‘Overwatch’ Downgrades Mercy, adds 4K on Xbox One X

Game developer Blizzard has implemented changes in its popular game Overwatch. The developer has tested the game for a week. Now the changes would involve moving from the game’s test servers to the wider gaming population.

 

Blizzard said that it would implement a patch for its 4K team shooter for Xbox One X gaming console. However, the developer said that the big change would really affect the game’s two characters: Junkrat and Mercy.

 

The developer has reportedly downgraded the Overwatch’s popular character. This means that their skills and capabilities were affected by the changes Blizzard implemented. It added that the biggest adjustment was with the healer Mercy targeting her Ultimate ability and Resurrect.

 

Here’s the changes made by Blizzard affecting the Overwatch’s popular characters: Mercy and Junkrat, according to Engadget.

 

Mercy

Valkyrie
No longer makes Resurrect instant
No longer grants a bonus Resurrect charge
The speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%
Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds

Junkrat

Concussion Mine
Now will deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s center

 

Engadget reported that the changes would take a tool on Mercy’s ability to resurrect teammates when showing her Valkyrie ultimate to slow down the other teammates.

 

And for Junkrat’s part, the concussion mines would be needing more accurate targeting to implement damage. Junkrat’s concussion mines would also prevent players from spamming and it would kill easily.

Blizzard Releases Overwatch’s New Legendary Hanzo Skin

Game developer Blizzard has teased the fans of Overwatch for several skins that will be released on January 23. A preview of the skins surfaced recently and one of which is the
Kabuki Hanzo legendary skin.

 

Blizzard to release skins, emotes, maps for Overwatch

 

Before the Kabuki Hanzo legendary skin was revealed, Blizzard has also released a Capoeira Lucio outfit, Asp Pharrah, among others. The company said that five heroes of Overwatch would also be receiving new epic skins.

 

These skins, according to Blizzard, will be rolled out during Tuesday’s launched. Apart from these, gamers would also enjoy the new skins for Symmetra, Reaper, McCree, Junkrat, and Zenyatta, respectively.

 

Also, the game developer has teased fans that a legendary skin for D.Va will be revealed anytime soon. Blizzard said that both the new skins, emotes, and sprays, as well as the game’s new map, will be revealed on Tuesday, January 23.

 

Meanwhile, the developer added that fans would be getting a timely update until Tuesday. This means that fans of the Overwatch will soon expect some changes to loot boxes. This information was shared by Jeff Kaplan, the game’s director.

 

So what’s inside the Overwatch’s standard loot boxes? Inside the standard loot boxes, Kaplan said, are tons of new content.

 

With this, players should be able to unlock things at their convenience. The new way is a departure to the usual practice of having a time-limited event loot boxes.

Blizzard: Overwatch Update Adds New Skins And Makes Changes

Avid players of the popular game Overwatch League will get to enjoy new skins based on the league’s various teams. Apart from the new skins, the game developer also brought an update some changes, additions and fixes.

 

 

Blizzard has rolled out the Overwatch League update for PC, PS4 and Xbox One gaming consoles. The game developer said that the game’s new team skins are not just available in the loot box.

 

 

To get the new skins, gamers should buy the new skins with League Tokens. Gamers can buy the skins in bundles with a price ranging from $5 which is equivalent to 100 Tokens to 2,600 Tokens, that’s if a gamer opted to buy a $100-worth of tokens.

 

 

Apart from these, a player could also buy an individual skin that would cost 100 Tokens. And here’s an earlier treat. Blizzard said that players would be able to receive 100 Tokens if they could logged-in between now and February 13.

 

 

However, if a gamer aims to collect a complete collection of the game’s skin. Obviously, it would be very expensive with a possible price of $1,200. Players could access the whole collection of the skins in the Overwatch gallery.

 

A selected patch notes, as published on Blizzard’s website, is presented below.

 

Introducing Overwatch League Team Skins

 

Time to suit up! Overwatch League home-team skins are now live and can be purchased via our new League Token system, which allows players to directly support their favorite Overwatch League team (or teams!). Home-team skins are available for all 12 OVerwatch League teams and all 26 Overwatch heroes.

General Updates

General

”    Players can now watch the Overwatch League stream via the Overwatch League menu option when games are live

”    [PS4/XB1] Players can now bind all communication wheel options to a gamepad button

”    [PS4/XB1] An option to press and hold crouch rather than toggling the ability has been added to Options > Controls > Movement

”    [PS4/XB1] A slider for “Friendly Aim Assist Strength” has been added to Ana’s control options under Options > Controls > Hero. This will make it easier to aim at allies

”    Weapon accuracy is no longer increased or decreased when shooting at Genji’s Deflect or abilities that block projectiles (e.g. Winston’s Barrier Projector or Mei’s Ice Wall)

User Interface

Heroes

”    Zenyatta’s Orb of Discord and Orb of Harmony will now display its target’s health bar

Bug Fixes

General

”    Fixed an issue that prevented earned items from being displayed when a Loot Box was opened

”    Fixed a bug that caused a duplicate “Current Competitive Season” selection to appear in the Career Profile dropdown menu

”    [PC] Fixed a bug that prevented players from being able to navigate in-game menus with the tab key

”    Fixed a bug that prevented UI elements for Tracer’s Blink from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode

”    Fixed a bug that prevented the ammo count for Doomfist’s Hand Cannon from displaying when switching between first- and third-person view in spectator mode

 

 

Hackers turn two WoW towns into killing fields

World of Warcraft players may have encountered piles and piles of skeletons as they played the other day. Though this site is uncommon to WoW players, but gamers have reported that they have indeed seen these odd sights during their game.

According to reports, hackers were able to breach and find an exploit that enabled them to kill every non-player character or every player for that matter in two towns in the game, Orgrimmar and Stormwind.

WoW developer Blizzard was able to fix the exploit after they found out that there indeed was an attack to their system.

According to community manager Nethaera in an forum post, “We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.”

The killing spree occurred after developers weren’t able to detect an exploit that allows level one characters access to the kill commands for every player and computer controlled characters of the game in the area.

One of those who were responsible for the hack told Eurogamer, “We didn’t do any permanent damage.”

“Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch, and some people didn’t. The people who didn’t should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster,” he added.

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Blizzard looking for “StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm” beta testers

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm is officially now in beta phase.

Blizzard reported that Starcraft 2, this new iteration of the StarCraft franchise, will be subject to testing by a select group of individuals namely, pro-gamers, press, shoutcasters and Arcade contest winners.

According to the company, “We will soon be inviting other players to participate in the beta, so be sure you’ve opted in by clicking on the ‘Beta Profile Settings’ under the Account Management section of your Battle.net account.”

“Signing up from a Battle.net account that’s actively playing StarCraft 2 will help your chances of being selected. Note that opting in doesn’t guarantee beta access,” Blizzard added.

In addition, the company is also working on other sections of the StarCraft community to provide them beta access opportunities. So those who don’t have Battle.net access will also have the chance to game test the game.

Blizzard noted, “To start off, we will be focusing on the multiplayer experience only. We’ve added an exciting array of new units and abilities to the terrans, protoss and zerg and we’d like to have as many eyes on them as possible.”

So those of you who are interested in testing the new StarCraft 2 game, keep your fingers crossed that Blizzard will choose your name!

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Good news for Diablo, bad news for World of Warcraft

Blizzard can’t have the best of both worlds.

As gamers grabbed Blizzard’s latest Diablo III game, majority of these individuals were so ecstatic that they’ve decided to abandon the company’s previous money making baby, World of Warcraft.

In a report by Forbes, Xfire said that the World of Warcraft has seen a major drop of players since Diablo III was released. They also added that World of Warcraft now only has one-quarter of the player base they once had.

While World of Warcraft is having difficulties, League of Legends and Star Wars the Old Republic seems to combat the Diablo III menace quit well. Though the two games have seen a drop in play time and players, League of Legends has only seen a small dip in user numbers and hours played while Star Wars has seen a downward trend ever since its launch.

President of Xfire Mark Donovan said, “We were surprised by just how quickly Diablo III shot up and how many minutes people are playing it. 35,000 Xfire players are playing 10 million minutes per day. We haven’t had that since World of Warcraft launched. We’re seeing our users uploading 3,000 to 3,500 screenshots a day from Diablo III, primarily from the US.”

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Diablo III sells 6.3 million units in 24 hours

As expected, Activision Blizzard’s new Diablo III became the fastest selling PC game ever, as they sold 3.5 million units in the first 24 hours after the game was released.

Though the rate eventually fell, as Blizzard’s first week figures was pegged at 6.3 million units, still the game took the world of PC games like a storm. It seemed like a tsunami, like tidal wave hit the gamers world.

These figures do not include those who have World of Warcraft Annual Pass who got a copy of Diablo III for free. If we include them in the tally, the first day total would end up at 4.7 million individuals playing the game last May 15.

Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said, “We’re definitely thrilled that so many people around the world were excited to pick up their copy of Diablo III and jump in the moment it went live.”

“We also regret that our preparations were not enough to ensure everyone had a seamless experience when they did so. I want to reaffirm our commitment to make sure the millions of Diablo III players out there have a great experience with the game moving forward, and I also want to thank them for their ongoing support,” he added.

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