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Overwatch players have a big problem with Ashe’s Ultimate

Published: 8/Jan/2019 1:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2019 1:35

by Bill Cooney

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Ashe is the newest hero to Overwatch after being released into the game a few weeks after BlizzCon 2018, but now players are wondering whether she should be able to build ultimate charge while her ultimate ability, B.O.B., is deployed.

Heroes like Hammond and Hanzo can build ultimate charge while their abilities are active, but others like Orisa can’t until the ability ends.

While Ashe currently finds herself in the first group, a lot of Overwatch players think she should be prevented from building up ultimate charge while B.O.B. is on the map.

In a post to /r/CompetitiveOverwatch, user daniellua1 wondered why Ashe was allowed to build ultimate charge while B.O.B. was active.

Ashe, they argue, can already get a lot of charge quickly with the combo of Ashe’s dynamite and Viper Rifle, and having B.O.B. out as a distraction only makes it easier.

But, B.O.B. stays on the map for a whole ten seconds after hitting a wall or an enemy, so to not allow Ashe any charge at all during that time might be a little excessive.

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B.O.B. does not provide any ultimate charge for Ashe, so the only charge she’s able to gain is what she deals out herself.

Still, it’s an interesting argument that makes players think about building ultimate charge while the ability is deployed.

The latest Overwatch PTR patch dropped on January 7, and affected Brigitte’s ultimate, but contained no changes for Ashe.

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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.