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Blizzard reveals Overwatch 2 art for new Toronto map

Published: 5/Nov/2020 17:48

by Michael Gwilliam


Blizzard has unveiled some new Overwatch 2 art for the game’s newest map Toronto, which will be part of a whole new game mode called Push.

Toronto was first shown off at BlizzCon 2019 with a playable demo. It’s similar to the Control mode, otherwise known as King of the Hill, where both teams fight for possession of an objective.

In this case, it’s a bit of a tug-of-war with teams trying to ‘push’ the objective deeper toward the enemy’s base. Think of it a bit like Escort, but with both teams being able to push the payload.

While the map was playable on the show floor in 2019, Blizzard Environmental Concept Artist Andrew Menjivar just revealed never-before-seen pictures of props used in the virtual version of the Canadian city.

Overwatch 2 Prosthetic shops
Andrew Menjivar/Blizzard Entertainment
Prosthetic shops are featured in Toronto.

In a post on Artstation, Menjivar wrote about his OW2 designs: “These are some props I designed for the Toronto demo that was showcased at Blizzcon 2019!”

Toronto is Overwatch’s first-ever Canadian map and will be the home of at least one new hero in the form of Sojourn.

As you can see in the art, some of the props included are really well-detailed. Cardio machines feature unique overlays that look similar to the Overwatch user interface, maintaining the immersion.

Overwatch 2 excerise equipment
Andrew Menjivar/Blizzard Entertainment
The machines have a UI similar to the Overwatch HUD.

Among the street props, there are futuristic newspaper stands, mailboxes, binoculars, and benches. What’s neat is that the art also scales so we know how large they are when compared to the size of an average hero.

Prosthetic shop displays with robot-looking arms and legs are also included. Many heroes within the Overwatch universe such as McCree have prosthetic limbs, so this doesn’t seem out of place at all.

Overwatch 2 Toronto props
Andrew Menjivar/Blizzard Entertainment
There are lots of props found throughout Toronto.

“It’s enjoyable to figure out the more mundane things you might encounter in an urban environment, especially since Toronto is such a high-tech city in the world of Overwatch,” Menjivar added in the gallery’s description.

It’s unclear when exactly we will finally be able to get our hands on Overwatch 2 and Toronto, but expect to hear big things at the Virtual BlizzCon in February. Until then, the wait continues.


Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam


A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.