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Analyst expects new Overwatch and Diablo titles in the next two years

Published: 12/Sep/2019 0:29 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 0:42

by Bill Cooney


Financial analysts are expecting to see an Overwatch sequel or expansion arrive in 2020, according to a new report.

There’s been talk of a possible sequel or expansion to Overwatch for awhile now, and a new report from CNBC says various financial analysts are expecting it to come sometime next year.

Jeff Cohen, a research analyst at Stephens Inc. (a private investment banking company) said in the report that “We’re expecting a lot more coming in 2020.”

Overwatch on Switch has analysts excited

According to CNBC, Blizzard stock has risen 7.9 percent this week following the release of WoW Classic and the announcement that Overwatch will be coming out on Switch on October 15.

“They did a good job of framing 2019 as a transition year and sort of the bottom in terms of the content cycle,” Cohen said. “We’re expecting a lot more coming in 2020.”

nintendo / blizzardBlizzard recently announced that Overwatch would be coming to the Nintendo Switch on October 15.

Even though most Overwatch players already have the game on one or two systems, the analyst thinks Blizzard will still see a successful release for the game on Switch.

“There’s a great deal of overlap between the Switch install base and the Xbox and Playstation install base,” Cohen said. “But I do think there’s an opportunity out there for them to basically sell a second copy to people who already have the game.”

All this excitement about Overwatch on Switch has Cohen optimistic that a new Overwatch game, or expansion, could be announced at BlizzCon 2019.

“I do think a big part of the strategy is to focus on those kind of tent pole brands,” Cohen told CNBC.

Blizzard EntertainmentUncle Jeff could have some big news for Overwatch fans at BlizzCon 2019.

What about other Blizzard games?

Cohen said he also expects Diablo 4 to come out sometime in 2021 and after the PR disaster that was the announcement of Diablo Immortals at BlizzCon 2018, it’s one franchise that could use some good news.

On the World of Warcraft front, the analyst said he expected another new expansion for the game to be announced later this year based on the success of WoW Classic.

Blizzard EntertainmentClassic WoW turned out to be a surprise hit for Blizzard.

Whether Classic players will be interested in a new expansion for the current version of the MMO though, remains to be seen.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard reports about an upcoming Overwatch sequel or expansion this year either, but we won’t know anything for sure until BlizzCon gets going on November 1.


Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 7:08

by Michael Gwilliam


Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.