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Overwatch Halloween Terror teaser shows off long-awaited Zenyatta emote

Published: 14/Oct/2019 18:35 Updated: 14/Oct/2019 19:04

by Bill Cooney

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The first teaser for Overwatch’s Halloween Terror 2019 event has finally dropped – and it shows off a new Zenyatta emote that some players have been wishing for since the game came out.

Halloween Terror is one of Overwatch’s most popular events of the year, and now we finally know when the event will get going.

The start of the event also coincides with the release of Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch, which means Halloween Terror will be one of the first thing Switch players see after they download.

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers have been looking forward to finding out what new Halloween skins will come out this year.

A bold new direction for Zenyatta 

Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event gets going on October 15 and ends on November 4, so players shouldn’t waste any time getting those Halloween loot boxes.

We still haven’t seen any leaks or teasers for new Halloween skins this year, but Overwatch did throw in a preview of an emote that finally lets the floating Omnic monk Zenyatta stand up straight.

The fantastic emote has Zenyatta get on his feet to take a much deserved stretch after floating with his legs crossed for the last three years.

Before anyone notices he glances around before resumes his classic floating, if Skullyatta doesn’t get you in the mood for Halloween Terror, nothing will.

We still haven’t seen any new skins for 2019, but if the Zen trick is anything to go off of, Overwatch could have some treats in store for players this year.

The idea of Zenyatta standing or walking on his little-used legs has been a popular meme since Blizzard actually made him walk during Overwatch League Season One.

A new Halloween map skin?

Eichenwalde, Hollywood and Chateau Guillard will be getting their traditional Halloween makeover this year, and there’s a good chance Junkertown will be joining them.

Assets for what appear to be a night version of Junkertown were leaked by Youtuber Blame The Controller in September, with a lot of items missing from the area around the first checkpoint.

The YouTuber admits that we should take this with a grain of salt, since someone could have just darkened the already existing map to make it look like a Halloween reskin.

Blame the ControllerCould Junkertown be the next map to get a Halloween reskin?

The new trailer from Overwatch finally gives us a preview of some of the new content coming to the event for 2019 and finally confirms when the event is kicking off.

Zenyatta fans will finally be able to let their hero stand on his own two feet, even if it does look completely wrong.

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Overwatch 2 job listings further suggest sequel is far from completion

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Amidst rumors that Overwatch 2 has been delayed and could be releasing as late as 2022, job postings on the Blizzard’s own career website suggest that the game still has a long way to go.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then, fans have been left in the dark with very little information coming from the developers aside from little tidbits in the form of Reddit AMAs.

While Blizzard themselves may be silent, notable leakers such as Metro – who originally leaked info about the sequel prior to BlizzCon – haven’t been so mum. According to the streamer’s source, development is “really slow” and it sounds like the game is far off.

Which now brings us to Overwatch-related job openings at Blizzard of which there are many. Just looking at the Overwatch team section of the careers page shows 43 job listings.

Overwatch 2 Lucio gameplay
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Overwatch 2 is focused on PvE co-cop.

Some of the job listings aren’t exclusively-related to Overwatch 2, such as “senior eSports [sic] producer,” but others seem to be of the utmost importance.

For instance, the “Lead Mission Designer” listing wants someone “ready to lead the mission team by example” and “build a strong team environment dedicated to making fun and memorable missions.”

Given Overwatch 2’s emphasis on PvE co-op missions, one would think that this position would have been filled if the sequel was scheduled to release soon.

Overwatch 2 Push map
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“Push” is the only new mode announced so far.

Other listings of note include “Senior Game Producer, Missions” and “Character Concept Artist.”

The former’s responsibilities are listed as driving the “development process for story campaign, missions & PvE game modes” and the latter’s include developing “character concepts and skins including character sheets, movement studies and detailed breakouts for equipment and weapons.”

Of course, it is possible that Overwatch 2 will have a big slate of content to roll-out post-release and it’s unclear how Blizzard plans to launch the game. All that’s known so far is that all of the PvP multiplayer content coming with Overwatch 2 will be available in the base game.

Tracer on Overwatch Toronto map
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More Overwatch 2 information is coming at BlizzCon 2021.

How Blizzard handles the PvE side with missions and the story mode remains to be seen. Could Overwatch 2 get a handful of missions at launch and then more added over the next few years?

Unless there is some substantial material planned post-launch to necessitate the jobs listed, it seems like the game could be very far off. In any case, we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds once more information is revealed at BlizzCon in February.