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Wildcard24 makes some great WoW-themed skins for OW, as well as some SC and Diablo ones! As usual Rein and Reaper win.
As you can see from the image above, wildcard24 really knocked it out of the park on these skins, making us yearn for some Blizzard-game themed events to come to Overwatch so we can see something like them. And there's a special one for everyone's favorite in WoW/maybe not so favorite in OW - Leeroy Genji:
He even got the usual pattern of official event skin priority right: Reinhardt must have the very best one, and then the rest can be whatever, with one or two standouts (in this instance Pharah and Junkrat). He also made some options for other Blizz games:
Seriously, look at that Reaper and Zarya! We need to get this Blizzard-games event thing happening right away! Definitely check out the rest of wildcard24's art here.
A new PTR is underway and the previously announced big Bastion changes are there, but it also brings a lot of other Hero additions, most notably to Merc's ressurection and the server browser! A lot of abilities also get the option to tune their individual targeting sensitivity.
February 7 (source)
New Feature: Server Browser
Starting today, every player can create their own, unique Overwatch experience and share it with their friends, their teammates, or the entire world. Introducing the Server Browser.
An extension of Overwatch's Custom Game mode, the Server Browser allows you to adjust the settings on various maps, modes, and heroes, creating your own tailor-made server. If, for example, you want to increase Pharah’s missile speed or remove the cooldown from McCree's Combat Roll, the power is yours. Once you're happy with your settings and you're ready to launch your game, you'll need to set up the permissions. You can limit the number of people who can join your game by toggling the "Friends Only" or "Invite Only" options, but if you want to put your strange creation to the real test, set your server to "Public" and click the launch button.
The Server Browser is currently being tested, so we'll be making changes throughout the PTR. Thank you for helping us test the feature, and we're excited to see what you make of it.
New Mode: Capture the Flag
Capture the Rooster has been, without a doubt, Overwatch’s most popular brawl. We don’t want that excitement to end, so we’re bringing Capture the Flag to the Arcade as an ongoing game mode. Starting today, we’re adding Capture-the-Flag versions of Nepal, Lijiang Tower, Ilios, and Oasis, which gives you 12 maps to try when creating a Custom Game.
New Hero Option: Nano Boost Sensitivity Allows players to adjust Nano Boost’s targeting sensitivity Bastion
Configuration: Sentry Deploy time decreased from 1.5 seconds to 1.0 second Bullet spread increased by 50 percent Bullet spread is always at maximum (it no longer increases as the weapon is fired) Magazine size increased from 200 to 300 Headshot damage multiplier has been removed No longer deals critical damage Configuration: Recon Bullet spread decreased by 25 percent Magazine size increased from 20 to 25 Self-Repair Can now be used while moving Now bound to secondary fire (formerly Ability 2) No longer interrupted by taking damage A new resource meter has been added that deplete while Self-Repair is active and recharges when not in use Configuration: Tank No longer grants bonus armor Bastion has a new passive: Ironclad Bastion takes 35% less damage while in Sentry or Tank configuration Developer Comments: The goal of these changes is to move some of Bastion's power from Configuration: Sentry to Recon, while keeping its sentry mode a strong option, especially versus tanks and barriers. Overall, Bastion should feel stronger and more flexible with these changes.
Defense Matrix Projectiles (like Roadhog’s Chain Hook or Tracer’s Pulse Bomb) no longer need to travel a minimum distance before they can be blocked Developer Comments: Previously, there was a minimum distance a projectile had to travel before it could be destroyed by Defense Matrix. This made it nearly worthless in situations where an enemy was right next to your teammate, such as when Roadhog hooks your ally. This change removes that restriction so Defense Matrix should now reliably destroy projectiles regardless of how far they have traveled.
Cryo-Freeze Mei can now be targeted by allies while in Cryo-Freeze Mercy
Resurrect While performing a resurrection, Mercy now becomes temporarily invulnerable along with the allies being revived Caduceus Staff Zenyatta can no longer be targeted when Transcendence is active New Hero Option: Guardian Angel Sensitivity Allows players to adjust Guardian Angel’s targeting sensitivity New Hero Option: Beam Sensitivity Allows players to adjust targeting sensitivity on Mercy’s Caduceus Staff beams Developer Comments: Mercy’s Resurrect has always been very powerful, but it often forces her to sacrifice herself to use it well. There have been changes in the past that attempted to help her in this area, but haven’t done enough to solve it. This change means that once she uses the ability, she will always survive long enough to be with her team again.
New Hero Option: Hack Sensitivity Allows players to adjust the targeting sensitivity on Sombra’s Hack ability Torbjörn
Rivet Gun Ammo is now loaded earlier in the reload animation Widowmaker
New Hero Option: Grappling Hook Sensitivity Allows players to adjust Grappling Hook’s targeting sensitivity Zarya
New Hero Option: Projected Barrier Sensitivity Allows players to adjust Projected Barrier’s targeting sensitivity Zenyatta
New Hero Option: Harmony Orb Sensitivity Allows players to adjust Harmony Orb’s targeting sensitivity New Hero Option: Discord Orb Sensitivity Allows players to adjust Discord Orb’s targeting sensitivity MAP BALANCE CHANGES
A second gate no longer closes after the payload passes through the castle doors. Instead, rubble from the damaged doorway partially blocks the entrance. Developer Comments: Once the offensive team gets through the castle entrance, the map becomes very heavily stacked in the defense’s favor. This change will give the offense more entrance options, which should improve the map’s overall balance.
Fixed an issue preventing key bindings on the communication wheel from displaying properly Fixed a bug causing some key bindings to revert to default after the first round of a Control map Fixed a bug that allowed commendation cards to be recalculated and transferred to a new player after the previous recipient left at the end of a round Fixed a bug that caused the “experience gained” audio effects to continue playing, even after the players left the game lobby Environmental damage to barriers no longer counts toward the "Damage Blocked" statistic Competitive Play
Fixed a bug preventing “60 seconds remaining” and “30 seconds remaining” voice lines from playing during the second round of a match Heroes
Fixed a bug preventing Lucio’s “Sound Barriers Provided” statistic from being properly calculated Fixed a bug preventing Reinhardt’s shield from displaying cracks at low health with the Wujing skin equipped Fixed a bug that allowed Roadhog to turn freely while pulling a hooked target Fixed an issue that allowed Sombra’s Translocator to become stuck in the air Fixed a bug preventing Tracer’s ”Clock’s Tickin’’ spray from matching the thumbnail in the Hero Gallery Maps
Torbjörn can now construct turrets on the stairs in Oasis Fixed an issue that caused Highlight Intros to clip into the roof of a building on Lijang Tower
Bastion to get a bit of an overhaul, aiming to make him more mobile and tough at the same time.
It seems everyone's favorite out-of-game, least favorite in-game Hero is getting a bit of a revamp. Bastion has been considered both OP, no-skill and completely useless at the same time, but he is rarely used in top-end team comps in tournaments. Meanwhile, as a character in the Overwatch universe, he's won everyone's hearts and circuit boards, mainly with this:
Lead designer Geoff Goodman took to the forums to respond to the "Can the developers address Bastion?" thread and explained some complex changes that will be coming to the Hero on the PTR soon. The changes try to make him a bit more tough and mobile, making his self-repair a key part of the playstyle.
Geoff Goodman (source)
Here are some high level stuff we're likely to have testable in the next PTR:
Recon Mode - Lowered spread and increased magazine size, to help with general viability in this mode.
Sentry Mode - We're looking at focusing this mode into more of a tank-buster and barrier-buster mode, while also making it feel less suicidal to be transformed. To that end we're testing stuff like increased spread and removing headshots, but taking less damage while transformed.
Self-Repair - We've been testing a few big changes to this that are feeling really good so far. Currently our internal build has Bastion able to use Self-Repair while moving and also having it no longer interrupted when taking damage. To balance that out it is now on a resource system (similar to the route D.Va's defense matrix went). These changes have turned this ability from a more niche rarely used ability, to a much more powerful and core survivability tool.
We're still testing and tweaking things with Bastion but we'll hopefully have a PTR build coming fairly soon so you guys can try it out!
It's here! The Year of the Rooster/Lunar/Chinese New Year begins and we get new skins and, more importantly, a Capture the flag game mode! It's a Brawl and Jeff Kaplan took time to explain it in detail in a new dev update video below. You can also check out the amazing "Winston's Journey to the West tapestry at the bottom of the post. We also have a gallery of all the skins on our facebook page.
Gather your family and friends, heroes, and get ready to ring in the Year of the Rooster!
Overwatch's Lunar New Year celebrations have begun and we hope this seasonal event brings you happiness, prosperity, and (most importantly) lots of fun. For the next three weeks, players will have the chance to collect over 100 commemorative cosmetic items, enjoy a firefight beneath some fireworks on Lijiang Tower, and work together to capture the flag in Overwatch's newest brawl mode.
Good Luck and Great Fortune Await
Starting today, our customaryLoot Boxes have been replaced with our lucky Lunar Loot Boxes—and they’re packed with one heck of a (primal) punch, including new skins like Palanquin D.Va and Wukong Winston!
As with previous events, Lunar Loot Boxes can be earned or purchased, and each will contain at least one item from our Year of the Rooster collection—including player icons, sprays, victory poses, emotes, highlight intros, skins, and more. While the contents of each seasonal Loot Box are random, you can unlock a variety of these customization options in the Hero Gallery for credits throughout the event’s duration.
Once you've unlocked an item, it will be yours forever, which means you can celebrate the Year of the Rooster all year-round. The collection will return to the vault on February 13, however, so be sure to fire up your favorite gaming machine and see what good fortune might await before it’s too late!
Capture the Rooster
No event would be complete without a first-class brawl, and for the Year of the Rooster we took a cue from tradition and are introducing an Overwatch take on a true competitive gaming staple: Capture the Flag.
In Capture the Rooster, teams will face off on Lijiang Tower, attempting to secure the enemy flag while the opposing team does the same. In this fast-paced brawl, players will need to get creative with their team compositions as they attempt to construct a lineup that’s built for offensive speed and defensive stability.
Let the Celebration Begin
We’ll also be ringing in the Lunar New Year over on our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for some extra luck—and don't forget to keep an eye on playoverwatch.com to stay up to date with the latest game news!
Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster is live RIGHT NOW on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. We wish you every success this season and can’t wait to see you in-game!
To celebrate Lunar New Year, we're settling in for a bedtime story beloved by people around the world—and at least one imaginative young ape from the moon. Captured in a breathtaking tapestry illustrated by SHISHIO, Winston's Journey to the West recounts one of China's oldest and most revered pieces of literature through the eyes of everyone’s favorite gorilla scientist.
From a very young age, Winston showed limitless curiosity for the universe around him. But even though he was fascinated by the wonders of science, he also had a fondness for stories, particularly the tales that were passed down from generation to generation.
One day, on Lunar New Year, Dr. Harold Winston, the lunar colony researcher who cared deeply for the young ape's education and training, challenged him to read an epic story that was centuries old but beloved by billions. Journey to the West is a sweeping tale that soars between a mythological Earth and the glorious heavens, portraying demons, gods, and heroes clashing in mighty battles.
The gorilla's imagination was captured by the heroic monk Tang Sanzang and his ragtag group of disciples' quest for redemption… like the banished marshal Zhu Bajie, the old general Shā Wùjìng, and of course, the mischievous Monkey King, Sun Wukong.
Every Lunar New Year, Winston is reminded of his younger days. Growing up in the lunar colony had its trials, but it also had its treasures. Exploring this story with his mentor will always be one of his most cherished memories.
May happiness and prosperity find you in the Year of the Rooster!
To learn more about our in-game festivities, click here.
The new Overwatch event is coming tomorrow and we already have pretty good idea of what it'll be, with Blizzard's official announcement and now the leak of the launch video as well! New skins for not only Mei and D.Va, but Reinhardt, Roadhog, Winston and Zenyatta too, with possibly more to come!
There was also another ad that got leaked earlier that the video confirms, with some sweet, sweet new Reinhardt, Roadhog, Winston and Zenyatta skins! Just one day to go.
And here are the official two videos announcing the event, for good measure: