Overwatch 2 job listing hints at upgrades to arcade mode & highlights - Dexerto

Overwatch 2 job listing hints at upgrades to arcade mode & highlights

Published: 7/Feb/2020 21:50 Updated: 7/Feb/2020 21:52

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch 2 is in full production at Blizzard. While it’s well-known that the game will feature a PvE campaign and a new game mode called ‘Push,’ some recent job listings may provide a hint as to what else players can expect.

A job listing for a Senior Features Engineer includes several references to non-gameplay features that could indicate that an upgrade is in the works.

Under the “responsibilities” list, Blizzard would expect the candidate to “collaborate with artists, designers, game programmers and fellow server programmers to maintain and implement non-gameplay features.”

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Production on Overwatch 2 is underway.

The listing then provides several examples of non-gameplay features including: arcade, custom games, player grouping highlights, and integration with Battle.net.

This basically confirms what many had expected in that the arcade mode and highlights will be returning to the game’s sequel, but also that further upgrades will be added.

As Dexerto previously reported, Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has indicated that advanced stats, an upgrade to the replay tool, and career profiles are in the works for the long-awaited sequel.

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More maps have been announced for Overwatch 2.

With such basic features such as the career profile and stats getting an upgrade, it isn’t hard to believe that further enhancements will be made for the features previously listed.

Notably, the Looking For Group (LFG) feature hasn’t seen an upgrade since it was first added to the game.

What this means for the future of grouping is anyone’s guess, but it’s also interesting to see integration with Battle.net listed. Could this be a sign that guilds are in the works?

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Overwatch 2 doesn’t have a release date yet.

Of course, highlights did see some improvements in Overwatch when a feature was added that allowed users to download their plays. How this feature is improved upon for 2 remains to be seen, but a frequent community suggestion is the addition of dual highlight intros where multiple players are showcased.

Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 still doesn’t have a release date, but at least it would appear that the game full steam ahead. Who knows what we will see at BlizzCon 2020 and if a release window is finally announced.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.