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Bizarre Overwatch bug gives Hanzo POTG for killing his team

Published: 27/Apr/2020 0:21

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch bug has surfaced that gives Hanzo players kill credit even if they manage to eliminate their own team due to an enemy Genji’s Deflect ability.

The strange bug was brought to light on Reddit by user ‘JbJbJb44’ who uploaded a video of the strange bug in action.

While loaded into a custom game with numerous Lucio bots, the player and a friend showcased what happens when using Hanzo’s Dragonstrike Ultimate at a deflecting Genji at point-blank range.

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Only a Shimada can control the dragons.

Surprisingly, the deflected Dragon doesn’t change from blue to red, like it would in previous patches when deflected, and the kill feed is also blue with the eliminations being credited to the Hanzo player and not the Genji.

Perhaps strangest of all, however, is the fact the intentional misplay ended up earning the Hanzo Play of the Game honors.

Fellow Redditors were confused over the bug and struggled to make sense of the situation. “Why would those be attributed to Hanzo though?” Gabrill wrote. “I feel like there’s some f**kery going on in this video but I’m too stupid to figure out what that f**kery is.”

Hanzo can get POTG by killing his entire team from Overwatch

Luckily, JbJbJb44 was able to address the strange bug in a reply. “Before Echo came out, a deflected dragon will credit the kills to Genji,” he explained. “But for some reason, now it gives the kill credits to Hanzo.”

Overwatch’s iconic Play of the Game system has been under scrutiny as of late for seemingly always awarding healers with the highlight, to the point where even the devs chimed in, saying that a fix was being worked on.

“We are testing a fix and hope to resolve the issue with our next release (1.47),” developer Matt Whited wrote on the official forums.

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Watch out for the deflects.

It’s unclear if said fix was applied and that’s what resulted in this weird bug, or if it only applies to custom games, but it’s certainly very strange and hopefully will be patched out whenever the next update goes live.

Until then, Genji mains everywhere have a stolen POTG to complain about in addition, of course, to not getting enough healing.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.