Overwatch looks forward to anniversary skin and more diverse story focus over the next year

To the surprise of basically no one, Overwatch has succeeded through its first year, and it should also come as no surprise that Blizzard is celebrating with new skins. After all, new skins get added to this game on the regular. It’s all about skins. Have some skins. A leaked Facebook video shows off new skins for Soldier:76, Zarya, Bastion, and Pharah. No details on what the anniversary event will offer for other characters, but it can be assumed that more is coming.

Of course, the second year also means that players can expect more storytelling around the game (not in the game, unfortunately), with director Jeff Kaplan stating that he’d like to tell more stories about characters like Symmetra and Pharah who haven’t been in the spotlight yet. He’d also love to do some adventures for Roadhog and Junkrat, whom he sees as being perfect comedy relief for the more serious underlying story. Of course, telling stories about more characters will also push Blizzard up against the boundaries of claiming the game’s diversity isn’t political, so take from that what you will.

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PurpleCopper
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PurpleCopper

I do love me a good political fight. Bloodshed on the internet always puts a smile on my face.

But, I don’t like how all these supplementary story stuff for Overwatch is… well, supplemental. I wish they were actually incorporated to the game itself. Had the same beef with TF2 as well in regards to their supplementary fluff.

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Nathan Aldana

The problem with saying overwatch wasnt meant to be political, is some part of gamers view anything but an a;ll-white, all gruff male cast with a token white girl as “political ” :V

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ShivanSwordsman

You mean like people that see an all black cast in a movie and somehow believe it’s diversity?

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Nathan Aldana

depends. Its it about cultural observations and lifestyles inherent to the experience of being african american? then yes, it is. If its just cynically putting in an all-black cast to appear anymore worried about diversity than an all white cast, then no.. I’m just saying, for some insane reason, the very fact a multinational superhero organization has any non_USA members alone seems to rile the “ethics in garm jurnalism” folks.

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Indigo Salma

Just add some PERMANENT PVE modes … not just limited events for fux sake =.= .

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James Crow

that one of the reason why i cant really be into this game.
like the events so much but not the only pvp game when there is no events

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Greaterdivinity

Would love to see that, but I think Blizzard as a company is pushing hard on the limited time events in general. Guess they’re performing super well for them, so we’ll continue to see their games flooded with limited time events. Not necessarily a bad thing, but also definitely not terribly exciting for those of us who aren’t thrilled with limited time events : /

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ShivanSwordsman

What I don’t see a reasoning in is why they can’t reuse the idea (like horde mode/objective mode) and put those in the games, but without all the extra story/fluff. Just put Junkenstein and the King’s Row mission in, but without all the story elements attached to it, or change it up so it’s more towards the modern story.

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