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Game breaking Overwatch glitch kicking players off the map on Hanamura

Published: 13/Jan/2021 11:54

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the things that Overwatch fans love most about winter is the makeover that Hanamura gets. This year though, there’s a serious issue with the winter Hanamura design that has players falling off the map. 

Hanamura has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic maps. The Japanese inspired temple has framed many a match, and its nooks and crannies offer the perfect setting for some intense skirmishes.

Its new sister map, Kanezaka is dropping soon alongside Hanzo’s Kanezaka Challenge which sees a whole host of new cosmetics and a new skin for the fan favorite archer.

However, there’s a glitch on the winter edition of Hanamura that’s causing some havoc, and fans have taken to Reddit to express their concerns.

Overwatch's Hanamura first point
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Hanamura is a pretty iconic map, as well as being one of the most challenging.

Platform glitch makes players slip off of the map

As seen in a recent Reddit post, players all around the world have been having issues with the winter edition of the Japanese location.

The original poster, u/stickyyo, has attached a video scooting around the map as the infamous Wrecking Ball. When they reach the back end of the Point A temple, however, they’re seen slipping off of the side of the map into the snowy abyss below despite still being on the ground.

Asking Blizzard to “please fix,” a whole host of respondents have explained that they too have had issues with this bizarre glitch.

One player explains that the issue is with ‘collision’; “an object/surface having collision basically means you can touch it. This is a ‘non-standable’ surface where the game makes you slide off it, just like how you’d slide off any of the game’s roofs.”

Dear Blizzard, please fix. from r/Overwatch

How impactful is this glitch?

At first glance it looks as though this slight malfunction isn’t going to change the game, but it really can cause some serious issues.

We’ve seen what happens when you zoom along the area as Wrecking Ball, but imagine if you back up a little too far as Widowmaker or Hanzo to try a better view to pop some heads with. When you think about it like that, one misstep will be an easy death.

While this isn’t going to be an issue for most of the year, hopefully the Overwatch Gods do winter Hanamura a service and sort out this glitch. That’s all we want for Christmas this year!

 

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

Tracer blinks into Overwatch 2
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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.