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by Published on 2018-08-28 10:55 PM

Suit Up for D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
D.Va has successfully defended South Korea from another gwishin omnic attack in her new animated short, “Shooting Star”—now it’s time to kick back with her favorite (officially endorsed) beverage!


To celebrate her victory and the upcoming release of the new Busan map (now on the Public Test Realm), we invite you to participate in D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge starting now until September 10!




Game Face: On
We’re bringing the excitement of the action-packed animated “Shooting Star” short into Overwatch by making some of the special content in the short available to unlock in-game. Your wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you additional limited-time D.Va sprays, a player icon, and a new epic skin: NANO COLA D.VA!


These special D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge rewards are a bonus on top of your normal earnings for playing in the Arcade.


No Hacks Required!
When you’re not playing to win, you can watch to unlock even more D.Va-themed cosmetics! For the next two weeks, we’re partnering with a variety of content creators from around the world to bring you a new series of Twitch Drops. Tune in to these MEKA-awesome broadcasters while they’re playing Overwatch anytime through September 10 to earn eight D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge sprays!

IMPORTANT: To be eligible to receive these Twitch Drops you must first link your Blizzard account to your Twitch account. Visit the Twitch Connections page to log in and complete the link now.


D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge Twitch Drops will be available August 28 - September 10 on select Twitch broadcaster channels—see the full list of participating channels below. Tune in during the highlighted dates and times to support a specific broadcaster, or watch their streams at any point during the campaign to unlock these rewards. For more information on Twitch Drops, click here.



Shooting Star
Behind closed doors and away from the cameras, beloved former pro gamer and current MEKA squad pilot D.Va prepares her mech for the unexpected…



Now Traveling To...Busan
Overwatch has now spread to South Korea with our newest control map: Busan! Check it out now on the Public Test Realm. Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: the Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base.


Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture. Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight in a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train). Contest for position in MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks: D.Va and the rest of the MEKA squad.

Teams must fight to hold each of the three stages to establish complete control of the city that refuses to surrender its way of life to any threat.


Love, Diva
Level up your wall art matrix with the official printable poster from Shooting Star for free. You can also give your desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone the diva treatment with these gorgeous wallpapers that are free to download and use.


It’s time to raise your APM in-game and rack up your hours watched on the streamer scoreboard so you can add all of these limited-time cosmetics to your collection.

Now bunny hop to it—bailing out!
by Published on 2018-08-27 05:15 PM

Paid Loot Boxes and Loot Chests Disabled for Players in Belgium
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
In April 2018, the Belgian Gaming Commission published a report that was endorsed by the Belgian Ministry of Justice in which they concluded that paid loot boxes in Overwatch are considered gambling under local law. While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law. As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems.

No matter what, we want to make sure that our players around the world have the best entertainment experience possible. While players in Belgium will no longer be able to purchase paid loot boxes in Overwatch and loot chests in Heroes of the Storm, they’ll still be able to earn them by playing the games, and they’ll still have access to all in-game content.

These measures will be implemented shortly. We also remain open to further discussions with the Belgian Gaming Commission and Ministry of Justice on this topic.
by Published on 2018-08-23 10:59 PM

Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – August 22, 2018
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report an issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.

Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.

Patch Highlights

New Map - Busan
Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base.

Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture. Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight across a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train). Contest for position in MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks: D.Va and the rest of the MEKA squad.

Hero Gallery - Filter
View all of the cosmetics Overwatch has to offer with our new Filter feature in the Hero Gallery. Customize your search for cosmetics by category (including seasonal events or whether they're from the Overwatch League), rarity, and whether they are unlocked or waiting to be collected.

Hero Updates
Ana
  • Biotic Rifle
    • Increased the precision of the Relative Aim Sensitivity While Zoomed slider. This can be found under Options > Controls > Hero > Ana

Brigitte
  • Shield Bash
    • Now knocks down and gets knocked down by other charging targets (e.g Reinhardt and Doomfist)

Reinhardt
  • Earthshatter
    • Now will consistently hit enemies near walls
    • No longer will hit enemies that enter the damage cone after the “wave” has passed that area
    • No longer will damage enemies behind barriers blocking it, even if the barrier is later dropped or destroyed
    • Will always travel up inclines and around the payload
Developer Comments: We’ve given Earthshatter a complete overhaul to combat inconsistencies with its performance. These changes will make Earthshatter’s behavior more predictable and effective.

Widowmaker
  • Widow's Kiss
    • Increased the precision of the Relative Aim Sensitivity While Zoomed slider. This can be found under Options > Controls > Hero > Widowmaker

Game Browser and Custom Games
  • FFA Deathmatch
    • Mercy now begins the match with her Caduceus Blaster equipped
    • Blizzard World is now available to play in Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch
  • 1v1 Mystery Heroes
    • Mercy now begins the match with her Caduceus Blaster equipped

Bug Fixes
General
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Torbjörn Armor Packs Created statistic from updating if the ability landed directly on a friendly target

Communication Wheel
  • [PC] Fixed a bug that caused a delay in selecting options on the Communication Wheel when cycling left using a mouse

Brigitte
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Shield Bash movement to be interrupted when she impacted Symmetra’s turrets

D.Va
  • Fixed a bug that allowed D.Va to escape the map if she used Call Mech while standing on Mei’s Ice Wall

Hanzo
  • Fixed a bug that caused Dragonstrike Arrow size to be larger than his other arrows

Mei
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Cryo-freeze to block the line of sight for Mei’s Blizzard

Mercy
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mercy to gain ultimate charge from using her damage beam on attacks that cannot be damage boosted
Reaper
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Reaper’s Shadow Step from going on cooldown if he was interrupted

Roadhog
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Roadhog’s alternate fire now calculates falloff damage correctly

Reinhardt
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented Reinhardt’s Earthshatter from landing if he was launched into the air during its cast

Sombra
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra from destroying her Translocator if she was stunned or hacked

Symmetra
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s Hack from canceling Symmetra’s Photon Barrier placement
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s teleport UI to persist after being eliminated

Widowmaker
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker’s scoped shots on hero placed objects to count against her Scoped Weapon Accuracy statistic

Wrecking Ball
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Wrecking Ball’s Piledriver to deal damage twice if he slid off the environment during its duration
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Wrecking Ball’s primary fire to continue working if it was disabled in custom game

Michael Chu Confirms MEKA Pilots' Names and Mech Names
Blizzard's own Michael Chu posted on Reddit the names of the MEKA pilots and also revealed that their mechs have names as well!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
All the MEKA pilots' mechs have names!
  • Casino -> La Princesse Sereine (usually shortened to La Princesse)
  • D.mon -> Beast
  • D.Va -> 토끼 (Tokki)
  • King -> 신** (Singijeon)
  • Overlord -> Mastermind

Custom Overwatch Nike Shoes at Fan Event in South Korea
Some custom Overwatch Nike sneakers were spotted at a fan event in South Korea recently. They were designed by UPBOY and are currently not on sale to the public.


by Published on 2018-08-22 11:25 AM

Overwatch Animated Short - Shooting Star
A new Overwatch Animated Short has been revealed!



Overwatch - Upcoming Control Map: Busan
Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base.

Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture. Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight across a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train). Contest for position in MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks: D.Va and the rest of the MEKA squad. Teams must fight to hold each of the three stages to establish complete control of the city that refuses to surrender its way of life to any threat.


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