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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch our recorded Blizzard panels, BlizzCon panel transcripts, and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donatives will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round.

Overwatch Livestream – Playing as Genji, Dva and Mei

After BlizzCon 2015, Blizzard Entertainment added these three heroes to the Overwatch roster. I played as Genji, Dva and Mei throughout the video (located at the bottom of this page). My video is about 3 hours long – 720HD available.

Genji

overwatch-genji-model-260pxShuriken: Genji is a bit difficult, but fun. His main attack is Shuriken — which has two variations. To throw three consecutive shurikens at a single target press the left-button, or spray three Shuriken in a cone-AOE with the right-button. He has 24 Shuriken, before reload is required.

Deflect (E): With a swipe of his sword, Genji reflects any oncoming projectile and rebounds it back towards the opponent.

Swift Strike (LShift): Personally, I set this to be at the RShift-button. I’m more an arrow keys player than the typical AWSD-key player. Swift Strike impulses Genji forward at fast speed and unleases his katana sword. Targets begin to bleed and take additional damage over time. If Genji eliminates a target with this ability, he can instantly use it again.

Dragonblade (Ultimate): Genji brandishes his katana for a brief period of time. Until he sheathes his sword, Genji can deliver killing strikes to any targets within his reach.

Genji can also double jump by pressing the jump button twice. If you do this on a wall he can climb to a second floor. I was able to climb a bus to reach a second floor bridge, too. People really freaks out when Genji starts darting and jumping around out of view.

Mei

overwatch-mei-model-250pxI enjoyed playing as Mei, freezing enemy players (short range), and also creating ice walls to block incoming damage. You can use the ice walls to reach second floors. Simply stand near the building, create a wall beneath your feet and Mei can walk at the top of the ice wall to reach the second floor or bridge. Ice Wall is pretty good in situations when you are trying to flee, or to block the entrance to a checkpoint as a strategy to delay the enemy if they are running out time to take the checkpoint.

Endothermic Blaster: Mei’s blaster unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place. Mei can also use her blaster to shoot icicle-like projectiles at medium range.

Cryo-Freeze: Mei instantly surrounds herself with a block of thick ice. She heals and ignores damage while encased, but cannot move or use abilities.

Ice Wall: Mei generates an enormous ice wall that obstructs lines of sight, stops movement, and blocks attacks.

Blizzard (Ultimate): Mei deploys a weather-modification drone that emits gusts of wind and snow in a wide area. Enemies caught in the blizzard are slowed and take damage; those who linger too long are frozen solid.

Dva

overwatch-dva-model-300pxI love to play as D.va. She is actually a tank. When the mech dies, D.va continues to fight in her human form, giving you an extra health break to finish your opponent or to flee to a safe place. Once your Ultimate is available, press Q to mount a new mech with full health. If the Ultimate is still available you can use Boosters to approach enemies clustered in a narrow area. Press Q to abandon the mech and it will explode, killing enemies within 30-40 yards of the mech. Love love D.va.

Fusion Cannons: D.Va’s mech is equipped with twin short-range rotating cannons. They lay down continuous, high-damage fire without needing to reload, but slow D.Va’s movement while they’re active.

Boosters: D.Va’s mech launches into the air, her momentum carrying her forward. She can turn and change directions or barrel through her enemies, knocking them back.

Defense Matrix: D.Va can activate this forward-facing targeting array to shoot incoming projectiles out of the air.

Self-Destruct (Ultimate): D.Va ejects from her mech and sets its reactor to explode, dealing massive damage to nearby opponents.

 

Gameplay video: Genji, Mei and D.va

 

BlizzCon 2015 – Overwatch El Dorado Map Screenshots

El Dorado takes us to a Mexico village currently playable in Overwatch Beta. It has plenty of hiding spots to surprise-attack your opponents from above. Whether on top of the roof or from a narrow window. Escort the payload (the truck) up the road and through the village towards the Lumerica building. You can see a Diablo III-themed easter egg. The Diablo Piñata hails from Whymyshire (the map with the rainbows, unicorns and cute bears).

 

BlizzCon 2015 – Overwatch Features

WHAT IS OVERWATCH?

Overwatch is a highly stylized team-based shooter set on a near-future earth. Every match is an intense multiplayer showdown pitting a diverse cast of heroes, mercenaries, scientists, adventurers, and oddities against each other in an epic, globe-spanning conflict.

In Overwatch, bold characters with extraordinary abilities fight across fantastic yet familiar battlegrounds. Teleport past rockets while an ally dives behind a double-decker hoverbus on the cobblestone streets of London. Shield your team from a shadowy archer’s ambush, then hunt him through a bazaar beneath a high-tech Egyptian pyramid.

 

BlizzCon 2015 – Overwatch Origins Edition Features Revealed

The Overwatch Origins Edition’s features have been revealed as a text description. However, BlizzCon 2015 has now shown us how the features look like in vivid color.

Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage skins Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

Pre-orders Open for Overwatch: Origins Edition – Xbox One & PS4

Pre-orders have begun for the Overwatch: Origins Edition (Xbox One) and the Overwatch: Origins Edition (PS4) for $59.99 with FREE shipping.

The game release is slated somewhere between Spring 2016 or before June 12, 2016. Reserve your guaranteed copy while supplies last.

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Overwatch: Origins Edition (Console) Features

Unlock the Widowmaker Noire skin: Pre-purchase Overwatch and receive the special Noire skin for the deadly and ruthless Widowmaker. Clad in black and red, she stalks her prey like a venomous spider.

 

Origins Edition Features

Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage skins Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

Diablo III – Mercy’s Wings: Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!

World of Warcraft – Baby Winston Pet: Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth.

Hearthstone – Card Back: Battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!

StarCraft II – In-game Portraits: With brand new portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector.

Heroes of the Storm – Tracer Hero: Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.

 

Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun

The Overwatch – Origins Edition (PC) pre-orders have begun. The pricing is set at $59.99 with FREE Shipping. The game release is approximately between Spring 2016 or before June 12, 2016.

Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun

Pre-purchase Overwatch and receive the special Noire skin for the deadly and ruthless Widowmaker. Clad in black and red, she stalks her prey like a venomous spider.

 

Origins Edition Features

Overwatch – Hero Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force by wearing the vintage skins Blackwatch Reyes or Strike-Commander Morrison. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and even Slipstream Tracer!

Diablo III – Mercy’s Wings: Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells as you don Mercy’s wings. All of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!

World of Warcraft – Baby Winston Pet: Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight your way through Azeroth.

Hearthstone – Card Back: Battle it out in Hearthstone with an Overwatch-themed card back fit for a hero!

StarCraft II – In-game Portraits: With brand new portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76, you’re sure to become a champion of the Koprulu Sector.

Heroes of the Storm – Tracer Hero: Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.

Overwatch: Origins Edition (PC) Pre-Orders have Begun

Overwatch Collector’s Edition Pre-Orders Begin

The Overwatch Collector’s Edition (PC) pre-orders are now available. The Price is set at $129.00 with FREE shipping.

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Contents of the Collector’s Edition include the same features of the Overwatch: Origins Edition, plus the following items:

Overwatch Collector’s Edition

  • Visual source book — with in-depth illustrations and information about the game’s heroes, locations, and story
  • Overwatch soundtrack
  • A high-quality collectible statue of Soldier: 76
  • Postcards with illustrations of locations such as King’s Row, Ilios, Hanamura, etc.

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Blizzard Entertainment Announces Overwatch: Origins Edition for Xbox One/PS4

Blizzard Entertainment posted a new advertisement featuring the Overwatch: Origins Edition for PC, Xbox One and PS4 consoles. The advertisement redirects to https://buyoverwatch.com/, however the website is currently offline. It might be brought online shortly after BlizzCon’s Opening Ceremony.

Blizzard listed Overwatch to be launched on Spring 2016, however it also states: “Expected Game release is on or before June 21st, 2016.”

Additionally, the Overwatch: Origins Edition pre-purchase deal comes with a Noir Widowmaker skin.

Blizzard Entertainment Announces Overwatch: Origins Edition for Xbox One/PS4

Gamestop Confirms Overwatch coming to XBox One and PS4

GameInformer (owned by parent Gamestop) confirmed that Blizzard Entertainment authorized its retailers to tell customers about the Overwatch (Xbox One) and Overwatch (PS4) versions.

Blizzard might make an official announcement at BlizzCon 2015 tomorrow — November 6th. Keep an eye on any updates, or purchase a virtual ticket to watch it online.

overwatch-news-iconGameStop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) has received word that Blizzard’s Overwatch is console-bound. The retailer has been told it can start telling customers about the unannounced versions.

We spoke with a local store that indicates it received an email from the corporation indicating that the game will be full-priced on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. All versions are listed at $59.99, with a placeholder date of December 31, 2016. — source

Overwatch Beta Patch Notes – Nov 3, 2015

The Overwatch Team deployed another patch to address random crashes, exploitable spots, and a Reaper exploit, as well as some Voice Chat bugs.

Overwatch 0.8.0.0.25065 – Patch Notes

overwatch-news-iconLylirra: 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.

BUG FIXES

  • Updated several in-game locations and objects to prevent players from being able to reach, stand, and/or get stuck on them
  • Updated several in-game objects so that Reaper can no longer Teleport through or into them unexpectedly
  • The “invalid hardware or driver detected” window can now be bypassed
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Muted Microphone UI element to disappear whenever the Channels menu was open
  • Fixed several reliability issues with Voice Chat
  • Fixed several client- and server-side crashes

source: Overwatch Forums

Over 7 Million Players signed up for Overwatch Beta

During the Activision Blizzard 2015 Q3 Financial Results conference call, held today at 5am PDT, Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime announced that over seven million players opted-in to join the Overwatch Beta. Blizzard will continue to add new players via invitation waves. There are no beta keys and there won’t be emails. Blizzard manually flags the user’s account to enable the install button in the Battle.net Launcher.

Over 7 Million Players signed up for Overwatch Beta

Overwatch Beta Patch Notes – Oct 30, 2015

Overwatch got its first patch to address a few client-side crashes. In addition, the file format was changed. These are the patch notes for Beta Patch 0.8.0.0 – 25023.

Lylirra: 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.

GENERAL
Aim assist for gamepad controllers has been disabled

BUG FIXES
Fixed a number of client-side crashes

Please note that, due to a file format change, this patch will be approximately 1GB. — source

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