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Overwatch 2 release date possibly connected to Dark Horse Tracer comics

Published: 18/Sep/2020 17:53

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch fans have been anxiously awaiting news from Blizzard about when they could get their hands on the long-awaited sequel to the 2016 hero shooter. Now, a theory with Tracer’s new Dark Horse comics may point us towards when OW2 will be released.

At BlizzCon 2019, Overwatch 2 was revealed and while no release date was announced, the developers made it clear that the campaign was the focus of the sequel. However, the original game would still be getting the next installment’s new heroes, maps, modes, and more.

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Unfortunately, no new info has been spilled aside from a few little tidbits from Jeff Kaplan and other developers during a Reddit AMA. With BlizzCon 2020 canceled and an online event scheduled for 2021, that looks like it would be the next time we hear anything concrete.

That all said, the newly announced Tracer Dark Horse comics, which kicked off in September and will be released episodically over the next five months, could give us a clue for Blizzard’s timeline.

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The Tracer comics might be key to Overwatch 2’s release.

Reddit user ‘holysweaters’ crafted a potential timeline with what we know thus far from the comics and Blizzard’s normal plans with seasonal events.

“To start with, we have the reveal of a series of comics revolving around Tracer, with one issue every month until January. Alongside this, we have Tracer’s Comic Challenge, running from September 15-28,” the user noted.

“Then, immediately after this challenge finishes, the Overwatch League All-Stars skins go on sale, running from September 29 to October 12. Around this end date is likely when Tracer Comic #2 would release, and from the teaser at the end of September’s comic, we are going to meet a new character called Kace.”

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Overwatch still has plenty of mysteries unanswered.

From here, holysweaters believes Blizzard’s original plan was to have the Halloween event and then lead into BlizzCon where the company would have revealed a beta for Overwatch 2 and the third issue of the comic.

Eventually, this would have led into January and final issue of the Tracer comic alongside the OW2 release in January or February.

“Now that BlizzCon has been delayed, this schedule obviously won’t come to fruition,” holysweaters said. However, the user still thinks there is “potential that we maybe get some kind of tease or reveal for Overwatch 2 in place of BlizzCon.”

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It will be interesting to see if this theory does in fact pan out and the Tracer comics do in fact lead up to the launch of Overwatch 2.

Valorant

Valorant Act 3 update v1.10 patch notes: Icebox map, Competitive changes

Published: 13/Oct/2020 14:47 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 14:52

by Calum Patterson

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Valorant Episode 1, Act 3 is finally here, as update 1.10 rolls out across all regions. The update brings a new map, competitive changes, and a host of bug fixes. Check out the full patch notes below.

In addition to what’s included here, the next Agent is also coming in Act III, but unfortunately, players have to wait a bit to try her out.

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Icebox, the new map, was pushed live a bit earlier than planned, but this comes at the cost of Skye, the new Agent, being pushed back to October 27.

For now, Icebox will only be playable in unranked, casual matches, before it too is added to competitive on October 27. This should give you sometime to get to grips with it, before risking your rank.

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Valorant 1.10 patch notes

Map Updates

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New map: Icebox

Riot has provided an overview of the new map:

Each Icebox site is a complex combat space that features plenty of cover and verticality. This map emphasizes skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play. There’s also a zipline that amplifies the feeling of quick action and verticality.

As we’re releasing Icebox ahead of schedule, we are going to be releasing it in a “beta” state for at least two weeks. During this time, the map will be available to play in Unrated, Spike Rush, and Deathmatch modes. We’re going to continue to optimize the performance on the map as well as continue to fix any bugs that might appear. If all goes well, Icebox will then become available for play in the Competitive queue on October 27th.

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  • Early in the patch, players queuing for Unrated will more often get placed on Icebox
  • Ascenders (Ropes) / Ziplines
    • Acceleration adjusted to prevent sudden shifts in direction (this was added last patch but wasn’t in the patch notes because well, you might start asking about ziplines)
    • Added weapon tagging when shot while on Ascenders
    • These changes are intended to make players that are using Ascenders and Ziplines less evasive during combat.

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Competitive updates

As promised, there are some changes coming to competitive mode in Act 3. You can check out a full breakdown of these changes here.

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As part of the patch notes, Valorant Senior Producer Ian Fielding has given a quick explanation:

Competitive Act II will end with Patch 1.10 and roll into the start of Act III. This means progress towards your Act Rank for Act II will be saved and you’ll be put back into placement matches for Act III. Let’s see how you stack up with the new content and changes in Act III.Good luck on the climb!

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Competitive players will receive their Act Rank Badge for Act II and can start making progress on their badge for Act III. The center of your Act Rank Badge is your ninth best ranked win, but you’ll also be able to see your highest rank achieved at the top of the badge.The badge displays only for Competitive games and is displayed on the player card in: Competitive lobbies, map load, in-game combat report, and End-of-Game: MVP. This is a new system we are trying out, so we look forward to hearing your feedback.

  • You can now select your preferred server(s), increasing the chance you will play on a server you want
  • Rank disparity for parties capped at 3 tiers (from 6).
    • We have also tightened our competitive matchmaking to reduce skill disparity.
  • Immortal+ ranked changes will only be impacted by winning and losing and the decisiveness of the game outcome (how many rounds won or lost by) and not factor individual performance into the calculation
    • We’ll be testing and monitoring this change in Act III for potential future implementation in all ranks.

Deathmatch

  • Increased player count 10 >>> 14 players
  • Updated spawning algorithm to encourage safer spawns
    • Now that we’ve fixed some tech on the backend, we can support up to 14 players without compromising on our commitment to 128 tick-rate servers. With 10 players, you’d sometimes have to run 10 or 15 seconds to even find a fight, which can really kill your flow. Sometimes you’d also spawn way too close to enemies. This was because we had to artificially increase spawn density because of the low player count. Now that the player count has increased, we’ve re-tuned our spawning algorithm to try and give more consistently safer spawns.
  • Removed periodic location pulse, and you’ll now only receive a pulse right when you respawn
    • Now that there are 14 players on the map, the pulse feels completely unnecessary. We’re keeping a single pulse for players right when they respawn so that they can help get their bearings and find a quick fight without getting caught off guard.
  • Increased match length, first to 40 kills (was 30), time limit upped to 9 minutes (was 6)
    • We felt like the match length was a little too short to get into a real groove, especially now with more players, so we’re bumping the duration and kill limit up a bit.
  • Kill Reloads: On every kill, players get an automatic, immediate full reload of their active weapon (Ares & Odin get 30 bullets back)
    • It already felt a little frustrating to have to reload in Deathmatch, and now that player count is higher, reloading feels like even more of a deathwish.
  • XP gain increased from 500 to 900 XP
    • Honestly, 500 XP felt a little low for Deathmatch. We’re bumping this up to 900 to account for the increased match length with some extra on top.

Quality of Life

  • The Battlepass now has upgrade Variants for the Surge skin line, including the free track Surge Sheriff
  • Minimap performance increased
  • Tournament mode enabled custom games can now fit up to 12 observers
  • Requested guns can now be sold back to the shop, doing so will refund the player who fulfilled the request
  • Observer can now hold walk when in freecam mode to reduce speed (fast and slow speed can be configured in settings menu)
  • In-world pings are now team-colored for observers
  • Reyna and Phoenix ult timers correctly update for observers
  • The keybind text in the current spectate target widget has been removed for observers
  • Flashed indicator for observers has been updated with new art
  • Crosshair setting added that allows crosshair colors to be locked to team color for observers
  • Players no longer get stuck trying to descend vent ropes while walking (leaving A-Tower)
  • Added new modifier keybind for observers to jump straight to freecam when jumping to a player (left shift by default)
  • Plant/defuse progress UI is now always visible to observers, and includes which player is taking the action
  • Observer player no longer see player-specific hud indicators (e.g. taking damage indicator) when in freecam
  • Ability timers now work for dead / spectating players & observers (e.g. reyna & phoenix ult durations)

Social Updates

  • Players will now be able to add and view friend notes. Notes from League of Legends will transfer over to VALORANT as well. Players will be able to edit these notes from VALORANT
  • Social panel will now pause sorting for a short time while you’re interacting with it

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a Shooting Range bug in the plant/defuse module in the shooting range where players couldn’t buy abilities
  • Various Shooting Range UI bug fixes in the plant/defuse module, including incorrect text in the buy phase announcement, also adding a halfway tick to the defuse progress bar
  • Fixed a bug where other players’ messages would be forcefully filtered out of chat after you sent a message
  • Fixed a bug where the text box would not fade away in game