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3 Overwatch announcements we could see at BlizzCon 2018

Published: 31/Oct/2018 20:25 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 19:07

by Bill Cooney


With BlizzCon coming up this weekend, there’s plenty of potential for new Overwatch content.

BlizzCon has been a place for big Overwatch announcements, news and action in the past, and with thousands of fans from all over the world gathering in Anaheim this weekend, there’s no reason to think this year will be any different.

We don’t know exactly what’s coming, but below are three things that fans might see announced this year at BlizzCon.

Blizzard EntertainmentMoira was introduced during BlizzCon last year, could we see another new hero this year?

1. Hero 29 announced

Last year, Moira was revealed during BlizzCon 2017, and there’s a lot of signs that could point to another hero reveal coming this year. The change to the payload on Route 66 is really similar to what happened on Numbani before Doomfist was announced – something got taken out of the container the payload was carrying.

Also, if you look at the time between the announcements of the most recent new Overwatch heroes like Doomfist, Moira, Brigitte and Wrecking Ball it’s about 3-4 months between each reveal. Hammond was announced back at the end of June, and with BlizzCon right at the start of November, that would fit the timeframe.

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2. Permanent PvE modes

Earlier in the year, Goldman Sachs wrote in a stock outlook that a “possible Overwatch expansion” could be announced at BlizzCon this year. It doesn’t get very specific, but that could mean we could see permanent PvE modes announced.

Seasonal PvE modes, like for Junkenstein’s Revenge, and the Archives event, have proved popular among players, so we could see something resembling a story mode introduced. Maybe short PvE story missions featuring heroes that haven’t seen much dedicated lore (looking at you, Zenyatta).

Blizzard EntertainmentFans who purchase the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will receive this awesome Sombra skin, but is it just the tip of the iceberg?

3. New Skins

Yes, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan shot down any ideas about a new map being introduced at BlizzCon this year, but he didn’t say anything about new hero skins.

New skins inspired by other Blizzard franchises like StarCraft and Diablo were introduced last year, so it would make sense to see more in 2018.

Blizzard fans who got the virtual ticket also unlocked the ‘Demon Hunter’ sombra skin, which might be just a preview of some of the awesome skins the Overwatch team has ready to release this weekend.

BlizzCon officially begins on Friday, November 2, with a 45-minute block of time carved out for Overwatch announcments from 1:30 – 2:15 pm PT. Only fans with the virtual ticket will be able to watch past the opening ceremonies.

The Overwatch World Cup starts on Friday as well, with the first quarterfinal match between the United States and the U.K. starting at 12:15 pm PT. Matches can be streamed for free on Youtube and Twitch.


Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin


Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

Overwatch Legendary skin
Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.