So here are a few notes about “Reflections” that might be relevant to folks who like the tiny details about the world of Overwatch. Tracer doesn’t need to wear her chronal accelerator at all times in order to keep herself rooted in the present. Note that it is in the room with Tracer when she’s with Emily and later in Winston’s lab at Gibraltar. Those are Torbjorn’s kids that Reinhardt is reading stories to. (However, you’ve got eight kids but only six stockings? Hmmm.) The lady off Reinhardt’s left shoulder, however, is Brigitte. She’s Reinhardt’s armorer from the “Dragon Slayer” comic. No confirmation yet on whether Brigitte is Torbjorn’s child or not, but it would make sense. Also: notice that Torb’s left hand is clearly visible, so despite how it looks in-game, he really does have two complete arms. Pharah is apparently not on a date; given that the gentleman is
Ever-humble Team 4 Game Director Jeff Kaplan signed on for another dev update video, this time running down a review of how the first year of Overwatch in the wild has played out, as well as going into some preview mode of what’ll be happening with the game in 2017. Review points: Lots of iteration on the game as a result of the beta, especially on competitive mode. Ana and Sombra were both released; Ana came in a little underpowered, but Team 4 reacted too quickly to iterating on her, since it may have just been that the community hadn’t gotten used to her quite yet. Consequently, Sombra is not in a perfect spot yet balance-wise, but Team 4 doesn’t want to run the risk of doing with her what they did with Ana, so iteration might be a bit slower. Eichenwalde has been a great success as a new map. Seasonal events
Yesterday we had some big news come out surrounding the latest Overwatch digital comic, which focuses on Tracer. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last twenty-four hours you probably know the big reveal that emerged from it, but we also won’t spoil it here. The key takeaway is that it’s a great comic showcasing the heroes of Overwatch during the winter holiday, and it both directly tells and indirectly hints at some sweet stories besides. Read the comic on Blizzard’s site or the motion-comic over on Madefire.
The fourth Overwatch animated short, this time focusing on Soldier: 76, is now online. Jack Morrison, the former Overwatch commander-turned-vigilante, is in Dorado and throwing down against Los Muertos, a radical anti-government group. I’m a bit surprised that this is releasing this morning instead of being an exclusive for the Coca-Cola cinematic event this evening; I expected it to be released online shortly thereafter, but at the same time, I don’t know if there’s a lot of value in overthinking it. It’ll still be a pleasure to watch all of these on the big screen. Overwatch launches worldwide on Spring 10th Tuesday, May 24th, but check where you are in the world, because it might be more like Monday night. Check out the full cinematic below.
Coming in under the radar with all the news out this week, the next digital comic, this time focusing on Pharah, is now online. Oddly enough, Blizzard doesn’t seem to have made an official announcement about this comic (so it’s entirely possible that this one isn’t really intended to be out yet and might get taken down, but for now, it appears to be up and ready for your consumption. Read the full comic on the playoverwatch.com site.
A digital comic showcasing Symmetra is now available for your viewing pleasure (and to whet your appetites in advance of the Dragons cinematic and maybe the game’s release on the 24th). Check out the full post below, and find the full comic there.
Blizzard continues the barrage of cross-media story exposition with a new short called Dragons. In case it wasn’t obvious, this looks like it’ll focus on the Shimada brothers, Hanzo and Genji, engaging in what is likely an expression of the ongoing conflict between them. I’m actually surprised this is coming out on the 16th, given that part of the selling point for the Overwatch Cinematic Event that Blizzard and Coca-Cola are promoting in theatres was the promise of as-yet-unreleased cinematics. The Soldier:76 cinematic that we’ve seen teased may end up being exclusively premiered there, but it’ll be worth the price of admission just to see all of the existing cinematics on a big screen. Some more analysis about the media blitz is forthcoming, but for now, clear some time on the 16th for this cinematic and tell us what you’re looking forward to in the comments. Read the official post
A new cinematic has been unleashed upon us, showcasing Winston’s efforts to recall the former agents of Overwatch back to active duty. To get a clearer sense of why Winston is doing this, it might help to watch the Recall short, but I wouldn’t call it necessary. Winston trying to get the band back together is something we’ve known as an aspect of the story for awhile. (It’s the rationale behind the payload escort in Watchpoint:Gibraltar, for example.) Other notable elements: many of the images that showcase the original Overwatch crew include the members we’ve normally seen as part of that team in the past: a younger Jack Morrison (a.k.a. Soldier:76), Reinhardt, Mercy, Gabriel Reyes (a.k.a. Reaper), Torbjorn, McCree, Tracer, and Winston himself. What sticks out, however, are some of the characters we see here who aren’t playable characters. Notably, there’s this omnic present when the IJC is honoring the
The slow burn of online hype for Overwatch continues. This time, however, instead of an animated short like Recall or Alive, we get a solo piece as an online comic, shedding some light on the antics of the outlaw Jesse McCree. Read the comic over at http://comic.playoverwatch.com/en-us, and also check out Blizzard’s press release on the matter.
We knew our time was coming to a close, we just hoped it wouldn’t be so soon. Blizzard has announced the end of the Closed Beta period for Overwatch and it is in almost exactly one week: 10:00am PDT on April 25th. Remember that nothing from the beta will carry over after that date. From all indications, it won’t carry into the open beta in the first week of May, and nothing from that beta will carry over in the live release on May 24th. So get your last screenshots in with your favorite legendary skins before it’s time to earn them all over again! Also included is Director Jeff Kaplan’s statements on the end of the beta and the pathway to the game’s launch. The short version? Glad you asked: More bugfixes and stability tweaks instead of sweeping changes between now and launch, so don’t hold your breath for the