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Blizzard confirms Overwatch 2 not expected to release in 2021

Published: 4/Feb/2021 22:54

by Brad Norton

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Activision Blizzard confirmed in a February 4 earnings report that the highly anticipated Overwatch sequel is not expected to release in 2021.

Following a grand unveiling at BlizzCon in 2019, updates on the development of Overwatch 2 have been at a complete standstill. 15 months later and Blizzard has now confirmed rumors that the game won’t be launching in 2021.

During a February 4 earnings report, Blizzard provided updates on its current projects. Among the titles in focus were Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, both of which have been in active development for a number of years.

Neither of these titles are expected to release in 2021, Blizzard confirmed in today’s call. This locks in a 2022 release for Overwatch 2 at the absolute earliest.

Blizzard President J. Allen Brack added that Overwatch 2 had just passed a “major” internal milestone. The title was under review in December with a number of major features being scrutinized by “hundreds” of developers. 

Despite passing this internal goal, Brack doubled down on release plans. While they’re “confident about [Overwatch 2]”, no release is expected until 2022 “at the earliest.”

This news comes hot off the heels of recent rumors that the title had been delayed internally. A handful of leaks in January pointed towards “really slow” development and that the sequel is still “very far off.”

Moreover, public job listings as recent as a fortnight ago, further implied the title is nowhere close to going gold. There’s clearly some weight to the rumors and speculation now as Blizzard has all but confirmed Overwatch 2 won’t be launching until 2022 at the earliest. 


There’s no telling how this might impact the state of Overwatch for the year ahead. No new heroes have been added since Echo in March of 2020. Seasonal content has mostly been repeats of previous years, and no core maps have been added since Havana in April of 2019.

Both Diablo and Overwatch are reportedly in line for animated TV shows in the near future. Perhaps we’ll see these releasing alongside the next major titles in 2022.

It’s entirely possible that we see some new Overwatch 2 updates at this year’s BlizzConline event, however. Kicking off on February 19, fans can tune in online to see all the latest from Blizzard.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.