Details On An Unannounced Overwatch 2 Hero

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Details On An Unannounced Overwatch 2 Hero

All of Overwatch 1's heroes are coming back for Overwatch 2. As you read this, Blizzard is updating their looks for the new game. When I visited the development team in early October, they had 13 updated hero designs, with Doomfist being the last to go through the process. As the classic characters' appearances are altered, Blizzard is also working on new heroes. We know that Sojourn will be a playable hero when Overwatch 2 hits, and there's a good chance Echo will be too, but Blizzard still doesn't want to say whether she is or not. Whenever I asked the team about Echo, they used the word "mysterious" to describe her.

During my visit, game director Jeff Kaplan quickly walked me through a PowerPoint presentation that showed off Overwatch 2's new content. One of the slides he brought up was for new heroes. The image contained four silhouettes, none were immediately recognizable as characters that were teased in earlier concept arts, comic books, or any of the art we've seen. From what I could make out, three of the forms were female. This is just a guess, mind you, as the garments they wore made it difficult to know for sure. The character I believed to be male held a crooked staff, looking somewhat like a wizard, warlock, or voodoo priest.

Details On An Unannounced Overwatch 2 Hero

about X hours ago from
Details On An Unannounced Overwatch 2 Hero

All of Overwatch 1's heroes are coming back for Overwatch 2. As you read this, Blizzard is updating their looks for the new game. When I visited the development team in early October, they had 13 updated hero designs, with Doomfist being the last to go through the process. As the classic characters' appearances are altered, Blizzard is also working on new heroes. We know that Sojourn will be a playable hero when Overwatch 2 hits, and there's a good chance Echo will be too, but Blizzard still doesn't want to say whether she is or not. Whenever I asked the team about Echo, they used the word "mysterious" to describe her.

During my visit, game director Jeff Kaplan quickly walked me through a PowerPoint presentation that showed off Overwatch 2's new content. One of the slides he brought up was for new heroes. The image contained four silhouettes, none were immediately recognizable as characters that were teased in earlier concept arts, comic books, or any of the art we've seen. From what I could make out, three of the forms were female. This is just a guess, mind you, as the garments they wore made it difficult to know for sure. The character I believed to be male held a crooked staff, looking somewhat like a wizard, warlock, or voodoo priest.

Can College Sports Make A Comeback?

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Can College Sports Make A Comeback?

Recently, the NCAA voted to allow athlete compensation for usage of their name, image, and likenesses as long as it’s “consistent with the collegiate model.” While there are still plenty of issues to sort out, this is a step towards the return of college sports video games. The news is good if you’re a fan, but I’m circumspect as to the actual viability of college video games as a whole.

I think EA Sports’ first new college football title is still a few years away, but the sports game climate for the foreseeable future is a tough one. Of course, the main reason for this is that the games themselves have stagnated. This year Madden, FIFA, and NHL all scored a 7.5, with key features not executed well. Even 2K’s usually well-regarded NBA 2K series took a dip. This, layered on top of other factors such as increased monetization, buggy launches, unserviced modes, legacy issues, and spotty online play have worn the patience of fans to a prickly point. So whenever college sports games come back, the feeling of relief and excitement for their return from the wilderness won’t last long as these titles are rightly held up to the light. The situation will be further complicated by the new home consoles, which historically can destabilize some series as publishers and developers adjust to the new hardware.

Can College Sports Make The Comeback?

about X hours ago from
Can College Sports Make The Comeback?

Recently, the NCAA voted to allow athlete compensation for usage of their name, image, and likenesses as long as it’s “consistent with the collegiate model.” While there are still plenty of issues to sort out, this is a step towards the return of college sports video games. The news is good if you’re a fan, but I’m circumspect as to the actual viability of college video games as a whole.

I think EA Sports’ first new college football title is still a few years away, but the sports game climate for the foreseeable future is a tough one. Of course, the main reason for this is that the games themselves have stagnated. This year Madden, FIFA, and NHL all scored a 7.5, with key features not executed well. Even 2K’s usually well-regarded NBA 2K series took a dip. This, layered on top of other factors such as increased monetization, buggy launches, unserviced modes, legacy issues, and spotty online play have worn the patience of fans to a prickly point. So whenever college sports games come back, the feeling of relief and excitement for their return from the wilderness won’t last long as these titles are rightly held up to the light. The situation will be further complicated by the new home consoles, which historically can destabilize some series as publishers and developers adjust to the new hardware.

Can College Sports Make A Comeback?

about X hours ago from
Can College Sports Make A Comeback?

Recently, the NCAA voted to allow athlete compensation for usage of their name, image, and likenesses as long as it’s “consistent with the collegiate model.” While there are still plenty of issues to sort out, this is a step towards the return of college sports video games. The news is good if you’re a fan, but I’m circumspect as to the actual viability of college video games as a whole.

I think EA Sports’ first new college football title is still a few years away, but the sports game climate for the foreseeable future is a tough one. Of course, the main reason for this is that the games themselves have stagnated. This year Madden, FIFA, and NHL all scored a 7.5, with key features not executed well. Even 2K’s usually well-regarded NBA 2K series took a dip. This, layered on top of other factors such as increased monetization, buggy launches, unserviced modes, legacy issues, and spotty online play have worn the patience of fans to a prickly point. So whenever college sports games come back, the feeling of relief and excitement for their return from the wilderness won’t last long as these titles are rightly held up to the light. The situation will be further complicated by the new home consoles, which historically can destabilize some series as publishers and developers adjust to the new hardware.

Hands-On With Diablo IV

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Hands-On With Diablo IV

At Blizzcon 2019, it was common to see and talk to attendees that had only one thing in mind - more Diablo IV. People were getting in line over and over again to play the demo, either to try different classes or to try and discover any secrets in the area we had to play with. That area included a main questline for those who wanted to do it, two dungeon areas, a world boss, a zone event, and more. For my demo, I went druid. How can you not? Sorceress and Barbarian are fun, but the returning expansion class from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction was too much to pass up.

Hands-On With Diablo IV

about X hours ago from
Hands-On With Diablo IV

At Blizzcon 2019, it was common to see and talk to attendees that had only one thing in mind - more Diablo IV. People were getting in line over and over again to play the demo, either to try different classes or to try and discover any and all secrets in the area we had to play with. That area included a main questline for those who wanted to do it, two dungeon areas, a world boss, a zone event, and more. For my demo, I went druid. How can you not? Sorceress and Barbarian are fun, but the returning expansion class from Diablo II: Lord of Destruction was too much to pass up.

Talking Diablo IV With Allen Adham At Blizzcon 2019

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Talking Diablo IV With Allen Adham At Blizzcon 2019

I caught up with Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham at Blizzcon 2019 for a few questions about our upcoming return to Hell.

How far away is release?

We're not releasing any specific timing. But I will tell you that while we've been working on Diablo IV for several years, we still have a ways to go. So we do want to set proper expectations. It's a big, beautiful, contiguous open world. It's packed full of creatures. It's really grounded in the quests and the content that are an order of magnitude beyond anything we've done before. Yeah, it's going to take some time for us to get it right. You know, at Blizzard we don't compromise on quality.

Talking Diablo IV With Allen Adham At Blizzcon 2019

about X hours ago from
Talking Diablo IV With Allen Adham At Blizzcon 2019

I caught up with Blizzard co-founder Allen Adham at Blizzcon 2019 for a few questions about our upcoming return to Hell.

How far away is release?

We're not releasing any specific timing. But I will tell you that while we've been working on Diablo IV for several years, we still have a ways to go. So we do want to set proper expectations. It's a big, beautiful, contiguous open world. It's packed full of creatures. It's really grounded in the quests and the content that are an order of magnitude beyond anything we've done before. Yeah, it's going to take some time for us to get it right. You know, at Blizzard we don't compromise on quality.

Hands-On With Overwatch 2 Co-Op

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Hands-On With Overwatch 2 Co-Op

Since the original release of Overwatch, players have clamored for more story-centric content. At Blizzcon 2019, I had a chance to check out the new story content coming to Overwatch 2. You can read a whole lot more about the upcoming title in our upcoming cover story, but for now I loaded in with three friends to take on a smattering of evil robots. Before our game began, we had the option to opt into "expert" difficulty, but my companions and I decided that normal would be a good way to cut our teeth. As Mei, I was joined by Reinhardt, Lucio, and Tracer for a bustling co-op adventure in Rio de Janeiro.

Across the entire experience, cutscenes kept the story flowing as we moved from area to area. The escapade begins by clearing a club out – standard grunt enemies that didn't really offer any challenge but eased us into the experience. After mopping them up, we get our first supply chest – filled with items of various color-coded rarities that offer essentially a long cooldown ability to your base kit. I select a corrosive grenade while my allies grab other assorted support gear. Nothing special in this chest in terms of rarity, mostly greens, but we expect that will change later down the line.