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Put Officer D.Va to work in Cops and Robbers Overwatch Workshop mode

Published: 18/Jun/2019 18:08 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 21:02

by Bill Cooney

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A creative player has brought the classic tag game to Overwatch with the help of the Workshop mode.

Cops and Robbers is a playground game where the Cops are “it” and have to tag the Robbers to bring them back to jail, until the remaining Robbers can break them out.

Jeyzor, who created the mode, used the Workshop to bring the game we probably all played at one point on the playground to the game we play now: Overwatch.

Blizzard EntertainmentThere’s finally a mode perfect for the police skins in Overwatch.

Officer D.Va is on the case

In Jeyzor’s Cops and Robbers mode, players who are the Cops freeze the Robbers solid by punching them, and have to take them back to the jail – which is marked on each of the 14 different maps available to play.

Robbers aren’t completely defenseless though, as Cops are only able to carry one Robber at a time, and the criminals can break teammates out of jail or take out the Cops by eliminating them twice.

Some of the heroes that are playable in Cops and Robbers each have their own new abilities, which are listed below:

  • Ashe’s primary fire deals knockback
  • Baptiste’s regenerative burst grants a short invisibility
  • Doomfist’s rocket punch show the location of cops (location doesn’t update after the inital location)
  • McCree’s flash bang freezes for a short time
  • Reaper time to save robbers from the jail is decreased
  • Symmetra sees a “danger!” text when a cop is nearby
  • Widowmaker’s venom mine slows down for its duration

For players who want to try out Jeyzor’s Cops and Robbers mode, the current Workshop code is: 2ESG3.

The mode could be updated with more bug fixes in the future, and the current code can be found here.

(Mobile viewers, click here to watch the following clip on Streamable.)

The Overwatch Replay feature finally arrives

A major new Overwatch patch on June 18 brings the Replay feature to the main game and consoles, as well as a number of balance changes for heroes.

Replay mode allows players to go back and watch their past 10 matches from almost any angle, there are only 10 games saved at a time in the queue, so players will have to save any replays they want to hang on to for longer.

Along with the new patch Overwatch is also having a limited time event called Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge where players can unlock a new Baptiste skin and more.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”