Insanely well-timed EMP saves Canada against France in the Overwatch World Cup - Dexerto
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Insanely well-timed EMP saves Canada against France in the Overwatch World Cup

Published: 8/Nov/2018 19:50 Updated: 8/Nov/2018 20:22

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Canada head coach Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy broke down a key moment of their Overwatch World Cup match against France.

At the highest level, Overwatch games can be decided by the narrowest of margins, and Jayne identified one moment when a matter of milliseconds made a massive difference to the likely outcome.

Busan was the first map of the Canada-France quarter-final, and a perfectly-timed EMP might well have been instrumental to Canada’s victory.

Playing on the MEKA Base point, Canada were grouping up for an attack when France main tank Benjamin ‘BenBest’ Dieulafait found a perfect opportunity as Reinhardt to drop his Earthshatter ultimate. With no shield to block it, four members of Canada would’ve been sent to the ground, leaving an easy clean-up for France.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentSurefour and xQc celebrate at the Overwatch World Cup playoffs.

Instead, the Earthshatter only landed on one enemy, thanks to a perfectly-timed EMP from Canada’s Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts.

As Jayne explains, Earthshatter’s effect isn’t instantaneous. It’s actually a projectile, beginning from the point where the hammer hits the ground and travelling forwards, albeit quite quickly.

In almost the same moment that the shatter landed, Surefour’s EMP cancelled its effects. That meant that only Lucas ‘NotE’ Meissner, who was stood directly under it, was hit, but the ultimate never travelled to the rest of the Canada players.

At the time, the two teams were tied at 1-1 in the map, and though Canada had the lead in control percentage on the final point it was France who had control.

Canada winning the ensuing fight gave them back the point and may ultimately have been instrumental in their winning the map. Had the shatter landed, however, it could have been a very different story.

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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.