Blainie

Tracer Pose To Be Removed After Being Called Too Sexual

Sign in to follow this  

30 posts in this topic

17454-tracer-pose-to-be-removed-after-be

A post over on the Overwatch forums has stirred up a huge amount of controversy, as well as disbelief, in the Overwatch community. Check out what's been happening with our favourite British Overwatch member!

 

The post was aimed at one of the poses for Tracer: "Over the shoulder". It seems the user in question believed that the pose sexualised Tracer to the extent that her young daughter, who looks up to Tracer and watches the Recall trailer every day, could no longer idolise this great character. You can read the full post here.

 

Our beloved Game Director responded at lightning speed, but for once, it may not have been the right thing to do. He stated that the pose will be replaced and apologised for having it in the game. You can check out his response here.

 

As always with these things, there was some backlash against this response, but it seems to be a rather overwhelming one. A petition is up on the Reddit forums asking for the pose to be kept in the game, with many good reasons being given as to why it should be there. The most overwhelmingly agreed upon is that, if a child is too young to see what is being considered as a sexual pose, then perhaps they are too young to be playing the game. There are numerous warnings about mature content within the game, as well as many other heroes that have far more "sexual" attributes.

 

I would thoroughly recommend reading through this mother's response to the drama over on the forums if you're hoping to get involved in the discussion. It shows the perspective of another mother who takes the opposing stance from the original post.

 

If you're looking for a slightly more light-hearted take on the matter, check out TotalBiscuit's satirical video on the topic.

 

What do you think? Should the pose be removed?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ban yoga! 

 

Hell, I think some of the men in Overwatch are too fit and muscular. I want everyone to be disproportionately ugly. 

 

kappa 

 

tongue.png

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ban yoga! 

 

Hell, I think some of the men in Overwatch are too fit and muscular. I want everyone to be disproportionately ugly. 

 

kappa 

 

tongue.png

 

Address the root of these problems! #BanSquats

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seems like a well thought out and fairly innocuous complaint where they're saying "Could you please not overtly sexualize this one female character?"

 

Blizzard thought it was a fair request.

 

Cue lots of Internet ranting and demands that all female characters be overtly sexualized from now until the end of time because [insert ill-thought out patricarhical and misogynist dogma here].

 

 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Absolutely NOT! I completely agree with the idea that if something in a game can be considered too sexual, that child shouldn't be playing that game. On one hand, kudos to mom for paying attention to her child's interest and making sure her child doesn't play anything inappropriate. But on the other hand, I don't think game designers should have to change anything about their game to fit the demands of the parents. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Seems like a well thought out and fairly innocuous complaint where they're saying "Could you please not overtly sexualize this one female character?"

 

Blizzard thought it was a fair request.

 

Cue lots of Internet ranting and demands that all female characters be overtly sexualized from now until the end of time because [insert ill-thought out patricarhical and misogynist dogma here].

 

This specific pose is found on multiple other characters, even with similar names. It looks like it was a template that was plastered onto Tracer to give her another pose. If it isn't an issue with Symmetra and Widowmaker, why is it with Tracer? I understand the argument of it not fitting the character, but how are we saying that it fits Symmetra's character? Why is it OK for D.va to be lying on her robot with her chest sticking out? Why is it OK for Zarya to have her pose with her crotch thrust out?

 

I could understand if she was specifically making some form of sexual gesture, but Tracer is very simply looking over her shoulder. Her butt will be there regardless, it's part of her model. When you run past her, when you fight her, when you look at her in any other pose, she still has a butt.

  • Like 4

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey mom, how about you learn to fucking read and realize the game is RATED T FOR TEEN.  11 year olds are having sex these days are you honestly that stupid that you think this is an issue?  If your kid is below the rating then they shouldn't be playing games marketed for teenagers or adults in the first place.  People like you are what's ruining the world's entertainment with making everything politically correct.  Go watch desperate housewives and leave our games alone. 

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting. To a point, I can understand the mothers prospective. Children -are- very easily influenced. So yes, they  could easily pick up on habits of their hero.

But... Lets be real here. To me that pose, in the grand scheme of things, seems rather mild in the 'sexual' department. Matter of fact, I'm trying to wrap my mind around how a child, who would appear to have a mother who seemingly shelters them from everything remotely sexual, could possibly even see it as sexual. Like... how does the child even know what sexual is? Let alone acknowledge what a sexual pose looks like?

On top of that. We're playing a game. Where people are locked in an eternal loop of murdering one another. So... It's not okay for her to kinda sorta be in a sassy mild sexual pose, but it's okay for her to run around filling people full of lead... killing them.... killing them dead....

Until they respawn. That's how real life works too, right?

Kiiiiiiiiiinda seems priorities are a little mixed up here.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting. To a point, I can understand the mothers prospective. Children -are- very easily influenced. So yes, they  could easily pick up on habits of their hero.

But... Lets be real here. To me that pose, in the grand scheme of things, seems rather mild in the 'sexual' department. Matter of fact, I'm trying to wrap my mind around how a child, who would appear to have a mother who seemingly shelters them from everything remotely sexual, could possibly even see it as sexual. Like... how does the child even know what sexual is? Let alone acknowledge what a sexual pose looks like?

On top of that. We're playing a game. Where people are locked in an eternal loop of murdering one another. So... It's not okay for her to kinda sorta be in a sassy mild sexual pose, but it's okay for her to run around filling people full of lead... killing them.... killing them dead....

Until they respawn. That's how real life works too, right?

Kiiiiiiiiiinda seems priorities are a little mixed up here.

 

 

 

 

 

game is rated T not rated E aka if ur kid is too immature to play a T rated game before they are a T then dont let them play it simple

 

Edited by valler

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Ban yoga! 

 

Hell, I think some of the men in Overwatch are too fit and muscular. I want everyone to be disproportionately ugly. 

 

kappa 

 

tongue.png

 

Address the root of these problems! #BanSquats

 

laugh.png

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

game is rated T not rated E aka if ur kid is too immature to play a T rated game before they are a T then dont let them play it simple

Edited by valler
  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh please that butt of hers aint even that great anyway.

 

The pose really doesn´t strike me as being overly sexualized anyway. The spread legs might be what´s giving that illusion to some people now that I think about it. Close em and I suppose it´d be less suggestive /shrug

 

Tis a shame though that people are so anxious about the human body still. Killing people is all fine and dandy it would seem but even the slightest appearance  or perception of booties and boobies on a character is apparently enough for some people to see red.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh please that butt of hers aint even that great anyway.

 

The pose really doesn´t strike me as being overly sexualized anyway. The spread legs might be what´s giving that illusion to some people now that I think about it. Close em and I suppose it´d be less suggestive /shrug

 

Tis a shame though that people are so anxious about the human body still. Killing people is all fine and dandy it would seem but even the slightest appearance  or perception of booties and boobies on a character is apparently enough for some people to see red.

Exaaaaaaaactly.

Whelp, hopefully the kid never does a google image search of their hero. They'll learn all kinds of things Mother dearest doesn't like.

Edited by KookyQT

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

In short, it's just a biased take on the image of ONE character from ONE person. There could be hype, could be an outcry and if public says "yeah Tracer is way too oversexualised fix it PLEASE" Blizzard can justify actions. Because it would probably be healthier for the game design. And everybody win.

But it's not like that in this case. The fact character's image is something is defined by public, and frankly, we - the public - don't think so, right?

I mean, she is a girl. In a latex bodysuit. She is supposed to be like that.

I'd focus on actual game stuff if I was Blizzard, y'know. Sent some beta keys, patched some balance, worked with hardware so previous generation-PCs can run it.

But I'm not Blizzard, so let's durdle with ONE person that's not Ok with your game for no adequate reason.

If we talk the problem deeper, overall tendency of female characters' sexualisation may sometimes be present, but Overwatch and Blizzard games in general are not crossing my personal line.

There were elves in combat bras around me since I was 6. I grew up and it did not affect me in any harmful way - I oppose sexualisation, not consume or enforce it even though I am a supposed "target" of it. There are special products that can provide you enough for your interests, after all, don't mix-and-match.

I can't speak on the behalf of female community, but as a guy, I have no problem with girls looking good in my games up until wearing an armor that is practically useless thanks to open stomach or legs becomes normal. It just makes no freaking sense.

Edited by Paracel

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

But... Lets be real here. To me that pose, in the grand scheme of things, seems rather mild in the 'sexual' department. Matter of fact, I'm trying to wrap my mind around how a child, who would appear to have a mother who seemingly shelters them from everything remotely sexual, could possibly even see it as sexual. Like... how does the child even know what sexual is? Let alone acknowledge what a sexual pose looks like?

 

I feel like this is key to be honest. That pose is only really sexual if you're specifically looking in a sexual way, if that makes sense. Also, game is rated T for a reason.

 

Oh please that butt of hers aint even that great anyway.

 

The pose really doesn´t strike me as being overly sexualized anyway. The spread legs might be what´s giving that illusion to some people now that I think about it. Close em and I suppose it´d be less suggestive /shrug

 

Tis a shame though that people are so anxious about the human body still. Killing people is all fine and dandy it would seem but even the slightest appearance  or perception of booties and boobies on a character is apparently enough for some people to see red.

 

Key point of discussion right here. Her butt just AINT that great. Thing is, if you compare her pose to quite a few others (Symmetra, Widowmaker), it really doesn't seem that out of place.

 

Yeah, I think I said this a few times on Twitter. I don't understand why the butt of Tracer matters when she is standing next to a guy in victory who, 20 seconds ago, got play of the game where he slaughters 5 people with a hammer and crushes one of them against a wall.

 

I mean, she is a girl. In a latex bodysuit. She is supposed to be like that.

 

 

I think Michele Morrow brought this up on Twitter. Someone called out Blizzard on the attire and she rightly said that there are plenty of runners on the streets, which, judging by her attire, Tracer is a sprinter of sorts, and we seem to accept that fine. Are we meant to completely change her skin? Have we forgotten the Widowmaker skin where you can very clearly see up her skirt? The bare legs of Symmetra?

 

The game has been in beta for a long time now and this is the first complaint I have heard about that pose. 

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If this kid thinks the pose is sexual then don't take him to the beach! Lots of the same poses there lol, then there is no one to look up for anymore...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cue lots of Internet ranting and demands that all female characters be overtly sexualized from now until the end of time because [insert ill-thought out patricarhical and misogynist dogma here].

 

It's a shot from behind of her looking over her shoulder. She's not bending over. She's not sticking her ass out. Her back isn't arched to show off said butt. There's nothing overtly sexual about except that it shows her butt, which is visible because she's in futuristic tights. I personally didn't read it as overtly sexual. Plus, this is an optional pose. You can change it if you don't like it.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Honestly its crap like this that has made me stop playing the beta , i have already preordered the game , but depending on the state of t he game during the open beta ..i will get a refund, as it stands its a great game and loads of fun , but Blizz is giving in to too many people who just want to whine and not play a game the way blizz designed it to be played.

 

Honeslty, people just need to grow the frak up , its an adult character in an adult/teen game, who honesty is not being sexualized any worse than any chick you see on almost any tv show  or any chick you see running /walk in public now days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Honeslty, people just need to grow the frak up , its an adult character in an adult/teen game, who honesty is not being sexualized any worse than any chick you see on almost any tv show  or any chick you see running /walk in public now days.

I know right? Some celebrities are cute and funny when they perform shows for children and teenagers (not gonna mention any names **cough** Ariana Grande **cough**) and no one is removing them from Music or Movie business, but Tracer's pose is sexualized...

Edited by mnime

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kinda reminds me of Eminem's song, The Real Slim Shady, I'm not a fan of eminem but he killed it...

 

Explicit Centent :

Sometimes, I wanna get on TV and just let loose, but can't

But it's cool for Tom Green to hump a dead moose

"My bum is on your lips, my bum is on your lips"

And if I'm lucky, you might just give it a little kiss
And that's the message that we deliver to little kids
And expect them not to know what a woman's clitoris is

 

The discovery channel, MTV is not sexualized but Tracer's pose is.

The mom should start posting on some shows' forums instead.

Edited by mnime

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have no words to describe this BS Blizzard is doing by caving in for one person. There's so much violence happening in Overwatch that Tracer's pose is the least of their problems if we really put it this way. I mean, so many websites have put this story up on their news panels that it's actually becoming some sort of phenomenon. Even TotalBiscuit made a satirical video about it, that's how funny and idiotic this thing is.

Why don't they remove all the Blood Elf Females then from WoW? Or all the Draenei Females? Once you get their gear off it becomes some sort of cheap softcore erotic movie.

 

L.E.: To answer the question: No they shouldn't remove the pose.

Edited by sys01
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Starym

       
      The big Mercy and D.Va changes, with new abilities and changed Ults have gone live as well as the new Junkertown map! We also get some Mystery Heroes Arcade mode changes, a new Reinhardt camera option for when the shield is up, and the usual big amount of bug fixes!
      September 19 (source)
      PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

      New Escort Map: Junkertown

      Junkertown is located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback. Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it's now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen. When they aren’t pillaging the omnium's skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches... and to survive.
       
      GENERAL UPDATES

      General
      [XB1] Players whose Xbox Live reputation has been downgraded to "Avoid Me"
      will remain in the same matchmaking pool as other Overwatch players. Howevers, they will no longer be able to use the in-game voice communication

      Mystery Heroes Players will no longer see the Assemble Your Team screen at the beginning of a game Players who purposefully kill themselves will no longer respawn as a new hero. However, their Ultimate ability will reset and anything that’s been placed (i.e. Torbjörn’s turret) will despawn Players will no longer be respawned as the same hero These changes also apply to any custom games where the “Respawn as Random Hero” option has been enabled.

      User Interface Updates The skull icons that indicate where teammates were killed throughout the map have been replaced with hero portrait icons Third person camera view will now frame the action automatically when spectating or waiting to respawn  
      HERO UPDATES

      D.Va
      Micro Missiles (New Ability) D.Va fires a barrage of small rockets that detonate on impact, dealing damage in a limited radius around each explosion. These can be fired while D.Va is using any other ability or firing her Fusion Cannons Defense Matrix Defense Matrix's resource meter will now deplete twice as quickly Energy regeneration per second has been increased to 12.5% (formerly 10%) Boosters Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying

      Developer Comments: D.Va’s Defense Matrix uptime has proven to be too strong, but simply reducing it without making other changes would make her too weak (and far less interesting to play). Instead, we’re adding a new ability and giving her the ability to fire while flying. These changes give D.Va new options while maintaining Defense Matrix’s ability to shut down big enemy attacks.

      Mercy Resurrect (Formerly Mercy's Ultimate ability) Ability now targets a single player, instead of every player within a radius Radius reduced to 5 meters Ability cooldown is 30 seconds Mercy is no longer granted invulnerability while Resurrect is active   Valkyrie (New Ultimate Ability) Valkyrie unleashes the full power of Mercy’s Valkyrie suit, enhancing her weapons and abilities for 20 seconds Caduceus Staff: Mercy's healing and damage boosts beams now affect all allies near the targeted teammate, and the staff's effective range has been extended Caduceus Blaster: Now has infinite ammo and increased projectile speed Guardian Angel: Increased range and movement speed Resurrect: Cooldown is instantly reset when Valkyrie is activated and reduced to 10s after the initial cast Hover: Mercy gains the ability to fly freely, at increased movement speed Regeneration (Passive): No longer interrupted when Mercy takes damage

      Developer Comments: While resurrecting downed allies is a core part of Mercy’s gameplay, the way her Ultimate functioned was causing a number of problems. It was frustrating to play against, and it incentivized Mercy players to hide away from important battles, instead of taking part in them. This version turns Resurrect into a single target ability. It’s still an important part of Mercy’s kit, but plays much better for both Mercy players and her enemies. Valkyrie, her new Ultimate, gives her the opportunity for big game-making plays and opens a number of new options for her.

      Reinhardt Barrier Field Holding primary fire while your shield is active now allows you to rotate the camera
      Developer Comments: This change gives Reinhardt more situational awareness while using his shield, allowing him to keep an eye on the battlefield while still protecting his team. A new “Movement Relative to Camera During Barrier Free Look” option can be found under Settings > Controls. Simply select “Reinhardt” from the dropdown menu. This allows players to change the way Reinhardt moves when Barrier Shield is active and players are controlling the third-person camera movement  
      BUG FIXES

      General
      Fixed a bug that caused Custom Reticles to appear transparent and ignore opacity settings when their thickness was set to 1 Fixed a bug that caused Control matches to be played in a best-of-five format when creating a custom game using the Competitive preset Fixed a bug that prevented players from requesting a highlight while viewing a killcam after being killed Fixed a bug that prevented voice lines from playing after players received five votes on a commendation card at the end of a match Fixed an issue that prevented players from automatically joining Match Chat, even when the option was enabled Fixed a bug that prevented players from receiving the Perfect Round indicator after an Elimination game if they received a temporary health boost from an ability (e.g. Lúcio’s Sound Barrier) Fixed a bug that caused the “Aim Ease In” setting to affect controller input too aggressively when the thumbstick was deflected diagonally

      Deathmatch Fixed an issue that prevented the entire Team Deathmatch description from being displayed in the info section Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the incorrect announcer VO to play in highlights captured during Deathmatch games Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to destroy his own Steel Traps with Concussion Mines

      Heroes Fixed a bug that occasionally caused the heroes’ “sigh” voice line to play when respawning Fixed a bug that interrupted the animation on Ana’s eye during the Beach Ball emote with her Captain Amari skin equipped Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist from being knocked back when his Rocket Punch ability was being used Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Rocket Punch to hit players through the taxi on King’s Row Fixed a bug that caused a pair of pink fuzzy dice to mysteriously float onto the screen when viewing D.Va’s weapon in the Hero Gallery if her Cruiser skin was equipped Fixed an issue that caused the golden tint of Junkrat’s weapon to appear dull when his Firework skin was equipped Fixed a bug that gave Junkrat’s RIP-Tire a speed boost when players wall jumped on ledges Fixed a bug that occasionally caused Mei’s Ice Wall to launch players into the air Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Ultimate to appear friendly (it failed to change from blue to red) after being reflected by Genji Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s Chain Hook icon from being displayed in the kill feed when it caused an environmental kill Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Photon Barrier to indicate a 10-second cooldown when the red “cannot use” icon was active Using D.Va's melee attack no longer cancels Micro Missile barrage D.Va's Micro Missiles are now interrupted by stuns, knockbacks, and other crowd-control effects Mercy’s Resurrect is no longer blocked by Steel Trap or Graviton Surge Mercy is no longer able to use Valkyrie to escape Graviton Surge and Steel Traps

      Maps Fixed a bug on Ecopoint: Antarctica that could cause a crate to block your view of heroes during the winning team lineup Fixed a bug that allowed Reaper to reach unintended locations on Castillo Fixed a bug that allowed some heroes to reach unintended locations on Horizon Lunar Colony Fixed a bug that prevented reflections from appearing on weapons while standing in certain areas on Ilios Fixed a bug that caused jump pads to bounce players higher than intended on Oasis Fixed a lighting issue that caused some items on the last point of Route 66 to take on a pinkish hue when players used low video settings Fixed an issue that caused reflections to appear overly dark while players were standing in areas of the Cave Inn on Route 66 Fixed an issue that caused excessive camera zoom and flashing lights when players loaded into the tutorial map Fixed a bug that prevented plated railings from being properly destroyed by weapons fire on Volskaya Industries Fixed a bug that allowed players to reach unintended locations on Watchpoint: Gibraltar

      User Interface Removed the “Healing Prevented” statistic from Ana’s career profile page Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Rocket Punch UI to occasionally remain visible when respawning Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from accurately targeting moving objects, causing Doomfist to land in unintended locations August 29th Patch Notes.
    • By Starym

       
      There's another chance to try out Overwatch coming next weekend, on all platforms! September 22nd to the 25th will host the free Overwatch weekend and you should really check it out, even if you already have, as there have been many additions to the game since the last free weekend, both in terms of heroes, maps and quite a lot of existing hero reworks. We'll even have the new Junkertown map to play with, which comes out that same week!
      Free Weekend (source)
      Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance.
      From September 22–25, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!
      For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.
      Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on.
      For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!
      Deployment Schedule Installation and Play Instructions Free Weekend FAQ
      The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from September 22–25. PlayStation 4 owners with a PlayStation Plus membership, Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold membership, and Windows PC users with a Battle.net account will be able to download and play Overwatch for FREE during this period—no special keys or sign-up codes needed!
      The free period will begin on September 22 at 11am PT and end on September 25 at 11:59pm PT in all participating regions across all platforms. If you'd like to see when the weekend will go live in your region, check out the guides below. For additional time zone assistance, please visit timezoneconverter.com.  
       

       
      EUROPE: THE AMERICAS: ASIA: 19:00 BST on Sept 22
      20:00 CEST on Sept 22
      21:00 MSK on Sept 22
      11:00 a.m. PDT on Sep 22
      12:00 p.m. MDT on Sept 22
      1:00 p.m. CDT on Sept 22
      1:00 p.m. AST on Sept 22
      2:00 p.m. EDT on Sept 22
      3:00 p.m. BRT on Sept 22
      3:30 p.m. NDT on Sept 22
      2:00 a.m. SGT on Sept 23
      4:00 a.m. AEST on Sept  23
      6:00 a.m. NZDT on Sept 23
      2:00 a.m. CST on Sept 23
      3:00 a.m. KST on Sept 23
      3:00 a.m. JST on Sept 23
      The Overwatch Free Weekend may not be available on all platforms in all regions. See our FAQ for details.
       

      Before your watch can begin, you'll first need to install Overwatch on your chosen platform. Every platform is a little different—to install and play on September 22, please follow the instructions below.
      FOR WINDOWS PC:
      Step 1: Download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, if you haven't already, and launch it.
      Step 2: Create a FREE Blizzard account, or log in with an existing account. 
      Step 3: Click the "Overwatch" icon, located on the left-hand side of the Blizzard desktop app.
      Step 4: Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click "Install" to begin the installation process.
      Step 5: Once installed, click "Play" to begin!
      FOR PLAYSTATION 4:
      Step 1: Turn on your PlayStation 4 and log in to your preferred local user. 
      Step 2: Go to PlayStation Store and select "Search" from the top menu. 
      Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
      Step 4: Select "Overwatch Free Weekend" from the search results and then click "Download."
      Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Start" to begin!
      FOR XBOX ONE:
      Step 1: Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account.
      Step 2: Go to the Xbox One Store, then select "Search."
      Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
      Step 4: Select "Overwatch: Origins Edition" from the search results and then click "Free Trial."
      Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Launch" to begin!
      The Overwatch Free Weekend client will be available for download from September 22–25. 

      Q. In what regions is the Free Weekend available?
      A. The Free Weekend will be offered in all regions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On PC, it will only be available in our Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions—excluding Korea. For more information on which countries are associated with each of our Blizzard gameplay regions, click here.
      Q. What game content will be available during the Free Weekend?
      A. During the Free Weekend, players will have access to Overwatch's full roster of heroes, maps, and a selection of features—including Quick Play, Custom Games, the Arcade, and Loot Boxes.
      Q. How many heroes are available in Overwatch?
      A. There are 25 heroes available to play in Overwatch! To learn more about these heroes, click here.
      Q. How many maps are available in Overwatch?
      A. There are 4 different game modes and 16 different maps available in Overwatch!
      Assault: Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries Escort: Dorado, Junkertown, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar Assault/Escort Hybrid: Eichenwalde, Hollywood, King's Row, and Numbani Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, and Oasis Q. How many players does each mode support?
      A. Quick Play maps supports 12 players in a 6v6 format. The Arcade features alternate games modes and maps that support players in a 1v1, 3v3, 6v6, and free-for-all formats. 
      Q. What different play modes are available in Overwatch during the Free Weekend?
      A. There are a variety of ways to play Overwatch during the Free Weekend! 
      Quick Play: Jump into a game against other players of similar skill. Play vs. AI: Hone your skills against a team of AI-controlled heroes. Custom Game: Customize the rules and play a game with your friends or AI. The Arcade: Change things up with alternate games modes featuring different rules sets and restrictions. Players can also learn the ropes in a series of training modes: Tutorial, Practice Range, and Practice vs. AI.
      Q. Do I need Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to participate in the Free Weekend?
      A. Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are required to play during the Free Weekend. 
      Q. What languages are supported during Free Weekend?
      A. The Free Weekend will be supported in 13 languages across all platforms: English, French, German, Polish, Italian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.
      Q. Will my progress from the Free Weekend carry over if I purchase Overwatch  later?
      A. Yes. Any progression you earn, including levels as well as skins and other items you get from Loot Boxes, will carry over to the full game if you purchase Overwatch® Game of the Year Edition on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 or any version of Overwatch on PC—just be sure you purchase the game on the same account you played on during this free weekend.
      Your stats will also be retained. (Trophies and achievements, however, have been disabled for the Free Weekend.)
      Q. Will PC and console gamers be able to play together during the Free Weekend?
      A: No, cross-platform play is not available in Overwatch. 
      Q. Will there be any sort of maintenance planned during the Free Weekend?
      A. There's no downtime or maintenance currently planned for the Free Weekend. If this plan changes at any point, we'll be sure to provide information about major service interruptions in the official forums. For additional status updates, be sure to follow @PlayOverwatch on Twitter.
    • By Starym

       
      The brand new map is coming on 19.09.2017 and it's bringing a lot of junk with it, as we've already seen in the gamescom announcement. Today we're getting  better look at the map itself and the design process behind the scenes for it, featuring Jeff Kaplan and the OW devs! 
       
    • By Zadina

      Roadhog gives us a glimpse into Junkertown!
      The latest Overwatch digital comic offers some insight on Mako Rutledge, aka Roadhog. The silent outlaw is more sensible and practical than his looks indicate, although admittedly he seems to enjoy his crazy lifestyle.
      In the comic, we witness his (probably) first meeting with his partner in crime, Junkrat. Therefore, chronologically the comic takes place exactly before the animated short. We also get an inside look into Junkertown, the upcoming escort map. Lastly, Roadhog proves that he does talk through time to time!

      You can read "Wasted Land" here or you can enjoy it through the Madefire motion book.
    • By Starym

       
      The animated shorts have been one of the many highlights of Overwatch, and certainly the highlight of the out of game content. Today Blizzard give us a look into the making of one of these great pieces of lore and entertainment, specifically the latest one featuring Mei.