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Brand-new Overwatch 2 looks revealed for Pharah, McCree, Reaper and Widowmaker

Published: 20/Feb/2021 2:44

by Theo Salaun

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Continuing to upgrade characters for Overwatch 2, Blizzard Entertainment used BlizzConline to share some of the sleek redesigns for characters like Pharah, McCree, Reaper and Widowmaker.

While Blizzard failed to share any news about Overwatch 2 during BlizzConline’s Opening Ceremony, the Overwatch team did get to share a ton of news about the game during a behind-the-scenes segment on opening day. 

After discussing the new maps coming to the game, New York and Rome, the development team also dove into character redesigns.

While fans have been very conscious of graphical upgrades to the highly anticipated sequel, few could be sure exactly what sorts of visual upgrades were specifically planned.

Exploring four of the Overwatch universe’s most renowned character designs, the devs shared new imagery of Pharah, McCree, Reaper and Widowmaker — two of the Overwatch unit, two from Blackwatch, all four representing unique aesthetics.

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McCree’s new look for Overwatch 2.

In general, the design team discussed an effort to tighten up each character’s look for the upcoming title. That meant smoothing things out and accentuating the unique characteristics that make each of the game’s heroes so alluring.

For McCree and Reaper, the artists decided to maintain a traditional look while highlighting their high-tech, futuristic complementary accessories.

In McCree’s case, that means a more grizzled beard contrasted against a technologically enhanced shawl.

In Reaper’s? The classic, ghoulish trenchcoat is amplified by intimidating shoulder pads and hellishly bladed elbow plates.

With Widowmaker, they mentioned diving into the character’s backstory for inspiration after diving into areas for inspiration, some more buglike, some more like Tomb Raider. Eventually, they settled on emphasizing her “femme fatale” energy, like a futuristic Bond villain.

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Pharah’s sleek redesign for OW2.

And, finally, a personification of Overwatch herself, Pharah’s entire backstory is of devotion to justice and her kit is that of an Egyptian, human-sized Gundam who can rain down punishment upon evildoers.

The team simply accentuated her look for Overwatch 2, emphasizing angles, brightening her colorway and, in a subtle detail, making her visor translucent. 

Although an official release date remains unavailable, fans are eagerly awaiting more news of the design team’s efforts and look forward to seeing more of the upgraded, revamped cast of heroes.

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How to watch PlayStation’s next State of Play event: PS5 games, start time, more

Published: 24/Feb/2021 2:50

by Brad Norton

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Sony’s next major State of Play event is on the horizon as the PlayStation nation is in store for “deep dives” on a wide array of upcoming titles. From when it all kicks off to what we can expect, here’s everything there is to know.

With a lack of physical events in 2021, gaming industry juggernauts have turned to online events to break the latest news. Hot off the heels of Nintendo’s latest Direct event, Sony is next in line for a huge showcase.

State of Play broadcasts have ranged from smaller indie events to blockbuster hardware reveals. This time around, Sony appears set to focus on upcoming PS4 and PS5 titles.

There were just four State of Play events through 2020 and each focused on major developments for the PlayStation brand. You won’t want to miss the next livestream; here’s how you can tune in.

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Ratchet & Clank Rift Apart could be a big focus throughout this State of Play.

When is Sony’s next State of Play event?

Sony locked in dates for the next State of Play event in a February 23 announcement. It’s all set to go live on Thursday, February 25 at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 10 PM GMT.

While no exact duration was announced, Sony expects the upcoming broadcast to run for roughly “30 minutes or so.”

No different from previous events, this State of Play will be streamed live across the official PlayStation YouTube and Twitch channels. We’ve embedded the stream below for your convenience.

Sony confirms State of Play details

While no specific titles were mentioned, Sony confirmed that 10 games will be in focus throughout the upcoming stream. These games will range from indie titles, to third-party developments, and even brand new game announcements.

The event won’t fixate solely on PS5 releases either. A number of the titles on display are coming to both PS4 & PS5, they confirmed in a recent blog post.

There also won’t be an emphasis on “PlayStation hardware or business-focused updates” throughout the stream; this State of Play is about upcoming games.

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It could be too early for new information on Horizon Forbidden West.

What to expect from the next State of Play event?

Almost a quarter of the way through the year already, Sony still has a long list of titles set for the coming nine months. It’s safe to assume this State of Play could provide new looks at Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Deathloop, and even Returnal.

It’s likely too early for any considerable updates on the likes of Horizon Forbidden West or the God of War sequel, however. 

With new games set to be revealed though, anything is possible.

We’re yet to hear from Bend Studio, Santa Monica Studio is rumored to be working on a second project, and of course, Naughty Dog has been relatively quiet since the release of The Last of Us Part II. It’s possible we finally see the multiplayer update in action, along with a potential PS5 port.