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Jeff Kaplan hints more competitive modes in the works for Overwatch 2

Published: 7/Nov/2019 23:27 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 0:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch 2 was finally revealed at BlizzCon 2019 and more info is still coming out about the Blizzard-developed sequel including new competitive game modes. 

In addition to the PvE missions showcased at the event, Blizzard also unveiled the game’s newest game mode Push, which will be joining the likes of Control, Assault, Hybrid and Payload in competitive rotation. 

According to Game Director Jeff Kaplan, even more modes could be on the way with the sequel if they are “good enough”. 

Blizzard Entertainment‘Push’ is only the fifth game mode to enter competitive rotation.

Speaking with Kotaku, the former World of Warcraft developer revealed the team is always working on new modes and wants to expand upon the current selection.

“People think I’m crazy when I say this, but we are always working on new modes,” Kaplan said. “They just rarely work out to be fun and balanced. They have this high propensity to be fun for, like, a day or two, and then you realize it’s impossible to balance, or it doesn’t have a long tail.”

He further explained: “What tends to happen is, the ones that are relatively successful, but we don’t feel like they’re strong enough for competitive or the Overwatch League, they make their way to the arcade.”

Since Overwatch launched in 2016, no new standard competitive modes have been added, but there have been special ranked seasons for a number of the game’s limited-time modes like Lucio Ball, Capture The Flag, and Team Death Match. 

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch 2 will have a major emphasis on PvE content.

“So many modes, we just kill outright. But we love making new modes,” Jeff emphasized. 

While Overwatch 2’s main content is its story-driven PvE missions, the sequel will come packed with a massive update to the original game with new maps, heroes, an upgraded UI and more. 

“There will be a point where the clients merge,” he explained. “We think this is important, especially as a competitive experience. The whole idea is to avoid fragmenting the player base and giving anybody an advantage. 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.” 

While not even Jeff himself knows when the game is going to release, the team is continuing to pour all their efforts into making the fresh title a success.  

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New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.