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Every Overwatch hero’s allegiance: Which character is in each faction?

Published: 2/Aug/2020 20:16

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch might be the name of the Blizzard FPS we all know and love, but as time has gone on and more characters have been added, it’s become more and more of a misnomer, since most of its heroes aren’t part of the organization at all.

As we know from the game’s opening cinematic, Overwatch is the name of the worldwide peacekeeping organization Blizzard’s hit FPS draws its name from. You might think most of its heroes would obviously be a part of the team then, but in reality, less than half actually are.

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Even if you don’t actively keep up-to-date on the lore (what little there actually is), the game’s Archives event has actually done a decent job of explaining the conflict between OW and the international crime syndicate known as Talon.

So, sorting heroes into Team Overwatch and Team Talon might be pretty simple, but what about everyone else, like D.Va, Junkrat, or Orisa? To make things clear where each hero stands, one player decided to divvy them all up once and for all.

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I made a current version of that allegiance chart from yesterday from Overwatch

First off, the official Members of Overwatch should be obvious, as should the members of Talon, since each hero (ie. Reinhardt and Doomfist) have had their allegiances made clear through the cinematics over the years.

Then we get to everyone else, mostly the heroes that haven’t been graced with much of their own lore from Blizzard (looking right at you, Zenyatta). Everyone’s favorite MEKA pilot D.Va for example, isn’t associated with either Talon or OW, as she’s a member of the South Korean military.

Lucio, Bastion, Orisa, and Torbjorn are classed as “civilians”. “Hold on,” you might be thinking. “Isn’t Torb a member of Overwatch?” Well yes, he was, but has since technically retired, leaving the fighting to his daughter Brigitte at the point in the story we’re at now ahead of the release of OW 2.

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Some heroes, like Moira, Reaper, McCree and Genji, have seen their allegiances shift over time.

There are actually as many “outlaw” characters as there are actual members of Overwatch. You could make the argument that Ana and Soldier: 76 should be put with the latter faction, but both of them have made clear that they don’t consider themselves to be part of the organization after its first downfall.

Blizzard developers and Jeff Kaplan have hinted that they have much more lore in store for fans in the future. This is great to hear, because so far several heroes like Lucio, Zarya, and especially Zenyatta have almost no backstory other than brief character descriptions – and fans have been begging for more practically since release.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.