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Jeff Kaplan teases even more Overwatch announcements coming soon

Published: 24/Jul/2019 14:15 Updated: 24/Jul/2019 14:45

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has teased even more new content is coming a lot sooner than fans might expect.

It’s been an exciting few months for Overwatch. Blizzard introduced the Overwatch Workshop, a feature few were asking for but that has been an overwhelming success, and followed it up with a replays system, and now the introduction of role queue.

It seems they’re not done with bringing out new content for the game, however, as while talking on Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned’s stream during the Sigma reveal, Jeff Kaplan hinted at yet another announcement coming in “late summer.”

“We have something exciting a month or two from now,” Kaplan said, “there’s something very cool happening around that time period.”

What might Blizzard be announcing?

While it’s entirely possible that Blizzard might have something totally unexpected up their sleeves again, there are a few more predictable options they might be preparing.

It’s possible, for instance, that they might be working on another event to introduce to the calendar after two full years of the exact same schedule. With Summer Games starting and ending earlier this year, there might be space for something new between it and the Halloween event due for mid-October.

Alternatively, it could be another hero on its way earlier than expected. Blizzard are known to be working on multiple future heroes right now, with Echo, Sojourn, and Mauga all confirmed as eventually becoming playable characters, and other candidates such as the mystery omnic from Storm Rising also potentially being worked on.

It’s not impossible, then, that they could look to increase their yearly hero output by slotting another in between Sigma and the anticipated BlizzCon hero, especially if they hope to further expand the tank and healer line-ups for role queue, with the damage class having several more options than either.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch’s 31st hero, Sigma, has just been revealed.

On the other hand, the announcement might not be for something in-game at all. Since Overwatch’s release, many fans have been crying out for more story content, so it might be that Blizzard have another animated short lined up, or could perhaps reveal more extensive plans to dive into the game’s lore.

Finally, there have also been rumblings of a PvE and story-based “Overwatch 2” title in the works, although something as major as that is likely to be reserved for BlizzCon, if it’s being revealed this year at all.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.