A massive milestone for the team shooter. 30 characters to choose from and still going strong.
Blizzard’s team shooter Overwatch is hitting a major milestone today with the official unveiling of Baptiste, the game’s 30th hero. Baptiste is a support character described as a “combat medic” who uses an array of gadgets to aid his team in battle. That includes a device called an immortality field that prevents nearby allies from dying, healing grenades, and Baptiste’s ultimate ability, described as “a matrix that doubles the damage and healing effects of friendly projectiles that pass through it.” The reveal follows a few days of teasing, including a short trailer yesterday.
Fortnite might be stealing the spotlight across the globe, but for me, Overwatch is a better and more enjoyable game to play. At first, I was sceptical about the game. As I watched my son playing it, I couldn’t make out what was going on. I succumbed though, and now I’m a long-term fan of the game.
Games are facing an exciting time. With continual updates, games can now have a longer shelf life. Sounds excellent and while Blizzard is executing this plan nicely, there are others that I think aren’t doing so well.
Fornite might be a worldwide sensation, but I think it’s already under-attack from copycat clones. How long can they fend them off?
EA started launched Star Wars Battlefront 2 late in 2017 and quickly found out that their loot box monetisation was very unpopular with gamers as well as the progression system. I don’t think the game has recovered since then. Sure it’s an okay game, and yes I did buy it, but I definitely think it has had its day. It seems that every other week there’s some kind of points promotion to get people to play. And don’t get me started on the unlimited heroes in a game.
Blizzard though has slowly improved the Overwatch game since it’s release and remains as enjoyable as it was on the day that I first played it.
Will we get to 40 characters in the game? That might be a push, but I’ll keep on playing and being a fan in the meantime.
Tuesday February 26, 2019