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Thousands Petition Overwatch League To Include New Hanzo in Stage 4

Published: 10/May/2018 17:16 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:51

by Joe O'Brien


Thousands of Overwatch League fans have signed a petition to encourage the Overwatch League to play Stage 4 on the game’s most recent patch.

The petition comes in the wake of the news that the upcoming stage would be played on a patch that doesn’t include the new version of Hanzo.

Hanzo, who has long been a hero of some contention, recently got a major update to his kit. Most significantly his most problematic ability, Scatter Shot, was replaced with a new rapid-fire ability, Storm Shot, and a new horizontal leap was added to his skill set.

In combination with some more minor tweaks, the new Hanzo is widely considered a more powerful and interesting hero than his previous self.

For those hoping to see what he might be capable of in the hands of the most skilled players in the world, however, there’s expected to be a delay, as it was recently revealed that Hanzo would appear in his original form for Stage 4 of the Overwatch League.

For many fans, however, the prospect of seeing an entire five-week stage played on a patch that was obsolete before the stage even started isn’t particularly exciting. So much so, in fact, that over 8,000 have signed a petition to play the stage on the more up-to-date patch.

The sentiment is one shared by Overwatch streamer and analyst Jayne, who often breaks down Overwatch League matches with VoD reviews on his personal stream. During a recent stream, Jayne criticized the decision to play Stage 4 on an outdated patch.

The Overwatch League is played on a tournament realm that is only updated between stages, to ensure the entirety of a stage is played under the same conditions. However, the tournament realm isn’t always brought entirely in line with the live servers, occasionally leaving out major changes or additions for which pro’s won’t have had time to adjust.

No official announcement has yet been made about the patch that Stage 4 will be played on, with the information that the new Hanzo would be left out coming instead from leaks. It remains to be seen if the league will be moved by fan response.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


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.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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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.