Blizzard has been teasing the launch of a new hero for its Overwatch game, and if you have been looking forward to trying out a new character, you’ll soon be able to. The official Overwatch account on YouTube has unveiled the latest hero that will soon be added to the game in the form of Baptiste.
Blizzard’s Overwatch was kind of a happy accident. The company had been working on its next-gen MMORPG codenamed Project Titan, but they later decided to scrap the project and instead used some of its assets to create Overwatch. It was a good decision because Overwatch was launched to great success and is now one of the staples in the eSports scene.
Last week it was reported that Blizzard was readying a Lunar New Year event for Overwatch, and for those who are interested in taking part, you’ll be pleased that the event has gone live and will run until the 18th of February. As expected the event will introduce a bunch of new skins that players can collect, with last year’s items being available at discounted prices.
We are in the year of 2019 which means that if you follow the Chinese Zodiac, it is also the year of the pig. However even if you don’t necessarily follow the Chinese Zodiac or celebrate the Lunar New Year, not to worry because Blizzard plans on celebrating it anyway in Overwatch where the game’s Lunar New Year event will be kicking off next week.
From time to time we hear about how some professional gamers exhibit some unprofessional behavior. This sometimes results in sanctions and punishments, and it looks like Blizzard is looking to keep a public record of such incidents and has launched what they’re calling the Discipline Tracker for the Overwatch League.
We reckon that Blizzard has actually done a pretty good job of keeping Overwatch update in terms of content. They have introduced a bunch of new heroes, new maps, and also kept players entertained with seasonal events that are held throughout the year, such as the recent Winter Wonderland event which has just kicked off.
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.