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High-flying Overwatch tech takes Reinhardt airborne

Published: 29/Apr/2020 23:34

by Bill Cooney

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Reinhardt is one of Overwatch’s original heroes, but new tech, like this Charge jump that your enemies will never see coming, keeps popping up for him all the time.

Charging full steam ahead is one of the most fun parts of playing Reinhardt – whether it ends up killing your team or not.

Now, an Overwatch player by the name of ‘Ricemachine’ (NjTacticsXx on Reddit) has been able to reproduce a technique that takes Reinhardt’s Charge airborne.

I accidentaly did this in comp and managed to replicate it 1-2 times after. Is this tech known? Are there other spots where it could be more relevant and useful? from r/Overwatch

In the video, Ricemachine starts his Reinhardt Charge like any other player trying to get to back to the point on Nepal’s Village stage.

Instead of hitting the wall to end their advance though, they run into the bicycle parked underneath the bridge, which produces a very different result.

Rather than just coming to a dead stop as would usually be the case, Reinhardt jumps up instead, and seems to ramp off of the bike and gain some sick air.

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Reinhardt is apparenly no longer confined to just charging along the ground.

The jump is significant enough that Rein could even launch up onto the bridge leading to the point if they wanted to, as well, getting there much quicker than walking.

According to Ricemachine, they were able to reproduce this technique after giving it a few tries, so it looks like it comes down to a matter of charging into the bike at the correct angle to pull it off.

This technique is a pretty low-risk one to attempt as well, since the worst thing that could happen – on this map at least – is that you just slam into the wall and have to advance to point like normal.

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The gold medal in Overwatch jumping goes to: Reinhardt!

Ricemachine only showed the technique in use on one map, but it seems to simple that there’s a good chance it could work in more situations, and maybe even get you a flashy, mid-air charge elimination.

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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.