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Overwatch players want visual changes to AOE ability range

Published: 17/Aug/2020 1:10

by Bill Cooney


Some Overwatch players want to see a major change done to the visual effects of AoE abilities in the game, claiming that they don’t do enough to show which areas are actually affected, and which ones aren’t.

One of the biggest issues Overwatch players have faced since day one is the game’s not-so-accurate visual representations of heroes’ AoE (area of effect) abilities, like Lucio’s healing and speed auras.

Every player has had those moments where, you assume you should be safe under Baptiste’s Immortality Field or getting heals from Lucio only to discover you actually weren’t – usually, after you’ve been cruelly eliminated.

Learning the unwritten rules about how and where AoE abilities work is a big part of getting better at heroes like Baptiste or Lucio, but it can be very confusing. So confusing, in fact, that a number of players are calling on Blizzard to make things clearer, but it might be something that has to wait until Overwatch 2.

Baptiste’s immortality field should not show the protective circle outline for areas it’s not protecting… from Overwatch

The clip above is a classic example of how confusing AoE abilities can be, even for the heroes they belong to. It definitely seems like Baptiste should have been protected from elimination by his field, right?

Well, yes, except for the fact that the wall was in the way between the generator and the point, cutting off a large portion of the actual protected range, even though from just looking at the ability’s aura you’d think you were in the clear.

All in all it seems like it should be a simple fix. Just make the areas that the AoE ability doesn’t cover shaded differently, or removed entirely. If Overwatch were only on PC that would probably work, but such a change might require too much computing power dedicated to it for smaller systems like the Switch.

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Lucio: confusing enemies and allies alike since 2016.

There’s no doubt that Overwatch still has plenty of room for improvement more than four years after release, but it’s unclear how high on the list AoE ability visuals are for developers as they work to get the new title ready.

We won’t know for sure how much of a change AoE abilities will be getting in OW2, if any, until we get more details on the upcoming game, which has basically been treated with radio silence from Blizzard since it was unveiled last Fall.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


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.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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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.