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Overwatch: McCree & D.Va in Blizzard’s Balancing Crosshair

UPDATE

In an interview with Eurogamer, director Jeff Kaplan had mentioned in the story below that the plan was to decrease the Fan the Hammer damage for Overwatch hero McCree.

“The goal there is to make it so that McCree can still use his combo that we love, which is Flashbang and Fan the Hammer on somebody like Tracer. McCree should absolutely kill that Tracer. We want McCree to be a counter to people like Tracer, Genji and Reaper.”

“What we’re not crazy about, right now, is the way in which McCree can absolutely shred tanks. It’s a little too easy, so we want to bring the Fan the Hammer damage down, so he’s still killing the squishies and the medium strength heroes, but he’s less effective against the tanks.”

“If he times everything perfectly and gets every single shot off, he’s got a shot against a tank, but it’s not the instant ‘I win’ button that it is right now.”

ORIGINAL STORY

D.Va and McCree are in Blizzard’s balancing cross-hair at the moment as players have started to feedback the strengths and weaknesses of the tank and offensive characters.

In a battle.net forum thread, Principal designer Geoff Goodman made suggestions regarding possible nerfs to offensive hero McCree as he has a very lethal flashbang and Fan the Hammer combo – this is the alt-fire on his six shooter that unloads all bullets in the blink of an eye.

This win combo according to Goodman’s statement is likely to be adjusted, speaking on behalf of the studio in a thread called ‘Please Nerf McCree’:

“I’ve been watching McCree carefully since we’ve released. McCree’s flashbang plays an important role in being strong option against very fast/agile teams  (Tracerrs, Genjis etc).”

“It is also a nice tool to prevent close range devastating abilities and ultimates such as Reaper’s Death Blossom. That said, its probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets such as Tanks and barriers. I don’t have any concrete changes yet, but I’m going to be testing some things internally to see how he plays.”

“By saying it’s probably a bit too good at dealing damage to higher health targets’ I meant his Flash/Fan combo, not the Flash itself. Fan is more likely to see changes than Flash at this point.”

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In another thread regarding D.Va, Goodman also made various hints regarding the hero’s relatively low damage output:

“D.Va’s damage is definitely on the lower side, much like Winston’s. They are this way for a similar reason; They are both very mobile and hard to kill. Every character in the game has strengths and weaknesses, it’s part of what makes the team-play work well.”

“That said, I do think there is some room for some D.Va improvements, but these are unlikely to take the shape of increasing her damage output significantly.” 

“Yes she gets taken down quickly if she is fighting multiple targets, unlike Winston/Reinhardt because of their barriers. When I said she is difficult to kill it’s speaking for a smaller skirmish standpoint standpoint, which can usually set up due to her Flight ability.”

“There was a time, when she was first implemented, where she had more damage than she does now. The way that played out is that she would fly into someone’s face, destroy them, and fly away. There was little that person could do because her mobility.”

“The goal is that she should be a viable aggressive initiation tank, much like Winston can be right now, rather than some sort of beefy flying assassin. So any changes will likely be helping her in that direction.” 

There isn’t anything concrete at the moment if Blizzard actually will be implementing these tweaks, however such is the life of any games similar to Overwatch that has any sort of competitive PvP like Destiny or Tom Clancy’s: The Division. The inevitability of imbalances where certain characters are overpowered compared to others as players will always find lethal combos.

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Overwatch is Blizzard’s Fastest Selling Console Game & No.1 UK Charts

Blizzard’s Overwatch has now taken the No.1 spot in the UK Sales chart for the week ending May 28, surpassing Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End which held the No.1 spot by 37% which had the strongest début in series history and Doom  which held the No.2 slot with a 41% drop compared to last week.

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This is the first time a Blizzard title has been released simultaneously alongside the PC and consoles, as tradition has seen Blizzard primarily focused on PC based titles like Heroes of The Storm and World of Warcraft.

As well as snapping up the No.1 spot, Blizzard’s shooter is also the developer’s fastest selling console game to date with 47% of physical sales made for PlayStation 4, 36% for Xbox and 18% of sales were for PC. These statistics only account for physical sales therefore digital sales are not actually accounted for therefore digital sales on PC, PS4 and Xbox

FIFA saw a 91% rise in sales whilst Tom Clancy’s: The Division also experienced a 42% increase in sales.

Homefront: The Revolution which came out last week across all platforms dropped down to the No.4 spot on the charts with a 41% decline in sales alongside another entry, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan which despite both receiving low reviews have been doing relatively well to maintain the No.4 and No.18 slots in the charts.

Another PS4 exclusive title Ratchet & Clank has been able to achieve a 114% increase in sales due to half term associated retail promotions and unofficial hardware bundles.

Sales at this point in time for The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine DLC and Hitman haven’t been documented however the release of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is due to release next week so the test against whether Overwatch will be able to hold the title will soon be revealed.

  1. Overwatch
  2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  3. Doom
  4. Homefront: The Revolution
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  6. Ratchet & Clank
  7. FIFA 16
  8. Tom Clancy’s The Division
  9. Total War: Warhammer
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
  11. Lego Marvel Avengers
  12. Halo 5: Guardians
  13. Fallout 4
  14. Forza Motorsport 6
  15. Lego Jurassic World
  16. Star Wars Battlefront
  17. UEFA Euro 2016 Pro Evolution Soccer
  18. TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan
  19. EA Sports UFC 2
  20. Battleborn

(Source: UKIE Games Charts, compiled by GfK Chart-Track (All Prices) Week Ending 28 May)

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Oversized Overwatch Action Figures Appear Around The World

In light of the release for Blizzard Entertainment’s latest IP Overwatch which launches tomorrow May 24 on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One, Blizzard have been uncovering some really interesting marketing from animated shorts focusing on heroes like Genji and Hanzo titled ‘Dragons’ to life-sized figurines which have popped up in three cities around the world. In the tweet seen below posted from the Overwatch account, the three locations Hollywood, Paris and Busan Korea highlighted “agents activating” however there wasn’t anything specific.

People first speculated that the aforementioned tweet below would be a reveal of new playable characters, but obviously now that’s not the case.

Once fans circulated the three locations, they were met with oversized Overwatch heroes in massive boxes showcasing: Tracer, Genji and Pharah. In the video bellow, Twitter user @BlueJacket and president of CSUF eSports, Jeremy Wan, was able to snap a short clip of the Tracer figure in Hollywood. The box outlines her in-game abilities and even a “Try Me” button which plays a sort of muffled sound.

Inside the box has the Tracer’s two guns along with her biography such as real name, location and her history. If you haven’t read our 8 Interesting Facts about Overwatch, click the link here to read more on Overwatch history and a couple of character bios.

Here is a shot from Twitter user @Mamytwink that he snapped up in Paris of the cyborg ninja Genji.

Finally, here is a shot of the Pharah action figure in South Korea snapped by twitter user @EscoBlades and Community Manager for Ubisoft Montreal Andrien Gbinigie.

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The fine print on the back of the box is a little bit tongue in cheek, outlining choking hazards regarding the over-sized figures.

While there is no physical or legal possibility to ‘play’ with the giant figures, you can play as 21 different heroes in Overwatch, releasing on the 24th May, 12:00 GMT, on major cosoles and PC. CHOKING HAZARD: It is impossible to choke on the figures due to their large size. However, choking during an actual Overwatch match is possible and may result in last-minute defeats, shame, embarrassment and public ridicule, courtesy of your peers. Prices and participation will not vary. The figurines are priceless, and participation is not possible.”

Below you can find a list of Overwatch launch times for all the different regions:

The Americas:

  • 4:00 PM PDT on May 23
  • 5:00 PM MDT on May 23
  • 6:00 PM CDT on May 23
  • 7:00 PM EDT on May 23
  • 8:00 PM ADT on May 23
  • 8:00 PM BRT on May 23
  • 8:30 PM NDT on May 23
  • 7:00 AM SGT on May 24
  • 9:00 AM AEST on May 24
  • 1:00 AM NZST on May 24

Europe:

  • 12:00 AM BST on May 24
  • 1:00 AM CEST on May 24
  • 2:00 AM MSK on May 24

Asia:

  • 7:00 AM CST on May 24
  • 8:00 AM KST on May 24
  • 8:00 AM JST on May 24

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Overwatch’s Third Animated Short Starring Hanzo Is Out Now

UPDATE: The animated short is now out, give it a watch here!

In light of the full launch for Overwatch on May 24, Blizzard is going to be hosting an event at Cinemark theatres in the US on Sunday, May 22.

The animated short is titled Dragons which tells the story behind the conflict between the Shimada clan scions Hanzo and Genji. It follows the story of Hanzo’s return to his family village Hanamura to seek redemption, “only to find himself confronted by the ghosts of the past.”

In Hanzo’s official bio, it gives readers a brief overview of this rivalry between the two brothers.
“The Shimada family
was established centuries ago, a clan of assassins whose power grew over the years, enabling them to build a bast criminal empire that profited from lucrative trade in arms and illegal substances. As the eldest son of the family’s head. Hanzo was bound by duty to succeed his father and rule the Shimada empire.

Upon the death of his father, the clan elders instructed Hanzo to straighten out his wayward younger brother so that he, too, might help rule the Shimada empire. When his brother refused, Hanzo was forced to kill him. This act broke Hanzo’s hear and drove him to reject his father’s legacy, ultimately leading him to abandon the clan and all that he had worked so hard to attain.”

The screenings are confirmed to be shown at select theatres in San Francisco, Plano and Bellevue.

According to Desctructiod, the collection of Overwatch cinematics will be showcasing, “hero trailers, and animated shorts — including two new episodes, featuring the Shimada brothers, Hanzo and Genji, and the masked vigilante, Soldier: 76. As an added bonus, attendees will also get a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s lore and storytelling efforts during a special developer panel hosted by Michele Morrow.”

Other than being shown in theatres in the US, Dragons will also premier on the Overwatch website May 16 at 10AM PT/1PM ET/6PM UK.

If you have not yet watched the cinematic short titled ‘Alive’ focusing on Widowmaker and Tracer, a video has been posted below.

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Overwatch: 8 Interesting Facts

For those of you who have had the chance at playing the open beta for Overwatch this past weekend have probably poured countless hours into trying out the extensive range of heroes. The great thing about the Open Beta is that it includes full launch day content, however more is sure to be added in the following months.

On a side note, the open beta has been extended for a further 24 hours for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One to 10:00AM PT May 10.

In a post on Battle.net, Blizzard wrote, “Over the last week, we’ve also had the opportunity to listen to your thoughts and opinions on the game; make improvements based on your reports in these very forums; and collect invaluable data just from you playing normally […] We couldn’t be more grateful. So, as a small way of saying thank you to our community and the millions of players who’ve logged in so far.”

Now, let’s get into some interesting facts that you probably never knew about Overwatch’s story, creation and characters.

  • Overwatch is an international task-force responsible for leading the war during the ‘Omnic Crisis’ which saw the end of a war against highly intelligent robots who attempted to take over the world. After the war, Overwatch was kept around as a peacekeeping group, however due to corruption the taskforce was disbanded causing many to become mercenaries.

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  • Blizzard wanted Overwatch to be as relatable to a modern day Earth as possible with settings around the world such as Greece ‘Illios’, Japan ‘Hanamura’, America’s ‘Route 66’ and many more. In conjunction with setting, the games events occur post Omnic Crisis and the golden age thus the incorporation of new and old heroes that weren’t exactly apart of Overwatch.

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  • Overwatch has four different role classes for all types of gamers with specific play styles such as Offense heroes who are agile, can press the objective and can scout like Soldier:76, McCree, Tracer, Reaper, Pharah and Genji. Defense heroes are able to create choke points, establish defence fronts and guard locations such as Widowmaker, Torbjorn, Bastion, Junkrat, Mei and Hanzo. Support heroes provide the team with speed and damage buffs and healing like Lucio, Symmetra, Mercy and Zenyatta. Tank heroes have higher armour and health, heavy hitters and also providing protection like Zarya, Winston, Reinhardt, Roadhog and D.Va.

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  • Widowmaker formerly known as Amélie Lacroix was turned by a Talon terrorist organization to eliminate her husband Gérard Lacroix  who at the time was an Overwatch agent. After kidnapping and subjecting her to a suppressive program of neural reconditioning basically turning her into a sleeper agent, Overwatch agents eventually found her and returned her to her normal life, however two weeks later she killed Gérard in his sleep. Widowmaker returned to Talon where she continued training in covert arts and has become the organizations most effective assassin.

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  • Tracer was once an Overwatch agent and one of the youngest people to be introduced into an experimental flight programme where she was chosen to test a prototype teleporting fighter called the Slipstream. During the test flight the device malfunctioned causing her molecules to desynchronize from the ebb and flow of time. Unable to maintain a physical form, scientists and doctors were helpless until an Overwatch scientist named Winston created a device that kept the Tracer in present time whilst simultaneously allowing her to control her own time.

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  • PC Gamer in an interview with Overwatch Creative Director Chris Metzen and Senior Game designer Michael Chu posed the question on the games ‘heroes’ as there are characters that are undeniably villains. Metzen commented, “we got trapped with the nomenclature we were using early on […] In a funny way, what I was sensitive to when we began Overwatch is  I didn’t want to create a franchise that felt binary […] Because Warcraft had been so defined by that, and rightly so. […] Everybody’s play styles are so different, our vibe styles are different, too. So there’s players that like playing more dastardly characters.”
  • Blizzard Entertainment has actually published a digital comic series which features the vigilante Jesse McCree released on April 21. For anyone wanting to get a bit of back story on one of the many colourful heroes in Overwatch. In a blog post Blizzard wrote a brief bio, “In Train Hopper, former Blackwatch operative-turned vigilante Jesse McCree hitches a ride on a hypertrain to Houston in the hopes of skipping town and laying low for a while. But soon after the engine starts, he realizes his trip is going to be anything but ‘low profile’”.

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  • Finally, Blizzard decided to remove a ‘sexualized’ Tracer pose which stirred up quite a bit of controversy back in April. The ‘Over the Shoulder’ pose in question stemmed from a community members complaint named Fipps who went on to commented, “WHAT? What about this pose has anything to do with the character you’re building in tracer? It’s not fun, it’s not silly, it has nothing to do with being a fast elite killer. It just reduces tracer to another bland sex symbol.” Blizzard in response to the topic of issue commented, “We’ll replace the pose. We want everyone to feel strong and heroic in our community. The last thing we want to do is make someone feel uncomfortable, under-appreciated or misrepresented. Apologies and we’ll continue to try to do better.”

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