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Overwatch players ask Blizzard to make charity skins for Australia fires

Published: 5/Jan/2020 19:36

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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The Overwatch community has asked Blizzard to help raise money for the devastating Australian wildfires by making charity skins that can be purchased using real money.

This wouldn’t be the first time Overwatch has created a cosmetic items for charity – in May 2018, the hero shooter sold the Pink Mercy skin for $15 to collect money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with 100% of the profits going to the cause.

Now, the FPS community is asking Blizzard to make skins to help people affected by the wildfires in Australia, which have already burned around 14.5 million acres and claimed at least 18 lives, according to the New York Times.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe skin raised over $12.7 million USD for the BCRF.

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On January 5, Reddit user ‘WippitGuud’ shared a post to the Overwatch subreddit asking the game’s creators to help out like they did previously with the Mercy cosmetic. 

“Hey Blizzard, any chance of whipping up a couple of firefighter skins for Junkrat and Roadhog to raise money for the Aussie wildfires?” the title read. ‘You did it with Mercy for breast cancer research, and it was a great success. Even Junkrat would get on board with this: he wants to blow things up, not burn the world down.”

The idea resonated with other members of the community, and at this time of writing, had accumulated over 24,000 upvotes in just four hours.

Hey Blizzard, any chance of whipping up a couple of firefighter skins for Junkrat and Roadhog to raise money for the Aussie wildfires? from r/Overwatch

“Honestly I don’t buy skins and I would consider buying these,” one person said. “I would play actual money for those skins, this is a wonderful cause,” another comment read.

RedditThe community banded together to show Blizzard how much they would love to help via purchasable skins.

Even Australian fans welcomed the concept, and thanked the community for the concept. “Thanks guys, you don’t know how much this means for us Aussies,” one user stated.

“The very fact that you and others are willing to help, is greatly appreciated, and one of the best things I’ve seen on Reddit lately.”

RedditThe Pink Mercy skin raised millions, so having ones for the bushfires would no doubt help a lot.

According to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, over 100 fires are currently burning across the state alone, with thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes.

If you’d like to help people affected by the disasters, you can donate through the Australian Red Cross or The Salvation Army.

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

Published: 26/Jan/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.