Rumors surface of new Overwatch support hero coming in March - Dexerto
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Rumors surface of new Overwatch support hero coming in March

Published: 4/Mar/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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French Overwatch streamer Altheaow is claiming that the game’s next hero could be teased as early as March.

During a March 4 broadcast, the streamer claimed that players should be hearing about a new hero coming either at the middle or end of the month.

“Spoiler alert, this is a support,” he said in French.

The streamer added that he was told this information by popular content creator and French commentator AlphaCast.

Notably, on March 3, AlphaCast was asked when he would do another interview with Overwatch Character Artist Renaud Galand. Alpha replied saying that around the 19th of March would be good, but left the reason why up to his chat.

“I think Althéa’s memory is playing tricks on him,” AlphaCast told Dexerto. “We only discussed supposition on Echo being released in March just like Baptiste got released in March last year.”

Baptiste did hit the live servers on March 19, so it seems this is what the streamer was referencing timeline-wise.

Overwatch’s last hero, Sigma, was released on August 13 after being revealed on July 22. While many players expected a hero to be announced at BlizzCon in November, Blizzard showed off Overwatch 2 instead.

According to Game Director Jeff Kaplan, the team has plans to release “at least one new hero” before the sequel is released.

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Who could the next Overwatch hero be?

In an interview with streamer Emongg at BlizzCon 2018, Kaplan explained that the team had more tanks and supports in development and that the next six heroes were planned out.

Since that interview, players have gotten their hands on Baptiste and Sigma – a support and tank respectively. Now the question is: who will the next hero be?

Hopefully, fans will get more information soon, and that rumors of this new hero haven’t been greatly exaggerated.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.