BlizzCon 2016: Overwatch Panel
This BlizzCon is a major milestone for Overwatch: it's the first BlizzCon where the game has been live!
A hit out of the gates, all fans are curious to see what's next for Overwatch. Luckily, this panel didn't hold any punches. From a breakdown of the newest champion Sombra to new game modes through the Arcade, there's a ton of content. In other exciting news, Blizzard also announced today they will be supporting esports heavily, creating the Overwatch League where professional players will get salaries and other stability as they compete similar to Riot's LCS program.
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Sombra is 30 years old
She came from the Omnicrisis event in Mexico where the war destroyed much of country's infrastructure
She became a hacker to survive as a kid, stealing money to get by in a war-torn Mexico
The Soldier 76 short, "Hero," first introduced the revolutionary group that took Sombra in as a child: Los Muertos
Sombra discovered a conspiracy in the heart of the events of Mexico--unfortunately it backfired on her, she was overconfident, and she had to go underground where she augmented herself to become part computer
At this point she joined Talon where she currently works
Sombra is a perfect example of an unreliable narrator, who is a shade of gray: she's not black and white, she's meant to be mysterious
Sombra started out with the idea of a throwing dagger/knives hero. Eventually the cyberpunk aesthetic was tried and it was a hit internally:
She was supposed to be very agile, stealthy: flashy
Sombra Legendary Skins
Legendary skin preview:
Los Muertos Sombra
Legendary skin preview:
Sombra Playstyle & Kit
Initially wanted to make a stealth champion that backstabbed, but found it didn't work out (negative user feedback)
She has a machine pistol similar to Mercy and Tracer's
Her alternate fire is
, where she can hack players and health packs as well as turrets
Hacking has a skill cap, as you have to know who to hack and when (hacking a Soldier 76 should be more powerful, for example)
: Sombra goes completely invisible to the enemy. If she takes any damage, she is broken out immediately.
: Like a grenade, throw it and it sticks to the ground. Lasts for 15 seconds. Can teleport to that location. Can be thrown in the air.
: Her ultimate applies hack to everyone. It also destroys all barriers and shields, making it devastating.
: She automatically detects opponents half or less health through walls.
Arcade is meant to be a bunch of game modes, curated over time: they don't know how frequently it will change
It's basically a re-imagined brawl where new game modes can be tried out and retired on a whim
Whenever you play a new game mode, you will get a free loot box for the first time you try it out
The arcade will have a weekly reward system: every 3 wins, you get a loot box. It goes on cooldown after 9 wins, so you can earn a total of 3 loot boxes a week from the arcade.
You can play any mode in the arcade, so you can mix & match or just grind one out!
: There's always a desire to have a 1v1, to test your skill against someone else. This is a best of 9, whomever gets to 5 wins first wins. Each round the game selects a random hero and you have to fight each other to the death, you both play the same opponent!
Eco Point Antarctica
: A smaller map designed for 1v1 and 3v3 play. It's the homebase for Mei, providing her with story background. It will be a best of 5. You can group up as a competitive or you can queue solo. Once you pick a hero, you are locked in for the round! It is an elimination round, once you die: you die.
: Quick play is no longer going to allow more than one of a hero, no limit will be a mode that will allow people to hero stack if they want to.
: A playlist of brawls. There will always be a static selection of brawls to cycle through, has the old brawls people liked (like Pharah vs Mercy, etc) There will be new brawls, like "This is Illiyos" where you play as Roadhog vs Lucio only on the well map!
New Map: Oasis
King of the Hill map
Will feature Overwatch's first jump pad
Set in the Arabian desert in the Middle East
Oasis was founded by advanced scientists as a testament to the ingenuity of humanity
Will go live on the PTR hopefully in December 2016
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