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Tracer received powerful new movement ability in Overwatch PTR update

Published: 20/Mar/2020 20:35

by Michael Gwilliam

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While many in the Overwatch community rushed to play the new hero, Echo, a pretty sizable Tracer buff went relatively unnoticed – and it could be a game-changer.

The March 19 PTR update brought a couple of improvements to the training range and an option that makes it easier for Ana to apply Nano Boost to the correct teammate. It also buffed Tracer’s Blink by making it far more reliable- perhaps even more than it needed to be.

Houston Outlaws DPS Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz showed off the power of this improved Blink by loading up a custom game on Temple of Anubis.

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Tracer players are going to be a nightmare for supports.

As it turned out, even the pro was surprised with what was now possible with Blink, being able to reach high ground locations that wouldn’t be possible on the live version of the game.

While standing on the bridge where defenders normally set up on Point A, Danteh tried to Blink across to a spot much higher up.

“Okay, this one is somehow a good head above you,” he noted before successfully making it across the gap.

While on Route 66 streets phase, he discovered that it was possible to get to places that would never have been possible before.

“That’s actually nasty,” he said. “There’s so many OP ones.”

Blizzard stated in the patch notes: “Improved the accuracy of Tracer’s blink movement such that Tracer will more likely end up where the crosshair is pointing.”

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Could these buffs have been added to help Tracer combat Echo?

In additional comments, the developers added: “Tracer cannot blink over an obstacle which she otherwise cannot jump over normally, with the jump originating from Tracer’s height at the start of the blink movement.”

For Tracer players looking to infiltrate the backline, this Blink buff will make you even more dangerous, now with some advanced vertical maneuvering.

With Tracer’s skill cap already through the roof, this buff should raise it even further and could help make for some insane aerial plays, which could be a good thing considering the newest hero, Echo, will be in the sky often.

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Overwatch 2 job listings further suggest sequel is far from completion

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Amidst rumors that Overwatch 2 has been delayed and could be releasing as late as 2022, job postings on the Blizzard’s own career website suggest that the game still has a long way to go.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then, fans have been left in the dark with very little information coming from the developers aside from little tidbits in the form of Reddit AMAs.

While Blizzard themselves may be silent, notable leakers such as Metro – who originally leaked info about the sequel prior to BlizzCon – haven’t been so mum. According to the streamer’s source, development is “really slow” and it sounds like the game is far off.

Which now brings us to Overwatch-related job openings at Blizzard of which there are many. Just looking at the Overwatch team section of the careers page shows 43 job listings.

Overwatch 2 Lucio gameplay
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Overwatch 2 is focused on PvE co-cop.

Some of the job listings aren’t exclusively-related to Overwatch 2, such as “senior eSports [sic] producer,” but others seem to be of the utmost importance.

For instance, the “Lead Mission Designer” listing wants someone “ready to lead the mission team by example” and “build a strong team environment dedicated to making fun and memorable missions.”

Given Overwatch 2’s emphasis on PvE co-op missions, one would think that this position would have been filled if the sequel was scheduled to release soon.

Overwatch 2 Push map
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“Push” is the only new mode announced so far.

Other listings of note include “Senior Game Producer, Missions” and “Character Concept Artist.”

The former’s responsibilities are listed as driving the “development process for story campaign, missions & PvE game modes” and the latter’s include developing “character concepts and skins including character sheets, movement studies and detailed breakouts for equipment and weapons.”

Of course, it is possible that Overwatch 2 will have a big slate of content to roll-out post-release and it’s unclear how Blizzard plans to launch the game. All that’s known so far is that all of the PvP multiplayer content coming with Overwatch 2 will be available in the base game.

Tracer on Overwatch Toronto map
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More Overwatch 2 information is coming at BlizzCon 2021.

How Blizzard handles the PvE side with missions and the story mode remains to be seen. Could Overwatch 2 get a handful of missions at launch and then more added over the next few years?

Unless there is some substantial material planned post-launch to necessitate the jobs listed, it seems like the game could be very far off. In any case, we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds once more information is revealed at BlizzCon in February.