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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan confirms major summer schedule changes

Published: 27/May/2019 9:34 Updated: 27/May/2019 11:58

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has teased changes to the typical schedule for new content over the coming summer.

In a recent interview with Overwatch YouTuber Stylosa, Kaplan teased that this summer’s content calendar would not follow previous years.

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Blizzard have largely stuck to a consistent schedule for in-game content. While major new features like the Workshop simply appear whenever they’re ready, consistent content like new heroes and events have arrived on a reliable timeline year-by-year.

As a result, by now players can generally predict what they’re getting and when, leaving only the exact details unknown. According to Kaplan, however, that’s set to change for summer 2019.

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“It’s going to be a very different summer. Our players like to look back at the calendar and say ‘this is what always happens, and this is when I expect things’. There’s going to be some mix-up this summer in when things land.”

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There are two major content releases expected for the coming summer, according to the typical schedule. The next hero, number 31, is due to be released, and the annual Summer Games in-game event is expected to take place.

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Kaplan didn’t explicitly state which of these might be affected by the change. According to the previous schedule, the new hero is expected to be revealed in late June or early July, with a release by the end of July. Meanwhile, Summer Games should start at the beginning of August.

It’s not clear at this point whether the changes are merely a matter of scheduling, or if there will be brand-new content added in that players aren’t expecting. It certainly seems plausible that the latter could be the case, as the addition of new content would appear to explain an updated release schedule.

Overwatch has had a consistent schedule of events in recent years, with six different events each taking place at roughly the same time each year. Blizzard hasn’t introduced a new event since the first iterations of these in the game’s first year, and the content offered by each has remained largely consistent.

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In 2018, Blizzard stated that players should not expect major new event content as they were instead focusing on developing more major game features. With the release of the Workshop and the Replays system, it seems some of those are now coming to fruition, however, and so perhaps this is the time that the developers will begin to make major changes to events, or even add entirely new events.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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