterwards, you will see onscreen that you have completed 15 games with a Friend, and the Oni Genji skin reward is unlocked.

 

This Nexus Challenge promotional lasts from November 15 until January 4th. The video below shows you the Oni Genji skin in the Heres Gallery, as well as how it looks in Highlight Intro, Emotes, Victory Pose, Golden weapon, and a bit more.

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The video lasts about 10 minutes, but watch what you need to and skip the rest if you wish.

 

Blizzard Entertainment Announced Professional Overwatch League

At BlizzCon 2016, Blizzard Entertainment announced the Professional Overwatch League

ow-league-logo-lockup-lightOverwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s blockbuster team-based shooter, is now over 20 million players strong, and among that number are a new generation of sports heroes. With more and more players continuing to distinguish themselves in the game, Blizzard Entertainment today announced the creation of the Overwatch League—a world-class, sports ecosystem for professional Overwatch competition. Combining Blizzard’s esports pedigree with the best practices of major professional sports, the Overwatch League will focus on long-term stability for teams as well as opportunities for players to establish the types of professional careers associated with traditional sports.

Additional information about Overwatch League can be found in the press release within the press kit below.

We’ve also included the Overwatch League logo, link to the website, the Introduction to Overwatch League video, the Overwatch League Explained video and a few action shots from the Overwatch World Cup.

 

Sombra ARG: Network Breaches Reported in Russia

Blizzard Entertainment posted a new tweet where La Voz de Dorado reports LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero has stepdown. Atlas News reports that Sombra has breached networks in Russia and across the globe.

If you happen to go to Volskaya Industries, go to the second floor in Point A (above the big health pack). You will see a monitor saying Acceso No Authorizado. Sombra Protocol v2.3.

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DORADO, MEXICO—Today, a defiant Guillermo Portero announced that he is temporarily stepping down as CEO of LumériCo following recent revelations by the Sombra hacker collective, unprecedented protests, and widespread civil unrest that took place yesterday. Perhaps the most visible evidence of the incidents can be seen in the widespread pro-Sombra graffiti that has been reported around the world.

While his long-term future at LumériCo is still in doubt, sources within the company believe that this could be the end for the popular executive. However, they stressed that he has not officially resigned or been relieved of his duties, as some within the company still have faith in the charismatic leader.

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Whether the move will appease public opinion that has turned against LumériCo in recent weeks remains to be seen. Portero has reiterated that he expects to be fully exonerated pending the authorities’ review of the company’s conduct and a continued investigation into the hacking of LumériCo systems that led to the release of e-mails.

Lost in the recent news is a reported second breach into the LumériCo systems, which has security insiders concerned that the company’s wide-ranging network infrastructure could still be compromised. Similar breaches have been reported around the world including, most recently, Volskaya Industries, Russia’s premier anti-omnic security force.

 

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Sombra ARG: LumériCo Email Corruption

November 1 is here already, and the LumériCo website is getting hammered with tons of traffic from fans pressing F5 to reload the page, causing a real life outage of service. Sometimes the page give a Bad Gateway 502 error message.

The latest update is found in María Jiménez’s webmail. Two new emails titled: Email Corruption and Admin Terminal Blocked. Accessing the Admin section in her webmail now has a warning message:

“All unathorized access will be prosecuted with all the extent of the law. All commands will be recorded and controlled by a whole team of IT engineers.”

Germia the Pharah Anubis Skin Cosplay

Hailing from the Czech Republic, Germia recently posted a sneak peek video of her Anubis Pharah cosplay. It’s not just a regular cosplay costume, though. It actually features a moving electronic servos system. Her wings spread and holster back. Her gun also shoots missiles. Hopefully, she doesn’t poke someone’s eye with it when justice rains from above.

Germia pharah cosplay

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Sombra ARG: LumériCo Revelations: CEO Guillermo Portero Under Fire

Guillermo Portero is in trouble after leaked evidence of corruption — A little nice thing Blizzard Entertainment posted on the official Overwatch Facebook page.

Personally, and that’s just me, November 1 happens on a Tuesday. Would it be far-fetched to think that a Festival de la Luz PvE Brawl takes us into a Halloween Terror-setup-look-alike in Dorado fighting either the Los Muertos gang or LumériCo’s security team?

[LOCAL] LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero under fire following document leak, Dorado nuclear plant protests planned for November 1.

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DORADO, MEXICO—LumériCo has been engulfed in scandal by documents brought to light by the hacker collective known as “Sombra.” The documents are alleged to have been obtained during recent security breaches of the energy company’s internal networks. While LumériCo and Mexican law enforcement have categorized these break-ins as criminal actions, the Sombra collective claims that it is “only acting in the public interest.”

At this time, the massive file dump is still being analyzed and dissected, but a number of allegations have already been made, many of them focusing on the office of LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero. Documents indicate that Mr. Portero used the company’s funds as his own piggy bank, that he was personally involved in bribing public officials and creating a system of kickbacks and payoffs beneficial to LumériCo, and finally, that he proposed a plan to seize privately held land via government expropriation to expand LumériCo’s facilities throughout Mexico.

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Hanamura

Hanmura is an Assault map located in Japan. Attackers fight to capture two objectives. Defenders hold them off until time runs out. This colorful land and its cherry blossoms is dwarfed by the tall Fuji mountain in the background.

In real life, there is a restaurant named Hanamura, and a location in the far western side of Japan named Hamura — but 12 hours away from Mount Fuji. Thus, the Overwatch map is mostly a fictional location near Tokyo. In japanese, Hanamura means “Village of Blossom Flowers.”

“Hanamura is a well-preserved village of unassuming shops and quiet streets, known mostly for its idyllic cherry blossom festival every spring. But to those who know its history, Hanamura is the ancestral home of the Shimada ninja clan, which had grown over the centuries to become a powerful criminal organization. As its neighboring cities expanded, Hanamura was encircled, and eventually it was incorporated as a district within a larger city. For now, the imposing compound of the Shimada family lies empty, but that peace may soon be broken.” — Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch: Collector’s Edition)

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Temple of Anubis

The Temple of Anubis is an Assault map located in Egypt. Attackers fight to capture two objectives; defenders hold them off until time runs out.

“Nestled among the ancient ruins of the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, the Temple of Anubis is one of many new excavations in the area. While most believe that the site is of interest for archaeological reasons, it also hides the entrance to a research facility that extends deep beneath the earth. The facility is alleged to house an artificial intelligence, but the whole truth is known only to a select few. Not even the agents of Helix Security International who guard the facility know what they’re protecting.” — Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch: Collector’s Edition)

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Overwatch voice actor Matt Mercer says High Noon during Interview

Overwatch voice actor Matt Mercer hilariously said “High Noon” during an interview when he responded where fans could follow his current work. He responded:

“You can find it on Twitch every Thursday night at 7PM pacific time at Twitch.TV/geekandsundry — so you go and check that out and see if it is a different time zone, you can go check ahead and watch it at… HIGH NOON!”

Everyone in the studio laughed in amazement as he pulled that one. Thanks to jigantie1 for that find.

It's High Noon

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King’s Row

King’s Row is located in London (England). It is an Assault / Escort (hybrid) map. Attackers first capture a payload, then escort it to its destination. Defenders attempt to hold them back.

“King’s Row is an upscale, cosmopolitan neighborhood of London, but just beneath its peaceful surface, tensions between omnics and humans are running high. While much of modern England was built on the backs of omnic laborers, they have been denied the basic rights that humans have, with most omnics forced to live in the dense, claustrophobic city-beneath-the-city known by some as “the Underworld.” Of greater concern is that recent demonstrations by pro-omnic-rights protestors have resulted in violent clashes with the police, and a solution is nowhere in sight. Many of London’s new buildings were constructed by the omnic labor.” — Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch: Collector’s Edition)

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