Gamescom 2015: Blizzard shows off new heroes and maps for Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm

    
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Storming of the hero.

Heroes of the Storm players are going to have quite a bit to look forward to in the near future. The game’s newest map, Infernal Shrines, continues the Diablo theme of recent months with three lanes and a summoned hero-killing demon; players can also look forward to the new monk hero, Kharazim, who can swap between healing and melee damage. Rexxar and Artanis from Warcraft III and StarCraft will also be making their way into the game, although that’s a bit less diabolical.

Overwatch isn’t being left out of the reveal train, though, with its newest hero Lucio debuting in a trailer. Lucio is swift, agile, and able to evade and disorient enemies whilst healing his allies. Two new maps for the as-yet-unreleased game have also been demonstrated at the show, the escort-based Numbani map and the capture point Volskaya Industries map.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment press release
Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Cologne, Germany, for Gamescom 2015, bringing you expert MMO coverage from NCsoft, Blizzard, CCP, BioWare, and everything else on display at the world’s biggest gaming convention!
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Authurious eLdritchMD yep all sounds good to me. As long as they end up being interesting and fun, I’m cool with whatever…

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eLdritchMD Or a Maori lady, they can be pretty scary when they want to be. :P They could pull from Australian history and indigenous culture and tradition. Anything from Bush rangers to Ned Kelly and the Dreamtime.

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Authurious Ooooh I’d love to see a badass Maori guy. Maybe with powerfists as his weapons or some such. That’d be really sweet :D

Omedon I was mainly asking because to me the game seems as diverse as a game could get and while everything is maybe a bit tongue-in-cheek I don’t really see how it could be taken for anything other than good natured fun… like most of the humour related things blizzard does.

Enikuo Well, as a german I can tell you that there is basically not a single “good” stereotype or archetype for germans in video games. They are ALWAYS without fail either the evil nazi scientists, or crazy doctors (TF2 f.e.), evil military officer who appreciates the “uncomfortable” approach or it’s the funny idiot in Lederhosen drinking beer, eating Bratwurst and being jolly. I don’t find that offensive though… if it’s well done it can be very funny and before you say I don’t face hardship, try going out and mentioning that you’re german to random strangers on the internet, or during political discussions.  Inherited guilt – not as fun as one might think.

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Omedon BritoBruno 
First of all, why do you have to wave some kind of special ID card around to have an opinion on something? Social Justice Warriors? Strangers on the internet that waste time, fixate and obsess over first world issues. Outrage culture is such a silly thing.
As to Overwatch’s representation of different cultures. I’m actually looking forward to seeing the Australia and New Zealand representations, assuming something from this part of Oceania is in the works.

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BritoBruno Omedon “Archetype” is a good natured way of looking at it, and I can see that.

The only reason I got into the whole discussion here is because my room mate, who is one of the nicest, most well-intended, avid gamer guys I know (also white/cis/employed, etc) gets pretty incensed that some of the OW characters are “offensive,” in the extremity of their “cultural caricatures,” so I’ve kind of been bracing for the fight to start on that end.  Maybe he’s oversensitive, maybe I’m not, no idea.

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Omedon I’m brazilian and Lúcio is brazilian, so, maybe i have some right to talk?
I. Fucking. Love. Him.
Thing is, games are based on archetypes and stereotypes, they make the characters more easily likable, and it’s also something that triggers quickly, we don’t need to go too deep to understand.
Yet, since all the characters of Overwatch/WoW or whatever are pretty well done ( no oversexuality, no power fantasies, equality of gender and ethnicy, etc etc ), you end up liking them.
They got several cultural aspects and made a good character. The voice is good, his feel is good.

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Spaghetti man sounds like a lot of fun!

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I mean, if I’m imagining things, and there’s no fight to be had, awesome! I won’t complain… But I’ve been kinda bracing for it for months whenever this game gets discussed. The furthest I’ve seen it go is complaining about the validity of Tracer’s accent, and if that’s all that’s going to be said, I certainly won’t complain!

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Honestly, if there’s a conversation to be had about Blizzard being insensitive about their cultural caricatures, I’d rather it happen and get addressed early so we can all know if “decent people” will be “allowed” to like this game. I’m legitimately interested in why I haven’t seen that conversation start yet.
Again, I’m not the one to start it, I don’t have an accent or a culture that’s being “adopted” by one of these characters, but I can see where the battle lines would form here, and I’m wondering if there’s a fight to be had.
That’s all. Hoser. ;)

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Omedon Well, privilege is a difficult thing to appreciate when you’re the privileged class, but maybe this will help.
I read a story about how a man had checked the internet history on the family computer and discovered that his young son, say 10 years old, was searching for “10-year-old naked girls.” He freaked out and started locking down the computer. My first thought was, “Okay 10 years old is a little young to be interested in sex. I guess that’s bad. I don’t know, I don’t have kids. But, he’s really freaking out. I wonder if its because he’s really religious.”
I am not a man. I am part of the privileged class of people that doesn’t immediately worry that I’ll be accused of being pedophile. So, I didn’t get it, just like you don’t appreciate complaints about cultural diversity.
Are there some hyper-sensitive people around? Sure. But, I see way more SJW strawmen and strawwomen being constructed to preemptively dismiss criticism that could be completely valid, even though it’s not appreciated by the privileged class. And, let’s be honest, that’s what you’re doing here too. So, I hope you’ll stop doing that. And, I hope that my anecdote will help you.