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The game continues to grow and hit higher and higher user milestones
Well, it seems Titan's cancellation turned out well for Blizzard after all. While it wasn't the next huge MMO everyone and their grandparents play, it's fall did bring us Overwatch and Overwatch is very much here to stay. In case you still doubted the game's potential longevity (and inevitable sequels), a little announcement got lost in all the Halloween rumbling yesterday, as Blizzard also announced that the game had over 20 million registered players!
"We also want to share the news that Overwatch has crossed a new milestone—20 million players—making this special holiday treat all the sweeter," Blizzard said in a press release, according to PvPlive.
In this era of free to play that's a huge deal as OW is still a 40$ title, or even 60$ if you're on the consoles, so getting these kinds of numbers is even more impressive. Now, some of the 20 million are playing the game in PC bangs and similar lan cafes, so it might not be exactly 20 million units sold, but it's still impressive nonetheless. But the bigger news here is that the game is still growing, with it having started at 7 million in its first week and reached 15 million 2 months ago.
So why should we specifically care for this sales trend? Well, it also means that we'll be seeing plenty of content for the game to come, as it has a healthy and growing community around it. Add to that the lootbox system also being a steady income and you can be sure Overwatch will be sticking around for a long, long time.
With some of its pages leaked previously, the new Halloween-themed Overwatch comic "Junkenstein" has been officially released.
This comic takes us back to the nostalgic time when the original Overwatch crew were still together and got along well. A party is hosted on Halloween night and Reinhardt starts recounting the terrifying story of the mad scientist, Junkenstein.
The comic has been released along with the Halloween patch and doesn't contribute much to the story of Overwatch and everything we know so far. The only interesting element is the presence of the man dressed in a pirate costume. We haven't heard this name in a while with all the Sombra hype, but could this be Liao?
You can read the comic here or enjoy the Madefire motion book version here.
Horde mode/brawl is in, Ana, Widowmaker and Junkrat changes and more.
It seems the co-op brawl/horde mode is in fact part of the Halloween patch today although, as expected, Sombra was not. Here's the official trailer for the event:
And here are the patch notes for the event itself, as well as some additional tweaks and fixes:
New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Halloween Terror
When the shadows grow long and the nights grow cold . . . when witches cackle in the night, and ghosts roam the streets . . . it can mean only one thing: Halloween has arrived in Overwatch! Starting today, Overwatch's regular Loot Boxes have been replaced with limited-edition Halloween Loot Boxes. Each contains at least one of more than 100 Halloween-themed sprays, icons, skins, victory poses, emotes, and highlight intros. And the bravest heroes will test their mettle against a mad scientist's metal minions in Overwatch's first co-op PvE brawl: Junkenstein’s Revenge.
Welcome to Overwatch Halloween Terror!
To learn more about the event, click here.
New Feature: Leaderboards
In-game leaderboards will now show off the top 500 competitive players from each region, and a separate leaderboard will allow players to see how their competitive performance stacks up against their Battle.net friends. Plus, we’re adding leaderboards for the Overwatch Halloween Terror event that’s happening right now!
Note: After downloading the latest patch, players will need to complete at least one Competitive Play match before they’ll appear on the Battle.net friend leaderboards.
Static cameras are now supported in spectator mode Team names can now be edited in custom games Raised the volume of Hanzo's Dragonstrike voice line while wearing the Okami/Lone Wolf Skin Heroes hit by Ana's Nano Boost have a new voice line that informs other players Increased frequency of Reinhardt's "barrier failing" voice line Custom Games can now be paused
Players who leave or are disconnected from a competitive match can now rejoin anytime while the match is still in progress Teammates of a disconnected player can now exit a match after 2 minutes have elapsed (formerly 1 minute), and they will not receive a leaver penalty. However, they will receive a loss
Camera movement in Spectator Mode has been improved
HERO BALANCE UPDATES
Ultimate cost has been increased by 20% Biotic Grenade
Radius has been increased from 3 to 4 meters
Developer Comments: So far, we haven't seen any indication that Ana is too strong overall, but her ultimate charges a little too fast, especially considering the impact it can have on a match. Also, her Biotic Grenades are getting a small boost to help her hit multiple targets.
Scoping-in animation time has been reduced from 0.5 to 0.33 seconds
Developer Comments: This change will help Widowmaker acquire new targets more quickly and speed up her reaction time in fast-paced situations.
Ability now activates more quickly
Developer Comments: Junkrat can be an extremely effective hero in the right hands, but RIP-Tire often felt underpowered when compared to his counterparts.
USER INTERFACE UPDATES
Hero Gallery now signify which items were unlocked during the Overwatch Halloween Terror event Several minor aesthetic changes have been made to the game’s Main, Social, and Options menus Removed several stats that were duplicated for certain heroes throughout the career profile Graphics, typography, and layout have been updated in the Player Profile menu Controller users can now choose between two aiming modes
Dual-Zone mode (New default): The vast majority of the thumbstick's range moves with reduced sensitivity and relatively high acceleration. However, when the thumbstick crosses to the outer 10% of its range, it will move with high sensitivity and relatively low acceleration. This mode will allow for more precise aiming, while still allowing players to turn around quickly
Exponential Ramp mode (Old default): As the thumbstick moves toward the outside of its range, the sensitivity is ramped up exponentially. The acceleration remains relatively high throughout
Certain commendations will now appear less frequently during end-of-round voting, and others will appear more frequently (e.g. Torbjörn's Armor Packs Created will appear less frequently while Offensive Assists will appear more frequently)
Enemy players that are knocked down no longer lose their red outline Highlight Intros previewed after opening a loot box now loop Fixed a bug that prevented custom key bindings from saving after relaunching the game Fixed a bug that kept players from binding Take Screenshot to other keys Fixed a bug preventing any non-default sprays from appearing during the Play of the Game Heroes that appeared on the main menu screen are no longer visible in the background while viewing items in the hero gallery
[PS4, XB1] Fixed an issue that was incorrectly displaying a top 500 icon for certain players, even though they had not yet broken into the top 500
Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to reach unintended locations on several maps when using Self-Destruct Fixed a bug that allowed players to capture first objective on King’s Row from extremely high above the point Fixed a bug that allowed the payload to heal players, even when they were negatively affected by Ana’s Biotic Grenade Fixed a bug preventing the health bars on the Practice Range bots from displaying the effects of Ana’s Biotic Grenade Fixed a bug preventing sprays from being applied correctly to some surfaces on Eichenwalde Fixed a lighting issue, causing certain objects to appear darker than intended inside the Eichenwalde castle
Smoothed the animation during Ana’s zoom-release transition Fixed a bug causing Bastion’s bullet shells to eject backwards while in Configuration: Sentry mode Fixed a bug causing D.Va to be teleported back to a re-spawn point if her Boosters are used inside the team’s dropship Fixed an issue preventing Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow from appearing when selected Fixed a bug preventing Junkrat’s statistics from correctly tracking RIP-Tire kills Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat’s “Roadkill” achievement from being awarded after obtaining 4 kills with RIP-Tire Fixed an issue preventing Mercy’s staff from appearing in some highlight intros while wearing the Valkyrie, Sigrún, and Cobalt skins Fixed a bug causing Tracer’s highlight intros to render at a lower resolution when accessed from the Highlights menu Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to use her Grappling Hook on basketballs Symmetra's “Car Wash” achievement now correctly lists the number of beams required (6 instead of 7) Fixed a time calculation issue that was causing Zenyatta's “Rapid Discord” achievement to be more difficult than intended
Spectators are now able to see the Assemble Heroes countdown timer on all maps during a Custom Game You are no longer able to see your killer’s red outline while spectating your team before respawning
We're hours away from the new event and you can now gift Overwatch to friends and make them heal you!
After the oodles of leaks that have been happening around the big Halloween event, a couple of final ones seem to have also revealed what a lot of fans already theorized, that the kickoff is today! More specifically, it's due around 8PM CEST / 11AM PST and is expected to bring with it a lot of new skins, sprays, voice lines, emotes, victory poses and highlight intros.
Now, this is NOT the the Zomnic Horde Mode/Brawl and the latest Hero, Sombra, that was also leaked and may have looked a little Halloween themed, as Blizzard will be saving that for a bigger future patch (and probably PTR it first), so we're going to have to hold on a bit longer for that. The leak came from Korean PC Bangs, who are partnered with Blizzard and let slip the patch notes early and from the Official Taiwanese OW site which gave us this image (all of it via reddit detectives):
The other good news is that you can now gift Overwatch to your friends (or enemies, what better way to make them friends)! That's right, just poke one of your buddies, throw them a key and force them to be your dedicated support Hero forever. I mean, who doesn't love playing Mercy. No, seriously, I love Mercy.
And here's the Haloween loot box leak from earlier:
Want to share with you a database of Overwatch highlights and potgs sorted by heroes and specified with tags: http://overpotgs.com.
It might be pretty useful because you can filter something like "Ana's funny highlights" (http://overpotgs.com/category/ana/?tag=funny) or "Winston's highlights with shutdown" (http://overpotgs.com/category/winston/?tag=shutdown). Hope you find it helpful.