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Jeff Kaplan confirms multiple Overwatch support & tanks in development

Published: 19/Mar/2020 20:34

by David Purcell


Overwatch players have been mainly rallying around the reveal game’s newest hero, Echo, but for those who are disappointed that the new addition isn’t actually a support or tank, Jeff Kaplan has some words of reassurance. 

The vice president of Blizzard Entertainment treated fans with a first-look reveal after jumping on a Twitch stream with Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar on March 19, which provided players with all of the interesting details – including abilities, her role, ultimate and more.

There’s absolutely no doubt that the hype train is very much up and running for the next addition, although some fans might have been disappointed to see that their wait for another support or tank hero will stretch even further.

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Echo is now available in Overwatch PTR, per a patch on March 19.

Those people were handed a huge boost, however, during the stream as Kaplan casually revealed that a number of fresh heroes for both the support and tank categories are in the pipeline, claiming that they will be needed soon.

He said: “I know a lot of people are going to be like ‘Oh my gosh, she should have been a support’. We have multiple tanks and supports in development, so we know that more tanks and supports are needed and we want to deliver on those too.”

For those who don’t know already, Echo is a damage hero but given the fact that she has a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence function and her Duplication Ultimate, the character can play multiple roles when in combat. The last damage hero to be revealed, prior to Echo, was Ashe at BlizzCon 2018.

Players looking to try out the Echo experience in Overwatch can do on PC platform, as Blizzard rolled out a PTR patch on March 19 that added not just the new hero but also a long-awaited upgrade to Training Range as well. If you’re interested, the full patch notes can be found here.

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Sigma was revealed as Overwatch Hero 31 last July.

While a few new Overwatch heroes have now been confirmed to be in development, those who have played the game for some time will know that it takes time for characters to officially roll out, with Hero 31 (Sigma) arriving in July 2019 and Hero 32 (Echo) arriving in March this year.

Unfortunately for those wanting tank and support heroes to be here soon, the wait goes on, but at least we know they’re coming.


Simple Overwatch trick lets any hero reach King’s Row high ground

Published: 26/Oct/2020 23:34

by Bill Cooney


A surprisingly simple Overwatch trick is making the rounds that lets any hero in the game reach the high ground of the King’s Row attacking spawn.

King’s Row might be one of the original Overwatch maps, but it has definitely stood the test of time and is still one of players’ favorites when it comes up in the queue.

One of the most popular features on the map is the little sniper’s nest platform located at the very top of the first attacking spawn that gives a commanding view of everything up to the capture point.

It seems like only heroes with movement abilities like Pharah, Widow, or D.Va for example could get up there, but there is a way to get any hero in the game up to the position as well.

King's Row Attacking spawnThe sniper’s nest has been there since day one, but not every hero has been able to get up there, until now.

The person we have to thank for this technique is Reddit user jordensmet who somehow discovered that you can use a more mobile character to reach the space, then quickly change to another.

First, they select Baptiste and use his Exo Boots to boost up to the second-highest level, just under the top platform. Once there, they position themselves on top of the scaffolding in front of the main exit and jump again while barely touching the spawn room.

If you pull up the Hero Select menu at the right time, you’ll be able to switch to any hero you like. So if you’ve never had the chance to try out Ana, McCree, or whoever else from on high, now’s your chance.

I found a way to get the highground on the attacking side of King’s row for Ana (or other characters that usually can’t get there). from Overwatch

For instance, if you really want to catch an aggressive enemy team off-guard, why not take Reinhardt for a spin and hit them with a charge from the very top rope. For those wondering, yes, a Rein charge out of the top window will get you all the way to Mondatta’s statue, so make sure your team is ready to push!

One final note to add is that doesn’t necessarily have to be Baptiste that you use for this trick either, Echo and Pharah would both work, and if you’re really fast and in need of a challenge, you can even get it to go with Sombra’s Translocator as long as your timing is absolutely perfect.