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Overwatch’s Summer Games event returns Aug. 8

Overwatch’s Summer Games event returns Aug. 8
Overwatch’s original seasonal event, Summer Games, will return on Tuesday, Aug. 8, Blizzard Entertainment announced earlier this week. This year’s version of the Summer Games event will include new skins and updates to the Lúcioball game mode. Lúcioball will return to Overwatch as a limited-time event, and this year Blizzard is adding a new stadium, Sydney, alongside the returning Rio stadium map. Another thing that is changing is the rules for Lúcioball; Blizzard have removed the ability to “boop” enemies with Lúcio’s Soundwave attack and has changed the way his ultimate ability works. It no longer pulls the ball toward the player, however it will instead increases Lúcio’s speed and the speed of his “boop.” Blizzard is also introducing a competitive ranked mode for Lúcioball. Overwatch’s Summer Games 2017 will also include a variety of new cosmetics, and for players who missed out on the skins, sprays and emotes last year (because Blizzard wouldn’t let players ...

Overwatch is now Activision Blizzard’s eighth $1 billion franchise

It’s easy to forget that Activision and Blizzard (and Candy Crush maker King) are all part of the same company, but they are and they’ve just reported their best ever sales for the three months from January to March. Thanks to the relatively lukewarm response to Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and the aging Destiny, Activision itself did the worst of the three, with sales of ‘only’ £215 million. That’s down on last year, with an operating margin of just 11% – compared to 38% and 35% for Blizzard and King, respectively. The signs are that this will be only a temporary blip though, as apparently last week’s reveal of Call Of Duty: WWII was the most watched livestream ever for the series. The reveal trailer itself has also become the fastest video to reach 10 million views in the Call Of Duty series. Most importantly for Activision, pre-orders are described as ...

Blizzard provides fresh Overwatch update

Blizzard provides fresh Overwatch update
Blizzard has given Nintendo Switch fans a huge update about a potential Overwatch port. Nintendo Switch owners would love to see Overwatch join the games list, but here’s why Blizzard thinks it may never happen. Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan recently said that the company was open to a Switch port, but admitted that it would be a challenge. “Getting OW on the Switch is very challenging for us,” he said last month. “But we’re always open minded about exploring possible platforms.” In an exclusive follow-up interview with Express Online, Kaplan said that Blizzard would have to “revisit performance” to make Overwatch run on Nintendo Switch. “I think the problem is, we’ve really targeted our min spec in a way that we would have to revisit performance and how to get on that platform,” he said. “And also, it’s already challenging right now maintaining three platforms and patching simultaneously, which is something that we’ve finally been ...

Overwatch to get a server browser

Overwatch to get a server browser
Big news out of overwatch HQ today as its confirmed by game director Jeff Kaplan that Overwatch will get a server browser in the next realm of updates. The browser itself will list all the custom games running within each rejoin at any one time, with “all sorts of sorting and filtering options to help you find exactly what kind of game you’re looking for,” and also gives players the ability to run their own unique public or private game servers. The Browser hits overwatch 9 months after release and lines it up against most other shooters. “The majority of our players like to play the game through Quick Play and Competitive. And then a lot of our players engage with the Arcade as well, and the different modes that are running in the Arcade,” Kaplan states in the video. “But there are a lot of times where ...

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