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Overwatch hackers could be a thing of the past with new anti-cheat system

Published: 29/Jun/2019 20:28 Updated: 29/Jun/2019 20:55

by Alan Bernal


Overwatch players are being met with a very welcomed surprise in the aftermath of the June 24 and 27 PTR updates which looks to have brought a helpful anti-cheat system to the live servers.

While Blizzard’s popular team-shooter has tons of heroes and strategies to mix up the formula with every attack, cheaters have been running rampant in the game for as long as the community can remember.

As summer 2019 has already been delivering a ton of exciting new developments in Overwatch, it seems like the best one yet will finally start to clean up the persistent hackers that plague the servers.

BlizzardThe only hacker Blizzard wants in their game is Sombra, so their new anti-cheat structure will hopefully keep out unwanted cheaters.

Blizzard is swinging the ban hammer

In a Reddit post, user ‘MentallyStableMan’ posted an in-game notification that shows a new pop-up for when a player in a game finds themselves on the wrong side of the ban hammer.

“Our Systems detected cheating and a player has been banned as a result,” the Overwatch message reads. “Your previous game has been cancelled and no win or loss will be recorded for either team.”

It looks like the anti-cheat system won’t be messing around by completely stopping a match midway through if it thinks someone is using unwelcomed software or programs to give them a competitive edge over others.

The game has had tons of hackers throughout its history, but hopefully that’ll change soon.

Overwatch players noted how none of the previous patch notes seemed to mention a banning system being implemented, and that it was probably for the best as to not give any cheaters a headstart in bypassing it.

For a long time, getting a handle on the waves of hackers in Overwatch has been something players have been wanting Blizzard to take more initiative on. If the new tactic pans out, it would signal a great new era for the three-year-old title.

BlizzardHopefully the anti-cheat system will be able to pick up problematic Overwatch players.

“Between this and the Workshop is this the first time Blizzard has actually made good on statements like ‘two surprises in the summer,’” Reddit user ‘billobob’ said. “… I hope they cut down on the new maps and keep efforts like this up.”

Hopefully Overwatch’s anti-cheat system will be the first big step into bringing some order as it concerns hackers, and will hopefully get better as time goes on.


Overwatch 2 reportedly won’t release in 2021, new heroes “unlikely”

Published: 26/Jan/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch 2 report is further casting doubt on the sequel releasing in 2021, but it hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of new heroes coming out for the current game.

Lots of new rumors about Overwatch 2 have been swirling lately, with notable insider Metro, who originally leaked info about the game prior to its announcement, claiming development is proceeding very slowly.

Now, an Overwatch League source has reportedly claimed that the 2021 season will only be played on one game.

According to a report from The Game Haus’ Robert Hanes, a team source revealed that the reason the season was delayed to April was for teams to get players’ visas approved and so the league could figure out the format.

Blizzard Entertainment
We’ve been waiting on Overwatch 2 news for what seems like forever.

This, unfortunately, rules out any hope fans may have had that the season’s delay was a sign that Overwatch 2 would be releasing soon.

While this doesn’t rule out a potential beta version of Overwatch 2 being released, especially with BlizzCon 2021 in February, it’s unlikely we get the full game in any capacity.

That all said, the source does have some potentially good news. When asked about new heroes coming in the 2021 season, the source said “TBD on new heroes, but seems unlikely.”

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Overwatch 2 is heavily focused on PvE gameplay.

Previously, the Overwatch devs have said that Echo would be the last hero released for the original game, so even getting a “to be decided” on this could give us a touch of hope.

If development is going very slow, it’s possible the devs may throw fans a bone in the form of a new hero to tide them over in the meantime.

The OWL season is scheduled to begin in April and conclude a few months later. Assuming a new hero isn’t revealed at BlizzCon, the only logical point to introduce a new character could be in-between one of the four tournaments.

Push game mode in Overwatch
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“Push” is a new game mode coming to Overwatch 2.

This narrows down the possible timeframes where a new hero could make their way to the game while still being playable during the season.

In any case, we’ll hopefully learn a lot more about Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon, but at this rate, don’t expect to see a release date.