Blizzard’s Overwatch, the shooty remains of what was once destined to be MMORPG Project Titan, formally launches tonight at midnight — if you’re in London, anyway. For those of us here in the US, we’re looking at go-times of 7 p.m. EDT at Massively OP’s HQ in Philly to 4 p.m. PDT over on the west coast where Blizzard is. If you’ve already preordered, you should probably go make sure you’re all downloaded and patched up because it’s launch day and nothing can go wrong. Right?
Let’s round up some cool Overwatch stories in the meantime!
The game isn’t out yet and there’s already a clone because of course there is. MMO Culture reports that a Chinese clone called Legend of Titan was shamelessly revealed for mobile at a con earlier this month.
Here’s a heartwarmer: The daughter of an Overwatch fan drew up a sketch of her own proposed Overwatch character, Birst, and her dad sent it off to Blizz for feedback… but epic Blizz artist Roman Kenney turned it into a real drawing. So Blizz, when can we play this new character?
This past Sunday, Coca-Cola got into the Overwatch spirit with a Launch Celebration event at selected Cinemark theaters (that were utterly sold out, mind you) with cinematics, panel videos, and collectibles.
More hype! Here’s a shot from @RuzgofDi of one of the massive Overwatch dolls — I mean, action figures — that sprung up this weekend in a few big cities (Genji is in Paris and Pharah is in Busan, reports Blizzard Watch). Me, I love how they put Tracer outside a Sephora.
— RuzGofDi (@RuzgofDi) May 20, 2016
And finally, the game’s last animated short is out — this one’s called Hero and focuses on the vigilante known as Soldier: 76.
Enjoy the launch festivities, everyone!