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Check out all the new trailer, skins, maps, dev update and more from the latest event!
It's finally here and there are plenty of new additions, including the three new arena maps, 11 new skins, as well as dances for each hero, 24 new voice lines, 25 sprays, and 25 player icons! There's also the Game of the Year edition of the game, and you can even save 20$ on it - check out the full article here. And we also added the latest patch notes that came with the event, featuring plenty of hero balance changes - you can read them all right here.
There's also a dev update to go with it:
And here are the new skins:
You can also check out all the emotes over at the anniversary site.
We’re humbled and honored to commemorate one year of playing Overwatch with you! What better way to mark the occasion than with new maps and lots of new loot?
We’re adding three new Arena maps to the Arcade, and unleashing more than 100 Anniversary rewards, including our largest-ever release of new Legendary skins! You’ll earn Anniversary Loot Boxes as you play, plus pick up a free box when you log in between May 23 and June 12, 2017. Anniversary Loot Boxes are also available for purchase—but they’ll be locked away after the event ends.
Come celebrate with us!
Necropolis Ana Amari has made Necropolis her personal hideout—and an impromptu field base where she can keep an eye on things.
Head to Ana’s preferred vantage point at the top of the ruins, and use the high ground (and the element of surprise) against the enemy team. Or walk the stone corridors below, and take the fight to them directly—just watch out for pits!
Castillo Castillo is an old fort looking out over Dorado’s bay. It’s the location of Calaveras, a bar frequented by questionable patrons; a graffitied Los Muertos hangout; and Sombra’s hacking den.
Test your skills against the enemy team throughout Castillo’s multiple levels, and use its winding stairs for cover and strategic advantage.
Black Forest On the outskirts of Eichenwalde, the misty Black Forest map wraps around a long-overlooked battlefield dotted with the wreckage of Bastion units.
Flank your opponents on pathways between the castle and woods, and use the wooden balconies to move between the second stories of houses throughout the forest.
Celebrate Overwatch’s anniversary with a slew of new rewards. Crack open an Anniversary Loot Box and unlock skins like Lúcio’s Jazz DJ, Honey Bee Mei, Dune Buggy Bastion, Cruiser D.Va, Sentai Genji, Stealth Hanzo, Mecha Zarya, Cyborg 76, and more! We’ve also added dances for each hero, as well as 24 new voice lines, 25 sprays, and 25 player icons, including golden player icons.
The Anniversary event brings with it some new patch notes as well, which bring new options for custom games, some hero changes from the PTR for Genji, Hanzo, Orisa, Reaper, Reinhardt and Solider: 76. We also get to see out own final blows shown in the killfeed, as well as Mery rezzes and the usual bunch of bug fixes.
Josh Engen (source)
New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary
We’re raising our glasses to toast the 30 million heroes who have answered the call to join us in Overwatch! From now until June 12, players can collect more than 100 Anniversary-themed rewards, and play three new Arena maps in the Arcade—all in celebration of our first year fighting for the future together. Put on your finest skins and join us for the festivities!
For more information, click here.
New Standard Loot Box Items
In addition to the new items in the Overwatch Anniversary event, we’re also adding new goodies to our standard loot boxes. Sombra, Orisa, and Tracer are all getting brand new emotes, and Reaper picks up several new unlocks based on the infamous shrug from the recent Uprising comic.
Custom Games and Game Browser
Added new rules sets for 3v3 and 1v1 Elimination modes on the Arena maps Added options for Hero Lockout, Limited Hero Pool, Tiebreakers, and Hero Reveal for Elimination mode Players can now disable secondary fire and secondary weapons in Custom Games You can now disable one Symmetra ultimate while leaving the other active
Recoil Recovery Aim Compensation can now be disabled for Ana, McCree, and Widowmaker. The option can be found under the “Control” tab in the “Options” menu. Simply select the appropriate hero under the dropdown menu and look for the “Hero” section
Developer Comments: By default, weapon recoil recovery is overruled by downward crosshair movement. This means that downward movement during the weapon’s recoil recovery phase will override the weapon’s natural recoil recovery. This option allows you to remove this functionality, meaning a weapon’s natural recoil recovery movement acts independently from downward crosshair movement. In practice, this will make your crosshair move faster if you aim downward during the recoil recovery window.
Removed the attack delay from Genji's wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better.
Removed the attack cooldown from Hanzo’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing Storm Bow Increase charge speed by 10% Charged arrows now maintain their charge after climbing a wall, provided the button is continuously held
Developer Comments: Decreasing Hanzo’s draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. And, like the change to Genji’s wall climbing, this is a quality of life change that will make climbing feel better.
Fusion Driver Damage reduced by 9% Protective Barrier Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we’re reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier. This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed. To compensate for this new defensive strength, we're reducing her Fusion Driver's damage, as it felt too high.
Wraith Form Ammo is now entirely refilled when Wraith Form is used Developer Comments: Wraith Form is typically used as an escape ability after firing. This change gives Reaper a fighting chance if an enemy chases him down as he uses it.
Earthshatter Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can "climb" has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground. Developer Comments: Earthshatter tended to climb unexpectedly high, frequently hitting targets that were significantly above the ground. These changes help the ability stay more grounded.
Heavy Pulse Rifle Bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19 Developer Comments: Soldier: 76 is in a much better place lately, but his damage output was making him a must pick, compared to similar roles.
USER INTERFACE UPDATES
Your final blows are now highlighted by a white background in the Kill Feed Added new Kill Feed icons for environmental kills and a number of abilities Heroes resurrected by Mercy are now are now highlighted and color-coded in the Kill Feed Certain types of assists, like McCree’s Flashbang or Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord, now show up in the Kill Feed New Controller option: Force Keyboard/Mouse User Interface Developer Comments: When PC players switch from using the Keyboard/Mouse to a game controller, the game’s user interface is dynamically updated to the console/controller version. Additionally, the button layout on many heroes (like Hanzo, Zenyatta, and Mercy) is different on console. In the past, when a player chose to play using a controller and a mouse, the UI would constantly switch, depending on which device was sending information to the game. This new option allows players to set a default user interface if they choose to use a controller along with a keyboard/mouse.
Fixed an issue that prevented voice lines from being heard during the Play of the Game Fixed an issue causing shields to display the wrong team color during the Play of the Game Fixed a bug that caused high resolution screenshot captures to have visual issues Arcade
Fixed a bug causing the introduction before 1v1 Mystery Duels to be interrupted [PS4] Fixed a bug that allowed the edge of the skybox to be seen on some Capture the Flag maps Fixed an issue causing parties to be split between teams when joining a Custom Game as a group Fixed an audio bug in Elimination games that could cause the end of round music to end abruptly Fixed a bug in Custom games that caused parties to be evenly split between teams when they joined as a group
A.I. Fixed a bug that allowed bots to become stuck around the well on Ilios
Custom Game Browser A scroll bar has been added to the custom games settings window so players can see all changes if they extend below the screen Disabling Primary Fire will no longer disable secondary weapons for Mercy, D.Va, and Torbjorn Fixed a bug that prevented the cooldown modifier from functioning for Ana’s Sleep Dart Fixed a bug that caused some weapons to stop playing sound effects when “No Ammunition Requirement” was used Fixed a bug that caused parties to be split up between teams when joining a custom game
Competitive Play Fixed an issue that could prevent the 30 and 60-second audio callouts from being played at the end of a match Fixed a bug that prevented players from grouping based on skill rating restrictions during the off season
Heroes Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s healing and speed song auras to be inaccurately projected Fixed a bug that prevented Discord Orb from being removed when Mercy uses her Resurrect Ultimate Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Fortify from blocking the alternate fire from Lúcio’s Sonic Amplifier Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog's hook from pulling enemies into the reticle when the target was on higher ground Fixed a bug that prevented Orisa’s Protective Barrier from deploying in certain situations Fixed an issue that affected some graphics cards, causing an inaccurate ammo count to be displayed with Pharah’s Mechaqueen and Raptorion skins equipped Fixed a bug that could prevent two charging Reinhardts from being able to kill each other Fixed a bug that allowed Reinhardt to damage himself twice when charging a Fortified Orisa [XB1/PS4] Fixed a bug that caused Strike Commander Morrison’s coat to clip through his legs during the Push-ups emote Fixed a bug that prevented Winston’s Primal Rage ultimate from restoring his health when hit by Ana’s Biotic Grenade
Maps Fixed a bug that caused Tracer to move oddly when she first appeared in the tutorial Fixed an issue causing asymmetry between pillars on the Ruins capture point on Ilios Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Numbani Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach an unintended location on Route 66 Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar Previous patch notes (April 27th).
And the GOTY edition has also just been announced, along with a 20$ discount and a trailer!
There's never been a better time to become a hero of tomorrow. Join over 30 million players today and save big on Overwatch® and Overwatch®: Game of the Year Edition!
Suit up and save the world with the Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition. Released today at a special introductory price of $39.99 for PC, PlayStation® 4, and Xbox One, this digital bundle includes the full roster of Overwatch heroes, maps, and game features, as well as an arsenal of bonus content and Overwatch-themed goodies for several Blizzard Entertainment games.
[Overwatch] Bonus Loot Boxes: Enjoy 10 Standard Loot Boxes, each containing a collection of random items that can be used to customize your favorite heroes. Loot Boxes may include skins, emotes, victory poses, voice lines, sprays, portraits, and highlight intros, as well as credits you can use to unlock a variety of different customization options.
[Overwatch] Origins Skins: Pay homage to the original Overwatch strike force with vintage skins of Blackwatch Reyes for Reaper and Strike-Commander Morrison for Soldier: 76. Explore other heroes’ origins with Overgrown Bastion, Security Chief Pharah, and Slipstream Tracer.
[Diablo III] Mercy's Wings: Slay demonic forces throughout the High Heavens and Burning Hells while donning Mercy’s wings, and all of Sanctuary will know of your allegiance to Overwatch!
[StarCraft II] Player Portraits: These picture-perfect portraits of Tracer, Reaper, Pharah, Winston, Bastion, and Soldier: 76 give new meaning to the phrase "Hero of the Koprulu Sector."
[Hearthstone] Overwatch Card Back: If you happen to find yourself in a Tavern Brawl, show your opponent you’ve got backup with an Overwatch-themed card back.
[World of Warcraft] Baby Winston Pet: Adorably cuddly and highly intellectual, the Baby Winston pet will be at your side as you fight to extinguish the Burning Legion.
[Heroes of the Storm] Tracer Hero: The cavalry's here! Jump into the Nexus with Tracer and surprise your enemies in the blink of an eye.
But that’s not all! To celebrate one year of Overwatch, we're also taking a Rocket Hammer to our price tags, smashing 25%-50% off for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One for a limited time:
Overwatch - $39.99 $29.99 Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition - $59.99 $39.99 Upgrade from Overwatch to Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition: $19.99 $9.99 If you haven't yet had a chance to join the fight for the future (or if you happen to know a friend who's eager to escort the payload), then get ready to strike! This tactical opportunity ends at 11:59 PM PT on June 5.
*Pricing and timing may vary by retailer.
Previously unseen early hero concept art, Genji and Hanzo were one hero, Reaper and Tracer were from Titan, McCree's gun was from Half-Life and more.
The presumably final installment of IGN's "Hero Secrets" series where Jeff Kaplan tells us about early development weirdness is here and it focuses on Offense. In this edition we find out that Genji and Hanzo were originally 1 character with all those weapons they have, McCree's gun was Half-Life inspired, Reaper and Tracer were originally in Titan and more. The previous three episodes had some pretty interesting stuff on Support, Defense and Tanks, like Lucio's timestop ult, D.Va's buggyness, Bastion's many many ult variations and more - you can check them out here.
The video also has some previously unreleased early concept art for Pharah and Tracer as well:
We saw the early build secrets for the support heroes yesterday, including Lucio's timestop ult, and today it's time for the tanks and defense heroes to share their dirty laundry! Bastion has had the most ults in the game during development, including a mobile mine that he could trigger, which was apparently one of the worst and most hated ults in the game - so Bastion wasn't exactly popular back then either! It seems defense heroes (other than perhaps Junkrat) are generally the most disliked when used against you, with Mei and Hanzo probably standing at the top of that particular list, so definitely check out the stores about their early versions.
And then there's the tanks, with D.Va being the most buggy and problematic whenever anything changes in the game and Reinhardt having been a mech piloted by a little girl, which obviously later led to Orisa.
And in case you missed yesterday's support video, here it is as well: