World of Warcraft Classic’s launch was so popular that players could hardly get online. The title is a return to the original days of Blizzard’s MMO, back before players had flying mounts, unlimited ammunition, and new worlds to explore. One thing managed to make the jump from the modern version of the game to its original iteration: the idea of a Race to World First, where players rushed to level 60 to down Ragnaros, the final boss of the Molten Core raid. Method, the current top guild in the world, partnered with the World Showdown of Esports to put on a Race to World First. In Battle for Azeroth, the current expansion, Method had streamed their progress through the expansions’ raids: Uldir, the Battle for Dazar’Alor, and Azshara’s Eternal Palace. These races racked up hundreds of thousands of views, garnering interest over the weeks of progress, especially when American guild Limit would be right on Method’s heels in the race to win the World … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft Classic and the Race to World First
Every year, Overwatch pundits, pros, and writers vote to determine the standout stars of the year. Who was the rookie of the year? Which player had the biggest impact? These are subjective and opaque questions, and there are usually multiple contenders for the “right” answer. This year, the San Francisco Shock’s Jay “Sinatraa” Won took home the MVP award, and Hyo-Jong “Haksal” Kim won the title of Rookie of the Year. Now that the votes are in and the winners have celebrated their achievement, it’s time to take a look at the Overwatch scene. There were many great players who helped cinch close matches, turned around doomed games, and pulled off fantastic plays. 2019 was an exciting year for the Overwatch League, and these players helped define the scene. Tank and thank Tanks are both the hardest role to judge, but also the most important. Due to their powerful abilities and high health pools, tanks set the pace for their team and control … [Read more...] about Who were the best Overwatch League players of 2019?
The question of crossplay was pretty obvious when Blizzard announced an Overwatch port for the Switch during the latest Nintendo Direct stream. Bridging multiple platforms is what most players want for their favorite online games and while several others have already fulfilled the request, Blizzard remains rigid for whatever reason. In a statement provided to Engadget regarding crossplay, Blizzard admitted that such a system would be greatly beneficial for the community. The developer reiterated that it knows about the potential but at the same time is still trying to determine if it’s something that Overwatch needs. That’s quite the conundrum. On one hand, Blizzard wants to keep observing how crossplay evolves. On the other, games after games continue to integrate crossplay technology. We’ve seen how compelling cross-system play can be for our community, and we’re excited about the potential. There’s still a lot of work to do on both our side and the … [Read more...] about Overwatch Switch Crossplay Doesn’t Make Sense: Blizzard
The recent rumors and leaks about an Overwatch port in the works for Nintendo Switch have now been officially confirmed. Blizzard made the announcement earlier today during the latest Nintendo Direct stream, following which the official website of the game was also updated with loads of relevant information. What Blizzard skipped out on clarifying in the announcement was just how smoothly Overwatch runs on the Switch. While responding to these queries on Twitter soon after, IMEA communications manager Nazih Fares revealed that the port supports a resolution of 900p when docked and 720p when in handheld mode. In both scenarios, the game runs at a constant rate of 30fps. It doesn’t seem like there’s enough room here to reach the magical 60fps barrier. Another important thing to know is that Blizzard wasn’t alone in developing this port. Iron Galaxy helped out in the process. For those unaware, Iron Galaxy was previously involved in porting Diablo III to the Switch and … [Read more...] about Overwatch Switch Port Runs At 30fps/900p
After rumors, reports, and leaked cases, it turns out that the Overwatch Switch port is indeed real and coming soon. Nintendo announced it today during its Nintendo Direct. The game will come out next month on October 15. It will be $40 and will include a Gold Loot Box that guarantees a Legendary item. ALSO: Forsen says Overwatch Role Queue ‘should have happened years ago’ In addition to the loot box, it also comes with a redeemable code for three-month subscription to Nintendo Switch Online, five Legendary skins, five Epic skins, and five Origins skins. The latter five skins are the skins that show the heroes in their younger days. The eShop also lists the game as being 12.1 GB. The trailer hinted that it would have gyroscopic support for aiming, which other Switch shooter ports have had in the past. Overwatch initially came out in May 2016 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC and has seen plenty of free heroes and maps since. Blizzard has released one other game on the … [Read more...] about Overwatch Switch port officially announced