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Jeff Kaplan reveals Overwatch 2 graphic improvements coming to Overwatch

Published: 9/Nov/2019 15:37 Updated: 9/Nov/2019 16:02

by Andy Williams

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During an interview at BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard Vice President, Jeff Kaplan, revealed that Overwatch and its forthcoming sequel will receive mirrored graphical improvements, as the developers plan to run both games simultaneously.

Overwatch 2 was officially unveiled to the public at BlizzCon 2019 and fans in attendance managed to get hands on with a host of new features coming to the franchise. 

From a host of new maps and heroes, to debuting an entirely new competitive game mode called ‘Push’, Blizzard has provided the Overwatch faithful with a glimmer of hope to latch onto as they eagerly await a release date.

Blizzard EntertainmentPush will add a new dynamic to the competitive mode pool.

Alongside a list of changes that will be coming to the title upon release of the sequel, Kaplan has also provided a safety net to those who may prefer to continue their pursuits on the original title. 

Speaking in an interview with Kotaku, the Blizzard executive left an encouraging sign for what’s in-store for the series from a graphics standpoint: “There will be a point where the clients merge… We think this is important, especially as a competitive experience.”

Blizzard EntertainmentJeff Kaplan addressed an open audience at BlizzCon 2019.

“The whole idea is to avoid fragmenting the player base and giving anybody a competitive advantage,” said Kaplan. “If we’re playing in the same competitive pool, you’d better not have a better framerate just because you’re on a different version of the engine.”

Essentially, by pooling the updates across from the sequel to the original, Blizzard will ensure that both player bases receive access to equal (and fair) playing fields — in a bid to snowball their competitive platform.

Addressing the long-lasting community query of Blizzard’s perceived lackluster efforts with the original Overwatch, Kaplan stated: “We now feel like we can have that open dialogue with the community of, ‘This is what we’re doing, this is why we’re doing these things.’”

While what will differ between both titles in terms of content is yet to be officially revealed, players will take comfort in knowing that the development team are hard at work on both games and are not just leaving the original Overwatch for dust.

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Overwatch cosplayer gets Play of the Game as perfect D.Va

Published: 19/Nov/2020 0:47

by Brent Koepp

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An Overwatch cosplayer made waves on Twitter after sharing her stunning transformation into D.Va. The talented artist shared her love for the character with a mind-blowing costume after BlizzCon 2020 was cancelled.

Despite only releasing in 2016, Overwatch has already cemented itself as one of the most popular multiplayer shooters of all time. Players around the world have fallen in love with the title’s gameplay and cast of characters.

Prolific cosplayer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo celebrated the game’s popular Tank hero, D.Va, by bringing her to life with an epic costume. The artist made waves after creatively showcasing her outfit she made for the now-cancelled BlizzCon 2020.

Screenshot of Overwatch character D.Va
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The Korean heroine is one of the most popular characters in Overwatch.

Overwatch cosplayer’s BlizzCon 2020 D.Va costume

First launched in 2005, BlizzCon has been a major event in the game’s industry for the last 15 years. Unfortunately Blizzard Entertainment’s annual event was cancelled this year, which has had an impact on many cosplayers who had made incredible costumes for the convention.

Not letting her work go to waste, popular artist HendoArt shared her incredible D.Va outfit on Twitter. Creatively, she admitted in a tweet that she had gone to a Home Depot parking lot to shoot photos of her recreation of the Tank hero. “No BlizzCon this month so I shot DVa in a Home Depot Parking lot,” her post read.

Hendo posed as D.Va while wearing her signature blue and white bodysuit. Her uniform is full of accurate details, from the bright pink trimming, to the bunny logo emblazoned across her chest. She also mirrored the Korean’s facepaint that sits under her eyes, while wearing the iconic headset over her ears.

Despite the makeshift photoshoot, the popular artist truly shines as the Overwatch heroine. If nothing else, the post is a good example of how an incredible cosplay can bring a character to life – regardless of the location that it is showcased at.

While BlizzCon was sadly cancelled this year, fans of the developer still have a lot to be excited for in 2021. Overwatch 2, which was first announced at the annual event in 2019, is rumored to drop sometime in the coming months.