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Overwatch 2 BlizzCon leak reveals Hero 32 Echo in official artwork

Published: 28/Oct/2019 21:08 Updated: 28/Oct/2019 21:32

by Bill Cooney

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New Overwatch artwork, possibly intended for BlizzCon 2019, has been found that features Echo along with a number of other heroes from the game. 

The weekend ahead of BlizzCon 2019 was full of leaks about the so-called “Overwatch 2” announcement everyone is convinced is coming at Blizzard’s annual convention.

Esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau in a report for ESPN claimed sources informed him that “Overwatch 2” would feature “new game modes, maps, heroes, and PvE content”.

Now, we could have our first look at who one of the new Overawtch heroes to be revealed at BlizzCon could be.

Echo makes an appearance

The artwork was found along with two new World of Warcraft artworks, according to WoWHead, by Twitter user Miquelisme. 

It’s not known if Miqulisme found the WoW and Overwatch pieces, or just the WoW pieces, but all three could be found on Blizzard’s official gear store at the time of writing.

They weren’t listed publically but were accessible through the site’s media catalog. The art shows a number of Overwatch heroes along with Echo, in the top left of the image.

WoWHeadBesides featuring Echo, the supposed leak also has a bit of a new look for the other heroes.
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In the art Tracer, Mei, Genji, Winston, Mercy, Echo, and Brigitte all surround Reinhardt as they charge forward.

Reinhardt has a much more luxuious-looking beard than he does currently along with some gold trim on his armor, and Genji seems to finally be wearing trousers – though that could just be due to the style of the artwork.

Other than that these details though, they all seem to be the tried and true Overwatch heroes we all know and love, except for Echo who hasn’t been officially included in the game yet.

Echo’s character was introduced during McCree’s animated short “Reunion”, which premiered at BlizzCon 2018 when Ashe was announced.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch 2 will reportedly contain both PvP and PvE elements.
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What else do we know about “Overwatch 2”?

According to Slasher’s report for ESPN, the game will feature both PvE and PvP gameplay, with one of the PvE missions being a four-player story mission based in Rio de Janeiro.

Additional leaks have suggested that PvE modes will feature character progression, with heroes having their own levels and talents that allow players to customize their abilities. 

Meanwhile, the game will also reportedly introduce a new PvP mode named “Push”, which will be shown off on a new map in the Canadian city of Toronto. Details on exactly how “Push” will work exactly remain unknown.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.