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Here are the patch notes for the big Blizzard World/cosmetics update today, with two small fixes featuring the career profile and Junkrat traps and mines.
January 23 (source)
New Assault/Escort Map: Blizzard World
Relive where you took your first steps in Azeroth, where you confronted the Lord of Terror, and where you spawned your first zerg rush—all of these epic memories come together on Overwatch’s newest Assault/Escort hybrid map, Blizzard World! This theme park brings the magic of Blizzard’s many worlds into one place so your most epic memories can come to life as you attack and defend the payload across Azeroth, Tristram, and the Koprulu Sector.
The Blizzard World map will be disabled in Competitive Play until the start of Season 9. It will be available in Quick Play and Custom Games starting today.
Starting now, loot boxes have been infused with over 100 cosmetics inspired by Blizzard World, Overwatch animated shorts, and more! Collect new legendary skins, including: Barbarian Zarya, Black Cat D.Va, Crusader Reinhardt, Ecopoint: Antarctica Mei, Kabuki Hanzo, and emotes such as Mercy’s Parasol, Sombra’s Marioneta, and Tracer’s Bomb Spin. Additionally, players will discover new highlight intros like Bastion’s Reconfigure, Soldier: 76’s Lights Out, Winston’s Roll, and many more.
Fixed a bug that caused weapon accuracy on the career profile to be displayed as 100%
Heroes Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Concussive Mine and Steel Trap to disappear if he placed them before using RIP-Tire Previous live patch notes.
The big patch has arrived and Overwatches 22nd map is here! We also get a huge amount of new cosmetics in standard loot boxes, which we previewed here. The big Mercy and Junkrat changes from the PTR won't be going live today, but will be arriving shortly, as Jeff Kaplan mentioned on the forums.
There also seem to be some server issues connected to the patch launch:
100+ new cosmetic items!
Today's the day the new cosmetics that will drop from regular, non-event loot boxes arrive and Blizzard have most of them rounded up! Check back later today for the patch notes, and we already know the announced PTR Mercy and Junkrat changes will NOT be part of the patch, but will arrive soon after it, as per Jeff Kaplan.
January 23 (source)
New year, new gear!
We're expanding our core cosmetics collection to include over 100 new items—including skins, sprays, player icons, emotes, and more—for all 26 heroes. And, starting January 23, you’ll be able to earn these cosmetics in standard Loot Boxes as well as unlock them via the Hero Gallery all year round.
We've already announced a few of the items included in this update at BlizzCon 2017, but there's so much more to share! Leading up to the official release next week, we'll be unveiling new cosmetics each day for the next six days. Check out the galleries below to see what's already been revealed, and be sure to visit this page daily for a first look at some of the newest collectibles coming soon.
New Player Icons New Emotes New Sprays New Skins New Highlight Intros
Which cosmetics are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!
Keep your eye on this page for more reveals, and don’t forget to join us for the official launch of this update on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on January 23.
The Overwatch League has arrived and it's a huge hit, which is perhaps unsurprising, as the game itself now boasts over 35 million players. The 12 matches of the first week in "the world's first major global city-based professional esports league" had the 10 million viewers number spread over Twitch, MLG and a number of Chinese streaming services such as NetEase CC, Panda TV and ZhanQi TV, according to the announcement by Activision. The week peaked at 437,000 concurrent viewers (for the Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty matchup), with opening day seeing an average of 408,000 viewers per minute and the whole thing ending up averaging 280,000 per minute (and these numbers only featured Twitch and MLG stats).
Blizzard also mentioned that these figures were of unique devices tuning in to the action, so the actual viewership numbers were probably even higher. We also found out that Blizzard's LA arena was sold out for the entire week, as fans gathered to watch the matches together.
With the regular season running through June and the playoffs coming in July, it seems Blizzard have another fan-favorite esports viewing experience on their hands, but subsequent weeks will show whether it can hold up to this massive start.
To go with the news, here are some highlights from this first week of the competition:
And if you're craving more, here are some clips PCGamer has rounded up as well.
You can also check out the current standings and more on the official site, and you can read our own Mournflakes' analysis of week one right here as well.
Sources: gamesindustry.biz, PCGamer, VG247.
Over 100 new cosmetic items will be added to the game with next week's patch and they will be progressively revealed over the next 6 days.
We already know that the Blizzard World patch, which will contain the new hybrid map and several collectible stuff, will be released on January 23. For the next six days, all the new cosmetic items will be revealed day-by-day leading up to the patch's release.
Today's reveal are the new sprays:
We've already previewed the upcoming Legendary Skins for Doomfist, Mei, Orisa, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Torbjorn, Widowmaker and Zarya that were revealed at BlizzCon.
You can also check this page on the official site to view the new players icons. Keep going back to that page or to the official Overwatch Twitter account for the next six days to see all the new cosmetics!