Posts Tagged ‘Overwatch’

Blizzard Launch Overwatch’s Open Beta Test

Lawks, I’ve just realised that Overwatch [official site] will be the first new-new game released by Blizzard since StarCraft in 1998. The class-based FPS rose from the remains of Blizzard’s Titan project, the MMO they scrapped in 2014 after years in development, and… I am a bit curious to see how it’s turned out. For the next few days, you, me, and every Tom, Dick, Harry, Bob, Carol, and Ted can have a bash in a brief open beta test ahead of Overwatch’s launch later this month.

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When Does The Overwatch Open Beta Start?

If you pre-ordered Overwatch [official site] before April 29th, it’s possible you’re already playing its latest multiplayer shooty beta. If you didn’t and you still want to play, you’ll instead be hanging on until the open beta begins on May 5th. In any case, the beta then runs until May 9th. Read on for more exact start and stop times.

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Love And Games: Long Distance Wizard-Killing

I was in a long distance relationship for over two years and gaming was incredibly useful for keeping in touch with my partner*. But not every game was a good fit, either because of relative game experience or temperament or any number of other things. So here are some of the games which worked and some of the games which didn’t. I’m going to explain them from my point-of-view because I don’t want to presume to know exactly what his experience was!

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Watch Overwatch’s Tracer Show Off Her Heroes Of The Storm Moves

I’m starting to feel like your accidental official Blizzard correspondent at the moment. I think it’s because I’ve been playing a lot of Heroes of the Storm [official site] and Overwatch [official site] so both are in my brain when I’m scouting for news. When I have time I should really update my thoughts on both games, actually. I’ll add that to the To Do scroll.

BEFORE THAT let us turn our attention to a piece of cross-over news. Tracer, the dual pistol-wielding, timey-wimey cockney from Overwatch will be joining the cast of Heroes Of The Storm this month and Blizzard have released a video to showcase her abilities and skins.

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Overwatch: Widowmaker Stars In Animated Short, Alive

I’ve just been watching the latest Overwatch [official site] animated short, Alive. It’s the second of Blizzard’s trailers which give you a smidge more backstory on the characters from their first-person shooter.

This one focuses on the assassin, Widowmaker, as she attempts to assassinate a leader preaching peace between robots and humans. Timeshifter, Tracer, has a secondary role – you can take a peek below:

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Overwatch: Why Blizzard Are Cutting Tracer’s Over-The-Shoulder Victory Pose

Blizzard are swapping out an “over-the-shoulder” victory pose for their Overwatch [official site] character, Tracer. Put like that it sounds like a standard art tweak as part of a game’s closed beta process but the move ended up causing a brouhaha because of how it ties into conversations about female representation and the use of sexiness in gaming.

The decision to remove the “over-the-shoulder” pose was announced by game director Jeff Kaplan as part of a forum feedback thread on whether the pose was appropriate to the chipper time-shifting hero and then further clarified after a backlash. In the original post the author, Fipps, praised Overwatch’s female characters but noted that the Tracer pose “just reduces Tracer to another bland female sex symbol.”

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Overwatch Gets Hearthstone-style Brawl Mode

I’ve spent most of the week trying to work out what time it is and whether this bowl of cereal constitutes night breakfast, actual breakfast or lunch breakfast. I’ve given up on that and am now enjoying “Overwatch patch notes breakfast”. Blizzard have taken a leaf out of Hearthstone’s book (a card out of their deck?) and have introduced Weekly Brawl! mode to the beta of their multiplayer shooter.

It’s an Overwatch [official site] mode which changes weekly to offer a different challenge than that of the main game. Some of the modes will be more about the challenge aspect – a random hero selected for you each time you spawn so you’ll need to figure out the characters and make them work – and some are closer to novelty – ALL SOLDIER: 76 ALL THE TIME.

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