Blizzard loves celebrating the various seasonal holidays that take place throughout the year. We usually see this happen in World of Warcraft, where Blizzard has been known to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Christmas, the Lunar New Year, Halloween, and so on. Blizzard has since brought that tradition over to Overwatch.
At the moment Blizzard’s Overwatch has settled into a very nice rhythm, where the game is enjoyed competitively and with Blizzard constantly releasing new heroes and new animated shorts. However is that all that Blizzard has planned for their latest franchise? According to the game’s director, Jeff Kaplan, they have very big dreams for its future.
There have been some who are wondering if Blizzard could eventually make Overwatch a free-to-play game. As it stands, the game requires gamers to actually purchase the game before playing as there is no free trial period or a starter edition like World of Warcraft, but Blizzard did state that that’s what their free weekend events are for.
During BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard introduced a new hero to Overwatch in the form of Ashe who seems to come from the same background as McCree. Ashe is an interesting character as one of her abilities is to summon Bob, her robotic butler, to her side to aid her in battle. For those interested in the character, you’ll be pleased to learn that Ashe is now playable in the game.
Games are usually updated with patches that contain either bug fixes or new features. In some instances these patches can be small and can be downloaded more or less instantly, but sometimes there are patches that are so huge that it takes a while for them to be downloaded and applied to the game.
Blizzard was primarily known as a company who developed games for the PC. However over the years the company has diversified their offerings where games such as Overwatch and Diablo have expanded to consoles. They have also expanded to mobile where titles such as Hearthstone remains incredibly popular, and where Diablo Immortal will be launching as well.
In the early days of gaming, male characters were typically depicted as being macho and would wear huge hulking pieces of armor, but yet for some reason female characters wearing the same armor would find those armor pieces suddenly become a skimpier/sexualized version of that armor.
There are some who play games purely for competitive reasons, and there are those who play games because they actually enjoy the story and the characters. Now it is clear that Blizzard’s Overwatch was designed to be a competitive title but at the same time, Blizzard knows that some gamers can appreciate a good backstory.
During BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard officially announced that Overwatch would be getting a new hero in the form of Ashe. They also released an animated short called Reunion in which at the end of the short, it revealed a second hero that had yet to be officially announced. That has since been confirmed to be Echo.
One of the ways that many companies use to try and attract gamers to their games is by removing as many restrictions/hurdles as possible, such as an upfront fee where they are hoping that a free game will make the game more attractive for gamers to pick up. This has worked extremely well for various titles over the years.
During BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard launched a brand new animated short for its Overwatch franchise. Dubbed “Reunion”, this seems to be a short focused around McCree, one of Overwatch’s original heroes, and also Ashe, who is one of the new playable heroes that Blizzard announced that would be coming to the game.
It has been previously reported that Blizzard might have a new Overwatch hero in the works. Given that the company has been slowly expanding the roster of heroes in the game, this news did not come as a surprise. In fact at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard took the wraps off the new hero in the form of Ashe.
In the past we have seen Blizzard team up with the folks at Good Smile Company in Japan to create Nendoroid collectible figurines based on Overwatch. The good news for those looking to expand their Nendoroid collection is that Blizzard and Good Smile have since officially announced the next figurine that will be part of the lineup in the form of Torbjorn.
Earlier this month, Blizzard teased that they would be collaborating with LEGO to create some Overwatch LEGO sets. For those wondering what the first set will be, it turns out it is none other than Bastion where we can see the character recreated in all of its glory using nothing but LEGO bricks.
While we’ve seen Blizzard release various merchandise for its other franchises, it seems like Blizzard is really kicking things into high gear with Overwatch. The company has recently debuted a new Overwatch collectible which comes in the form of Mei’s LEVITATING SB-9, also known as Snowball.
While Blizzard franchises such as StarCraft, Warcraft, and Diablo have been around much longer, it seems that Overwatch is catching up rapidly in terms of popularity, especially in modern pop culture. Not only have we seen companies such as Habro hop on board the Overwatch bandwagon with Nerf blasters, but now it seems that LEGO is next.
If you’re a fan of collectibles then you might be interested to learn that Blizzard has announced that they will be selling a replica of Genji’s sword from Overwatch. This sword will feature built-in lights to replicate the sword’s effects from the game, and even has a sound chip that will playback Genji’s sound clips from the game.
There are all kinds of gamers out there, such as those with disabilities. This means that sometimes there are certain features of a game that will be hard for gamers to enjoy. The good news is that if you’re colorblind and you play Overwatch, you might be excited to learn that Blizzard has announced that they are testing out a colorblind option in the game.
As is the case with a lot of games, usually if there is a strong community, we start seeing third-party applications and mods that have been designed to improve on the gameplay and overall experience. Unfortunately sometimes those apps run foul of the game’s end user license agreement, such is the case with Blizzard’s Overwatch.
Overwatch’s recent Summer Games event from last month took place in Busan, South Korea. It was speculated that this was Blizzard’s way to acknowledging its strong Overwatch fan and playerbase in the country. Now the good news for those who enjoyed the Busan Summer Games, it seems that the latest Overwatch update brings a new Busan map to the game.