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Overwatch’s Tracer is getting her own, adorable Nendoroid

16 Feb

Yep, Tracer from Overwatch looks pretty cute in chibi form.

Overwatch‘s Tracer is one of the most recognisable heroes today. She’s on the game’s cover, and her distinct British accent and style is hard to miss.

The creators of Nendoroids, Good Smile Company, have announced a new figure for Tracer. Nendoroids are little toys that give famous characters chibi looks and allow you to set different poses for them. They’re palm-sized, and this one comes with customisable parts.

These include interchangeable bent legs, hair style options, and her pulse pistols. You can basically create some of Tracer’s in-game poses using the figure, you can even have her pose without the guns. The pulse bomb is also included.

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“The Nendoroid is fully articulated, allowing her to be posed in many different ways, and has been carefully sculpted and tuned to ensure that the joints do not stand out, keeping Tracer’s unique appearance intact,” reads the product description.

Pre-orders will be open starting February 15 from 9am JST, 4pm PT, 12am GMT all the way through March 30 at 12am JST, 7am PT, 3pm GMT. You can order yours through the official store for ¥4,900 ($43).

The Tracer Nendoroid is scheduled to release this August.

Overwatch Competitive Play Season 3 ends next week, here are your rewards

16 Feb

We now have an end date for this season of Overwatch Competitive Play, and a few details about rewards.

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Blizzard has announced that Overwatch‘s third season of Competitive Play will come to an end at 4pm PT on February 21 (12am GMT February 22). As expected, Season 4 is set to kick off a week later, on February 28 at the same time.

In a blog post, the developer confirmed that anyone who finished their placement matches during Season 3 is eligible to get a special spray and player icon.

These will be given out at the end of the season, and you’ll see them on your next login. If you’re among the top 500 players on your platform in your region, you’ll be getting an extra icon and an animated spray to go along with the standard rewards.

Season 4 may bring some changes based on feedback, and Blizzard will reveal more in the coming days. For now, you can take a look at Season 3’s Skill Rating to Competitive Point breakdown below:

  • SR 1-1499 (Bronze): 100 CP
  • SR 1500-1999 (Silver): 200 CP
  • SR 2000-2499 (Gold): 400 CP
  • SR 2500-2999 (Platinum): 800 CP
  • SR 3000-3499 (Diamond): 1200 CP
  • SR 3500-3999 (Master): 2000 CP
  • SR 4000-5000 (Grandmaster): 3000 CP

Blizzard is making big changes to combat Overwatch hacking in Korea

15 Feb

Blizzard has revealed a number of new ways through which the developer intends to tackle the Overwatch hacking problem in Korea.

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Overwatch is very big in Korea. With a PC and eSports-focused country like that, you’re naturally going to have cases of players trying to use any advantage they can get, even through cheating.

The issue is so widespread in Korea because of the prevalence of cyber cafes (PC Bangs), which is where a large number of Overwatch players game. In a statement on the Korean Battle.net (later translated to English), the studio outlined a multi-prong approach.

First, Blizzard said it’s keeping up with the latest cheats and hacks, implementing back-end changes that are sometimes unannounced, in order to combat them. This extends to taking action against developers of said hacks.

“It’s critical for us to be able to maintain the integrity of our games, and for that reason, we will always seek to stop the development and distribution of these programs through whatever means we can—including taking legal actions against developers and distributors when necessary,” reads the post.

In the short term, Blizzard will be cracking down on inappropriate use of VPNs by cheaters, though the post did not outline how.

Finally, and perhaps the most crucial of all, is that starting February 17, certain Battle.net account policy changes will be be made so that only players who own a copy of the game in their Battle.net account home region can play. This particular policy will also carry over to Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2 later.

Put simply, Battle.net accounts registered outside of Korea will not be able to play game unless they have a license appropriate for that region. Because Korean Battle.net accounts are connected to social security numbers, cheaters often just create new EU and NA-based accounts and use them to hack.

“This approach will help us ensure we’re providing the best possible game experience for our community, while at the same time allowing us to address any unintended side-effects that occurred from allowing non-Korean Battle.net accounts without game licenses to access Korean IGR services,” Blizzard added.

Despite what you may feel, Blizzard says Overwatch loot box drop rates haven’t changed

15 Feb

Loot boxes in Overwatch’s most recent Year of the Rooster event did not have worse odds for skin drops, even if it feels like they have.

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Overwatch developer Blizzard has responded directly to player concerns that the game’s loot boxes have had their drop rates changed.

We don’t mean how often they drop, of course, since you’re guaranteed one every time you level up. Rather, it’s the content of these boxes that appears to have been skewing more towards sprays and other fluff that isn’t skins.

A number of players brought up the issue on Battle.net forums, after having opened a number of loot boxes from the most recent Year of the Rooster event. According to them, skin drops used to happen more often.

Game director Jeff Kaplan responded to these concerns by simply stating that drop rates for Summer Games, Halloween Terror, Winter Wonderland, and Year of the Rooster are all the same.

Since odds are not publicly available, we’ll just have to take Kaplan’s word for it.

2016 Games Media Coverage Dominated By Overwatch and Playstation 4

14 Feb

2016 was a good year for games, even if it wasn’t a good one for celebrities; it was even better for Overwatch and Playstation 4 consoles, as according to a study by ICO Partners, a data collection firm, both Blizzard’s newest game and Playstation’s flagship console dominated games media coverage. See Also: PlayStation 4 External […]

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Roadhog and Winston get new balance changes in Overwatch PTR update

10 Feb

A couple of small Overwatch balance changes before the week ends.

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Blizzard is making some small adjustments to Overwatch heroes Roadhog and Winston.

Following the release of a big PTR update earlier this week, the studio announced a couple of other balance changes. Roadhog’s Scrap Gun will now be more effective, thanks to a decrease in spread by 20 percent.

To balance things out, his hook will now pull targets to a location 3.5 meters away from him, instead of 2 meters. The hook’s cooldown was also increased from six to eight seconds. Blizzard said these changes will reduce the effectiveness of his hook, but make his weapon more powerful when not using the hook.

As for Winston, his critical hit volume has been reduced by 15 percent. “Winston’s head hit volume was just abnormally big, making him take more damage than he otherwise should. This change brings it more in line with other heroes,” principal designer Geoff Goodman wrote.

The update containing these changes will arrive soon in the PTR.

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft Mischief Pet And Plushy Raise Millions For Charity

9 Feb

World of Warcraft Mischief pet was a huge success as the developer announced today, creating yet another bridge between video games and real life by raising money for charity. Blizzard has had a long standing with Make-A-Wish foundation and the company occasionally raises a lot of money for the charity through various game events or […]

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Overwatch – Is this 3D model change teasing the arrival of Doomfist?

8 Feb

The most recent PTR update for Overwatch has made one specific change that fans are speculating is another Doomfist teaser.

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Doomfist has long been rumoured to be the next Overwatch character, with references to him appearing as far back as the game’s first cinematic trailer.

But, outside of certain in-game mentions, and the constant teasers from actor Terry Crews, we’ve yet to hear official world from Blizzard. A recent update to the game’s PTR may be hinting that this is about to change, though.

The update made a change to the model of the payload cart on the map Numbani. Spotted by one Reddit user (via Metabomb), the new model shows broken pieces of glass around the case that houses Doomfist’s gauntlet, as if the thing is breaking out.

This is just a 3D model that was found within the update’s files, however, as the in-game payload still looks the same whether you’re playing the live or PTR version of Numbani. You can see the difference in the gallery below.

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That’s not all, the original Redditor who unearthed the files also revealed that the update added 136 new models. These models are encrypted, so we can’t quite see what they are. That said, we can at least theorise that some form of new content is on its way, whether Doomfist-related or not, remains to be seen.

Possible New Hearthstone Expansion May Focus On Dinosaurs

6 Feb

A possible new Hearthstone expansion, titled “Lost Secrets of Un’Goro”, will be focusing on dinosaurs. The information came from the resume of Hearthstone voice actress Lani Minella, and many have taken it to be a new expansion that might be rolling around in two months when Hearthstone is due for its next big update. See […]

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New Overwatch Story Content Coming Soon, Writer Confirms

6 Feb

Overwatch is a multiplayer shooter with a deep lore and this year we could be seeing some new Overwatch story content in 2017. Also See: Blizzard Banned Over 22,000 South Korean Overwatch Accounts Last Month The single-player mode is lacking in Overwatch and we might not get one, however, the mystery surrounding the Doomfist character […]

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Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild Will Feature A Pro HUD Mode

6 Feb

Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild is almost a month away from launch and hype for the game is increasing with every passing day. Now a Youtuber has revealed some interesting info about the upcoming game. According to YouTube gaming channel, Gehab, Legend Of Zelda Breath Of The Wild will feature a “Pro” setting […]

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Blizzard Entertainment Lawsuit Against World of Warcraft Cheat Company

2 Feb

Bossland GmbH is a company that specializes in making cheats for popular games and it also made a World of Warcraft cheat bot. The World of Warcraft cheat bot replicated the moves of users and caused damage in the world. This ruins the experience for other players as the World of Warcraft cheat bot puts the player that uses the cheat at a significant advantage.

Also check out: Warcraft Remastered Editions Wouldn’t Be Fun, According to Blizzard

Blizzard went to court against this World of Warcraft cheat company and the German Federal Court of Justice ruled in Blizzards favor saying that:

Bossland is dedicated to illegal activities through the creation and distribution of these bot for World of Warcraft.

The company was also ruled over for copyright infringement. Blizzard is actively going to court against companies that are creating cheats for games and this World of Warcraft Cheat Company is only just the beginning.

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Overwatch is also a game owned by Blizzard and the company is taking steps against companies that are creating cheats for Overwatch as well.

It is interesting to see the lengths that companies are willing to go in order to protect their IPs and it is good. Multiplayer games are no fun if they are not balanced properly and cheaters cause the game to be spoiled one way or the other.

There is no fun in bullying other people that are new to the game and this is what causes people to hesitate when getting into multiplayer games. Buying the game is a huge barrier to entry and when people know that there are people that are going to be cheating and ruining the experience for other people then people are going to hesitate.

It is good to know what this World of Warcraft cheat bot maker has been brought to justice and while this does not mean that the game is clean from cheaters but it is a step in the right direction.

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Overwatch, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, more down for maintenance tomorrow

30 Jan

All of Blizzard’s games will be offline for three hours tomorrow.

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Blizzard has announced a long maintenance window for all of its games, scheduled to take place tomorrow. Battle.net will also be sharing the downtime with the rest of Blizzard’s titles.

Servers for World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, and Heroes of the Storm will all be going down at the same time for each region.

7am to 10am PDT is when all games will be inaccessible in the North American region. As for Europe, maintenance will start at 2am CET and end at 5am.

Both slots take place in a very non-busy time for these games, and many would likely be asleep or at work, but it’s worth keeping in mind anyway.

Heroes of the Storm eSports tourney ditches ESPN for Facebook

26 Jan

The third season of Heroes of the Dorm, Heroes of the Storm’s competitive circuit, will not air on ESPN.

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For the first time, this season of Heroes of the Storm’s Heroes of the Dorm competitions, will air in its entirety on Facebook, after the past two seasons were shown exclusively on ESPN.

Blizzard announced the move recently, confirming that all events of the season will be livestreamed on Facebook, including the Heroic Four leg. Stats and other data will still be available through the official tournament site.

This also means any additional coverage outside of the matches themselves will also be streamed on Facebook. As ever, the Heroic Four and Grand Finals will be played in front of a live audience.

You can watch everything live, as well as VoD after it airs, through the game’s Facebook page. It’s worth noting that this exclusivity deal means you won’t be able to watch any of season 3 on Twitch or YouTube.

Heroes of the Dorm group stages kick off February 15.

Heroes of the Storm eSports tourney ditches ESPN for Facebook

26 Jan

The third season of Heroes of the Dorm, Heroes of the Storm’s competitive circuit, will not air on ESPN.

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For the first time, this season of Heroes of the Storm’s Heroes of the Dorm competitions, will air in its entirety on Facebook, after the past two seasons were shown exclusively on ESPN.

Blizzard announced the move recently, confirming that all events of the season will be livestreamed on Facebook, including the Heroic Four leg. Stats and other data will still be available through the official tournament site.

This also means any additional coverage outside of the matches themselves will also be streamed on Facebook. As ever, the Heroic Four and Grand Finals will be played in front of a live audience.

You can watch everything live, as well as VoD after it airs, through the game’s Facebook page. It’s worth noting that this exclusivity deal means you won’t be able to watch any of season 3 on Twitch or YouTube.

Heroes of the Dorm group stages kick off February 15.

Heroes of the Storm eSports tourney ditches ESPN for Facebook

26 Jan

The third season of Heroes of the Dorm, Heroes of the Storm’s competitive circuit, will not air on ESPN.

heroes_of_the_storm_greymayne

For the first time, this season of Heroes of the Storm’s Heroes of the Dorm competitions, will air in its entirety on Facebook, after the past two seasons were shown exclusively on ESPN.

Blizzard announced the move recently, confirming that all events of the season will be livestreamed on Facebook, including the Heroic Four leg. Stats and other data will still be available through the official tournament site.

This also means any additional coverage outside of the matches themselves will also be streamed on Facebook. As ever, the Heroic Four and Grand Finals will be played in front of a live audience.

You can watch everything live, as well as VoD after it airs, through the game’s Facebook page. It’s worth noting that this exclusivity deal means you won’t be able to watch any of season 3 on Twitch or YouTube.

Heroes of the Dorm group stages kick off February 15.

Overwatch: Bastion is getting some changes

26 Jan

It’s been a long time since anyone cried about Bastion, maybe this will soon change?

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Bastion, one of the Overwatch characters perceived as overpowered when the game launched, is actually not very powerful at all. As the game’s meta changed and evolved, Bastion was left out, and he’s not being picked up now anywhere near as often as he was at launch.

Part of this is because other heroes can kind of fill his role, but this is may be about to change. There’s a big thread going on right now on the Overwatch forums discussing what could be done about Bastion.

After a few ideas were suggested, Overwatch principal designer Geoff Goodman chimed in to confirm that the studio is indeed working on some Bastion changes, but sadly wasn’t able to hint at what they are, or when we’re likely to see them.

“I’m actually working on some changes for him right now. I’m not quite sure when these changes will hit the live game, we’re still testing different things internally,” he replied.

Most recently, Blizzard made adjustments to Roadhog’s hook, nerfed D.Va, and more. These balance changes launched with the game’s Year of the Rooster event, which is currently underway.

Heroes of The Storm Lunar Festival Brings New Themed Skins And Mounts

25 Jan

Alongside Overwatch, Blizzard has also started Heroes of the Storm Lunar Festival event which will last till 14th February and reward players with new skins, mounts and other rewards. Also See: Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Has Begun, Here’s Everything to Know Building upon the game’s quest mechanic, Heroes of the Storm Lunar Festival will […]

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Blizzard Has Started The Overwatch Lunar New Year Event, So Go Play

24 Jan

Blizzard has finally started the Overwatch Lunar New Year event, taking place on the Chinese Lunar New Year. The new event promises new costumes, new sprays, and a new Capture-The-Flag game mode. The event will be running from January 24 to February 13, so you’ve got around three weeks to play. See Also: Overwatch Characters […]

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Overwatch: the Year of the Rooster event has kicked off, ends on February 13

24 Jan

Blizzard has announced its Year of the Rooster event for Overwatch has kicked off and it will run for the next three weeks.

Players will be able to collect over 100 themed cosmetic items, battle it out under fireworks on Lijiang Tower, and try to capture the flag in a new brawl mode, Capture the Rooster.

In Capture the Rooster, teams will take the fight to Lijiang Tower to secure the opposing team’s flag.

Starting today, all in-game Loot Boxes have been replaced with Lunar Loot Boxes and they include new Journey to the West-inspired skins for D.Va, Winston, Zenyatta, and Roadhog. There will also be event skins for Mei, Tracer, Mercy and Junkrat as you can see in the trailer.

As with previous events, Lunar Loot Boxes can be earned or purchased with each housing one random item from the Year of the Rooster collection. This will include profile icons, victory poses, emotes, highlight intros, sprays, skins, and other goodies. Items unlocked are available forever.

Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster event is now live on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One until February 13.

A patch has also been released alongside the holiday event. We’ll get those up for you soon.