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Dark Horse Books reveals Overwatch Anthology: Expanded Edition

An Overwatch comic compilation

If you're a comic book and Overwatch fan, you have something to look out for in the near future. Dark Horse Books has revealed the Overwatch Anthology: Expanded Edition trade, which is a compilation of previously-released Overwatch comics. It launches on Nov. 23rd, 2021 for $25, and you can read a synopsis below.

In this exciting comic series, explore the backstories and motivations behind Overwatch’s most popular heroes—from Ana to Zarya!

This updated hardcover anthology now collects all of Blizzard Entertainment’s existing digital Overwatch comics from an all-star lineup of creators, including Ryan Benjamin, Matt Burns, Robert Brooks, Micky Neilson, Nesskain, Bengal, and more. Whether you’re starting in bronze or a Grandmaster, this expanded anthology adds over fifty pages of new comics and behind the scenes content, making it an essential companion to the Overwatch universe!

Collects Overwatch Anthology volume 1 with seven new stories added.

Overwatch 2's dev team is working hard to make sure the game is a worthy successor and a true sequel

A lot to live up to

Many were hoping that Overwatch 2 would be out by now, but that's not the case. While we still don't know how long we'll be waiting for the sequel, it's clear that progress is being made. Blizzard wants to ensure that this sequel is everything it can be, so they're not rushing the development process. This sentiment was echoed by game director Jeff Kaplan.

We've been talking about the game, about this universe, I know you all love it so much... right now, we can sit down and have a night of Overwatch 2 and have it be a really fun experience, and I think we need some more time till we can say it's perfectly polished in the way that we want it.

We've made such incredible strides since we first announced this and showed it to the community at BlizzCon 2019. We want to create something that really moves people, that really touches people... We want it to become part of your life and for you to experience it... Our goal is for Overwatch 2 to be the worthy successor to the first game, to be the next evolution, to be a true sequel.

Diablo II: Resurrected executive producer says the game "isn't a remake," as the original Diablo II powers the entire game

The game you know and love

Diablo II: Resurrected was revealed earlier today, and it's giving the original Diablo II a very shiny coat of paint. That said, the gameplay mechanics and core features of the original Diablo II are very much in tact. Rod Fergusson, executive producer of the Diablo franchise, spoke about this in an interview with Polygon.

“This isn’t a remake. We’re not reverse-engineering it; we’re not rebuilding it and trying to make it look and sound like [Diablo 2]. This is [Diablo 2]. [...] It’s right there, underneath the surface. The entire simulation, the engine for this game, that lifeblood of this game, is [Diablo 2] right underneath. So there’s a toggle switch, a legacy toggle, that when you press the button, you’ll see behind the curtains, and there is Diablo 2 in 2D sprites running right there, and you can play the way that you played 20 years ago.”

Diablo II: Resurrected deep dive, multiplayer breakdown, and full presentation

Diablo is BACK



Did you miss the BlizzCon Online 2021 features on Diablo II: Resurrected? No worries, as you can catch all of the segments above. Take a deep dive into the game overall, check out the multiplayer features, and see the full presentation!

"The Voices of Overwatch" and "Creating a Soundtrack" BlizzCon Online 2021 features

Behind-the-scenes features


Blizzard shared two more Overwatch-related videos during BlizzCon Online 2021, which you can check out above. One of them dives into the voices behind the Overwatch characters, as well as insight into how the game's soundtrack was made.

"Behind the Scenes" and "55 New Details" Overwatch 2 video features

Finally, an update!


Fans have been wondering what's up with Overwatch 2, and Blizzard has finally shared some new details. While the game is still a ways off, at least we have some new details to glean and fresh footage to check out. Watch both videos above to get completely up to speed on where Overwatch 2 is at.

Blizzard Arcade Collection announced for Switch, releases today

THE LOST VIKINGS!!

Blizzard's BlizzCon Online event is going on right now, and they've already revealed a special release for Switch. The Blizzard Arcade Collection is available right now for $20, and you can read all about it below.

Blizzard just announced during BlizzConline a little surprise for fans, retro enthusiasts, and followers of video game history.

Introducing the Blizzard Arcade Collection, a digital set of its original hits, updated and available now for Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (also PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility). The collection retails for $19.99, and is included in all tiers of the Celebration Collection (PC) and The Blizzard 30-Year Celebration Collection (consoles).

The Blizzard® Arcade Collection features enhanced releases of Blizzard Entertainment’s early hits—The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing, and Blackthorne—all of which were released to critical acclaim prior to the company establishing the Blizzard Entertainment® label. Each entry in the Collection provides an early look at what would evolve into Blizzard’s signature approach to satisfying gameplay, colorful design, and tongue-in-cheek humor.

Enhanced Features
The Blizzard Arcade Collection games come in both Original Editions and upgraded Definitive Editions. Each version features enhancements such as custom key mapping and the ability to rewind up to 10 seconds.

Watch Mode – The Original Editions of The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne include watch mode, letting players watch a playthrough of the game and jump in to take control at any point.
Save Anywhere – With the exception of the Definitive Edition of Rock N Roll Racing, each version of the game includes the ability to save progress anywhere.
The Museum – A digital museum is included, with an array of bonus materials, such as game art, development assets, unused content, lore, interviews, and more.

Update now available for Overwatch

A new update is now available for Overwatch. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

ORISA

This will make Fortify more reliable at preventing large bursts of incoming damage and make it more consistent as a defensive ability.

Fortify

Prevents critical headshot damage while effect is active

REAPER

Reaper's shotguns have a high damage potential but require close range or large targets to fully utilize. We're smoothing this out by extending the range at which he can consistently deal damage while lowering the maximum damage of each shot.

Hellfire Shotguns
Spread reduced from 8 to 6
Damage per projectile reduced from 7 to 5.5

WINSTON

With this change Winston will be slightly more resilient against shotguns, beams, and weapons with a high rate of fire.

Base Armor/Health has been redistributed from 100/400 to 150/350

WRECKING BALL

For how often it can occur, Wrecking Ball's knockback is too strong. We're reducing the distance it moves enemy players to bring it more in line with other low cooldown knockback abilities.

Grappling Claw
Knockback strength reduced 25%

BUG FIXES

General

Fixed a bug that caused player ragdoll models to fall through the terrain when skipping the kill camera
Fixed a bug that caused the Bounty Hunter game mode to collapse too early

Maps

Junkertown

Fixed a bug that allowed Tracer to escape map geometry in a specific location

Activision says Overwatch 2 won't launch in 2021

Our watch has ended

Fans have been wondering when we were going to learn some more about Overwatch 2. Today is that day, but it's not the news people want.

Activision has confirmed that Overwatch 2 isn't going to release this year. Fans closely following the situation felt that things were moving slower than anticipated, and it looks like those rumors were true. Now we'll have to look to 2022 at the earliest for Overwatch 2's release.

Overwatch League 2021 Season Structure Detailed

A league of their own

The pandemic has caused a major shift in how eSports are handled, as in-person events aren't possible in much of the world right now. This means there needs to be restructuring for any eSports organization out there, and that definitely includes the Overwatch League.

In a new press release and video feature, full plans for the 2021 season of the Overwatch League have been shared. Check out the full breakdown of how things will play out below.

Today, Overwatch Esports Vice President Jon Spector shared updates to our 2021 season in a video posted on overwatchleague.com. To take full advantage of what was learned last season, we’ve made several changes that will improve the quality of competition and the fan experience for this coming season.

Our 2021 season will begin in April. Teams will be divided into two groups: East and West.

The East includes the eight teams competing in China and South Korea: the Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Los Angeles Valiant, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Shanghai Dragons, and Seoul Dynasty.

The West includes the twelve teams competing in Europe and North America: the Atlanta Reign, Boston Uprising, Dallas Fuel, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, Los Angeles Gladiators, Paris Eternal, San Francisco Shock, Vancouver Titans, Toronto Defiant, and Washington Justice.

Teams in the East and West will play regular-season regional qualifier matches to determine seeding in four standalone tournaments that will feature top teams from both regions competing in one bracket. This is made possible thanks to the minimum latency tool found in Overwatch.

All regular-season matches will count towards qualification for the 2021 Season Playoffs, but only the top teams will qualify for and compete in the four tournaments. We’ll share more details about how teams qualify for tournaments as we get closer to the start of the season.

For our fans, we’re working very closely with YouTube as we enter the second year of our partnership. There are a lot of things in the works that we can’t reveal yet, but we can say that we’re going to level up the quality of our match streams, add more value to watching live matches, and improve the discoverability of live Overwatch content.

We’re also making improvements to our match broadcasts with a new and improved virtual set, a freshly redesigned graphics package, and changes to our show format that place even more emphasis on match play. We’ll have more to share on this later in the offseason.

On the content side, we’re developing new video series that spotlight players and teams, feature pro Overwatch tips, and gather the best analysis from our experts.

Our digital fan experiences are also getting some big upgrades. We’re working on a spoiler-free viewer mode and new integrations with partners like IBM that are going to significantly enhance the way our fans interact with players, teams, and stats.

On the competition side, we’re also working on using a new system that establishes minimum latency connections so that teams anywhere in the world can scrimmage against one another or conduct practices if players are apart.

While we cannot predict the future, we hope to welcome fans back to live events if health and safety conditions improve in 2021, but that might not happen, and it might not be at every location where teams compete. Our top priority remains to keep our players, fans, and staff safe.

Finally, we hope you’ll join us next month for BlizzConline on February 19-20 for a fun San Francisco Shock vs. the World competition. Stay tuned for more info on this event and more updates on the 2021 Overwatch League season, including competition specifics and our complete 2021 regular season schedule.