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Blizzard releases first cryptic hint for Overwatch Archives 2019

Published: 7/Apr/2019 17:00 Updated: 7/Apr/2019 17:08

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard seems to have released the first clue for this year’s Archives 2019 event on Sunday, April 7, and it looks like the Overwatch team could be headed to the Caribbean.

Archives is an Overwatch seasonal event that gives players a PvE mission based on Overwatch lore, like Uprising from 2017 and Retribution in 2018.

On Sunday Overwatch tweeted out a link to a fictitious newspaper story from Havana, Cuba, which could be a hint for the next new PvE mode’s setting.

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What’s the newspaper say?

The story has to do with a family who were forced to sell their small rum distillery to an “anonymous financial group” – we’re not naming any names, but this seems like it has “Talon” written all over it.

Besides the distillery, the story also mentions the historic Havana Sea Fort as also being purchased by the same anonymous financial group and turned into private property.

There’s also a story about a hurricane about to hit Cuba after the main feature on Don Rumbotico, so the Archives missions could take place during a crazy storm.

Overwatch doesn’t have a Havana map yet, so Blizzard could be teasing an entire new map for players as part of the event as well.

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What does it all mean?

The stories definitely set the stage for more hints and reveals in the days leading up to the beginning of the event, which according to leaks should begin on Tuesday, April 16.

We still don’t have any idea what kind of map “Havana” will be; it mentions multiple locations, like the distillery and Sea Fort, that could indicate a King of the Hill map set, but if we look at previous Archives events, they’ve used longer hybrid/escort maps like Rialto and King’s row to make the PvE missions.

Cuba is an interesting choice, and it fits with Overwatch’s newest hero, Baptiste, who is from Haiti. Cuba and Haiti are different countries, obviously, but they’re both on islands in the Caribbean.

New Overwatch maps are usually released about every four months, in between new hero releases, but it seems like Blizzard may be giving Overwatch players an extra map to celebrate this year’s Archives event.

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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.