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Blackheart's Tavern return with another interview with the voice of Zenyatta!
If you have not been following their series, Blackheart's Tavern previously talked to Senior Art Director Samwise Didier and Anjali Bhimani (Symmetra). Feodor Chin is the voice actor for Zenyatta from Overwatch! Jay also told us they've got Sombra and Roadhog coming!
Black Friday starts early this year: both versions of Overwatch have had their price reduced by half.
The free weekend, that is currently underway, is a great way to try out Overwatch. The added bonus is that if you like the game, you can currently buy it on a 50% discount from the Blizzard Shop!
The simple Overwatch edition is now at 19.99 USD/EUR and the Overwatch: Game of the Year edition is at 29.99 USD/EUR (PC only).
If you already have Overwatch and you want to upgrade to the Game of the Year edition, you can also do it at the reduced price of 10.00 USD/EUR. The discount on the upgrade is available on both PC and consoles.
The offer will last until November 27 at 11.59 p.m PST in the Americas and November 28 at 09;00 a.m. CET in Europe. Happy Black Friday!
Moira is here! The new patch also brings the PTR Ana damage boost, significant Mercy Resurrect and Valkyrie changes as well as some visual improvements for several heroes. These are all in addition to the usual bug fixes, this time focusing on bots, spectator mode as well as a bunch of hero and map fixes.
You can also check out or BlizzCon coverage for more details on the new hero here and here.
November 16 (source)
New Hero: Moira (Support):
Wielding both regenerative and degenerative technologies at her fingertips, Moira O’Deorain is Talon’s ambitious geneticist who seeks the knowledge to rewrite the building blocks of human life by any means necessary.
Moira’s cutting-edge capabilities make her a mobile healer and damage dealer capable of adapting to any situation. Her main attack is Biotic Grasp, which she can use to either heal allies or sap an enemy’s life force. Biotic Grasp’s primary fire sprays a cone of energy that heals all teammates within range, draining biotic energy while active, which will replenish slowly over time. Her alternate fire is a beam that tethers to enemies, dealing damage and siphoning health. Draining her foes’ health regenerates Moira’s biotic energy even faster, allowing more healing for her allies.
Her Biotic Orb ability launches a sphere of energy that bounces around the battlefield, healing nearby allies or damaging enemies until it dissipates. Fade enables Moira to disappear out of sight and sprint through the shadows, and makes her invulnerable for its duration. When Moira’s ultimate is ready to be unleashed, she can cast Coalescence—a powerful, long-range beam of chaotic energy that pierces through barriers to heal allies or damage enemies in its path.
To learn more about Moira, click here.
As with all new heroes, please note that Moira’s release in Competitive Play will be delayed by 1 week.
General Clicking the "leave game as group" checkbox will now remember your selection for future matches
Arcade One of the arcade slots will now change on a daily basis to include a variety of game modes such as Limited Duel, Low Gravity, and Capture the Flag
Biotic Rifle Damage increased from 60 to 70
Developer Comments: Ana has been outshined by other supports lately. Boosting her damage will help her defend herself and make her more threatening to the enemy team.
Lúcio now has an effect above his head to indicate which song he's playing in spectator mode
Caduceus Staff Increased visual readability of Mercy’s healing and damage boosting beams
Resurrect Cast time increased from 0 seconds to 1.75 seconds Mercy’s movement speed is now reduced by 75% while casting Can now be interrupted when Mercy is knocked back, stunned, or hacked Valkyrie While active, Resurrect no longer has a cast time While active, casting Resurrect does not reduce Mercy's movement speed
Developer Comments: We feel that Mercy’s recent rework has been successful, but her Resurrect ability still feels too strong and frustrating to play against. Now that it has a cast time, enemies are more able to counter the ability. However, Resurrect will cast instantly when Valkyrie is active. This should make her feel powerful when she transforms on the battlefield.
Barrier Projector Now displays a health bar
Developer Comments: This change will help both Winston’s allies and enemies know how much more damage his shield can absorb from oncoming attacks. USER INTERFACE
Made several visual adjustments to revamp the spectator mode HUD including an improved spectator mode UI, a new unit frame style, and an animated ultimate indicator BUG FIXES
Made several visual adjustments to revamp the spectator mode HUD including an improved spectator mode UI, a new unit frame style, and an animated ultimate indicator Fixed a bug that prevented players from adding spectators to a Deathmatch game from within the Custom Game lobby
Fixed a bug that prevented bots from respawning when they were moved to a different slot or team within the Custom Game lobby Fixed a bug that prevented the Sombra bot from hacking health packs Fixed an issue that affected the Bastion bot’s movement when defending Point A on Eichenwalde Fixed a bug that prevented bots from defending Point A on certain maps
Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s sidearm to emit a bright light when viewed in the Hero Gallery Fixed an issue that prevented Ganymede from making appropriate roadrunner noises when Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin was equipped Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s ultimate icon from displaying correctly when hacked by Sombra Fixed an issue causing Roadhog’s Chain Hook to latch on to enemy players for longer than intended Fixed an animation bug that caused Widowmaker’s knees to snap together when jumping Fixed an issue that caused the toy robot in Zarya’s Mystery Gift emote to inflate when she tore it apart Fixed an issue that prevented Junkrat’s RIP-Tire from casting properly while jumping
Fixed a bug that caused the incorrect stage of the map (e.g. Sanctum on Nepal) to be displayed during the hero selection phase when playing on Nepal and Lijiang Tower Fixed a bug that prevented the progress bar from displaying briefly when players reached checkpoints on Escort and Escort/Assault maps Fixed an issue that prevented the targeting UI on Doomfist’s Seismic Slam from functioning correctly when aiming at the spinning turbine blade near the last point of Junkertown Fixed a bug that caused some objects to uncharacteristically fly across the room when shot on Horizon Lunar Colony Previous patch notes.
The latest animated short revealed at BlizzCon is one of the best ones, and in today's video, cinematics director Ben Dai takes us through the creation of Reinhardt's Overwatch origin story.
And here's the actual short, in case you missed it or, more likely, just want to see it one more time!
Another free weekend is coming in a couple weeks' time! All 26 Heroes and 16 maps will be available, as well as a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade! Check out the full details and exact timing in all timezones:
November 17-20 (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 November 17–20, 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 26 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 November 17–20. 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 November 17 at 11:00 a.m. PT and end on November 20 at 11:59 p.m. 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 GMT on Nov 17
20:00 CET on Nov 17
22:00 MSK on Nov 17
11:00 a.m. PST on Nov 17
12:00 p.m. MST on Nov 17
1:00 p.m. CST on Nov 17
2:00 p.m. EST on Nov 17
3:00 p.m. AST on Nov 17
3:30 p.m. NST on Nov 17
5:00 p.m. BRST on Nov 17
3:00 a.m. SGT on Nov 18
4:00 a.m. AEDT on Nov 18
8:00 a.m. NZDT on Nov 18
3:00 a.m. CST on Nov 18
4:00 a.m. KST on Nov 18
4:00 a.m. JST on Nov 18
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 November 17, 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 November 17–20.
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 26 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.