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Jeff Kaplan hints at updates to Overwatch’s communication wheel

Published: 15/Apr/2020 19:55

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch’s Game Director, Jeff Kaplan, addressed some issues with the hero-based FPS’s communication wheel and hinted that it will be receiving some updates in the future.

In a post on the official forums, a user by the name of ‘ShivanDragon’ requested a few voice lines that would let players call for their team to “retreat.”

“I find myself using ‘group up with me’ when I actually wanted to say retreat,” they wrote. “I think there should be a voice line for that. When you see the fight is lost, and there’s nothing to do other than flee and regroup next the spawn.”

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What could the updates be?

The post gained enough attention that Kaplan himself decided to chime in with some surprising news.

“We’re working on a cool update that will address this feedback,” he stated. “More info in the next [developer] update.”

Sadly, he couldn’t give an ETA on when the developer update video would go live due to the current global climate.

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Knowing when to retreat is a must in Overwatch.

However, it goes without saying that new options to the communication wheel would be a welcome addition to the game. So far, all players have at their disposal is to ask for healing, state their Ultimate charge or group up.

While the two may not be totally related, it’s possible that the changes to the communication wheel could be tied to a new ping system.

At BlizzCon 2019, Kaplan hinted that a new ping system could be coming to the game when asked about one by streamer Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare.

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A ping wheel like the one from Apex Legends would be great in Overwatch.

“We have a fantastic lead UI (user interface) designer. His name is Junho Kim. And he was talking to me last week that he wants to do experiments again with a ping system,” Kaplan said in November.

In development, Overwatch had a ping system like Apex Legends, but the team was ultimately unhappy with it, but all that could change with Overwatch 2 in the works.

“Expect experimentation from us,” he added. “We’ll see whether it sees the light of day or not.”

Hopefully, we’re given more news about the update soon and see it in action for ourselves.


Amazing Overwatch x Marvel crossover skin idea turns Genji into Iron Man

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:09

by Michael Gwilliam


An Instagram artist has created what could be one of the best Overwatch skin ideas to date, combining the cyborg ninja Genji with Marvel’s Iron Man and the result is incredible.

Unlike games such as Fortnite, Overwatch hasn’t gone out of its way to pursue crossovers with large companies, meaning we haven’t gotten Marvel, DC or Star Wars inspired skins in the Overwatch universe.

However, if Blizzard ever decides to change that, Genji could be an amazing candidate to get his model reworked a touch to add in that Iron Man and bosslogic shows exactly why.

His incredible crossover takes Genji’s iconic look and mashes it over Iron Man’s armor making for a perfect combination.

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Genji as Iron Man? It actually works quite well.

The helmet maintains the style of the Shimada’s, but the coloring and lighting coming from the visor is uniquely Iron Man with the red and gold matching up nicely.

Genji’s robotic body also contrasts with the Iron Man suit, with a nice “Stark Industries” logo right in the center just for good measure. Seeing Genji double jump and Swift Strike with this skin would look great, especially with all the lights illuminating from the suit in the process.

After the skin was posted to Reddit, users starting coming up with their own Marvel-Overwatch crossovers they want to see, if the two companies ever decided to work together.

“Honestly I would give Pharah a Falcon skin and Rein a Hulkbuster armor skin. Man that’d be awesome,” one wrote.

Others suggested Tracer as Black Widow, Doomfist as Thanos, Hanzo-Hawkeye and Soldier 76 with a Captain American skin.

Hopefully, by the time Overwatch 2 releases, Blizzard can find a way to work with Marvel so these skin ideas become realities. It seems like fans would really enjoy them and they’d be a good way to market both properties.

That said, with rumors swirling that the sequel is being delayed, it could give Blizzard the time they need to secure a deal and give fans what they want skin-wise.