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Hereos of the Storm launched closed beta this week, and while there are no plans to add Overwatch characters to the game (at least until after Overwatch launches) there is a small easter egg in the update. Tychus got a skin update and his color variants provide a couple images of Overwatch characters on them. Here is the original default skin Tychus has: The first color variant – as you can see, our favorite Overwatch assassin Widow makes an appearance on his left shoulder The 2nd color variant displays who has basically been the face of Overwatch, Tracer....

Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office sent a suspension letter to Blizzard Entertainment suspending their application for the trademark for Overwatch. The reason being is that the trademark is already registered with a company in Arkansas called Innovis Labs, Inc. It appears that Innovis Labs has released a mobile application called Overwatch which is meant to be used by competitive Paint Ball players. It was founded by 18 year old Josh Moody who is also the CEO for Innovis Labs and their trademark for Overwatch was filed September 5, 2013 where as Blizzard filed their application April 1, 2014. Overwatch is currently available for iPhones and has no Android version yet with the last update hitting December 14, 2014. It has some decent reviews (but only 11 total) and based on their website there doesn’t seem to be much of an online community for the device as of yet. ...

 

PC Gamer Highlights Overwatch

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This month’s edition of PC Gamer Magazine has Overwatch right on the cover with about 6 pages of information about the game. Save an extra 20% off a PC Gamer subscription this Boxing Day with the discount code BOXING20. http://t.co/0UlaupuHBZ pic.twitter.com/E4SDkoQW7T — PC Gamer (@pcgamer) December 26, 2014 I went out and grabbed a copy this morning to read through it hoping there would be new information revealed, unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be the case. The 6 pages of the magazine dedicated to Overwatch goes over what the game was like at BlizzCon and basically goes over the same details we learned at BlizzCon. It does have some fun art though and if you’re into collecting magazines that highlight your favorite games this is a good pickup to get. The article is an interesting read so if you didn’t get all the info of what was said at BlizzCon ...

The world of Overwatch has been pretty silent since the reveal at BlizzCon. Especially for a game that is supposed to have a beta soon and be released in 2015. This week the facebook page has a bit of activity as 9 new screenshots were added for King’s Row, one of the Payload maps (currently the only payload map at the moment). Remember, if you haven’t yet, sign up for beta. King’s Row is a Payload map situated in the heart of England. In this location, the attacking team’s objective is to move vital cargo to a designated delivery point, while the defenders work to halt the attackers’ progress until time runs out....

Someone over at Overpwn.com discovered the art assets for Overwatch has been added to the battle.net client and the folks at Overpwn were able to confirm it. Now, this really isn’t huge news or even mean that anything is happening, but I do believe we might be seeing the beginning of Friends and Family Alpha sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday. The reason I believe we’re actually that close to a F&F Alpha? Well, while at BlizzCon while I was standing in line to play Overwatch, a Blizzard employee was in front of me with his family and friends waiting to play as well. That’s when Frank Pearce (Blizzard co-founder) walked by and asked him why he was in line to play the game when it’s going to be available to play in the office “in just a couple weeks”. It seems quite possible that this game is certainly further along ...

 

Tracer Statue Available for Pre-order

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A statue of Overwatch hero Tracer is now available from the Blizzard store for pre-order! She’ll set you back a cool $150. The base of the statue has the option of coming with an illuminated Overwatch logo. You can see her in a classic mid stride as she’s in gunning form. Sculpted by Senior Sculptor Brian Fay and painted by Senior Illustrator Laurel Austin, you can really notice the care and attention that was given to really capture Tracer’s personality. The figure measures 10.5″ (or 26.67 cm) from floor to head and it includes an AC adapter with a battery option. Alas, it does not come with batteries. These statues are expected to ship sometime in February 2015. She looks awesome! Can’t wait until I get one of these!...

Overwatch is technically Blizzard’s second foray and attempt into the FPS genre. The first was their indefinitely-shelved Starcraft: Ghost. The introduction trailer showed a cartoony side of Blizzard in a different light. In fact, I almost thought that partnered with Pixar for the animation. Now as a little known fact, I used to be an FPS addict. Counterstrike was my main game of choice as I ascended the old competitive leagues of the now-defunct Cyber Athlete Amateur League. The highest I ever reached was CAL-Premier. Team Fortress 2 is a game that I’m almost certain inspired many of the elements in Overwatch. Gameplay Widowmaker My first hero was the Widowmaker because I valued that capability. In my youth, I was one of the few players on my team that adequately wielded the AWP (a sniper rifle capable of killing anyone with a single round in the torso). Even though she’s marked ...

Were you excited Friday when Blizzard announced Overwatch, their first new intellectual property in 17 years, to the world? How excited were those attending BlizzCon 2014? Our BlizzPro Weekly host Chris Arnone went out immediately after the opening ceremonies to capture what fans had to say about the announcement and game play....

The Overwatch team held a press conference questions and answer session the other day featuring Game Director Jeff Kaplan and Creative Director Chris Metzen. The two answered questions regarding developing a new game universe, storytelling, social and community features, and the future of Blizzard's new first-person, team-based shooter....

 

BlizzCon Overwatch Origins Panel

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The "Overwatch Origins" panel allowed the new franchise's team to explain what it was like developing an entirely new universe, something that even newer games like Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm haven't done entirely. Lead Game Designer Jeffrey Kaplan, Creative Director Chris Metzen, VFX Supervisor Jeff Chamberlain, Art Director Bill Petras, and Lead Character Concept Artist Arnold “Arn” Sang took the stage....