Overwatch

Doomfist, Overwatch’s 25th hero, is finally here We’ve been hearing whispers of Doomfist ever since Overwatch’s original announcement trailer featured Winston, Tracer, Reaper, and Widowmaker duking it out over the Doomfist itself. After months of hoping for more info on what many expected to be the game’s next hero, the Overwatch team put out a small teaser earlier this week. Today, they...

Socially awkward Roadhog is my hero If you're like me, you've had trouble in your life figuring out what gift to give people. And now voice actor Josh Petersdorf -- the voice of Roadhog in Overwatch -- has made a video that perfectly encapsulates that experience.




Overwatch hero Doomfist further teased in new Times of Numbani report Proving no day is safe from the sudden onset of Blizzard-related news, the official Overwatch site released an in-universe report from the Times of Numbani which comments on the escape of Akande Ogundimu from Helix Security International. Akande Ogundimu is better known as Doomfist, which means we officially have a name for the mysterious villain...

Everyone wants this new D.Va statue Everyone’s beloved StarCraft player turned Overwatch hero has now joined Tracer, Reaper, and Widowmaker in the ranks of “really awesome statue.” She’s also joined them in the ranks of “this is really expensive but super awesome.” For $450, D.Va and her MEKA, too, can be yours. Yes, $450. However, there’s a reason for this price...

Overwatch as an adventure game Back when we posted about this Overwatch turn-based RPG I wondered what else the community would get up to next. It turns out they got up to just about everything. For starters, PeekyChew over on DeviantArt gave us this amazing look at Hanamura in pixel art format, which Terminusz immediately made into a Pokemon-style animation....

Don’t stockpile your Overwatch Loot Boxes Overwatch recently announced improvements for in-game Loot Boxes and how they work — namely, reducing duplicates and increasing credits received. Naturally, when something better is on the horizon, players want to wait to take every possible advantage. This led to a lot of talk about stockpiling Loot Boxes until the patch in order to maximize...




Overwatch Contenders playoffs, Wild Open, and more esports My emotional kryptonite is people being nice to little kids, so please excuse this column. After I saw Kim Phan and some of Team TeSPA visit the UCI Esports girls summer camp, I had to go lie down for a while. Luckily, I can stream esports to my bedroom, so while I recover I'll have plenty to watch.

Jeff Kaplan and Geoff Goodman answer unsolved mysteries of Overwatch Did you know that there are only two cars in the entire world of Overwatch that have tires? The folks at Ars Technica have a new video that takes a look behind the scenes into Overwatch, why the designers make the choices they do, and why two cars don’t hover. They’re old cars, Brent. All...



Jeff Kaplan explains why you can’t swim in Overwatch With Overwatch’s recent addition of gravity and the Lunar map, a player on the forums asked why there was no water environment or swimming in the game. Jeff Kaplan came in and gave a very in depth answer. Part of it has to do with the fact that water levels just aren’t very interesting. He...

Did you pre-order an Overwatch hoodie? Yesterday, pre-orders opened for JINX’s upcoming Overwatch hoodies — hoodies that look pretty dang awesome. Unfortunately, they’re only in limited supply for now, which means it might be hard to nab one if you haven’t pre-ordered yet. As of this writing, it appears that they can still be pre-ordered, but JINX’s site went down earlier...

Jeff Kaplan on Overwatch balancing and player perception In a recent post on the Overwatch forums about Tracer and balance issues, Game Director Jeff “Jeff from the Overwatch team” Kaplan had some interesting insights to share about game balance and, more importantly, player perception of it. He made the point that often, it’s not that a character is more or less strong that...

JINX making Overwatch character themed hoodies JINX is making Overwatch character-themed hoodies, and they're excellent.

Horizon Lunar Colony first impressions: Simon has been a very bad ape The latest patch for Overwatch not only brought some hero changes to Reaper, McCree, and Roadhog, it also allowed players to take one small step outside of future-Earth, and one giant step straight to the moon. Which is to say, the Horizon Lunar Colony map is now live, and it’s probably my favorite addition to...

HGC returns, GSL Code S finals, and more Blizzard esports Now that Dreamhack is over, the dog days of summer are beginning in earnest.  It’s a great time to sit inside with the air conditioning on to watch some esports. HGC is continuing with a fresh slate, Overwatch Contenders is almost through with the group stage, and Seat Story returns this week, so let’s get to...

Loot Box changes and Highlights live on Overwatch PTR A new build has hit the Overwatch PTR, featuring the new Highlights options mentioned in the latest Developer Update. In addition, there’s a selection of bug fixes to heroes, maps, and the user interface. At the moment, no hero changes are on the list — but the new Loot Box updates and Highlights are both...

Improvements to Highlights and Loot Boxes on the way to Overwatch Overwatch players have been asking for a way to save Highlights from matches, and change is on its way. In the latest Developer Update, Jeff Kaplan covers the new features of the evolved Highlights feature, coming soon to Overwatch. The game will still continue to gather highlights as you play, and suggest top highlights for...