The big news from BlizzCon was the announce of Overwatch, a stylized, team-based shooter and Blizzard’s first new IP in a very long time. I think we all knew Blizzard would be announcing something, but this was a pretty interesting turn of events.
Visually, it looks a lot like TF2, and there have already been a ton of comparisons. However, there’s a large emphasis on mobility as well as heroes and hero powers. In that regard, it has a lot of MOBA aspects. Let’s be honest though; with Blizzard’s usual level of polish, it would likely be excellent even if it did play identically to Team Fortress 2.
It feels like a lot of love has gone into the heroes already because they all certainly seem interesting and unique.Winston, the gorilla, has been a ton of fun just to watch run around the map. Hanzo’s ability to run up walls before killing with his bow looks fun too!
While a lot can change before launch, those characters still aren’t my favorites.
Tracer hooked me as soon as I saw her Recall ability, similar to a mage’s Alter Time in World of Warcraft. It looks so cool and satisfying to bounce back to previous point in the middle of a battle. Blink is pretty awesome too of course.
Zenyatta’s design is amazing as well. I never knew it before, but deep down, I’ve always wanted to be a robot monk who floated and could hurt enemies while healing friends. Yes, please.
I signed up for the beta immediately, and now the comes the hard part – waiting. Until then, there’s lots of fun information on the official site, and I assume there will be more to come.
World of Warcraft to sell experience buff and more in confirmed in-game store, Samit Sarkar, Polygon, 7/9/13.
Huge news in my opinion.
Thinking about the in-game store, TyphoonAndrew, TyphoonAndrew’s – Eye of the Storm, 7/10/13.
TyphoonAndrew doesn’t seem too pleased with the buffs being sold.
#245 A word of warning to Blizzard about Microtransactions, Spencer Nozell, Be MOP, 7/10/13.
Spencer cautions Blizzard about microtransactions, using Valve’s TF2 as an example.
Enough With the WoW P2W* Hysteria!, Balkoth, Balkoth’s Word, 7/10/13.
Balkoth thinks people need to calm down and that the news about microtransactions aren’t a big deal. I disagree.
Choosing Statistics to Evade the Argument, Rohan, Blessing of Kings, 7/9/13.
Just because someone uses statistics to back their argument doesn’t mean the argument they’re rebutting is wrong.
WoW Archivist: WoW’s 20 greatest non-legendary weapons, Scott Andrews, WoW Insider, 7/5/13.
Andrew examines the coolest non-legendary weapons.
WoW Archivist: WoW’s 20 greatest non-legendary weapons, part 2, Scott Andrews, WoW Insider, 7/9/13.
Andrew finishes his look at some cool weapons.
Patch 5.4 PTR: Legendary spell effects for all (druids included), Anne Stickney, WoW Insider, 7/8/13.
If you want to see what our new legendary will look like, take a look!
The living game and the end of nostalgia, Matthew Rossi, WoW Insider, 7/8/13.
It’s okay to miss the past, but don’t be blinded by it.
Do warlocks bring too much utility to a raid?, Sarah Pine, WoW Insider, 7/8/13.
I kind of think they do, but I hope it’s not removed. That utility is important, and I like the flavor that it comes with warlocks.