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Overwatch June 17 Developer Update – Replay Feature, Baptiste skin and more

Published: 17/Jun/2019 22:42 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 23:00

by Bill Cooney

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Hot on the trail of a brand new Baptiste short story and skin reveal on June 17, “What You Left Behind”, by Overwatch writer Alyssa Wong, on Monday and in it they teased a never before seen Baptiste skin.

In the Developer update the same day, Kaplan talked about the Baptiste story and how players can get the new skin, a new patch and more.

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Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers will be able to unlock this new Baptiste skin during the “Reunion Challenge”.

What did Uncle Jeff have to say?

In the update Kaplan confirmed that players would be able to unlock the new Baptiste skin by winning nine matches in any mode during the “Baptiste Reunion Challenge,” but only said it was “coming very soon.”

Since the Baptiste story came out, players have been talking about a character in it called Mauga, who’s quickly been put on the favorites list for Hero 31.

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Kaplan didn’t mention Mauga by name, but did say that the characters in the story other than Baptiste “may or may not become bigger parts of the Overwatch universe in the future.”

Blizzard EntertainmentMauga is a lot of players favorite for Hero 31.

Jeff confirmed that the Replay feature would be coming to the main game from Overwatch’s PTR in a “major upcoming patch” that would also include balance changes currently on the PTR as well.

There are changes coming to the Assault (AKA 2CP) game mode as well: developers will be taking off a minute of the extra time the attacking team receives after taking Point A in a future update.

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A new Competitive Free-For-All Deathmatch season is also on the way, according to Kaplan, and should start around the same time as Competitive Season 17.

When is all this going to happen though?

We still don’t have a set date for Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge, but Jeff said it would start “soon”, whether that means “this week soon” or “Blizzard soon” remains to be seen.

The Replay feature and balance updates have all been on the PTR for several weeks and with the Overwatch League Replay feature already out, the upcoming patch will could arrive within a few days.

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There’s a good chance the current Overwatch Competitive Season will end towards the end of June, so players should be on the lookout for the Competitive FFA Deathmatch season then.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.