Blizzard Entertanment’s Overwatch certainly doesn’t need extra promotion. Whenever a new character is introduced, the fans do the promoting for Blizzard, creating thousands of fanarts and flooding the Internet with them in 24 hours. The co-op team shooter is ingeniously built with Internet culture in mind, introducing colorful characters while giving you JUST enough story to spin your imagination and create your own narratives.
Overwatch has revealed a new map called Junkertown, which just so happens to be the hometown of Junkrat and Roadhog. And, to commemorate the announcement, Blizzard has released a new short showing off the duo trying to get back into Junkertown…after getting booted out of it. It helps add some personality to the characters while also teasing what the whole map is about.
Gamescom is already landing some big news, including one that Overwatch will be getting a new map via Junkertown. This place was actually the home to Junkrat and Roadhog, and now is being overrun by a band of Junkers (and their queen) that you now have to deal with.
Video games are meant to be fantastic and beyond the scope of reality in many ways. However, that doesn’t mean that the teams that makes these games don’t know the limits of what to put in them. Take for example, Overwatch. The MOBA shooter has a vast roster of characters that definitely defy reality, but apparently, they’ve cut out characters that breaks that reality a little too much. Director for the game Jeff Kaplan talked with Gamespot and revealed one Hero that just couldn’t be put in:
Overwatch is a shooter MOBA title that has you take control of a menagerie of heroes. These heroes are all unique, and as such, developer Blizzard has to constantly update and tweak the characters in order to ensure that everything is balanced.
A player in Overwatch has reached the maximum level available in the game. While TaZzerk is not the first player to do so, he does seem to be the only user to have reached the milestone without resorting to account sharing.
Unfortunately, fans who were hoping for a new graphic novel story based on the Overwatch franchise are a little out of luck. Blizzard Entertainment confirmed recently in a post on the company’s official forums that the release of the planned Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel has been cancelled. According to lead writer Michael Chu, the team has decided “to take the story in a different direction.”
Blizzard used a press release today to reveal that they have no reached more than 20 million players since release, making the game one of the most successful launches in recent times.
Despite the huge popularity of Overwatch, there has been very little extra content added to the game in the five months since its release in May. In fact, there has only been one new map and one additional hero released in updates since the game’s launch.
Those who haven’t played Blizzard’s intensely popular shooter yet will have their chance next weekend when the game will be available to download and play for no charge. Starting from September 9 and running to September 12, players can download the game and play it on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
It is now possible for those playing any of Blizzard Entertainment’s modern titles to stream their footage directly to Facebook. The news means that users will be able to share their gameplay with their friends using Facebook Live, in an exclusive arrangement between the two companies.
With more than 10 million players across all platforms, Overwatch has become a huge success in its short lifespan. That popularity is now crossing over into other mediums as Blizzard has revealed that a graphic novel based on the game is being developed.