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New Overwatch short story reveals upcoming Mercy skin

Published: 11/Nov/2019 19:52 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 20:05

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch released a brand new short story on November 11 featuring Mercy and it looks a lot like the start of another mini-event.

The Overwatch team has now released several short stories for heroes including Ana and Baptiste and they usually foreshadow one of the game’s mini-challenge events.

This time its Mercy who gets her very own short story and it provides some important lore details about how Dr. Ziegler got back into working with Overwatch.

How do we know the short story is leading up to an event?

The “Valkyrie” short story was written by Overwatch’s lead writer Michael Chu and focuses on Mercy meeting up with Ana and Soldier 76 in Egypt, following the “Bastet” short story (also written by Chu) from January 2019.

Besides providing some valuable Mercy lore, the story also contains a screenshot of what’s probably an upcoming Mercy skin called “Dr. Ziegler”.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe new “Dr. Ziegler” skin previewed at the end of the “Valkyrie” short story.
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The release of the short story means that a mini Mercy event is probably on the way as well, which will give players the chance to unlock the new skin.

For example, Baptiste’s short story “What You Left Behind”, was released on June 17, 2019, and the Reunion mini-event started a day later on June 18.

With the “Valkyrie” short story coming out on November 11, we could see the event start on November 12, or even sooner.

Blizzard Entertainment/NesskainThe “Valkyrie” short story focuses on Mercy meeting up with Soldier and Ana in Egypt.
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How will we be able to unlock the new Mercy skin?

As with all Overwatch mini-events, players will probably have to win nine games during the challenge to unlock the new Mercy skin.

There will probably be other prizes like sprays or player icons awarded at three and nine wins, along with additional prizes for watching participating Overwatch streamers on Twitch.

Just how long the event will last is also up in the air, but if we look at previous mini-events, there’s a good chance it will only be around for about two weeks.

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.