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Crazy Overwatch tech lets D.Va Super Jump out of exploding MEKA

Published: 8/Aug/2020 19:36

by Theo Salaun

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Between the worlds of Overwatch bugs and techs, there lies a fine line walked by the Super Jump. While Mercy’s secret Super Jump has become widespread, it appears that there is an even rarer D.Va jump.

When D.Va sends out her Self-Destruct, she ejects from her MEKA and is left in vulnerable baby form for a moment. Typically, she simply plops out and is an easy target for enemies bold enough to fire at her before getting into cover — but there have been mumblings of a Super Jump that enables her to get out of harm’s way.

In one of D.Va’s highlight intros, she can be seen jettisoning from her MEKA with impressive verticality. That mobility is typically unavailable when leaving your mech during actual games, but Overwatch players are, and have been, discovering that it may be replicated.

While you can’t pull off the midair flips of her highlight intro, it appears that you can replicate the hops. In a clip from GorillaQuesadiIla on Reddit, they send their MEKA to bomb the other team while defending Horizon Lunar Colony’s second point and, upon ejection, jump all the way above the overlooking steel beams.

D.va superjump from Overwatch

That type of verticality can typically only be achieved by characters like Pharah and Winston, let alone a Zero Suit Hana Song. But when asked how they were able to pull this off, they replied “honestly I don’t even know, I was really confused.”

Upon further research, it is most certainly confusing and very hard to replicate. Although it doesn’t appear to be a bug, it’s a much more complicated in-game tech than something like Mercy’s Super Jump. 

According to another Reddit user, Shnig1, this has actually been a thing for a while. They’ve determined a process for it, but aren’t fully certain that it’s the only method: boost, cancel boost with a melee, jump, and then ult. 

At the moment, it remains unclear whether or not this tech is intentional or if it’s a bug. Mercy’s Super Jump remains in the game, so it’s possible that players should feel free to learn this trick in the meantime.

Should they want to, it will take a ton of experimentation. The timing needed feels very specific and the inputs are relatively complicated when compared to other in-game techs. Still, should players begin figuring it out, it could help take their D.Va play to a new level — pun intended.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.