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Activision Blizzard releases free Overwatch short story featuring Mercy

Have Mercy!

Blizzard has released a short story featuring Mercy, which gives a tease of what's to come for the character in Overwatch 2. This is a completely free story for you to download and read, and clocks in at 24 pages long. Learn about Mercy's time working as Dr. Angela Ziegler in different countries, and much more.

Check out the story here

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled - Neon Circus Grand Prix & Koala Kong in Koala Carnival gameplay

Players that take on this electrifying Grand Prix season will be able to race around the bombastic new track, Koala Carnival as they complete challenges to earn Nitro. With this free Grand Prix, more characters from the Crash universe are slated to enter the race and exciting items fill the Nitro Gauge reward set. But that’s not all, there’s a new game mode that will test your mettle, and a special (ahem) chicken makes his royal appearance!

Overwatch 2 to blame for sluggish updates to the original Overwatch, says game director

Thanks, Overwatch 2

While Overwatch only recently hit Switch, players on other platforms have noticed that seasonal events and overall updates have slowed a bit in recent months. In an interview with Kotaku, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan admits to the slowdown, and says that Overwatch 2 is the culprit.

“Overwatch 2 was 100 percent the reason, and that was the reason that we were so excited to announce Overwatch 2. We now feel like we can have that open dialogue with the community of, ‘This is what we’re doing, this is why we’re doing these things.’ Like, I sit right next to one of the designers of Junkenstein’s Revenge—this brilliant guy named Mike Heiberg—and he’s like ‘I have all these ideas I want to do for Halloween this year.’ And I’m like ‘I understand, Mike, but we’re focused on this other thing right now.’ So it’s hard for us.

There will be a point where the clients merge. We think this is important, especially as a competitive experience. The whole idea is to avoid fragmenting the player base and giving anybody a competitive advantage. If we’re playing in the same competitive pool, you’d better not have a better framerate just because you’re on a different version of the engine.”

Overwatch 2 has at least 4 new heroes

Who could they be?

Looks like at the very least, Overwatch 2 is going to include 4 new heroes. This news comes from Game Informer, who got to see the silhouettes for these mysterious characters, but specifics were not shown by Blizzard. We do know that these characters do not include Sojourn or Echo.

The only thing we have to go on is speculation from Game Informer based on what they saw in the silhouettes. If you'd like to see a bit of guessing based on the blobs they saw, you can read Game Informer's comments here.

Blizzard explains why Sojourn is being held off for Overwatch 2

A crucial part of Overwatch 2

Sojourn will be the first black female hero in Overwatch as a franchise, but she's not being added in until Overwatch 2 rolls around. In an interview with Kotaku, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan explains just how long Sojourn has been in the works, and why she's being held off for the seque.

“We concepted Sojourn before the original Overwatch game even launched. She immediately became a very important character to us, and as we were developing the idea for Overwatch 2, she sort of started to move to the center of the story. She’s coming to the surface now. You saw her in [the recent PVE event] Storm Rising. She was the commander sending the troops into Havana on that mission. We’ve always had the storyline for her, and we’ve been working on Overwatch 2 for many years now.

I personally feel like the right thing to do by the character is still deliver on that story and not just rush her out because the community is upset with us. I tend to find that there’s always a community upset with us over something. I’ve mentioned this before, but the real value of Overwatch inclusivity is the idea that we’re open-minded, that we want everybody to feel welcome into the universe, and the result of that is diversity. I would hate for the diversity to ever feel pandering, like we just had this spreadsheet with a bunch of checkboxes. Because it’s a ridiculous notion to think we’re ever going to be able to represent all the people on the planet.”

GameSpot Video - 5 Minutes Of Overwatch 2's New PVP Mode "Push"

Revealed alongside Overwatch 2, check out this gameplay of the new PvP mode "Push" on the Toronto map. Overwatch 2 will be released on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Game Informer Video - Overwatch 2's Story Experience

Reiner and Leo sit down to show off a full playthrough of the first mission of Overwatch 2's PVE story experience, pieced together from multiple runs with multiple characters. It was in full 60 fps but captured at 30.

Overwatch 2's dev team was heartbroken over the game's leak

A disappointing occurrence

Overwatch 2 suffered from some major leaks before the official reveal, leading to everyone pretty much knowing it was in the works. How did the team behind the game feel about the leaks? Game director Jeff Kaplan shared his comments on the situation in an interview with Kotaku Australia.

"When you're trying so hard to deliver something for somebody and to have it be spoiled in a way that's not coherent. That's the part that bothers us the most, where people are not given all the information and all of the context that they need to understand what we're doing.

Our artists are heartbroken: They take such care to make the art look beautiful, and then we get some crappy version of what the art looks like ... and then people are like, 'I don't know it doesn't look that good' and we're like, no it does, it looks amazing! It's just a crappy screenshot that someone took, so it can be a bit demoralising. But my interactions with everybody on the team today is everybody's on cloud nine."

IGN Video - Overwatch: Legendary Edition review

Technical issues make Overwatch on Switch a less satisfying way to play one of the most satisfying games ever.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled now has skill-based matchmaking

Let's see what you're made of

If you were looking for more of a challenge from Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled's online mode, or perhaps a bit of a fair fight, you might want to hop into the game this weekend. The developer has announced that after some testing, they've now implemented skill-based matchmaking into the online gameplay. Hopefully you'll get put in there with some players that'll keep things interesting!

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