Blizzard Entertainment deployed Overwatch Patch 1.53 introducing the Halloween Terror 2020 event; profanity filter updates; Elevator adjustment in Volskaya and Hollywood; competitive updates for Reinhardt; Soldier: 76, Sombra, Widowmaker and Wrecking Ball; and several bug fixes.
The PAX Online publicist reached out to share the PAX Online 2020 schedule which lasts from September 12-20.
Browsing through the schedule I spotted two Overwatch panels. PAX Online is FREE to watch. No tickets to purchase.
Six Overwatch voice actors are scheduled to participate in the GalaxyCon 2020 Online: Overwatch Live Experience Q&A panel.
The Overwatch Summer Games 2020 event is now live with all the new skins and other features. Watch the video in 1080HD at Full Screen here.
The SDCC 2020 online event schedule is now available, but Blizzard Entertainment is not a participant. Nevertheless, there will be a panel on Saturday, July 25 at 11am that has Nicky Drayden discussing Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani.
The video below will become available at the date mentioned above.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Overwatch PTR 1.50 (build 70299) introducing new Career Profile improvements.
Achievements are now grouped by category and may be filtered to find things easily.
Junkrat has been buffed a bit by reducing the delay when you trigger a concussion mine — meaning he can explode them faster, and you can control Junk faster after detonating the RIP-Tire. The patch also adds several bug fixes across the board.
Zarya is trending on Twitter after Blizzard Entertainment unveiled and set immediately for purchase the new Zarya Alien Legendary Skin in celebration of the 2019 Overwatch League MVP Sinatraa.
Carolina Ravassa (Sombra) and Boris Hiestand (Sigma) have fun dueling — exchanging voicelines then talk a bit about their characters.
A few minutes ago, an email was sent to all Overwatch players announcing double experience for a limited time until June 9th.
Oil up your weapons and… gauntlets to earn more loot boxes than usual.
On June 2, Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani will ship to those who pre-ordered or be sent straight to your Kindle device or app.
In the meantime, certain fansites and communities have gotten a review copy to read — 5 days earlier — in advance.
Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani is an original novel by Nicky Drayden and published by Scholastic, Inc.
With that said, the target audience for this novel is children from age 7-9, but welcome to be read by any age above the intended target, including adults. Just keep in mind it was written for children education purposes.
I reported the first sign that a unannounced project by Scholastic was coming after my visit to the NYCC 2019 Scholastic: Women of AK panel where I asked senior editor Chloe Fabione if there were plans for upcoming products licensed by Blizzard Entertainment.
A few months ago, the front cover of the Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani was revealed during a BlizzCon 2019 panel.
The countdown is approaching its end. Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani by Nicky Drayden is coming on June 2. If you pre-ordered the digital version, it will be sent to your Kindle device or Kindle app that day.
Today, Blizzard Entertainment shared a lengthy book excerpt (below).
Soon the Competitive Open Queue will be removed from the Arcade mode, and a shortened version of the Competitive Open Queue will return some time in mid-June or late-June.
Jeff Kaplan revealed that on early July, when Season 23 starts, they will merge the normal Competitive Open Queue and the Hero Role Queue into the same Competitive Play card. You will be able to queue to any of the two options. Start at 00:01:47.
Jeff: “Very shortly, Competitive Open Queue will come down for a little while. We are going to work very quickly, as quickly as we can, to bring back another shortened Arcade version of Competitive Open Queue that will go live sometime in June.
We are thinking probably mid-June, but don’t hold me exactly to that date. But we’ll have a very short Competitive Season for Open Queue that will probably land in mid-June.
Then, in early July, when Season 23 the normal Competitive Season starts, Competitive Open Queue will now become an official mode that will be supported alongside the Role Queue Competitive queue — if that makes sense.
So what it would look like to you as a player is you go to the Play Menu off of the main menu of Overwatch, you will select the Competitive card. Then underneath the Competitive card will be two options. One will be for the Role Queue which is the official competitive mode that the game will be tuned and balanced around. So that means we’re tuning and balancing around 2/2/2/ compositions.
But alongside of that will also be Competitive Open Queue. It will no longer be an Arcade mode. It will sit side-by-side with Competitive Role Queue. So, expect that with the beginning of Season 23, which should be in early July.”
The fourth anniversary of Overwatch is rapidly approaching. Overwatch launched on May 24, 2016. It is difficult for me to grasp how Blizzard Entertainment has not fixed the most obvious problem in Overwatch — at least for Competitive Play.
The elephant in the room.
OVERWATCH ISN’T HEROES OF THE STORM
A bit blunt on the nose, but Overwatch is not Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard was able to allow the same hero on both teams because the Nexus pulls heroes from alternate universes, and alternate timelines and time periods (past vs present or vs future).
The latest 580MB PTR build (67580) for Patch 1.47 includes all the Echo skins, victory poses, sprays, voicelines, and all the goodies. That means Echo is close to coming to Live servers very soon.
While testing Echo in the Practice Range on the PTR, I noticed a feature I had not seen before: Training Partner.
I launched the live game, and the feature isn’t present, which means Training Partner is a new feature.
Basically, you stand near the computer terminal where a tooltip appears:
“PRESS H TO CHANGE TRAINING PARTNER”