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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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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.