Blizzard Reveals Orisa, A New Overwatch Hero

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Ending a relatively short viral publicity campaign, filled with slight red herrings while also teasing the upcoming arrival of Doomfist, Blizzard has announced and released a new Overwatch hero, Orisa. The new Tank hero is an omnic designed by pre-teen genius Efi Oladele. Efi, who we at PDQ suspected to be the new hero, designed Orisa following an attack by Doomfist (a …

Jeff Kaplan Discusses PTR Philosophy in New Developer Update

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In a new video released on Blizzard’s Overwatch Youtube channel, Jeff Kaplan went into detail about the Public Test Region for Overwatch. The lead developer spoke about the confusion within the community about the role of the Player Test Region in Overwatch, saying, “a lot of players assume the PTR only exists so that players can give feedback on upcoming changes, …

Symmetra Redesign Released to Overwatch PTR

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Blizzard released today a new PTR focused almost entirely on the new Symmetra design. Accompanying this new PTR was a Developer Update video with Jeff Kaplan explaining the changes to Symmetra, and detailing the focuses of these changes.  The new Symmetra changes are as follows: New Abilities Photon Barrier Replaces her existing Photon Shield ability Generates a large energy barrier …

New Developer Update Talks Popular Community Topics

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In a video that came out October 5th, lead Overwatch developer Jeff Kaplan spoke about some popular community topics. He spoke briefly at the beginning of the video that many of these changes he was hinting at, might take time to implement. On the PTR: Kaplan specifically spoke about the Widowmaker changes: the increase of scope speed and the removal …

Overwatch Devs: High Bandwidth Update

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Blizzard released a new video today as part of their Overwatch Developer Update series. This video unveils the rollout of a high bandwidth mode that had been developed for the game, but had not been released in May with the original product. Lead Engineer Tim Ford and Senior Engineer Phillip Orwig explained that during the launch of Overwatch their “number one …

New Overwatch Developer Update “Introducing Ana”

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Blizzard recently released a new Developer Update video, focusing on the patch that was released this Tuesday. Jeff Kaplan walked through the design of Ana, and then explained the reasons behind each of the balance changes. This video distills many of the discussion points that Jeff Kaplan and the other developers discussed with Ster last week. Kaplan discussed the design …