Overwatch Main Theme Metal Cover by Evil Ducky Production

Alexandre Comte informed us that his Evil Ducky Production team created an Overwatch – Main Theme [Metal Cover] based in part on the original soundtrack by Blizzard Entertainment composer Neal Acree.

It’s fun to see talented Overwatch fans work hard to share their craft with other fans.

This french team often uploads similar metal covers based on various video game soundtracks. Check it out.

 

Overwatch Collector’s Edition Pre-orders Going Out for Delivery Now

If you were among the faithful and lucky fans to have pre-ordered online the Overwatch: Collector’s Edition — then your credit card has been charged and the game is arriving today at your door.

My copy is currently out for delivery, a day before the launch! Special thanks to all 58 fans who believed my article a few months ago and pre-ordered. When you click any links on our website, a percent of the sale is paid to Blizzplanet as an affiliate. Earlier this month, I paid the yearly hosting plan, and you helped us stay online another year with your support. Thank you!

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May 22 – Overwatch Collector’s Edition Pre-Orders for PS4 & Xbox One Still Open

overwatch-collectors-edition-300x300The PC version is already soldout, but pre-orders for the PS4 and Xbox One Overwatch Collector’s Edition continue to be open just two days away from the global launch of the game.

Many fans wait until the last day to join the long row of customers at the nearest Gamestop, or other video games stores to find out they ain’t getting no Collector’s Edition.

As someone with experience with Collector’s Edition copies, I can tell you that if you didn’t pre-order at the store in person or by phone prior to the launch date, your chance of getting a Collector’s Edition are zippo.

I have seen people complain to the clerk that there are copies still on display under key, but the clerk responds those are pre-order copies that are already secured and awaiting their owner.

Best bet is to pre-order online, and it is shipped to you on launch date (if you chose that option at checkout).

 

 

Overwatch Animated Short: Soldier: 76 “Hero”

This animated short floored me. They are made with a lot of emotional drive. You would expect a Soldier: 76 Animated Short to be narrated from the point of view of the protagonist, but instead, Blizzard Creative decided to narrate most of the short from the point of view of a Mexican mother who doesn’t even show face onscreen.

We see the young daughter leave the house to buy groceries at a nearby shop, and listen to her mother’s thoughts as she worries for the upbringing of her daughter in such a dangerous place. Her narration is made in English with a true Spanish accent, and the background music is played with a spanish guitar. The story is set in one of the Overwatch playable maps: El Dorado.

First, we get a close look at the Los Muertos gang beating an Omnic with a bat, and one of them invites the Mexican girl to beat it too. Soldier: 76 infiltrates their warehouse to stop their cargo of illegal weapons.

The battle between Soldier: 76 and the Los Muertos is full of action, and familiar abilities we see in-game. It was awesome! You really need to watch it several times.

As they make their escape, one of the Los Muertos gang throws a grenade. Soldier: 76 did see the Mexican girl, but he is on a mission to stop these pendejos (fools). The grenade lands just on the Mexican girl’s feet. What will Soldier: 76 choose to do: Pursue the bad boys, or safe the girl?

Soldier: 76 is in a dark place. He doesn’t consider himself a hero anymore. All that matters is the mission. Or is he?

Overwatch hits stores on Tue, May 24. Order your copy now here (PC, PS4, Xbox One).

 

Overwatch Story – México Launches Lumérico Power Plant

This — how can I call it? — Reality News story is written in a way that the Atlas News is reporting the official launch of México’s new flagship nuclear power plant… Lumérico. For those who haven’t played Overwatch yet, this is the power plant where you escort the payload in the El Dorado map.

There are many objects, and graffiti throughout El Dorado, and one of the graffiti says “Los Muertos.” This story tells us a bit about who that gang is, and how they came to power.

The Atlas News also reports about a wanted fugitive who has been attacking former Overwatch facilities across the United States, and has been last seen in the border of México. La Procuraduría General del Distrito Federal de México has set a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Soldier: 76. Share your thoughts with Blizzard here.

LumériCo Vision for Mexico Unveiled, but Threats to Safety and Security Remain

by Atlas News Staff – 05/18/2016

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WHO ARE LOS MUERTOS?

Little is currently known about the Los Muertos organization. Though most consider it to be a lawless, opportunistic gang, its members style themselves as revolutionaries who represent those left behind by the government after the widespread devastation of the Omnic Crisis.

That mission stands in stark contrast to their methods and the overwhelming evidence of their criminal activities.

 

 

 

LUMÉRICO UNVEILS FLAGSHIP POWER PLANT

Today, LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero announced the completion of the Dorado nuclear plant, the last link in the company’s long-awaited network that promises to deliver affordable, clean energy to the entirety of the country. 

“This is a great moment for Mexico. As president, it was my dream to not only repair the infrastructure destroyed during La Medianoche, but to provide this country with infrastructure that will make it the envy of the world. Today, that dream is a reality, as I and LumériCo, have made this possible,” notes Portero.

“Now we turn our attention to the future, and to others who might benefit from our country’s leadership.”

 

 

 

WANTED FUGITIVE | “SOLDIER: 76”

There are reports that the international fugitive “Soldier: 76” has been sighted in Dorado. Last seen in the USA following a string of attacks on former Overwatch facilities, it appears that he may have crossed the border into Mexico. 

If you have any knowledge about the individual’s whereabouts or activities, please contact the authorities. A reward of $10,000,000 has been offered for any information leading to his capture.

Overwatch Comics: Symmetra – A Better World

Symmetra: A Better World is the fourth digital comics published by Blizzard Entertainment, written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz.

This story takes us to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the office of the Mayor. There is a negotiation. The Mayor has to decide between two corporation’s proposals: The Vishkar Corporation’s or Calado’s.

The Vishkar Corporation is known for its hard-light technology. Satya Vaswani (aka Symmetra) is their most talented engineer. Her plan is to provide improved housing for residents of the Favela and everyone in Rio de Janeiro. It’s clear the Madame Mayor isn’t too supportive of helping the favelas (suburbs or slums).

With negotiations going in favor of the competition, Symmetra is sent by the Vishkar Corporation owner to infiltrate Calado’s offices in search of dirt to put on his name to force the Mayor into accepting Vishkar’s proposal instead.

Things don’t go as planned, and Symmetra’s actions lead to disaster. Now she must look deep into her soul in search of answers. What’s the price for making the world a better place? Read the comics here.

UPDATE: Robert Brooks tweeted me this comics has an interactive motion version with special sound effects and mustic.

 

Trivia

Symmetra grew up in Hyderabad (India). Age 28.
Characters: Mr. Sanjay Korpal (Vishkar Corporation’s owner), Madame Mayor, Mr. Calado (owner of Calado Corporation).

The true enemy of humanity is disorder.

A Better World, the fourth in our series of free digital comic shorts, follows Symmetra as she embarks on an unexpectedly dangerous endeavor in corporate espionage.

In “A Better World,” when the Vishkar Corporation’s proposal to remodel a Brazilian city center is blocked by the mayor, the company calls on Symmetra—the secret identity of Vishkar architech Satya Vaswani—to get the contract by any means necessary. But when events explode out of control, Symmetra finds herself in over her head… and winds up questioning her mission.

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Overwatch Comics: Pharah – Mission Statement

The Overwatch Comics: Pharah “Mission Statement” is written by Andrew Robinson and illustrated by Nesskain.

This story reveals that the Anubis A.I. was one of the “God Programs’ the old Overwatch quarantined after the Omnic Crisis. The Helix Securities took over the Anubis Facility afterwards. Somehow the Anubis A.I. broke its containment and declared humanity as its biggest threat, taking over command over the Sentry bots to protect the Anubis facility from intruders.

One of the Helix soldiers, Tariq, was a former IT worker at the Anubis Facility a year before this mission, and warns that if the Anubis A.I. was able to take control of other Omnics, and gets to bypass the Helix Firewall to access the internet things would go bad.

This mission marked Pharah with a question that drove her mind for some time: What’s more important? The man or the mission?

Captain Khalil, who knew Pharah’s mother, rang her bell reminding her that her mother valued the sense of family. The Squad is her mission. Every man in the team is important to fulfill the mission.

The story also reveals the origin of her facial tattoo. Pharah’s mother had the same tattoo. This mission and the lesson about what loyalty to your team means inspired her to honor her mother by wearing her tattoo. The tattoo is called a Udjat — the Eye of Horus.

Other Helix Securities soldiers is Pharah’s Squad: Mahmud, Saleh, Lieutenant Amari, Aizad, Captain Khalil, Okoro (Omnic).

You can read Pharah: “Mission Statement” at Blizzard’s Overwatch Comics section.

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Overwatch Animated Short: Dragons

Blizzard Entertainment released the newest Overwatch Animated Short: Dragons. This animated short features a story of Genji and Hanzo. This is by far the BEST one with an immense emotional drive comparing the dragon spirit brothers story with their own.

Overwatch hits stores on May 24, 2016. Pick a side, and join Overwatch:

 

Overwatch 2017 Calendar

We now have an internal view of the upcoming Overwatch 2017 Calendar by Browntrout Publishers.

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Posted: February 29, 2016

Browntrout Pubs Calendars opened pre-orders for an upcoming Overwatch 2017 Calendar that’s shipping on July 2016.

 

Product Details

overwatch-2017-calendarOverwatch, Blizzard’s highly anticipated multiplayer game, is an action-packed adventure set in the not-so-distant future, after a fierce battle between humans and robots. Named for the peace-keeping task force dedicated to protecting humanity, Overwatch offers a full range of playable characters including both females and males, robots, and even a gorilla. Keep track of important dates, birthdays, anniversaries and more with this Overwatch wall calendar.

Classic square format. Updated style. Our square 18-month wall calendars include 13 stunning images and even clearer grids and text. Each of these 12″ x 12″ calendars features an opening spread with a beautiful six-month (July-December 2016) calendar to plan the last six months of the year and rev up for 2017. Filled with an abundance of holidays, each month’s grid is large enough for daily tasks and appointments.

Publisher: Browntrout Pubs (Cal); Wal edition (July 15, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1465080333
ISBN-13: 978-1465080332
Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 12.8 x 12.8 inches

 

 

Overwatch Digital Comic: Going Legit – Junkrat

Blizzard Entertainment posted the third Overwatch digital comic by Robert Brooks (writer) and Gray Shuko (Fruity Frags, artist). “Going Legit” features a story of Junkrat and Roadhog.

In this comics, Junkrat and Roadhog have been hired by a company CEO to do a legit rescue job involving Omnics terrorists. However, things aren’t as they seem. Junkrat is funny, and not the most brilliant person, but he does two things really well: blowing things up, and payback.

It’s a perfect day for some mayhem.

Going Legit, the third in our series of free digital comic shorts, highlights the antics of Junkrat and Roadhog—two notorious Junkers on a international crime spree that shows no sign of slowing down.

In “Going Legit,” Junkrat and Roadhog are suddenly faced with the lucrative option of becoming legitimate businessmen when omnics take over a factory in Sydney. They intend to complete their assignment like real professionals … even if they have to blow up the city to do it.

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Overwatch: Reinhardt # 1 Comics Released

Blizzard Entertainment released today the Overwatch: Reinhardt # 1 digital comic by writer Matt Burns and artist Nesskain.

The story is set prior to Overwatch reforming. Reinhardt seems to be somewhere in Germany based on the food he wants to eat, but sadly the comic doesn’t provide a specific town location.

In addition, a new character is introduced: Brigitte. The only breadcrumb of info one may decipher is that she is a adventure companion of Reinhardt, and that she repurposes materials to repair his old armor. She is some kind of techno-blacksmith as seen in one of the frames where she is hammering down armor parts with a hammer on an anvil, and uses a wi-fi tablet with internet and likely satellite surveillance access to locate the dragon gang.

The comics goal is to teach the reader what drives Reinhardt to fight, and what for.

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Overwatch Cinematic Teaser: Are You With Us?

Blizzard Entertainment released a new Overwatch cinematic teaser featuring Winston’s call to all Overwatch agents to join once more. Years ago, Overwatch was dismantled and at one point labeled as criminals.

Winston tries hard to rehearse his call find ways to inspire the agents, but after a lot of trial and error in his rehearsal he uses imagery of current tragic events to convince the agents it’s time to unite for the greater good of mankind in its most needed moments.

 

Overwatch Patch 1.0.4.0.28580 – Patch Notes

Overwatch Patch 1.0.4.0.28580 was deployed today. Aside from what is shown in the patch notes below, there were two new skins not mentioned below — Genji’s Nomad skin and Pharah’s Raindancer skin. This patch was 1.01 GB in size.

 

Patch Notes

A new beta patch is now live. Read below to learn about the latest changes.

To share your feedback, please post in the Beta Feedback forum.
For a list of known issues, visit our Beta Bug Report forum.

Please note that some changes may not be documented or described in full detail.

GENERAL

Competitive Play

  • Players in Heroic can now be matched into a Competitive Play game with non-Heroic players, but only after waiting in queue for a moderate period of time

Performance

  • Implemented several CPU efficiency improvements for CPUs that do not support hyper-threading

MAP BALANCE CHANGES

Volskaya Industries

  • Increased time required to capture both objectives

King’s Row

  • Increased time required to capture the first objective

HERO BALANCE CHANGES

McCree

  • Flashbang
    • Stun duration increased by 0.2 seconds
    • Recovery time (i.e. the time before McCree can shoot again) increased by 0.2 seconds

Developer Comments: This change should help McCree better orient to his targets after stunning them with Flashbang, and give his teammates more opportunities to capitalize on its use.

Reinhardt

  • Earthshatter
    • Reinhardt no longer gains Ultimate charge from using Earthshatter

Developer comments: This is general rule we have in place that prevents heroes from generating Ultimate charge when using their Ultimate, but Reinhardt was previously overlooked.

Roadhog

  • Chain Hook
    • Now pulls smaller targets closer than larger targets
  • Whole Hog
    • Decreased the movement speed penalty

Developer comments: The change to Chain Hook should enable Roadhog to more reliably kill smaller heroes after a successful pull. Since Roadhog’s primary fire has such a wide spread, this allowed smaller heroes to avoid the majority of incoming damage from Roadhog after they were hooked. For Whole Hog, we feel the movement change helps the ability be more flexible while also making it less dangerous for Roadhog to use.

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that caused respawning players to face in the direction of the Kill Cam feed
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused players to respawn twice
  • Fixed an issue with Competitive Play that would cause the game to start before all slots on both teams were filled
  • Fixed an issue where the End of Match would only show the Victory Lineup
  • Fixed an issue with the sizing of sprays on specific surfaces in Route 66

User Interface

  • Fixed an issue where Custom Reticle could not be reset to default
  • Fixed an issue where Custom Reticle was not persisting
  • Fixed an issue that caused chat to scroll
  • Fixed an issue where hero-specific bindings would reset after round transition on a Control map
  • Fixed where selecting ALT + Z on the Highlights menu would display a black screen