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Overwatch community concerned after second writer quits

Published: 8/Aug/2020 23:26

by Theo Salaun


Another of Overwatch’s most influential writers, Alyssa Wong, has resigned from her role at Blizzard Entertainment just a few months after the game’s lead writer, Michael Chu, quit after 20 years with the company. 

Wong is best known for being considered the likely successor to Chu’s lead within the Overwatch content team and for crafting Baptiste’s lore with her short story, “What You Left Behind.” While she was never technically raised to lead writer, fans grew fond of her style and have grown increasingly concerned now that she has left the company after just two years.


Chu’s departure came as a surprise to the fanbase, as the prominent narrator worked on Blizzard titles like Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft before becoming the lead writer for Overwatch and OW2. Upon resigning, he credited the game for being “an opportunity to bring a more inclusive vision of earth to life: a future worth fighting for.”

At the time of his departure, many turned to Wong as an expected source of consistency in the lore’s development. Popular sentiment suggested that her and Chu were on similar wavelengths when it came to the game’s inclusiveness, the depth of its heroes, and said characters’ intertwining storylines. While none of this can be quantified, it was undoubtedly a common feeling among fans and paves the way for concern now that she too has resigned.


Like all games with large fanbases, the pace of Overwatch’s lore has been a major point of scrutiny from vocal minorities who contrastingly wish for more lore and then for higher quality in story elements. Although Chu’s detractors followed his departure by continuing on to criticize Wong and the team in random instances, the overriding feeling on social media platforms like Reddit and Twitter is that the game’s players are sad to see her go.

While cooler heads may reassure their peers that the situation at Blizzard is likely complicated or that there is a strong chance the writing cycle for OW and the sequel’s lore is practically complete, that hasn’t stopped others from being concerned about the game’s future.

On the plus side, Wong doesn’t appear to have left on bad terms and seems to be legitimately excited about what’s coming in OW2. It’s sad to see her go, but fans can be encouraged by that enthusiasm and hopefully trust that the title remains in good hands.


How to find cute new Overwatch Halloween easter egg at Chateau Guillard

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:47

by Theo Salaun


During the spookiest time of the year, Overwatch’s fans have discovered a cute, quaint easter egg in the game’s Chateau Guillard map, which has enjoyed a Halloween makeover.

Overwatch’s developers over at Blizzard do not take October’s biggest holiday for granted, as they celebrate the costume and candy festivities each year with reworked maps and new cosmetics.

This year, players have taken to exploring the Halloween version of Chateau Guillard, and are appreciating the various adjustments.

Now set under moonlight, the extensive French chateau most popularly known for deathmatch custom games is also becoming known for spooky Halloween details. Having released in 2018’s event, players are still making discoveries in the version of Chateau Guillard at night.

Normally, people get distracted by the fog and darkness, or maybe the jack-o’-lanterns and subterranean coffin.

But, taking a trip to the red study room, Redditor ‘YHJ_JYG_Kryptlock’ has discovered a neat little Overwatch easter egg involving candle wicks.

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The new Halloween easter egg appears in Chateau Guillard’s red study room.

As they demonstrate in the clip below, if you shoot each wick of the candelabra, the candles will briefly light. It’s nothing crazy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a neat addition to an already detailed revamped map.

To find this easter egg, you’ll first need to find the red study room.

If you’re facing inward to the chateau from the outdoor area with a jump pad and statue, this room will be toward the back right as you enter. If you’re on the opposite end, at the balcony’s health pack, this will be to your left as you enter the chateau.

How to find Chateau Guillard’s Halloween easter egg

  1. Head to the red study room
  2. Locate the standing candelabra, in the back right of the room at the corner near the bookshelf
  3. Shoot the candle wicks
  4. Enjoy the lit candles
  5. Make a wish?

If you shoot the candles wicks in Château Guillard (Halloween) you will light them on fire. from Overwatch

Ultimately, it’s a very simple easter egg, but a cute one. In a map covered in so much dreary darkness thanks to Halloween, lighting candles is a nice contrast.

Of course, it also makes for a decent party trick. So if you load into custom games, feel free to impress your friends by showing off your detailed map knowledge.