Overwatch fans are in for a big surprise and perhaps the best treat so far in 2017 with the latest updates coming into effect to celebrate the year of the Rooster. Blizzard has been working on some items and special in game events marking the 20th birthday of Diablo. A selection of in game sprays representing various Diablo classes will be presented, also available will be a new player icon styled after the Lord of Terror.
There is also an on-going sale for Overwatch so if you haven’t already bought the game, now is a great chance for you to get it and start your journey to Overwatch addiction, very much like myself. You can check out prices and more info from Blizzard’s Playoverwatch site!
The openness of the overwatch team has been of great assistance in the gathering of all latest relevant news regarding updates and information on any key future happenings and events related to the game. As relayed by Blizzard’s Overwatch team, we are to expect one major update per month moving forward. However, we this is just an estimate and not a confirmation as most are used to with how Blizzard works. In this post I will list out the expected changes and updates that Blizzard has in store for Overwatch players, but please not that none of them are set in stone!
Expected Overwatch Updates in Early 2017
- Assault map improvements
- The return of Lucioball
Possibility of the introduction of an 8v8 brawl alongside a 4v4 brawl. Lucioball would return perhaps in an arcade mode since it was such a popular game mode back when they launched it the first time.
- Custom Game Tweaks. Confirmed custom changes will include:
– Enabling all chat.
– An option to turn off kicking for inactivity.
– The options to change who is the moderator in lobby.
– The ability to switch teams in lobby.
- Symmetra shield generator voice lines
Similar to her teleporter, Blizzard will be working on the introduction of lines for reacting to the creation and destruction of shield generators installed by enemy Symmetras.
- Replay system
Not expected to be released anytime soon, but Blizzard has given confirmation that a replay system is in the works by their internal team and we should expect to see this in 2017.
- Map editor
Similar to the replay system, this is also another one for the future.
- New heroes
Ana and Sombra are out but recent information update says heroes will not be released in batches we are yet which more heroes are up for contention for release. We are all looking forward in anticipation for the next heroes to be unvailed.
- Anti-hack, Anti-cheat and bug fixing
Little info or specifics were divulged regarding this matter but a lot of Blizzard’s resources are going into trying to find a viable and consistent solution for this. Hackers and cheaters are a huge problem in Overwatch and require a similar reaction before things start to get out of hand.
- Social improvements
Constantly being worked on and developed. Also in the works are improvements to the reporting functions in-game. As things are now, it is rather limited.
This limited time event is ending on the 13th of Feb, so if you haven’t already farmed all the legendary and epic skins, I definitely recommend that you take some time to grind them out! Some of them, especially the Mei one is super cute. If you don’t have the time to play the game yourself, you can get others to play it for you! Boostards, whom we have done an interview a couple of weeks back are offering Overwatch boosting services to those we are in need of help, or don’t have the time to play the game themselves.