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Blizzard explains why fall damage was removed from Overwatch

Published: 2/Feb/2019 20:00 Updated: 2/Feb/2019 20:03

by Vincent Genova


Fall damage existed in Overwatch and almost made it to the final release of the game, but a few characters prevented the mechanic from working.

Jeff Kaplan, Game Director of Overwatch, explained that everyone’s favorite sniper Widowmaker was actually a main reason why fall damage did not make it to the final product.


“With Widowmaker, it felt strange and unintuitive to be able to grapple to high places but not be able to jump down without taking damage.” said Kaplan. “We found ourselves grappling back down to lower points, which was awkward.”

Blizzard EntertainmentMuch like a cat in a tree, Reaper could get up to high ledges but struggled to come back down.

Other characters that presented a fall damage problem were Pharah and Reaper, both of which can reach heights like Widow.


“Pharah was really odd. If you didn’t feather your jets right before touching the ground you would splat’” he explained. :And with Reaper, we kept teleporting to high locations with no ability to get safely down.”

At first, the Overwatch team decided to exempt those three characters from fall damage but kept the mechanic in the game. Eventually, they had a hard time deciding who should be penalized by falling and who shouldn’t.

D.Va’s flying mech, Hanzo’s wall climbing and Genji’s double jump were presumably other characters who puzzled the fall damage decision makers.


“It felt arbitrary who would take fall damage and who was immune so we removed the mechanic completely,” said Kaplan.

A character like Pharah being able to fly but not land would certainly be an awkward mechanic and Overwatch might be a completely different game with fall damage around.

Source: Blizzard Forums


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.