Overwatch 2 character leaks could hint at upcoming Orisa & Efi storyline - Dexerto
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Overwatch 2 character leaks could hint at upcoming Orisa & Efi storyline

Published: 25/Nov/2019 3:43 Updated: 25/Nov/2019 3:56

by Brad Norton

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The narrative of Overwatch 2 will push the story forward with new settings, characters, and opposition. While certain heroes were excluded from the big reveal, recent leaks have indicated a major involvement for Orisa.

With Overwatch 2 having just been unveiled at BlizzCon 2019, fans of the popular hero shooter have been hotly anticipating any scrap of new information.

The first look at a playable story mission from the convention revealed a slew of new mechanics, abilities, and much more, however a wide array of popular heroes were seemingly been excluded from the plot. Despite this, a brand new leak has hinted that Orisa could be a major focus throughout the narrative.

Blizzard - OverwatchVarious heroes received drastic graphical upgrades at the BlizzCon unveiling, perhaps Orisa could be the next in line.

A series of leaked images on November 24 revealed an interesting look at Efi Oladele, the Numbanian inventor responsible for creating the beefy Tank hero known as Orisa.

The images appear to showcase an in-engine model of the character. With numerous expressions on display, there’s no telling just yet whether she will appear in-game or purely just throughout various cutscenes. 

Regardless, a detailed character model undeniably indicates that Orisa’s creator could play a pivotal role in the story. Perhaps more Omnic creations could be coming down the line, or maybe Orisa needs help from the recently reformed Overwatch, there’s no telling until further story information is unveiled. 

Reddit: DocterrificDocWith Overwatch 2 pushing the narrative forward, Efi could be a few years older by the time we meet her in-game.

With her base of operations located in Numbani, this leak could also hint at her involvement in Hero Missions instead, the highly replayable PvE variant that stands alone from the fully fleshed out story mode. 

Reddit user ‘DocterrificDoc’ who shared these potential first looks at the character in-engine, explained how every leak should be taken with a grain of salt until the information is verified by Blizzard themselves however.

“Take every leak with a pinch of salt and you’ll never be disappointed,” they expressed. “These low-rez images often float around and are often fake.”

Reddit: DocterrificDocThere’s no telling who Efi might be talking with throughout this particular scene.

At the young age of 11, there’s essentially no chance that the character will be added into the competitive side of things anytime soon. It will be fascinating to see just how intricately involved the inventor will be throughout the narrative of Overwatch 2 however.

Could more of her ingenious creations be brought to life in the competitive shooter? Only time will tell. Here’s an overview of everything we know regarding Overwatch 2’s story mode thus far.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”