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Overwatch 2 beta rumors sparked by Battle.net game files

Published: 11/Oct/2020 20:58

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard hasn’t said a word about Overwatch 2 since its big debut at BlizzCon 2019, but a new Battle.net launcher update could be a sign that something is about to happen.

The upcoming sequel seems like it was all a dream at this point for many Overwatch fans, with no word or news given by developers, and nothing more than the brief preview from last year to give us any indication that it actually exists, at all.

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Despite Jeff going into full lockdown mode, one clue that things are still chugging away behind the scenes has popped up in the Battle.net launcher.

It’s not new hero models or anything as juicy as that, unfortunately. Instead, it’s just the name of some CDN files reading ‘prov2,’ a designation we haven’t seen before, which people think is in reference to Overwatch 2. CDN stands for “content distribution network,” and they’re used by publishers to pre-allocate game data so players can download patches and updates quickly from the nearest available server.

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OW 2 code in Battle.netIt’s speculated ‘prov2’ has something to do with Overwatch 2.

Some enthusiastic Overwatch fans out there have already hypothesized this could be a sign that playtesting is getting underway, and some kind of beta might be coming up next.

Of course, Blizzard has not indicated in any way whatsoever that an Overwatch 2 beta will be coming soon, or that we’ll even get one at all before the full release. So, it might be best to take any speculation on this with a grain of salt.

Others suggested that this CDN update could indicate Blizzard is now shipping a version of the game to start the localization process, and could be sending parts out in order to record voice acting in a bunch of different languages.

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At this point, we can’t really say what exactly this new Battle.net update actually means for Overwatch 2, but it certainly seems to indicate something is going down. What else could a file named ‘ov2’ in the Blizzard launcher be referencing?

We were expecting and hoping to see the sequel come out in time for the 2020 holiday season, but with complete radio silence from Jeff and the gang, our optimism has definitely dwindled. Still, this latest shred of an update – even though it isn’t much – is the best sign we’ve seen in months that Overwatch 2 will actually be here eventually.

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Twitch streamer gets luckiest Genshin Impact character pull ever

Published: 12/Oct/2020 15:58

by Georgina Smith

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One lucky Twitch streamer was literally thanking his lucky stars when he managed to pull two very rare Genshin Impact characters in only 15 attempts, a notoriously difficult feat for the free-to-play gacha game.

Genshin Impact has become the latest game to consume everyone’s free time in 2020. Players were sucked in by its beautiful Breath of the Wild inspired open-world, but the game has established itself as an independent phenomenon in many ways – its stunning cast of unique characters to name but one.

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The character acquisition system in the game centers around the gacha format, where characters and special weapons are obtained through pulls or ‘Wishes’ that can be purchased with Acquainted or Intertwined fates, which themselves can be bought with Primogems.

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Genshin Impact has accumulated over 17 million downloads since its recent release.

Every item has a star rating, the highest being five, which indicates the rarity of the character. For every wish you make, you could end up with a weapon like a sword, bow, catalyst, or you could be lucky enough to get a character.

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While it’s particularly rare to get, streamer Transcendence certainly defied the odds, when he pulled out an unexpected result from just 15 wishes.

Almost right off the bat, he ended up pulling Venti, the mischievous bard, the first of the five-star characters he pulled. The streamer played it cool after throwing his arms in the air though, saying “it’s that easy, it’s that easy!”

Spurred on by his lucky Venti pull, Transcendence went all out with ten wishes in one go and watched as the results began to pop up on screen one by one.

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And in an unexpected turn of events, QiQi also popped up, an adorable apprentice and herb gatherer, and incidentally another five-star pull.

Miraculously Transcendence played it off yet again with “it’s just that easy, what are you guys talking about?” but clearly looking delighted at the brilliantly lucky character pulls, within only 15 wishes.

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Fans of the game will be praying that they end up with similar luck to this streamer next time they use up those all-important Wishes.