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Jeff Kaplan shares good and bad news for events in Overwatch 2

Published: 21/Nov/2019 20:33

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch Game Director and Blizzard Vice President Jeff Kaplan spoke at the University of Southern California on November 21, where he shared some important details regarding events coming to the game’s recently-announced sequel.

Events have been one of the most popular aspects of Overwatch, awarding players with unique skins, map redesigns and new modes like  Summer Games’ LucioBall and Halloween’s PvE Junkenstein’s Revenge.

While some players have found the events no longer pack the same punch as they used to, with a lot of the content being recycled and nothing new added, Jeff Kaplan revealed some exciting new info in regards to events for Overwatch 2.

Twitter user Quiana Dang documented Kaplan’s Q&A at her school and noted that Kaplan claimed the Blizzard team is going to start “rethinking” the event calendar – and possibly retire some of them.

If an event does retire, it’s unclear what would happen to skins designed for it. Will they become artifacts lost to time, or will players finally be able to buy and trade skins, thus placing a value on their rarity? That much went unanswered – but that wasn’t all Kaplan had to say.

According to Dang, Kaplan also said Overwatch 2 should bring in more events. This means that, on one hand, some original events could be archived, but on the flip side, new ones could be in the works.

During the Q&A, the Blizzard VP also addressed the lack of Public Test Realm updates lately, and said part of the issue is that not enough users play long enough to get proper data.

Jeff explained how sometimes they will make a change to a hero and people would try it out for only six minutes, and that would be it for them. Additionally, he stressed how the “player psychology is weird” on the PTR.

Players often hop on just to try out a big new change, new hero or map, and then leave if they don’t get to play that character.

He added that because half of the player base is on console, the PTR doesn’t reflect balance changes for them.

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It will be interesting to see how the company handles both the PTR and events when Overwatch 2 is eventually released and what events end up being retired. It may be difficult for some fans to say goodbye to favorites such as Junkenstein’s Revenge or Archives, though.

No release date for Overwatch 2 is currently set, but the team is hard at work getting the sequel out and polished.

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Simple Overwatch flank lets heroes reach Blizzard World Point B instantly

Published: 6/Jan/2021 0:23

by Michael Gwilliam

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An incredible new Overwatch flank route in the Blizzard World map has been discovered that lets heroes get from Point A to B in just seconds.

Blizzard World is one of the most interesting Overwatch maps from a design standpoint, as it’s a whole theme park dedicated to other Blizzard games like World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo.

It also features a relatively defensive-favored streets phase, as teams are tasked with escorting a payload through the next two points after initially capturing the first objective on the hybrid map.

In the event that the defenders are able to hold the payload just before the second point, it can be a very long trip back for attacking heroes, who are forced to contend with enemies in favorable high ground positions.

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Once Point A is captured, the fun can begin.

Luckily, a new flank route has been discovered that will surely change up how fights play out in the future – and the best part of this new method is how many heroes are capable of making use of this flank.

As detailed by YouTuber Unmeatable, after capturing the first point, if you go to the rocks by the mineral field, it’s possible to use movement abilities to get around and wrap around to the other side.

All of the game’s dive tanks can use the flank. With D.Va it’s extremely easy, since all you have to do is boost. Winston can just jump and then use his jump pack to get across, and Hammond can easily grapple.

Meanwhile, for DPS heroes, Echo and Pharah are really straight forward – just hover or fly over. Doomfist can uppercut, quick punch and slam. For Genji, you need to use the Swift Strike ability, but this could be a good time to activate Dragon Blade, as it will reset Swift Strike and catch enemies off-guard.

Amusingly, you can even make it with Hanzo and Sombra. For the archer Shimada, you can do so by wall climbing and bouncing off rocks. For everyone’s favorite hacker hero, you need to throw the Translocator at just the right position. Still, if you get it right, you could catch your opponents with a wicked EMP.

Lucio can also get across by using his Wallride and obviously, Mercy can use her Guardian Angel to accompany a fellow hero on their flank.

Next time you’re playing Blizzard World and the enemy has you pinned down, give this flank a try to break their defenses in style – not to mention get back to the point even faster.