Overwatch League’s first stage of Season Two will be played on current PTR patch - Dexerto
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Overwatch League’s first stage of Season Two will be played on current PTR patch

Published: 17/Jan/2019 21:43 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 22:03

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League, in a major change from last season, will start Season Two by playing the game on the patch that’s currently on the PTR.

During the League’s first season, teams would play on an older version of the game than the one that was currently live on servers.

The League’s reasoning was to allow teams and players to get used to new changes – but it attracted a fair amount of criticism from fans.

Now, after last week’s pro Pickup Games hosted by Dallas Fuel Assistant Coach Justin ‘Jayne‘ Conroy, Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer announced that the upcoming Stage One of OWL will be played with the patch currently on the PTR.

Nanzer did mention during last week’s streams that he wanted to get the League’s patches more in line with what was in the game, and it looks like he followed through.

The change in the patch isn’t the only one for the new season; with eight new expansion teams, the League has also changed what days on which matches will take place. In Season Two, matches will be held on Thursday through Sunday, instead of Wednesday through Saturday as played in the Inaugural Season.

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The patch currently on the PTR takes the damage reduction provided by armor down from -5 to -3, making tanks and any other characters who use armor a little easier to kill.

It also buffs Reaper’s Life steal passive to regenerate 50 percent of damage dealt, instead of only 30, and increases the cooldown of D.Va’s Defense Matrix from one second to two. 

Finally, Brigitte’s ultimate ability Rally, got capped with a 30 second maximum.

Overwatch League’s second season gets going on Thursday, February 14 when the Philadelphia Fusion take on the London Spitfire in a rematch of last year’s finals as the first match of 2019.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.