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Lucio’s new look in Overwatch 2 explained by developers

Published: 27/Nov/2019 23:32

by Bill Cooney

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Aaron Keller, Overwatch 2’s assistant game director, and Michael Chu, the lead writer for Overwatch, shared details on what will happen to heroes going into the new game.

The pair answered questions about Overwatch 2 in an interview for Playstation Blog published on November 27.

New maps and details on the missions and story were also brought up, with Keller revealing that Overwatch 2 maps will be two times the size of the original game.

Keller said it was still too early to reveal exactly what was coming cosmetic-wise, but he reassured fans that the Overwatch team wouldn’t stop making cosmetics for heroes.

“We love all of our heroes and will continue to make cosmetic items for all of them with the release of Overwatch 2,” he told PlayStation.Blog. “We can say we’ll have many options for cosmetics in Overwatch 2.”

We know from BlizzCon that all of our skins and cosmetics will transfer over from Overwatch 1 to 2, so it will be interesting to see what new options are added as well.

Keller also revealed details about Lucio’s “dynamic” updated look that some fans might have missed so far.

“Lucio’s new look is dynamic to which song he plays. His hair and the visual effects on his suit change in color and beat he plays,” he said. “His hair also glows in the dark.”

“Pay special attention to gameplay footage of his suit changing between his Speed song and Healing song and whenever he drops the beat with his Sound Barrier.”

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Finally, the pair revealed that new looks were coming for all of Overwatch’s heroes and would be revealed as we get closer to Overwatch 2.

“We’re continuing to update almost all the heroes with new looks for Overwatch 2,” Keller told PlayStation.Blog. “So, we’ll have plenty more cool changes to each of our heroes in the roster.”

It seems that the new hero looks revealed at BlizzCon were only the tip of the iceberg for Overwatch 2, and we can’t wait to see what comes next.

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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.