The Storm Rising trailer was released today by Blizzard Entertainment. Here we can see a bit more of the Havana map — which includes a massive ancient fort with a Lighthouse. The spaniard-inspired fort is surrounded by 16th century cannons. Blizzard was not kidding. It is a massive hurricane. The weather is literally windy and brutal as seen in the video. Palm trees swing back and forth with force. The waves crash strong against the coast.
Something that caught my eye is that Tracer is riding a motorcycle in the trailer. That’s the second time Blizzard shows heroes riding a vehicle (Ashe, and McCree) — which makes you wonder if players will ever be able to ride vehicles in future maps. It might be nothing, but you can’t deny there’s an itch in the back of your brain now.
The Overwatch website leaked the Storm Rising achievements, showing classified placeholders for hero skins that will be unclassified daily over the next few days toward the April 16 debut of Storm Rising.
Among the locked placeholders, there will be 9 skins and 3 Intros:
France-born artist and sculptor, Fred Wajeman, reached me out by email to inform that there is now a gallery website dedicated to showcase all the life-size Blizzard Entertainment-commissioned statues developed by the FX Deco workshop (to date) since 2014. Same ones you have seen at BlizzCon and GamesCom.
Among the human-sided statues featured in the website are King Varian Wrynn, Junkrat, Tracer, Winston, Widowmaker, and Warchief Garrosh Hellscream.
The Bios section shares Fred Wajeman’s former education and experience, plus links to each statue’s The-Making-Of videos.
If you wish to commission life-size statues, the FX Deco website has a contact form, or you can visit their Facebook, Linkedin, and Youtube pages.
The newest support hero, Baptiste, is now on the PTR. Baptiste is very fun to play, and if friendly players are in trouble, and there is line of sight, you can quickly jump to high ground, or above buildings in Temple of Anubis to shoot a few healing lobes.
Recently, I was contacted by Insight Editions to inform that the Overwatch: The Official Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel is now available for pre-order. The book is slated to ship on October 1, 2019.
The book is still undergoing internal editing, but Insight Editions was able to provide a few samples. These are not final. The official cover will be revealed at a later time.
I’ll have the opportunity to interview the author at some point, so feel free to leave questions in the comments below or direct message me @blizzplanetcom via Twitter to submit your question.
Lead writer Michael Chu wrote the newest short story Overwatch: Bastet. The story picks up where the “Old Soldiers” digital comics ended. In the previous story, Reaper wounded Soldier: 76, but couldn’t finish him. Ana wrestled Reaper onto the ground, and he retreated turning into shadowy-mists.
Happy New Year! Within 2 hours after the end of Season 13, Blizzard Entertainment launched Season 14. You can now queue in Competitive Mode to start your 10 Placement Matches to work your way up the ranks.
The Game Awards 2018 declared Overwatch as winner of the Best eSports Game award: “For the game that has delivered the best overall eSports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.”
Overwatch was alongside: CSGO, DOTA 2, Fortnite, and League of Legends. Fornite was the biggest winner tonight sweeping several awards, but Overwatch dominated as the Best eSport game. The award was announced at 52:06 in the video.
Congrats to the Overwatch team.
Some time ago, Overwatch was chosen Best Game of the Year; and as in tradition, Jeff Kaplan stepped in onstage to give the Best Game of the Year Award to the developers of God of War (at 03:38:28).