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Overwatch finally reveals release date for new hero Echo

Published: 9/Apr/2020 18:06 Updated: 9/Apr/2020 18:43

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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The release date for Overwatch’s 32nd hero Echo has finally been revealed after the damage-per-second character was first announced on March 18.

Echo has been on the Public Test Region since March 19, and has received several changes while developers fine-tuned her for the live release.

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On April 9, the official Overwatch Twitter account revealed when she’s due to hit the live servers. “Following the flight plan. Echo swoops into Overwatch on April 14!” they tweeted.

The character’s movement could be compared to a mix of Pharah and Mercy, as she flies up into the air with insane dynamic aerial mobility. Her primary fire, Tri-Shot, consists of three projectiles that are grouped into a triangle that can critical headshot enemies and deal 17 points of damage each.

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She also has Sticky Bombs and Focusing Beam – the first being an ability that allows her to blow up opponents from afar, as they detonate after a delay; and the latter shooting out a “crazy” burst of energy which can melt through barriers like butter.

Finally, her ultimate, Duplicate, causes her to transform into an enemy with extremely fast ult generation – 650% faster than normal, in fact.

OW director Jeff Kaplan had previously stated that the DPS hero is the last new character coming to the shooter before its sequel, 2, comes out – “for now,” at least.

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“I don’t think we’ll see more heroes for [the game]. We’re heavily focused on Overwatch 2 at this point,” he stated in a video with Stylosa. “There is development happening, but we don’t want people’s expectations in the wrong place. For now, we will not be getting another Overwatch hero.”

It had previously been unknown whether she would be coming to the FPS before the sequel, as she was first unveiled all the way back in 2018 in the Reunion animated short, and was later shown in the 2 announcement trailer at BlizzCon 2019.

While Echo is still on the PTR, players will have to wait a few more days until she’s available for everyone across all platforms upon live release on April 14.

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Expect DPS queues to be insane for the first few days while players fight for a chance to try out the newest hero.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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