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Blizzard Will Mark the Overwatch League Finals with a Free Overwatch Weekend

Published: 20/Jul/2018 2:27 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch will be getting a free weekend to celebrate the Overwatch League grand finals.

The game will be free on PC from July 26-30, with all modes except competitive play available to new players trying out the game.

Those that subsequently purchase the full game will keep all of their progress, including any skins and other cosmetics unlocked.

There’s nothing like watching great players to inspire fans to play the game, and with Blizzard introducing the Overwatch League to new audiences with their recent television broadcast rights deal, any new viewers enthralled by the grand finals on July 27-28 – which is set to be the greatest spectacle of professional Overwatch to date – will be able to immediately try out the game for free.

The free weekend also comes on the heels of the next new hero release, Wrecking Ball, who is set to reach the live servers on July 24. Players trying the game out on the free weekend will get to experience the game’s most ridiculous hero to date – a battle-mech piloted by Hammond the hamster, whose kit focuses largely on rolling or swinging around to smash into enemies.

The free period kicks off at 11:00am PDT on Thursday July 26 and runs until 11:59pm PDT on Monday July 30. The free weekend is only available on PC, and only to players in the Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions.

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Overwatch Genji voice actor adds fuel to Overwatch 2 delay rumors

Published: 28/Jan/2021 3:42

by Brad Norton

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Rumors of an Overwatch 2 delay could have some merit to them as Genji’s Korean voice actor Gaku Space has reportedly not even begun work on the highly anticipated sequel.

Overwatch 2 was revealed in 2019 and ever since, Blizzard has remained completely silent on the matter. No further information has come to light since the initial demonstration but that hasn’t stopped the community from speculating.

Recent reports have suggested that the game has been delayed internally, with a 2021 release no longer in the cards. New job listings also point towards the sequel being much further off than fans were expecting.

Adding further fuel to the fire, the voice behind Korea’s Genji has chimed in on the speculation. Despite being one of the first six revamped characters on display for Overwatch 2, the voice actor has allegedly “not started recording” new dialogue.

“Yeah I’m still working on Overwatch, but I haven’t heard anything about Overwatch 2,” the voice actor said in a January 26 interview according to translations from Reddit user ‘Evenstar6132.’

While this initial statement could have just been avoiding the topic, he soon followed up to confirm that he’s had “nothing” to do with Overwatch 2 up until now.  “What’s going on Blizzard? I’m not fired am I?”

A good amount of unused recordings from earlier sessions could be in the bank for the sequel. Though this would mean no fresh dialogue has been recorded for Genji in all manner of new situations.

Voice lines won’t be readily available for Genji interacting with new heroes, playing new modes, or visiting new locations. Let alone the lengthier sections from the upcoming campaign as well.

Without any of these lines in place, it reaffirms the speculation behind an Overwatch 2 delay. We could still be quite far off from the game’s full release. In fact, Naeri claims the title “will be released at the end of 2021” at the absolute earliest.

Blizzcon 2021 is set to kick off on February 19, with fans hoping to see new updates on Overwatch 2.

We’ll have to wait and see what the developers have in store, but without voice recording finalized across multiple regions, it’s safe to assume a release date won’t be closeby.