News items tagged with overwatch

Overwatch and Inside Head Up GDC 2017 Award Nominations

Overwatch and Inside Head Up GDC 2017 Award Nominations

The full list of nominations for the GDC 2017 Choice Awards is announced, with Overwatch and Inside up for Game of the Year, as well as many other categories. Over the course of 2016, a huge number...

By Rob Gordon on 22 January 2018
The Game Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

The Game Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

The nominations for The Game Awards 2016 are in, with Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End nominated for eight awards in total, including Game of the Year. Over the last couple of years, The Ga...

By Dalton Cooper on 22 January 2018
10 Best Uses of the Bow and Arrow in Video Games

10 Best Uses of the Bow and Arrow in Video Games

While many developers implement high-grade military or futuristic weapons into their games for gamers to enjoy, others prefer to take a more traditional approach. And one needs only look to the upc...

By Boston Blake on 17 January 2018
Overwatch: Buying All League Skins is Really Expensive

Overwatch: Buying All League Skins is Really Expensive

With the Overwatch League set to kickoff on January 10, Blizzard has released a new update for the game that adds 312 new skins based on the various professional Overwatch teams. These new skins ar...

By Dalton Cooper on 17 January 2018
Overwatch: Blizzard World Coming Before End of January

Overwatch: Blizzard World Coming Before End of January

At BlizzCon 2017, Blizzard unveiled a brand new map coming to the team-based shooter Overwatch called “Blizzard World,” which is a theme park inspired by the universes of other games from the publi...

By Kyle Sledge on 16 January 2018
Overwatch Fan Shows Cairo Map in More Detail

Overwatch Fan Shows Cairo Map in More Detail

Several months ago, the artist and Overwatch player Joshua Llorente created an unofficial Cairo map for Blizzard’s team-based shooter by using 3DS Max, Unreal Engine 4, Substance Painter, and Photo...

By Kyle Sledge on 13 January 2018
Overwatch Offering Free Loot Boxes for Limited Time

Overwatch Offering Free Loot Boxes for Limited Time

The gift giving time may be over, but Overwatch developer Blizzard is not letting players enter the New Year without a little special treat. For a limited time, all Overwatch players can earn 5 loo...

By Anthony Taormina on 08 January 2018
Why Anthem Microtransactions Could Be Like Overwatch

Why Anthem Microtransactions Could Be Like Overwatch

EA addressed the Star Wars Battlefront 2‘s loot box controversy by temporarily removing microtransactions from the game. This move went down well with players, but that hasn’t stopped some from fea...

By Jasmine Henry on 08 January 2018
Overwatch Director Did Something Weird for Christmas

Overwatch Director Did Something Weird for Christmas

Overwatch is currently celebrating the holiday season with its Winter Wonderland event, which gives fans the chance to unlock a number of new skins as well as compete in limited time game modes lik...

By Dalton Cooper on 08 January 2018
Overwatch's 27th Hero is Being Internally Tested

Overwatch's 27th Hero is Being Internally Tested

With Season 8 of Overwatch now in full swing, it’s safe to say that there will be plenty of gamers who make the team-based shooter a priority to play in 2018 just so they can hone their skills whil...

By Kyle Sledge on 08 January 2018
Overwatch Game Director Calls Out Notorious Troll

Overwatch Game Director Calls Out Notorious Troll

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is famous for his forays into the game’s official forums. The man in charge of the multiplayer shooter has previously responded to fans unhelpfully criticizing B...

By Jasmine Henry on 01 January 2018
New Overwatch Comic Has Mei Hunting Winston

New Overwatch Comic Has Mei Hunting Winston

Overwatch is in the midst of its Winter Wonderland event for 2017, with fans able to enjoy the return of Mei’s Snowball Offensive as well as the addition of the new Yeti Hunt mode. In recognition o...

By Dalton Cooper on 01 January 2018
Overwatch Tweaking Winter Wonderland Event Skin

Overwatch Tweaking Winter Wonderland Event Skin

After a strong response from fans, Blizzard has decided to tweak one of the new skins in Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland 2017 event. Casual Hanzo is getting a slightly new look, but the change won’t...

By Anthony Taormina on 24 December 2017
An Overwatch Character is in Ready Player One

An Overwatch Character is in Ready Player One

There’s no denying the popularity of Blizzard’s Overwatch. The game has managed to sell millions of units, has raked in billions of dollars, and has topped 35 million players worldwide since launch...

By Dalton Cooper on 18 December 2017
13 Games that Started Out Completely Different

13 Games that Started Out Completely Different

A lot can happen during game development. Certain gameplay features may turn out duller than expected. Story beats may not work as the developers envisioned. New ideas may come about that force dev...

By Dalton Cooper on 15 December 2017
Overwatch Director Teases 'Ton of New Content' in 2018

Overwatch Director Teases 'Ton of New Content' in 2018

Overwatch players have already had plenty to shout out about lately after new character Moira was released and the Blizzard World theme park map was unveiled. But Blizzard has far more up its sleev...

By Jasmine Henry on 09 December 2017
Overwatch Fan Makes Amazing Waluigi Skin for Moira

Overwatch Fan Makes Amazing Waluigi Skin for Moira

The Overwatch community is the gift that keeps on giving, as a new fan-made skin for the latest hero Moira depicts the Irish hero as one of Nintendo’s most iconic characters. Thanks to Antonio Demi...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 09 December 2017
UK Gambling Commission Releases Stance on Loot Boxes

UK Gambling Commission Releases Stance on Loot Boxes

Loot boxes have become a major source of controversy over the past couple of weeks, with various government entities launching investigations into whether the practice should legally be considered...

By Dalton Cooper on 03 December 2017
ESA Insists Loot Boxes Aren't Gambling

ESA Insists Loot Boxes Aren't Gambling

A couple of months ago, before the video gaming community was set ablaze by the ongoing Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box controversy, the ESRB declared that loot boxes aren’t gambling. Since then,...

By Dalton Cooper on 30 November 2017
Overwatch Toxicity Acknowledged by Blizzard

Overwatch Toxicity Acknowledged by Blizzard

In any team-based game there is bound to be a fair amount of toxic behavior, and Blizzard’s Overwatch is certainly no exception to the rule. Whether it’s because of players trolling in competitive...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 26 November 2017
Overwatch Banning Players for Main-ing One Character?

Overwatch Banning Players for Main-ing One Character?

In hero-based games like Overwatch, it’s not uncommon for players to pick one character and try to master them instead of playing a variety of characters. However, it’s possible that main-ing a cha...

By Dalton Cooper on 26 November 2017
Petition to Classify Loot Boxes as Gambling

Petition to Classify Loot Boxes as Gambling

Although the ESRB had previously ruled on the case of loot boxes and whether or not they are gambling, gamers are trying to sway the organization back the other way. A new petition has surfaced tha...

By Anthony Taormina on 26 November 2017
New Overwatch Healer Moira Is Live

New Overwatch Healer Moira Is Live

The anticipated new hybrid healer, Moira, is now live in Overwatch on all platforms. Blizzard announced her arrival through the Overwatch official Twitter account along with a condensed version of...

By Curt Hutson on 26 November 2017
Battlefront 2 Loot Box Investigated for Gambling

Battlefront 2 Loot Box Investigated for Gambling

Over the past few months, the debate about loot boxes has grown louder as players call for the mechanic to be classed as gambling. And as the discussion continues, Belgium’s gambling authority has...

By Jasmine Henry on 25 November 2017
Overwatch is Getting Xbox One X Enhancements

Overwatch is Getting Xbox One X Enhancements

Many of the biggest Xbox One games have received sizable updates to give them 4K resolution support and other enhancements when played on Xbox One X. Unsurprisingly, more games are in line to recei...

By Dalton Cooper on 19 November 2017
Play Overwatch For Free Next Weekend

Play Overwatch For Free Next Weekend

With BlizzCon 2017 having just wrapped up, there’s no better time to be an Overwatch fan and Blizzard wants to give more players the chance to try its hero shooter by making the game available for...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 17 November 2017
Blizzard Dev: Loot Box Issues Don't Involve Overwatch

Blizzard Dev: Loot Box Issues Don't Involve Overwatch

Since arriving innocuously a few years ago, loot boxes have grown into a major component for most games while also drawing the ire of many video game fans for its perceived overuse. One of the bigg...

By Derek Nichols on 17 November 2017
Overwatch Adding Some Incredible Blizzard-Themed Skins

Overwatch Adding Some Incredible Blizzard-Themed Skins

During the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony event, Blizzard unveiled a brand new Overwatch map called Blizzard World. That new map is based on the universes of several other Blizzard games and it got...

By Jasmine Henry on 17 November 2017
Activision Explains Microtransaction Matchmaking Patent

Activision Explains Microtransaction Matchmaking Patent

Yesterday, it was reported that Activision has filed a patent for microtransaction matchmaking. The technology, according to the filing, would matchmake players in multiplayer games in an effort to...

By Jasmine Henry on 12 November 2017
Overwatch Reveals New Character Moira with Origin Story

Overwatch Reveals New Character Moira with Origin Story

At Blizzcon, Blizzard revealed a brand new support hero for Overwatch, and fan reception to her has been overwhelmingly positive. The new character is a Talon geneticist named Moira O’Deorain, and...

By John Jacques on 12 November 2017
Overwatch: Animated Short Reveals Reinhardt's Backstory

Overwatch: Animated Short Reveals Reinhardt's Backstory

The Overwatch team sure knows how to kick off an event in style, judging by the three huge reveals that game director Jeff Kaplan has made to the game’s fans so far. As he took to the stage, Jeff w...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 11 November 2017
Overwatch: New Healer Revealed at BlizzCon 2017

Overwatch: New Healer Revealed at BlizzCon 2017

There are times that a developer listens to its fan-base, and there are times when a developer delivers exactly what players have been asking for. Blizzard has certainly been doing both in recent t...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 11 November 2017
Blizzard Bans Hundreds of Overwatch Trolls

Blizzard Bans Hundreds of Overwatch Trolls

Blizzard has banned plenty of Overwatch players in the past for more obvious reasons including hacking and using cheats. But this is not the only thing that Blizzard deems a bannable offense and as...

By Jasmine Henry on 11 November 2017
Overwatch Offers Look at Jetpack Cat Hero

Overwatch Offers Look at Jetpack Cat Hero

BlizzCon 2017 was a big event for Overwatch fans. It was during the event’s opening ceremony that game director Jeff Kaplan revealed the new healer character Moira, the impressive new map Blizzard...

By Dalton Cooper on 11 November 2017
Overwatch: New Patch Buffs Mercy and Lucio

Overwatch: New Patch Buffs Mercy and Lucio

Blizzard may have only just released the major Overwatch Halloween event update, but this week, the game received another, small but important patch. This latest update to the hit multiplayer shoot...

By Jasmine Henry on 11 November 2017
Overwatch: Mercy Art Takes the Internet by Storm

Overwatch: Mercy Art Takes the Internet by Storm

Overwatch fans are renowned for taking small pieces of the game’s lore—or just memes the community itself has developed—and running away with it for days on end, creating a huge buzz online that’s...

By Cody Gravelle on 11 November 2017
Overwatch Getting Blizzard Theme Park Map

Overwatch Getting Blizzard Theme Park Map

Blizzard Entertainment kicked off BlizzCon 2017 the right way, giving Overwatch fans plenty of reasons to celebrate during the opening ceremony. In addition to brand new healer character Moira, Bli...

By Jasmine Henry on 11 November 2017
Overwatch Cup Won by South Korea Once Again

Overwatch Cup Won by South Korea Once Again

Those that follow the eSports side of Overwatch are likely aware of the annual Overwatch World Cup. For those that haven’t heard, though, the tournament finals took place this past weekend, and Sou...

By Olivia Falk on 11 November 2017
Overwatch: Moira is Live on PTR Right Now

Overwatch: Moira is Live on PTR Right Now

At Blizzcon 2017 last week, Blizzard introduced Overwatch fans to a new character named Moira, who uses orbs to drain her enemies for self-healing. Given how complex that mechanic could be, some fa...

By Jasmine Henry on 11 November 2017
Are Games as a Service Sustainable?

Are Games as a Service Sustainable?

Games as a service is the term used to refer to games that are supported with a swell of post-launch updates and, in many cases, have business models that depend on players paying for and downloadi...

By Jasmine Henry on 11 November 2017
Overwatch Meets Pokemon in Cool Crossover 'Game'

Overwatch Meets Pokemon in Cool Crossover 'Game'

Overwatch and Pokemon are two of the most popular video game franchises around, as each has millions of fans around the world. It also means that there’s a lot of overlap of fans who love both Over...

By Jasmine Henry on 29 October 2017
Overwatch League Will Likely Fail to Meet Expectations

Overwatch League Will Likely Fail to Meet Expectations

With the final list of regional teams confirmed, Blizzard will kick off the first season of Overwatch League in January and will give Overwatch fans a chance to see the game’s best players in actio...

By Jasmine Henry on 28 October 2017
Best Halloween In-Game Events of 2017

Best Halloween In-Game Events of 2017

The end of October is approaching, which means it’s time to celebrate the spooky, scary holiday in all of our favorite video games. The week leading up to Halloween is full if lots of in-game event...

By Denny Connolly on 28 October 2017
Overwatch Halloween Event Easter Eggs

Overwatch Halloween Event Easter Eggs

Overwatch Halloween Terror is well underway and provides gamers with a chance to play the Junkenstein’s Revenge game mode and unlock some delightfully spooky loot. From supernatural skins and spray...

By Jasmine Henry on 27 October 2017
Game Rant's Top 10 Games of 2016

Game Rant's Top 10 Games of 2016

The Game Rant staff counts down its choices for the 10 best games of 2016, an especially hard task given how great the year was for gaming of all types. While 2016 will likely be remembered for com...

By Anthony Taormina on 18 October 2017
Second Week of Xbox Live Countdown Sales Begins

Second Week of Xbox Live Countdown Sales Begins

The second week of the Xbox Live Countdown sale starts, offering up deals on high-profile titles such as Watch Dogs 2, Overwatch, and DOOM for interested gamers. With Christmas Day now over, many g...

By Rob Gordon on 17 October 2017
Overwatch's Ana, Junkrat Coming to Heroes of the Storm

Overwatch's Ana, Junkrat Coming to Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is getting two new heroes in an upcoming update and Overwatch fans might be happy to see that Blizzard’s first-person shooter is getting even more recognition in the popular MOB...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 17 October 2017
Overwatch Halloween Event Skins Leak

Overwatch Halloween Event Skins Leak

The Overwatch Halloween Terror event returns to the game next week, but many of the spooky new skins have leaked ahead of the festivities. Last year, there were a total of twelve Halloween themed s...

By Curt Hutson on 09 October 2017
Overwatch Changes Mercy Achievement For New Ultimate

Overwatch Changes Mercy Achievement For New Ultimate

With Overwatch‘s angelic heroine getting a complete rework to her ultimate ability, Mercy’s “Huge Rez” achievement is no longer possible, which has Blizzard to change the requirements to fit her ne...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 09 October 2017
Overwatch Free to Play Weekend Announced

Overwatch Free to Play Weekend Announced

Overwatch now has over 30 million players across PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter is a huge success, making bank for the company as a premium title. But the company wants to get...

By Jasmine Henry on 07 October 2017
Overwatch Game Director Talks Hero 26

Overwatch Game Director Talks Hero 26

Since its launch in May of 2016, Overwatch‘s roster has been steadily growing, with new heroes added to the lineup every so often to keep things fresh. Considering the game’s persistent popularity,...

By Dalton Cooper on 07 October 2017
Toxic Overwatch Players On Xbox One Will Be Muted

Toxic Overwatch Players On Xbox One Will Be Muted

Every online video game has toxicity in its community to some extent, and Blizzard’s Overwatch is certainly no exception. Since the game’s launch, Blizzard has tried to figure out ways to curb onli...

By Dalton Cooper on 06 October 2017
Destiny Was Originally Like Overwatch

Destiny Was Originally Like Overwatch

Destiny 2 is practically here, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories about Destiny 1 still worth talking about. This one comes from the early days of Destiny, when it was still in development...

By Weston Albert on 12 September 2017
Overwatch Dev Apologizes for Junkertown Map Error

Overwatch Dev Apologizes for Junkertown Map Error

This week, Blizzard revealed a brand new Overwatch map called Junkertown. But as fans have dived in to the map to take a look at its finer details and secrets, one particular aspect has led game di...

By Jasmine Henry on 26 August 2017
Overwatch Mei Animated Short 'Rise and Shine' Released

Overwatch Mei Animated Short 'Rise and Shine' Released

Blizzard has released the latest Overwatch animated short, titled “Rise and Shine” and starring everyone’s favorite Overwatch climatologist Mei. Blizzard debuted the video live in front of a gamesc...

By Rory Young on 25 August 2017
Overwatch Details Season Six Gameplay Changes

Overwatch Details Season Six Gameplay Changes

All summer long, Overwatch fans have been battling it out in the game’s fifth season of Competitive Play. With season 5 set to wrap up on August 28th, Blizzard has outlined what fans can expect fro...

By Dalton Cooper on 25 August 2017
Destiny and Overwatch Influenced Mass Effect Andromeda

Destiny and Overwatch Influenced Mass Effect Andromeda

Bioware says fans will notice how “fluid, dynamic, and fast-paced” the gameplay of Mass Effect Andromeda is, in part due to the influence of popular shooters. Mass Effect Andromeda will be the end...

By Weston Albert on 24 August 2017
Twitch Allows New Filters For Overwatch and Hearthstone

Twitch Allows New Filters For Overwatch and Hearthstone

Popular streaming service has just announced a slew of new sorting features for Blizzard games that should help fans of both Overwatch and Hearthstone find the best stream for their interests. The...

By John Jacques on 20 August 2017
Overwatch: Gamescom Map Preview, Animated Short Planned

Overwatch: Gamescom Map Preview, Animated Short Planned

The countdown to this year’s gamescom is dwindling to just a few days, as the interactive games and entertainment trade fair will open its doors to the international gaming community next week. Whi...

By AJ Caulfield on 20 August 2017
Overwatch Voice Line Hints At New Map

Overwatch Voice Line Hints At New Map

Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter Overwatch has received several major updates over the last few weeks. The game kicked off its Summer Games event, added a Deathmatch game mode, as well as a brand new...

By Jasmine Henry on 20 August 2017
Overwatch Summer Games 2017 Skins

Overwatch Summer Games 2017 Skins

Overwatch has started the 2017 Summer Games event, bringing Lucioball back into the arcade and introducing a host of new Summer Games-specific character skins. The event will run from August 8 to A...

By Mark Knapp on 19 August 2017
Overwatch Lucioball Game Mode Suffering Major Issues

Overwatch Lucioball Game Mode Suffering Major Issues

There was much joy this week when Blizzard launched the Overwatch Summer Games 2017 event. The limited time event offered Overwatch fans a chance to unlock some summer loot and play the Lucioball g...

By Jasmine Henry on 17 August 2017
Overwatch: Lucioball Tips and Tricks

Overwatch: Lucioball Tips and Tricks

Once again, the annual Overwatch Summer Games have arrived, and this time the competition is fierce, as Blizzard unveils a brand-new competitive version of Lucioball. For those unaware, the Arcade...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 17 August 2017
Overwatch Buffs Roadhog and More in PTR Update

Overwatch Buffs Roadhog and More in PTR Update

Over a year after the game’s release, and Blizzard is still supporting Overwatch with regular updates. The next update for Overwatch sounds like it will be one of the most substantial ones yet, and...

By Dalton Cooper on 17 August 2017
The Game Awards 2016 Winners List

The Game Awards 2016 Winners List

Host Geoff Keighley presents The Game Awards 2016 live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Find out which games took home the top prizes! Serving as the closest thing video games...

By Dalton Cooper on 10 August 2017
Overwatch: Sombra, Details on Halloween Event Leaked

Overwatch: Sombra, Details on Halloween Event Leaked

An image of what appears to be the new Overwatch character Sombra leaks online, along with more details on the game’s rumored upcoming Halloween event. A couple of days ago, Halloween loot boxes fo...

By Dalton Cooper on 10 August 2017
Overwatch: How to Counter Doomfist

Overwatch: How to Counter Doomfist

Overwatch first teased the character Doomfist over a year ago in an animated cinematic, and after a long wait, players have finally gotten their first taste of Doomfist. Unfortunately, for a lot of...

By Mark Knapp on 10 August 2017
Blizzard Working to Eliminate Overwatch Trolls

Blizzard Working to Eliminate Overwatch Trolls

In a new post over at the Blizzard forums, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan confirms that the team are working on a new reporting system to help with toxic players. From creating a “hide and see...

By Alexander Pan on 07 August 2017
Overwatch: Symmetra Buffs Coming in November

Overwatch: Symmetra Buffs Coming in November

Symmetra fans are in luck, as Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan confirms that Blizzard will be looking into giving the support hero a buff in a November update. If you’re an Overwatch fan who is into...

By Maxwell Jeffery on 07 August 2017
Overwatch Reveals New Short, Skin, and Map Details

Overwatch Reveals New Short, Skin, and Map Details

Blizzard uses its Overwatch livesteam at gamescom 2016 to reveal information on the game’s new map, show off a new animated short starring Bastion, and reveal a new legendary skin. Today’s Overwatc...

By Curt Hutson on 07 August 2017
Overwatch: Orisa Buff May Be on the Way

Overwatch: Orisa Buff May Be on the Way

Overwatch has a constantly shifting meta, letting some characters become key assets, and having others occasionally fall out of popularity. One Overwatch character who still hasn’t really seen a so...

By Mark Knapp on 07 August 2017
Is Paladins a Ripoff of Overwatch?

Is Paladins a Ripoff of Overwatch?

Hi-Rez Studios COO Todd Harris comes to the defense of his company’s game Paladins: Champions of the Realm, denying accusations that it is a clone of Overwatch. Ever since Paladins: Champions of th...

By Dalton Cooper on 07 August 2017