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Blizzard devs reveal new Overwatch 2 details – maps, heroes, story, more

Published: 27/Nov/2019 20:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new interview with PlayStation Blog, Overwatch 2’s Assistant Game Director Aaron Keller and Lead Writer Michael Chu revealed further details for the upcoming sequel, including map size, details, heroes, and more.

During the interview, the outlet inquired about upcoming heroes and how they will impact the gameplay. Game Director Jeff Kaplan stated at Blizzcon that multiple new heroes would be available at the game’s launch.

“We’ve got lots of heroes in the works currently for Overwatch 2,” Aaron Keller said. While he didn’t get into detail, he explained that they would be important to the game and feature unique abilities. “They will help round out the world of Overwatch and give us new gameplay mechanics we have not yet seen.”

So far, the only new character confirmed for Overwatch 2 is Sojourn. According to Chu, she will be a “critical character” moving forward as she is central to Overwatch as an organization.

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“She’s made appearances in different stories we’ve told lately, but she will be extremely important to the events that take place in Overwatch 2, and we are so excited to be able to tell her story finally,” he said.

Speaking of stories, one of the new modes Overwatch 2 will have are “story missions.” Chu explained that these would be used as “a more traditional way to tell a story in the Overwatch universe.” He expressed that these stories will be complete “with beginning, middle, and end.”

Aaron Keller chimed in and revealed some interesting info about the size of Overwatch 2’s maps. “The maps are almost 2X larger than regular Overwatch maps,” he announced. “They’ve also got way more advanced technology to show dynamic weather, lightning, explosions, and more. We like to say that our maps are almost another character in helping with Overwatch 2 storytelling.”

For those looking for more dynamic storytelling, each Story Mission will also come packed with an intro and outro cinematic, something Keller is very excited about. “We’ve partnered with our teammates in the Story and Franchise team to help build out many cinematics for story missions, which we think will be a major treat for our players.”

Jeff Kaplan had previously stated that the Overwatch 2 story would be in line with what players have come to expect from a triple-A blockbuster game, so there should be a lot of lore for players to sink their teeth into when the game finally launches.

While he didn’t say precisely how long the game would be, he called the size “significant.”

Blizzard EntertainmentGood news, lore hunters. Each Story Mission will have an intro and outro cinematic.

The new information seems to match up with his other comments, where he said Overwatch 2 is far too big to be classified as an expansion or DLC.

Unfortunately, there’s no release date yet for the upcoming sequel, but the team is hard at work crafting a unique experience that is bound to create some waves when it finally drops.

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Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.