Overwatch fans have been eager to hear news about the highly-anticipated Overwatch 2. Here’s everything that Blizzard has announced about the upcoming sequel.
Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch became a resounding success after its release in 2016. The hero-shooter title has become a massive esport and has achieved cult status in pop culture due to its memorable collection of characters.
Now, the developers are focusing their efforts on the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel. They’ve promised brand new characters, multiplayer modes, cosmetics, and skills for classic characters.
BlizzCon 2021 has given us some new information about the title. Here’s everything we know so far.
When will Overwatch 2 release?
Ever since the follow-up was announced at BlizzCon 2019, details about the project’s arrival have been unclear. Game Director Jeff Kaplan did hint that we would learn more about the game’s release in a developer update.
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Thanks to the Blizzard Q4 2020 earnings call, we’ve learned a bit about what we can and can’t expect from Overwatch 2. According to Blizzard, the game will not be released in 2021. The current climate, production on multiple games, and trying to make Overwatch 2 perfect will likely have caused the delay.
While BlizzCon didn’t give us news on a release date or when the beta test will launch, there is a wide assortment of other exciting content that has been revealed.
In addition to another well-designed mass of multiplayer mayhem, Overwatch 2 is also set to feature PvE content for the first time in the form of a brand new campaign mode, and we now have the official plot details.
Many characters in the first game’s roster will have to reunite in order to uncover the truth behind another Omnic uprising. The missions will have cinematics, along with gameplay and musical themes for each hero and location.
The campaign will take you to a several giant maps complete that come with their own unique environments, enemies and NPCs.
Hero Progression in Overwatch 2
The brand new PVE modes will also contain a hero progression system, which contains multiple talent trees for you to pick from. Each one of these suits a different build, and has seven tiers that can be unlocked with skill points.
For example, Reinhardt has three different talent trees known as Crusader, Guardian, and Juggernaut. These will also include some new abilities, such as Reinhardt being able to pin multiple enemies at once.
Blizzard showed off the opponents you will face in Overwatch 2’s PvE mode back in the 2019 teaser trailer. While they weren’t all that impressive initially, we’ve seen them go through many changes since then.
They appear to be much more reactive to gunfire and damage, so they will shift their attack plan accordingly, making them less predictable. A few enemies will also have obvious weaknesses that you can exploit, while others will require more effort.
You will also encounter some elite enemies that have increased strength and damage. These special opponents will also behave and react differently than regular ones, so you can expect a real battle.
New Overwatch 2 Maps: Rome & New York
Overwatch 2 is set to include two new maps. One is New York City, which consists of several large buildings such as Grand Central Station, pizza shops, and cafes. This area will also have a futuristic vibe to it.
The other new map is Rome, which combines old-world architecture like The Colosseum with modern structures such as a football stadium. We don’t know yet which mode they will be included in, so we hope that Blizzard will give out some more information soon.
New Hero Looks in Overwatch 2
Overwatch fans have been expecting to see some brand new Hero looks in the sequel, and we knew that there would be improvements to Genji, Lucio, Mai, Mercy, Reinhardt, Tracer, and Winston. However, BlizzCon 2021 revealed even more changes to other characters as well.
It turns out that McCree, Pharah, Reaper, and Widowmaker are getting brand new hero textures, along with redesigned faces will that will appear more expressive. The latter was probably a decision that was based around the game’s new campaign mode, which includes cutscenes.
PvP Changes in Overwatch 2
In addition to the new PvE content, Overwatch 2 will also bring a plethora of PvP changes. Here are all the ones that have been revealed so far:
- Sojourn will have a rail gun to “rip through” enemies
- The new PvP will take inspiration from the current structure, but the developers are experimenting with some major changes
- New Passive abilities known as “role passives” are being tested out, and these will affect all characters in a role
- Tank characters could be altered for effectiveness in close-ranged combat
- A select group of devs has been tasked with polishing the combat
- Melee attacks will have improved animations and sound effects
- Weapons will have altered sounds
Jeff Kaplan has also confirmed that Blizzard plan to cut 2CP mode from competitive mode rotations. We might not even see it in the sequel at all outside of Arcade.
The sequel will also introduce a brand new co-op PvP mode known as Hero Missions. These will be geared towards Overwatch fans who are looking for a good alternative to competitive play.
The developers intend to make more than a hundred missions, which they claim can be played “night after night” without feeling repetitive. Players can select any hero on the roster, and the missions will take place on all of the existing maps. Some will even include some additional areas.
That covers everything we know about Overwatch 2 so far. There is still a ton of information that has yet to be revealed by the devs, but the game already sounds incredibly exciting due to all the new content that they have planned.
We’ll keep checking for any new announcements Blizzard Entertainment, and we’ll let you know as soon as we learn something else.
Image Credits: Blizzard Entertainment
Apex Legends War Games: Everything there is to know about Ultra Zones
Apex Legends War Games event is well underway with the latest mode, Ultra Zones, taking inspiration from Season 6’s Flash Point LTM.
Mad Maggie’s Apex Legends takeover continues with War Games Ultra Zones mode, a renewed version of the Season 6 LTM.
Ultra Zones is the newest mode in Apex Legends War Games mini-event and may be familiar to some players.
Since replacing Second Chance, Armour Regen saw a short-lived lifespan being replaced by Ultra Zones at 10am PST, April 14th. The new mode is a rework of the Season 6 LTM, Flashpoint, which received backlash after it came with a host of bugs and performance issues.
How does Ultra Zones work?
The Ultra Zones War Games mode sees multiple hot zones over the map covered in a glowing blue dome. This means not only more gold and higher tier loot, but also the glowing Flash Points which replenish health and shields.
Instead of the hot zones only featuring one gold item, Maggie has decided to put one gold gun and one gold item in each Ultra Zone, meaning even more gold loot!
After a short period of time in an Ultra Zone, players will passively heal shield and health, making for a fun combat zone where players can sustain fights. Unlike the Season 6 LTM, Flashpoint, all healable items are available during this mode.
Similar to the Armor Regen mode, characters with lots of mobility like Octane and Horizon will make be great at dipping in and out of fights to let your health and shield regenerate.
This mode will be the longest-lasting out of all the modes included in the War Games mini-event, staying until 10 am PST on April 19th.
For more on the Apex Legends War Games event stay tuned on Charlie Intel and check out our article on three quality-of-life changes that can improve Apex on the console.
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How to get Destiny 2’s Xenophage assault rifle
The Xenophage is an extremely impressive Exotic Weapon that you can collect by completing a quest in Destiny 2.
Wondering how to get the powerful Xenophage rifle in Destiny 2? Here’s how.
Destiny 2 has a ton of cool weapons to choose from before jumping into battle. The Xenophage Exotic machine gun is a great choice because of its accuracy, along with its explosive rounds that will annihilate your enemies.
If you want to get your hands on this powerful weapon, then you’ll need to complete an Exotic quest that requires you to solve puzzles and complete certain tasks. Here’s how you can get the Xenophage Exotic in Season of the Chosen.
How to start the Xenophage Exotic quest
If you want to start this Destiny 2 Exotic quest, then you’ll need to visit the Red Keep room where you saw Eris when completing her Memory quests. From there, you’ll have to make your way towards a puzzle that you need to solve.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Land at Sorrow’s Harbor, and move north into the Red Keep
- Head left from the green crystal, and continue until you approach a small path on the right wall leading upward
- When you enter the main room, light the statues in the correct order (front right, back left, back right, front left)
- Loot the chest in the middle of the area to claim The Journey
Light all six lanterns at The Anchor of Light
You’ll then have to go east of the main southern landing zone at the Anchor of Light portion of the Moon. Once you’re there, collect the orb of flame from the Fallen-infested building.
This orb must be used to light lanterns at six different spots within one minute. Luckily, your timer will reset every time you light one in the correct order, which is the following:
- Right next to where you collected the Orb of Flame.
- On top of the building at the edge of the crevasse to the East
- Inside the small yellow structure interior near the Fallen-infested building
- At the top of the Fallen-infested building
- On a small rooftop by the buried section to the north
- On top of the large round structure over the green pit in the middle of the map
After all six lanterns have been lit in the correct order, you must insert the orb in the small Hive spire near the site where you grabbed the orb.
Where to find all four path fragments
Now, you’ll have to complete all four Lost Sectors on the Moon, and successfully get through Hive rune puzzles at the end of each one. You can find these puzzles in the exit paths for the Lost Sectors.
These consist of nine grids of runes, and shooting one will change all of the symbols in the rune’s row and column. You’ll need to match every rune in the grid with the symbol above the grid. We’ve listed the correct order below:
- K1 Communion: 7, 9, 2, 2
- K1 Revelation: 6, 4, 5, 5, 4, 8, 5, 2
- K1 Logistics: 1, 7, 6, 5
- K1 Crew Quarters: 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 9, 8, 8
Once you’ve line up all the runes, chests will spawn that you can loot to collect all four path fragments.
The Pit of Heresy
This next step will require you to complete various activities within the Pit of Heresy dungeon, including activating a hidden rune, lighting fires, and winning a boss fight. You’ll already have reached 970 PL beforehand, so you can get these done quickly.
Here’s how you can complete the Pit of Heresy:
- Clear all the minibosses at the start of the dungeon
- Make your way to the chamber filled with doorways and platform to the door without a symbol at the entrance
- Activate the hidden rune inside
- Visit the area packed with Hive Ogres before the Hive Totem encounter
- Head left from the fork, then drop down to the rocky ledge below.
- Find the small plate marked with runes and activate it to collect the Orb of Flame.
- Return to the fork, and then take the right path this time.
- Find the sealed door with two braziers on either side, and use the Orb of Flame to light both
This will then open up a door that leads to a boss fight. This enemy is PL 970, so be ready for a dangerous battle. You won’t be able to hurt the boss initially, and you’ll need to do some tasks before that opportunity comes.
You’ll receive a random buff, and you must check it to see where you need to place the Orb of Light. Once you’ve put it in the correct spot in the arena, you’ll gain a Vengeance buff that allows you to hurt the enemy for 25 seconds.
Here’s where to place the orbs:
- Abyssal Dread: Upper Arena – Far left
- Thunderous Dread: Lower Arena – Front left
- Fiery Dread: Lower Arena – Far right
- Neutral Dread: Upper Arena – Front right
Just keep checking your buff, then collect the Orb of Flame and place it in the matching locations. You’ll then have the opportunity to shoot the boss with the matching elemental damage type. Just keep repeating it until you defeat the boss.
Once the enemy has been defeated, you can finally collect the Xenophage Machine Gun for yourself! Now you can go cause some serious pain to your opponents the next time you jump into a match of Destiny 2.
Image Credits: Bungie
Fortnite player discovers genius tricks for off-road tires
A clever Fortnite YouTuber has discovered some genius tricks you can pull off with Season 6’s new tires, and they don’t involve vehicles.
A clever Fortnite player has found some genius ways to use Fortnite’s new tires, and not in ways you might expect.
A major part of Fortnite is discovering clever ways you can use your builds, the environment, items, and weapons to get the upper hand on your opponent. Chonkers off-road tires arrived with the 16.20 update, and while they are designed for modding vehicles, the community has already discovered their other uses.
Fortnite YouTuber Ryuzanami has demonstrated several tricks you can pull off with the tires, and, surprisingly, none of them involve vehicles.
As Fortnite players have become more advanced at the building mechanics of the game, taking and getting through other players’ walls has become one of the most important aspects of the game. Ryuzanami showed that you can use the tires to phase through walls 100% of the time. If you throw the tire into the corner, push up against the wall, and break it, you are guaranteed to get through.
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With the storm ever closing in, you can also use these tires to boost your movement speed. As you jump off the tire, you can continue to pick them up, repeating the process until you’re safe from the storm. Or, mid-fight, you can throw the tires on the ground below you and use them to take height from your opponents.
Once you have this height, you can also use the tires to avoid fall damage. Throw the tires on the floor below you then build a floor above, jump on top of the tires, then they will remain below your feet and break your fall. Just don’t pick up the tires on the way down or you’ll fall to your death.
Also, using their bouncy nature, you can throw them at opponents forcing them to take fall damage. However, this is extremely situational and is more fun than a competitive strategy.
With these tips in mind, keeping one of your inventory slots free for tires can provide you with a plethora of opportunities to get the upper hand in build fights.
Image Credit: Epic Games
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