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New Overwatch heroes Echo and Sojourn announced at BlizzCon 2019

Published: 30/Oct/2019 23:33 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 19:59

by Bill Cooney

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BlizzCon 2019 has started off with a bang for Overwatch fans with a ton of new content, including two brand new heroes.

Speculation on who the next Overwatch hero could be started almost as soon as Sigma was released in July of 2019.

There were rumors it could’ve been Mauga from Baptiste’s short story, Sojourn – who was featured in the Storm Rising cinematic – or Echo, based on leaks of new Overwatch art ahead of BlizzCon.

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A report from Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau and ESPN on the last Sunday in October said a new hero would be announced at BlizzCon and with the arrival of Echo it seems they were right.

The last time Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan talked about an upcoming new hero at length was when he explained why Sigma, and not Mauga was hero 31 during a stream with Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned. 

That hasn’t stopped speculation from running wild though and hints about the identities of both new heroes started leaked out the week before BlizzCon 2019.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Sojourn, who was introduced during the Storm Rising event, would be a new hero coming to the game, but didn’t say anything else on when it would happen.

Sojourn seems to be a DPS hero based on the Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer, with a weapon that seems to be a mix of Soldier 76’s and Zarya’s weapons from the limited shots we see of her.

Echo also appeared in the Overwatch 2 cinematic and in the gameplay trailer, but Kaplan didn’t mention the blue and white robot during his time on stage.

If she’s in the trailers though, it’s a good bet that Echo will be coming to Overwatch, or whatever we’re calling it now, sometime soon.

Overwatch 2 arrives at BlizzCon

The game’s title screen was shown off as part of the “Zero Hour” Cinematic which premiered during the BlizzCon opening ceremony. 

Unlike the first installment, Overwatch 2 will have hero talents and character progression with individual levels. These “talents”, which are unlocked as the player levels up, boost the power of each hero’s standard abilities. 

New maps and a new PvP game mode called “Push” were also introduced at BlizzCon, and are available to play for those lucky enough to be on the ground at the convention.

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Overwatch players discover signs of possible Hanamura rework for Overwatch 2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 0:25

by Michael Gwilliam

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Eagle-eyed Overwatch players may have found evidence of a potential rework of the assault map Hanamura after familiarizing themselves with Kanezaka.

The game’s newest map, Kanezaka, is unique in that it’s positioned directly below Hanamura and can be seen when looking at it from above.

While there is no mistaking the large buildings seen off in the distance on Kanezaka as the ones from Hanamura, there are some slight differences that could point towards a future rework.

As Redditor ‘_Panthera_Unca_’ explained in their post, “on Kanezaka you see Hanamura, but it looks different to the actual map, in particular, the tower in the Middle (on Kanezaka) has replaced these two buildings, but the main tower for 2nd and 1st seems to be the same.”

Overwatch Kanezaka map
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The Kanezaka map seems to be home to many mysteries.

It begs an interesting question: why would Blizzard create a different version of Hanamura when it’s supposed to be the same map?

The Redditor has a theory that Blizzard is reworking Hanamura, but are saving it for Overwatch 2.

“Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I think it wouldn’t even be like Blizzard to not add Kanezaka to Hanamura, with the love for detail they have shown in the past but putting in a wrong model just seems so out of place for them,” they concluded.

Hanamura Rework? Explanation in comments from Overwatch

Assault/2CP game modes are, for many Overwatch players, the bane of their existence. The mode is widely controversial, requiring plenty of teamwork to pull off a successful attack.

Blizzard has discussed potential changes to 2CP in the past and even let users test some concepts with the Experimental Mode, but any major fix would require a whole map rework.

Notably, both Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony have been removed from the competitive rotation for a long time to undergo reworks, so it’s possible that more maps are being redesigned behind the scenes.

We’ll have to wait and see what Blizzard has planned, but expect to hear more news on Overwatch 2 and maybe even what’s happening with Hanamura come BlizzCon in February.