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Secret Mercy ability buff discovered after Overwatch July 15 update

Published: 17/Jul/2020 3:08

by Andrew Amos

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Mercy has received some unintended changes in Overwatch. A secret buff to her Guardian Angel was shipped in the July 15 PTR update, and it’s got fans of the Swiss medic hyped if they hit live.

Mercy has struggled to find a place in the Overwatch meta recently. While she’s been helped out by Hero Pools at the top level to fit in when Ana, Brigitte, Baptiste, or Lucio were rotated out, she still hasn’t really found a place.

However, with some dive compositions potentially coming back, Mercy could make a gracious return to the Overwatch battlefield. If that wasn’t enough, she could be getting a nice little buff.

The July 15 PTR patch was mostly system changes, as well as some updates to the Workshop and bugfixes. Mercy wasn’t even touched in the notes. However, a secret change has been uncovered that has got mains of the Swiss medic excited.

The change seems pretty simple. It’s just a buff to her Guardian Angel movement speed while she’s using Valkyrie. However, for Mercy players, this small change has a big impact.

The increased movement speed on Guardian Angel makes it a lot easier to dart around the battlefield from ally to ally. Not only that, but you can get some real distance if you complete a “super jump.”

It’s also a revert of a previous nerf. When Valkyrie was reworked in September 2017, Guardian Angel had increased range and movement speed. Blizzard removed the extra speed in January 2018, but kept the range. Now, both are back in tandem.

The change could be unintended for now, and only made its way onto the PTR by accident. It could potentially be rolled into one of the new experimental cards Team 4 are looking at shipping to Overwatch players as a tester.

Because it’s on the PTR, there’s no guarantee that it’ll hit live servers either. However, Mercy mains should be crossing their fingers and hoping it does.

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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.