Echo and Competitive Open Queue Now Live in Overwatch

Did you hear that?

Double confirmed – Echo is now live on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch! Load additional skill modules and play the new multirole evolutionary robot damage hero.


We will be launching a new Competitive Mode, Competitive Open Queue in the Arcade.

Competitive Open Queue will run for roughly four weeks. This mode will use standard Competitive Play rules, including hero pools and one hero limit, but will have no role restrictions or role queues.


Tri-Shot (Primary Fire)
Echo fires 3 shots at once, in a triangle pattern.

Sticky Bombs (Secondary Fire)
Echo fires a volley of sticky bombs that detonate after a delay.

Flight (Shift)
Echo surges forward quickly, then can fly freely.

Focusing Beam (E)
Echo channels a beam for a few seconds, dealing very high damage to targets with less than half health.

Duplicate (Ultimate)
Echo duplicates a targeted enemy hero and gains use of their abilities

Glide (Passive)
Echo can glide while falling.

Speedrunner tackles Super Mario Sunshine with a Guitar Hero controller

You rock, Mario!

It seems like playing games with controllers from completely different games is all the rage now. We just saw someone playing Dark Souls 3 with the Ring Fit Adventure Ring-Con, and now we have someone running through Super Mario Sunshine with a Guitar Hero controller. See how it all plays out in the video above!

The Race Continues! Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Rolls Out Bonus Content and New Features Post-Grand Prix

The race is STILL on

The Gasmoxia Grand Prix has come to an end, but the race goes on! New content* from Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is available now, including the bonus ‘Beenox Pack’ of content that will be automatically unlocked for players as a thank you for their unwavering support through all of the Grand Prix seasons.

All players should have to do is download the update while their console is connected to the internet and the content will be available. Players are also invited to try their hands at new challenges, compete against best track times from the Beenox team, explore new content in the Pit Stop, unlock a secret ‘crate’ character and more.

Beenox is putting its bumper sticker all over the bonus new content pack, with Beenox-themed skins, kart, paintjob and wheels, and, for players who haven’t already unlocked them, an automatic unlock of popular characters Crunch and Geary (the latter will also be fully decked out in a legendary skin for the first time ever!). Players can now go head-to-head with the very best as they race against new ghost times in the Time Trial mode that represent the fastest laps completed by Beenox’s development team, with the reward being an amazing new set of Legendary Wheels. For beating best times by Oxide and Velo, racers will be awarded new signature decals, along with a Champion Kart (if not already unlocked) for those who prevail across all of Oxide’s Time Trials. Players who have already beaten these times will have this content unlocked automatically.

Perusing the Pit Stop, players will find three new characters, two new karts, a selection of new Legendary Skins, kart customization items and more. Due to popular demand, Beenox is rewarding players with a new version of Rilla Roo, dubbed “Fixed Rilla Roo”, who will be in the Pit Stop rotation for players who haven’t unlocked him yet. Players who have unlocked the old version of Rilla Roo will automatically get “Fixed Rilla Roo” while being able to keep the old one. Finally, items from each of the eight CTR Nitro-Fueled Grand Prix seasons will also reappear and rotate through the Pit Stop.

Recognized as the Best Sports/Racing Game at The Game Awards 2019 and Best Racing Game of 2019 by IGN, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will also introduce a new audio experience, where players can listen to each track’s soundtrack through the Options menu. The beloved Grand Prix-style challenges will be replaced with Wumpa Challenges, via rotating daily, weekly and monthly challenges that reward Wumpa Coins that players can use in the in-game Pit Stop. The ‘Ghost Hunt’ challenge type will return to Nina’s Nightmare track, the ‘Golden Wumpa’ challenge will remain, and a host of other fur-tastic updates are slated to roll out on March 26.

For a full rundown on all the new post-Grand Prix content, head over to the Activision Games Blog.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled "Grand Prix" content trailer

Crash is back in the driver’s seat! Get ready to go fur-throttle with Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It’s the authentic CTR experience plus a whole lot more, now fully-remastered and revved up to the max:

-Start your engines with the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, weapons and controls
-Power slide to glory in additional karts, tracks and arenas from Crash™ Nitro Kart
-Race online with friends and Crash the competition with online leaderboards
-Customize your ride and swag out your racer with n. sane kart items and skins
-Keep the race going with new content and challenges in Grand Prix post-launch seasons

With Crash™ Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. It's the CTR you love, now kicked into the highest gear.

GameSpot - Ashe's Mardi Gras Challenge In Overwatch

From now until March 9th, you can snag some brand new Mardi Gras themed skins, sprays, and more by winning and watching some Overwatch. Let's see if we can get all the wins we need to unlock Ashe's new skin!

Join the party in Overwatch with Ashe's Mardi Gras Challenge

Beads are optional

It’s all about life’s little pleasures during Ashe’s Mardi Gras Challenge, now live on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch!

From February 25 to March 9, players will be able to let the good times roll and obtain six sprays, two player icons, and the epic Mardi Gras Ashe (and Bob) skin for a total of nine new rewards.

Ashe Mardi Gras Challenge: PLAY TO EARN

Your wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will earn you new player icons, a new spray, and a new epic skin: Mardi Gras Ashe (and Bob)!

Win 3 Games | 2 Player Icons
Win 6 Games | 1 New Spray
Win 9 Games | Mardi Gras Ashe (and Bob) Epic Skin

Ashe Mardi Gras Challenge: WATCH TO EARN

Want more? You can watch Twitch streamers before, during or after matches to unlock even more Ashe and Bob cosmetics – we’re bringing you more Twitch Drops every time you tune in to participating broadcasters through March 9 to earn five Ashe’s Mardi Gras Challenge sprays!

Watch 2 Hours | 1 New Spray
Watch 4 Hours | 2 New Sprays
Watch 6 Hours | 2 New Sprays

In addition to the new Ashe rewards, the Experimental Card feature is now live on all platforms.

Experimental Mode

The Experimental mode allows the Overwatch team to test major gameplay changes, similar to how balance updates are tested in the public test realm (PTR) but now available for both PC and console players in the live game. Progressions earned in the Experimental mode is kept in your account unlike the PTR. Changes introduced in Experimental are not guaranteed to go into the live game.

The first test in the Experimental mode is Triple Damage, which defaults team roles to one tank, three damage, and two supports. Players will be able to try the Triple Damage experiment for a limited time.

Blizzard shows off experimental mode 'Triple Damage' for Overwatch

Ready for something new?

Blizzard is cooking up an experimental mode for Overwatch that they're calling Triple Damage. This mode, which includes one tank, three damage, and two support, will be coming to the game's experimental mode in the near future.

The mode is the brainchild devs Jeff Kaplan and Michael Heiberg, and they're more than ready to talk about the idea. You can learn about the mode's inception and various development challenges in a new dev blog, which you can find here.

Blizzard cancels Overwatch League matches in South Korea due to coronavirus concerns

Better to be safe than sorry

The coronavirus is having a huge impact on many businesses, and that includes the world of video games. Numerous devs and pubs have suffered from game delays, or announced plans to skip events due to the coronavirus. Blizzard is the latest to announce a change to plans due to the outbreak.

Overwatch League matches schedule to take place in South Korea between Feb. 29th and March 22nd, 2020 have been canceled “in order to protect the health & safety of our players, fans, & staff.” Blizzard is going to reschedule these events, but aren't sharing word on where and when until a later date.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater documentary set to premiere at Mammoth Film Festival

The Birdman flies

"Pretending I’m a Superman," the documentary about Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, is finally ready for its debut. The documentary is going to make its premiere at the Mammoth Film Festival on Feb. 29th, 2020. The film was funded through IndieGoGo all the way back in 2017, and the team has been hard at work securing interviews with anyone/everyone involved with the series. Expect features with Tony Hawk himself, alongside fellow skateboarders Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, and Chad Muska.

Diablo and Overwatch animated TV series' in development, according to Activision Blizzard president

One for Netflix, and one for...something else

Activision Blizzard president Nick van Dyk has let loose with some pretty big details on things in the works for major Activision Blizzard IP. The blurbs you see below come straight from van Dyk's LinkedIn profile.

* Executive producer of Diablo, a TV adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s IP, rendered in anime style. The show is currently in pre-production for distribution worldwide through Netflix.

* With my creative partner, developed and sold an animated series based Blizzard's Overwatch franchise.

Those projects obviously aren't announced yet, so I'd imagine these blurbs will get pulled from the LinkedIn profile soon. That said, I logged into my LinkedIn profile and can verify the listings to be real.


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