Overwatch streamer "breaks the game" with Echo - Dexerto
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Overwatch streamer “breaks the game” with Echo

Published: 6/May/2020 0:41

by Bill Cooney

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Echo is the newest hero to join the Overwatch roster, and one streamer has pulled off a play with the character that he simply described as “breaking the game.”

With her ultimate allowing her to duplicate any hero on the battlefield, Echo can easily be considered one of the strongest heroes in the game.

Now, a new clip from Overwatch streamer Samito shows just how much potential Echo, her kit, and her ultimate actually have.

In the clip, Samito is able to basically wipe out an entire enemy team with Echo before her ultimate runs out – and when it does, he’s already halfway to another Duplicate.

“I shot my sticky bombs, and swapped [transformed] before they detonated,” Samito explained. “And it did half the health of everyone on their team.

A Mercy Damage-Boosted Firestrike takes out a few members of the enemy team, and the follow-up Earthshatter basically finishes them off.

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Echo’s ultimate copy’s another character in the match and charges their ultimate super fast.

“I shatter their team, kill them all,” he explained. “And then I come out of the ultimate, with 45 percent ultimate, because of the Damage Boost sticky bomb into the Grav. I broke Overwatch.”

Certainly, coming out of your ultimate with the next one basically half charged already would be unheard of for any other hero besides Echo.

Samito himself followed up and said he couldn’t believe that this was something developers intended to happen when they designed the hero, but as we can see, it’s happening right there in front of us.

Echo has already seen several nerfs since being released, but this clip does raise the question of whether or not she still needs to be tweaked.

Regardless, it’s just another example of how powerful Echo is in the current Overwatch meta, so be sure to lock her in as soon as you can when you finally make it into a game after waiting in the DPS queue.

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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.