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Vancouver Titans appear to leak Overwatch 2 release details

Published: 15/Jan/2020 13:28

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch League team Vancouver Titans appear to have confirmed that Overwatch 2 will be released in 2020.

In a now-deleted post on the team’s Twitter account, the Titans stated that “Overwatch 2 is coming out this year”, seemingly confirming a 2020 release.

While the post doesn’t give a specific date, if accurate it would at least give players a narrower timeframe than they currently have for the launch. So far, Blizzard haven’t given any official word on when Overwatch 2 can be expected to release, with Jeff Kaplan even stating in November 2019 that the developers had “no idea”.

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Blizzard haven’t yet given any details about the release of Overwatch 2.

Though many fans might have anticipated a 2020 release anyway after the reveal at 2019’s BlizzCon, it’s by no means guaranteed – Overwatch itself was first unveiled at BlizzCon in 2014, and didn’t officially release until May 2016.

The tweet didn’t only mention a 2020 release, but also stated that the Titans are “excited for all the new game modes.” So far, only one new multiplayer game mode, Push, has been officially confirmed for the sequel, but the Titans tweet implies there could be multiple others also in the works. This would line up with Blizzard job listings which also appear to suggest as much.

Vancouver Titans tweet leaks Overwatch 2 release details and more game modes

This isn’t the first time a third party has apparently leaked a 2020 release for Overwatch 2. The PlayStation Brazil Twitter account also stated that “2020 will be the year Overwatch 2 comes to PS4” in a tweet that has since been deleted.

While it’s possible that both these accounts could have simply made an assumption that the game will be out in 2020, the fact that two separate sources who could well have knowledge about the release make the same statement lends credence to the theory that Overwatch 2 will, in fact, be released this year.

While much of the content of Overwatch 2 remains unknown, the game is expected to focus largely on PvE and story-based content, something that the original title almost entirely lacks.

While it will also introduce multiple new heroes and at least one new game mode for multiplayer PvP, these features are expected to be available to all Overwatch players whether or not they purchase the sequel.

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Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.