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Sojourn Overwatch 2 cinematic trailer teased by Blizzard dev

Published: 13/Sep/2020 20:06

by Theo Salaun

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News for Overwatch 2 has been sparse, but Blizzard’s Cinematic Director, Jason Hill, has prompted speculation about a new cinematic trailer involving an upcoming character, Sojourn.

Overwatch 2 was announced back at BlizzCon in November 2019, but very little information has been revealed since then. Following numerous minor appearances and design iterations in various trailers and comics, Sojourn was confirmed to be one of the sequel’s new heroes when she featured in the November gameplay trailer. 

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In the video, Sojourn was seen both strategizing with Overwatch heroes like Mei and Lucio and then, again, in some action showing off a large rifle. This understandably spurred excitement among the game’s community, which has simply reignited following Hill’s tweet.

Overwatch’s animated cinematic trailers are beloved among the game’s player base, much as Warcraft’s high-production trailers were in its early years. As such, the fact that Blizzard is finally teasing something about upcoming content is mightily exciting.

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As Hill’s tweet indicates, “happiness is having a great VO session.” In the attachment, he includes a picture of Sojourn with a comment that it’s “for no particular reason.” As far as teasers go, this is notably tame, but enough can be extrapolated for fans to anticipate a new video furthering hype for Overwatch 2.

A cinematic director, happy with voiceover work, and referencing an upcoming title’s newest hero — if that’s not proof that news is finally coming, then it’s hard to know what is.

As indicated by Game Director Jeff Kaplan during the BlizzCon 2019 Overwatch 2 panel, “Sojourn is right at the center of the story of Overwatch 2. So we hope you liked her in Storm Rising. You’re going to spend a lot more time with her.”

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Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.
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Possible DPS hero Sojourn has already been confirmed for Overwatch 2.

While many hoped that there would be more details and reveals for Blizzard’s most popular titles during BlizzCon 2020, the company announced in May that this year’s event will be canceled.

Instead of shifting to an online or precautionary bubble format, the team has decided to postpone until 2021 in hopes that the cloud of uncertainty passes by then.

As such, it’s unclear whether this teased Overwatch 2 trailer featuring Sojourn will be revealed before 2021. But, after months of hearing nothing, it’s nice to at least know stuff is being worked on.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.