Official Site: Overwatch
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: May 24, 2016
Genre: Team-Based OFPS
Business Model: B2P
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

There are six minutes of Overwatch shooting action in the Tracer preview video

You’ve already seen gameplay footage for four of Overwatch’s fighters (Zenyatta, Mercy, McCree, and Hanzo) from Blizzard’s upcoming team-based shooter. Now witness Tracer in action! With a youthful exuberance and a British accent, this dual-wielding hero giggles occasionally as she mows her enemies down with her pistols.

Don’t believe us? Check out her moves for yourself in the preview video below, a six-minute match set in the point capture map of Hanamura.

Tracer’s other skills include super-fast bursts of movement, a backwards port to escape danger, and a sticky bomb. For even more information on this hero, you can also read up on her backstory on the official site.

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Betawatch: May 22nd, 2015

It’s been a busy week for the folks at Blizzard. We’ve gotten a quartet of videos for Overwatch characters showing off early gameplay, and Heroes of the Storm slipped into that fabled open beta state. Then NCsoft goes and makes a big splash by announcing that Blade & Soul is finally coming over here after an enormous delay. I tried it out and thought it was pretty cool.

So what else happened this week? You know, this and that.

Oh, and of course we have a big old dose of games in testing in the list just below. Is there a game that should be on there that you know isn’t there right now? Should one of the games on the list be gone? Let us know in the comments!
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Check out Overwatch’s Hanzo and McCree in action

Are you the guy who looked at Overwatch‘s character lineup and said, “Nah, get rid of that robot with twin chainguns; I want to play a guy with a pistol or a bow”? Hey, you got your wish. The latest two preview videos for the game focus on McCree and Hanzo, the Old West gunslinger and the Japanese archery master. But, you know, in the superhero future.

Joking aside, both videos show off what the characters are capable of as well as how different two offense-oriented characters can play. Jump on down below to see both characters taking the center stage and shooting down all comers. Their advanced technology is no match for your six-shot revolver and your bow!

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See two of Overwatch’s superheroes in action

Which Overwatch character are you going to pick when you get into the beta? That’s a hard call to make before you can actually get in and sample each of them, although preview videos are the next best thing in making this decision.

Today we’ve got two Overwatch gameplay videos for you, both showing off a PvP match in this upcoming superhero-themed game. The first features Zenyatta, a robot monk with some funky moves, while the second stars the angelic Mercy and her power rod. Power staff? It’s a stick and it does some amazing stuff, so call it what you will.

You can get 20 minutes of non-stop action from Overwatch after the break!

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First round of BlizzCon tix sells out

Within a few minutes of going on sale yesterday, the first round of $199 BlizzCon tickets completely sold out. The good news is that a second round of tickets will be put up for grabs on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. EDT, giving those who missed out another chance to get in on Blizzard’s fan convention.

BlizzCon 2015 will take place on November 6th and 7th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Players who buy tickets can transfer the name on the ticket up until August 14th, meaning that there could be a busy secondary market selling tickets between fans.

[Source: BlizzCon]


Not So Massively: LoL nerfs Nidalee, Hearthstone bans mods, and Path of Exile talks Act IV

League of Legends finally applied a nerf to controversial champion Nidalee, but players warn that it won’t harm her jungling potential. Riot Games has also decided to run this year’s World Championship tournament series in Europe and revealed the event venues it will use. Hearthstone‘s community manager confirmed that modding the game in any way is not allowed and those caught using any mods will be banned. Armored Warfare released a new sneak peek video on its upcoming M551 Sheridan tank, Infinite Crisis released new champion Lex Luthor, and Bloodline Champions ran its first cash tournament in a long time.

Star Citizen Alpha 1.1.1 was released this week, and developers discussed two new innovations to the game’s FPS module with its stance and breathing mechanics. MassivelyOP got an advance look at Path of Exile‘s colossal upcoming Act IV update, and signups have now opened for the Act IV closed beta to be released on April 20th. Five Elite: Dangerous players have won brand new Geforce Titan graphics cards in the game’s recent scavenger hunt contest, and the latest newsletter revealed the the highly requested cargo drone is coming to the game.

Read on for more details of the above stories and more news from the wider world of online gaming in this week’s Not So Massively.

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BlizzCon tickets go on sale this week

For many gamers, the hardest ticket to get this year is to November’s BlizzCon 2015, as you have to be fast and a little lucky on the draw to snag one when they go on sale. Consider this your heads-up then if you want to make the attempt: BlizzCon tickets are going on sale this week in two batches.

The first batch of tickets will be put up for sale for $199 each on Wednesday, April 15th at 10:00 p.m. EDT, with the second batch following on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. EDT. If you can’t make one of those times, you could ask a friend to buy it for you and then transfer the ticket over to you. Fans have until August 14th to change the names associated with their ticket.

BlizzCon 2015 will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 6th and 7th.

[Source: BlizzCon]


Not So Massively: Dota 2 tickets sell out, Rust brings out the racists, and Grey Goo has population problems

Tickets for the Dota 2 world championship, The International, sold out in a record 10 minutes and are now being resold by scalpers for up to $400 each. Bungie defended its lack of matchmaking tools by highlighting the benefits of self-organised communities in Destiny. Blizzard released a new video and interactive map detailing Heroes of the Storm‘s new Tomb of the Spider Queen game mode. World of Tanks scheduled a $300,000 competitive tournament in Poland next month, and Star Citizen passed the $77 million US crowdfunding mark.

An update to popular online survival game Rust gave each player a random and uneditable skin colour this week, prompting an increase in racist remarks within the community. Recently released online RTS Grey Goo looked back on its first month of release, with the game now suffering from rapidly declining player populations. Sins of a Dark Age added match replays and additional music in its latest update, and League of Legends deployed patch 5.6 with a series of small buffs for over 20 champions. And as thousands of players are completing the challenges in Path of Exile‘s Torment and Bloodlines race events, developers have rounded up a few videos of hardcore players getting stomped into the ground.

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the stories above and links to a few other stories from the wider world of online gaming.

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Elite: Dangerous sends pilots on a scavenger hunt for a graphics card

When you have an entire galaxy at your fingertips, why not turn it into a massive scavenger hunt? Y’know, for kicks and corporate promotion!

Elite: Dangerous has partnered up with Nvidia to give away five GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics cards. To win one, players have to hunt down in-game versions of the Titan Black that exist at a “mystery starport” somewhere in the galaxy and transport them to the Godel Ring in the Ededleen system.

The first five players to do so and submit proof will win a Titan Black card worth around $1337. The first person to make a leet joke in the comments will win our respect.

[Source: Contest announcement. Thanks to BalsBigBrother and Defector1980 for the tip!]


Not So Massively: D3’s ladder reset, HOTS’ team league mode, and Starfall Tactics

Diablo III is getting ready to close its second ladder only two months in on April 5th but will be providing a 100% gold and XP boost for the remainder of the season. Blizzard discussed how the development of Project Titan led to its new online FPS Overwatch and revealed that the title will be the first of a series of games set in the same universe. Path of Exile‘s Torment and Bloodlines leagues ended today, and a tournament this weekend awarded four of the game’s top players with some nice Alienware swag.

Indie RTS Starfall Tactics announced its intention to develop a persistent online shard in which players can wage wars and conquer each other’s territories. Riot Games announced a new contest in the EU region that will give university-based League of Legends clubs €1,500 toward the costs of running an event. Warframe‘s massive Sanctuary update landed this week, introducing new quests, weapons, tons of bugfixes, and the Chroma warframe. And Blizzard announced an upcoming Team League mode for Heroes of the Storm that aims to let everyone take part in competitive team play.

Read on for a detailed breakdown of the stories above and a roundup of all the other big news this week from the wider world of not-quite-massive online gaming.

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BlizzCon 2015 is coming this November 6 and 7

Any uncertainty over whether Blizzard was going to throw a convention this year is now over, as the studio announced that BlizzCon 2015 will be arriving on November 6th and 7th.

The convention will be held once again at the Anaheim Convention Center and will cost $199 to attend. Additionally, the studio will be selling virtual tickets and invitations to a charity benefit dinner on November 5th. This will be the ninth BlizzCon since it began back in 2005.

The first wave of tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, April 15th, at 10:00 p.m. EDT. As Blizzard expects the tickets to sell out quickly, it has prepared a ticket purchase guide to smooth the process and make sure that fans know exactly what to do to grab one of these passes.

[Source: BlizzCon announcement, ticket purchase guide]


Not So Massively: PAX East 2015 MOBA roundup edition

It’s been a huge week for online gaming, with GDC drawing to a close and PAX East being packed full of reveals. We heard from Diablo III game designer Josh Mosqueria on why the game’s launch was a failure and what’s been done in the intervening years to fix it. League of Legends revealed its new Party Rewards system to encourage people to bring their own friends into games rather than relying on a matchmaking algorithm to put their team together. DC Comics based MOBA Infinite Crisis announced its official free-to-play launch date of March 26th, and Hearthstone announced that its upcoming Blackrock Mountain expansion will start rolling out in April.

Popular Destiny streamer The HM05 was filmed this week soloing the Crota’s End group raid instance without firing a single bullet. Futuristic ninja FPS Warframe revealed a trailer for its upcoming Tombs of the Sentient expansion, and Heroes of the Storm coincidentally revealed its Tomb of the Spider Queen battleground. Star Citizen opened the floodgates with an invitation for everyone to try out its Arena Commander and Hangar Deck modules. Overwatch got a tentative closed beta release window of Q3 2015 and revealed its two powerful new heroes McCree and Zarya. And the Minecraft players who have been building a scale replica of the entire Game of Thrones continent of Westeros for the past three years are on their way to RTX 2015.

Read on for detailed news on all the above stories and more from the wider world of online games that aren’t MMOs.

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Betawatch: March 6, 2015

After a brief delay, Camelot Unchained’s alpha went live this week; City State Entertainment even threw in a builder tool to sweeten the pot. What else is new in the land of MMO testing?

Our complete list of MMOs in testing is below.

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