Over the last few months, Overwatch has looked less like a team shooter and more like the inside of a microwave bag of popcorn. A popular and beloved crowd control mechanic called the “boop” has become so prevalent that it’s causing anguish from players who would rather compete at a first-person shooter than pop idly across the map.
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Time takes its toll on us all, but especially on fictional heroes who exist in constantly updating video games. Theirs is the greatest plight of all, as exemplified by Overwatch’s master of the skies, Pharah.
Pharah is just fine — some might even say perfect, if they are me — but she’s about to be hit with a rocket barrage of changes. Many fans aren’t entirely sure if the reasoning behind them adds up.
Blizzard is selling a $US200 ($274) replica of Genji’s sword, and anyone willing to practice with the blade while everyone else plays Overwatch will at least find it full of techy features.
Once upon a time, there was nothing quite so maligned in the world of Overwatch as a Symmetra main. People still hate Hanzo, and Widowmaker mains will always bear the brunt of every loss. But at least their value is understood.
Three months since her rework, however, Symmetra has settled into a place befitting of the demon scientist.
Overwatch’s feisty dwarf engineer Torbjorn has long been considered a “troll pick”. In my experience, it’s common for teammates’ blood pressure to skyrocket whenever players pick him. We already knew Torbjorn was getting a much-needed overhaul, and today, Overwatch’s game director Jeff Kaplan finally announced what Torbjorn 2.0 will look like.
As sports video games have shown us, sports are just games with off-the-court metagame layers attached. Also pageantry and juicy, juicy drama. Overwatch League follows this formula, making it ripe for a game in the most thrilling sports-adjacent genre of all: Dating simulator. Wait, I mean management.
Back in May, Philadelphia Fusion’s Overwatch Contenders team, Fusion University, ran into some wardrobe difficulties when their team jersey — emblazoned with a giant, devil-may-care “FU” — got banned from the season one finals.
Now, though, they’re back with a new jersey that tells “FU” haters to F off.
“D.Va’s Nano Challenge”, a new Overwatch promotion in which Blizzard teams up with popular streamers, has been by most counts a success. Yesterday, over 100,000 people simultaneously watched Overwatch streamer Seagull in hopes of earning in-game drops.
Streamers who aren’t part of the promotion have decided they also want a slice of that sumptuous viewer pie, even if that means faking it.