GamesCom 2016 – Overwatch Animated Short: The Last Bastion

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the new Overwatch Animated Short: The Last Bastion. The video lasts 7 minutes telling a beautiful story without uttering a single word.

It was amazingly composited. I have never seen a more realistic 3D environment forest. The main communication of the animated short comes in the form of Bastion’s beep-bops and the bird’s actions.

Bastion was formerly one of the violent Omnics who attacked the small town of Eichenwald while en route to the city. Bastion fell in the middle of the forest. Some time toward the end of the animated short, Bastion is entranced by the noise made by a woodpecker and reverts to his violent programming awareness unleashing his turret upon the forest in retaliation to what he thought was gunfire aimed at him.

GamesCom 2016 – Eichenwald Gameplay VOD by Muselk

Muselk played the new Overwatch map Eichenwald while discussing details with Aaron Keller. Both got to swap positions for a turn at playing the new map. PTR will be up very soon before September.

Eichenwald is simply awesome, with multiple ambush points. Vertical attacks from the top. At the bridge, you can jump down the pit into a balcony and climb the stairs around for a surprise attack from the back. Balcony fences can be destroyed in an upcoming patch.

Bastion, Widowmaker, Ana, Pharah, and Hanzo are going to wreck havoc in this map. Watch the nigh 5-hour gameplay video.

Watch live video from muselk on www.twitch.tv

GamesCom 2016 – Overwatch new Map Eichenwalde

Blizzard Entertainment revealed the newest Overwatch map based in Germany — Eichenwalde — which is coming this September to live realms. A small town in the forest with a majestic castle. This is the forest where Bastion comes from.

“Eichenwalde is an Assault/Escort hybrid map set in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.

The site of one of the most famous battles during the Omnic Crisis, it was here that the leader of the Crusaders, Balderich von Alder, and a handful of his best soldiers made a last stand against an advancing automaton army. Outnumbered and outgunned, they were ultimately slain during the resulting combat. However, thanks to their valiant efforts, the German military was able to push back the omnic offensive and win the fight.

On this map, one team must escort a battering ram to Eichenwalde Castle to reclaim Balderich’s remains from their current resting place, while the opposing team does everything in its power to thwart the keep from being breached.”

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Map Video

The video shows Eichenwalde’s outdoor areas, where we can see the devastation caused during the Omnic Crisis war, as well as carcasses of the omnics destroyed by the denizens defending the town.

We can see the outdoor views of the castle, and some of the buildings; as well as, interior views of some of the buildings (like a clockwork shop (Uhrenkeller), a coffee shop, a beer distillery — possibly the one with the sign: Brauerei Mittagskrug, the Jagdhutte Edelweiß tavern, and the castle — which also shows the remains of Balderich von Alder (wearing an armor similar to Reinhardt– in a position that resembles the Skeleton King).

This new map allows us to climb the castle via stairs to reach the main objective. The payload in this case is a mechanical ram that the attacking party needs to use to break open the castle’s drawbridge (one of the checkpoints).

Eichenwalde is prone to be a great map for snipers, and for ambushes. The castle’s interior has good points for assembling an unsuspecting turret, or to call it’s a high noon.

 

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GamesCom Preview Livestream Transcript

During the GamesCom 2016 Preview livestream, hostess Soe Penski interviewed Geoff Goodman (Principal designer) and Aaron Keller (lead system designer) to discuss the newest Eichenwalde map.

SOE: Blizzard is known for its regular content updates for basically all its games. Is there going to be new content today?

Geoff: When we started working on the project, we had all these ideas we wanted to put in the box and we wanted to make this a great game. We had lots of ideas, we aren’t short of ideas (that’s for sure); and the community isn’t short on ideas, so it’s really great.

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2016 Summer Olympics Skins coming to Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment released new skins, highlight intro, player avatars,sprays, and voice over sounds based on various Olympics disciplines to all Overwatch heroes. They are live until August 22.

This limited edition content, however, can’t be purchased with gold. They are available through the in-game Store in Loot Boxes. That means you can only grab them randomly, and there’s a chance for duplicates.

Olympics Skins coming to Overwatch

These are the ones I got in my loot boxes:

Overwatch WTF Moments: What Comes Around Comes Around | Pharah

This is absolutely one of the Overwatch WTF Moments one can encounter in the game. Looking around through the Blizzard Tweets feed, I stumbled upon a short clip that says it all. There goes Pharah with her unforgiving mid-air rocket assault on Reinhardt, who gets knocked into the air.

Suddenly, Reinhardt charges in the air and knocks Pharah out of the sky into the ground, for laughs.

 

Overwatch Interview: Neal Acree’s Music

VentureBeat interviewed music composer Neal Acree to discuss his work on Overwatch in-game music, cutscenes, and cinematic.

GamesBeat: What other tracks did you create for Overwatch?

Acree: The victory theme was the main one. I did some arrangements of Sam’s — Sam had done the fanfare. I did some arrangements of that. But for the in-game music itself it was mainly the victory theme. But then we had done the cinematics. There was what’s called the cinematic teaser, which is also called “We Are Overwatch,” what they used to announce the — it played before the Star Wars movie.

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The Overwatch Panel Video | 2016 SDCC

Update – July 26, 8:11am EST: Apologies. The freelancer has not delivered the videos, and has not replied since Sunday. I doubt he will. He’s been freelancer for the first time, and not associated with us. This is the first time since 2008 that we do not have coverage. For updates follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

dark-horse-overwatch-graphic-novelBlizzard Entertainment hosted an Overwatch panel at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 21 to discuss details of the newest Overwatch hero. Bookmark this page to watch the Overwatch panel video. A Blizzplanet correspondent was there to record the panel.

Dark Horse plans to reveal details of an Overwatch graphic novel focused on the original Overwatch strike team during the SDCC panel.

The 100-page Overwatch graphic novel will ship on April 2017, and The Art of Overwatch book (featuring concept art and illustrations) this Summer 2017.

NOTE: All our coverage at various events have costs associated with them. Please, support us via PayPal here or Patreon here.

**The World of Warcraft: Road to Legion Panel may be watched here.

 

 

Overwatch PanelBlizzard developers James Waugh (director of story & creative development), Michael Chu (senior designer, Overwatch), and Arnold Tsang (assistant art director, Overwatch) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the art, design, and story for Overwatch’s newest hero. Q&A session moderated by Kim Phan (senior manager, esports).

Thursday July 21, 2016 6:45pm – 7:45pm
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Overwatch Comic # 7: Ana – Legacy

Blizzard Entertainment published the Overwatch digital comic based on the newest hero: Ana Amari — mother of Pharah. The new story focuses on her early days as the second-in-command of the former Overwatch unit, and how she lost her right-eye years ago.

“The key is to not hesitate. When you have the shot… you take the shot.”

The seventh entry in our free digital comic series, Legacy, explores the backstory of Ana Amari—a former Overwatch captain who has recently emerged from years of seclusion to defend a new generation.

In “Legacy,” Ana’s reputation as one of the world’s deadliest snipers is backed up by the notches in her gun. But every one of those notches represents a life that was taken, and every single life weighs heavily on her conscience.

Still, Overwatch’s agents need someone to keep them safe in the field, and Ana never hesitates to protect the people she cares about… that is, until a familiar face shows up at the end of her scope.

Written by Blizzard’s own Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Bengal (Spider-Gwen, All-New Wolverine, Batgirl), “Ana: Legacy” is now available to read in full at comic.playoverwatch.com. You can also experience the action and sound of this story through the Madefire motion book on desktop, mobile, and Apple TV.

We hope you enjoy it—and stay tuned for more Overwatch digital comics coming soon!

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New Hero revealed: Ana, the Support Sniper

Ana: “Everyone must find their cause.” print_ana

Support Role : Support

Real Name Real Name : Ana Amari, Age: 60

Occupation Occupation : Bounty Hunter

Base of Operation Base of operations : Cairo, Egypt

Affiliation Affiliation : Overwatch (formerly)

 

  • One of the founding members of Overwatch, Ana uses her skills and expertise to defend her home and the people she cares for.

    As the Omnic Crisis inflicted a heavy toll on Egypt, the country's depleted and undermanned security forces relied on elite snipers for support. Among them was Ana Amari, who was widely considered to be the world's best. Her superior marksmanship, decision-making, and instincts made her a natural selection to join the Overwatch strike team that would end the war.

    Following the success of Overwatch's original mission, Ana served for many years as Strike Commander Morrison's second-in-command. Despite her responsibilities in leading the organization, Ana refused to step away from combat operations. She remained on active duty well into her fifties, until she was believed to have been killed during a hostage rescue mission by the Talon operative known as Widowmaker.

    In truth, Ana survived that encounter, despite being gravely wounded and losing her right eye. During her recovery, she wrestled with the weight of a life spent in combat, and she chose to stay out of the world's growing conflicts. However, as time passed, she realized she could not sit on the sidelines while people threatened her city and the innocents around her.

    Now, Ana has rejoined the fight to protect her country from the forces that would destabilize it, and most importantly, to keep her family and her closest allies safe.


  • Biotic Rifle

    Ana’s rifle shoots darts that can restore health to her allies or deal ongoing damage to her enemies. She can use the rifle’s scope to zoom in on targets and make highly accurate shots.

    Sleep Dart

    Ana fires a dart from her sidearm, rendering an enemy unconscious (though any damage will rouse them).

    Biotic Grenade

    Ana tosses a biotic bomb that deals damage to enemies and heals allies in a small area of effect. Affected allies briefly receive increased healing from all sources, while enemies caught in the blast cannot be healed for a few moments.

    Nano Boost

    After Ana hits one of her allies with a combat boost, they temporarily move faster, deal more damage, and take less damage from enemies’ attacks.
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My first gameplay experience with Ana Amari versus AI.

 

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SDCC 2016 – Overwatch New Hero to be Unveiled

Blizzard Entertainment is officially unveiling the new Overwatch hero at San Diego Comic Con according to the Thursday schedule.

Behind The Scenes of Overwatch's Newest Hero
Blizzard developers James Waugh (director of story & creative development), Michael Chu (senior designer, Overwatch), and Arnold Tsang (assistant art director, Overwatch) present a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of developing the art, design, and story for Overwatch's newest hero. Q&A session moderated by Kim Phan (senior manager, esports).Thursday July 21, 2016
6:45pm - 7:45pm
Room 6A

 

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Conan O’Brian and Game of Thrones Actors Try Overwatch

Conan O’Brian recently invited Game of Thrones actors Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey to his Clueless Gamer show to play a bit of Overwatch. Things get a little spicy when Conan and Peter see Widowmaker onscreen. Full transcript and video can be found at TeamCoco. Warning: Some comments in the video are not proper for minors.

 

Overwatch is a Global Hit with 7 Million Players and Counting

Blizzard Entertainment announced that Overwatch is a global hit with over 7 million players currently battling in Battle.net 2.0, and more joining every day.

IRVINE, Calif.— The world needs heroes, and citizens from London to Xi’an to Rio de Janeiro are rising to the occasion to join the ranks of Overwatch®! Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed team shooter launched worldwide on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC on May 24, and since then more than 7 million players have fought for the future in Overwatch, logging more than 119 million hours combined in one of the most successful global game launches of all time—and the battle is just getting started.*

“Over the months and weeks leading up to release we saw a lot of love and support for Overwatch—from Blizzard gamers, FPS fans, and people who’d never picked up a game like this before—and we’re very grateful for everyone’s incredible passion and enthusiasm,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We poured a lot of effort into creating a game—and a new universe—that anyone could enjoy. We’re ecstatic to have had such a successful launch, and we’re looking forward to all of the fun, competition, and new content still to come.”

Since launch, players have swapped heroes 326 million times and teamed up to deliver 11 million payloads to their destinations on the battlefields of tomorrow. In addition to being a smash with players around the world, Overwatch is a critical hit, and is one of the best-reviewed games of the year. GameSpot has called Overwatch “something spectacular,” while Forbes wrote that “Overwatch, quite simply, is a miracle” and that it’s “a game for everyone.” According to Game Informer, “Overwatch is an amazing experience,” concluding in its 10-out-of-10 review that “things will never be the same.

What Is Overwatch?

Overwatch takes place on earth in the near future, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of key locations around the world. The game features a diverse cast of 21 unique heroes—including Reinhardt, the noble knight from a bygone era; Zenyatta, the robotic monk in search of enlightenment; and Symmetra, the hard-light “architech” striving to build a better world—each armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities. Across a variety of vibrant and intricately designed maps, players must work together to complete various objectives, swapping heroes to adapt to the ever-changing situation and combining their powers to unleash devastating combos.

Overwatch features a variety of game modes for shooter veterans and players new to the genre:

  • Quick Play automatically matches players with allies and opponents of a similar skill level—a quick and easy way to jump into the fight.
  • Play Vs. AI mode pits a team of human players against computer-controlled opponents, with multiple difficulty settings to choose from.
  • Custom Games allow teams of friends to tweak the game’s rules, including damage and healing modifiers and which heroes and maps are in play.
  • Weekly Brawl! offers up an unexpected challenge every week, like “Justice Rains from Above” (an aerial extravaganza starring rocket-powered Pharah and Mercy, the high-flying healer) and the intense “Arcade” brawl, which features more health, faster cooldowns, and quick respawns.
  • Training modes include a Tutorial that teaches players the ropes, a Practice Range where people can try their hand at heroes in a zero-pressure environment, and a Practice vs. AI mode where heroes can further hone their skills.
  • . . . And more to come: sometime after launch, players looking for the ultimate team challenge will be able to test their mettle, earn ranks, and show off their skill in Competitive Play. Blizzard also plans to patch in new heroes and maps in the future at no additional cost.

As players compete in matches—win or lose—they’ll level up and earn Loot Boxes, each containing a combination of four items players can use to customize their heroes, including in-game credits and cosmetic goodies including skins, sprays, voice lines, and new animations. Among these items are legendary skins that dramatically alter heroes’ appearances, such as the post-apocalyptic Scavenger D.Va, or Lone Wolf Hanzo, which fills Overwatch’s expert bowman with the spirit of the wild.

Origins Edition, Collector’s Edition, and More

Windows PC, PS4™, and Xbox One gamers can join the fight for the future today by purchasing Overwatch: Origins Edition for a suggested retail price of $59.99 from www.playoverwatch.com/buy. Overwatch: Origins Edition comes with a collection of hero skins that provide players with insight into five characters’ pasts—Blackwatch Reyes (Reaper), Strike-Commander Morrison (Soldier: 76), Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer—as well as a cache of goodies for several Blizzard Entertainment games, including glowing Mercy wings for Diablo® III, a Baby Winston pet for World of Warcraft®, a set of heroic StarCraft® II portraits, an Overwatch-themed Hearthstone® card back, and the playable Tracer hero for Heroes of the Storm®.†

Overwatch is also available in a limited-edition, retail-only Collector’s Edition (SRP $129.99, Windows/PS4™/Xbox One), which contains all of the content listed above 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. Quantities are limited; players should check with their local retailer for availability. Windows PC gamers also have the option to download a digital PC edition ($39.99, digital only), which includes all 21 heroes and every map, providing players with the core Overwatch experience.

Players on any platform looking to augment their collection of skins, sprays, and other cosmetic goodies may also purchase the same Loot Boxes that they can earn through gameplay in quantities of 2 for $1.99, 5 for $4.99, 11 for $9.99, 24 for $19.99, and 50 for $39.99.

In addition to the English version, Overwatch has been localized into Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, German, European Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and traditional and simplified Chinese. Overwatch has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

For more information about Overwatch, visit www.playoverwatch.com. 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.

†Battle.net account required. World of Warcraft®, Heroes of the Storm®, StarCraft® II, and Diablo® III content available on Windows/Mac®. Hearthstone® content available on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®, franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes nineteen #1 games* and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners.