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Jeff Kaplan hints at updates to Overwatch’s communication wheel

Published: 15/Apr/2020 19:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.”

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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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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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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