Overwatch Megathread

What is Overwatch?

Overwatch features squad-based combat with two opposing teams of six players each. Players choose one of several hero characters, each with their own unique abilities and role classes. The four character roles include: offense characters with high speed and attack but low defense, defense characters meant to form choke points for enemies, support characters that provide buffs and debuffs for their allies and enemies respectively (such as healing or speed alterations), and tank characters that have a large amount of armor and hit points to withstand enemy attacks and draw fire away from teammates. Players can switch between characters in-game following deaths, which is encouraged by the game’s overall design.

System Requirements

Minimum (targeting 30fps):

Operating system: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Processor: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865
Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460, ATI Radeon HD 4850, or Intel HD Graphics 4400
Memory: 768 MB VRAM, 4 GB System RAM
Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

Recommended (targeting 60fps on Medium settings):

Operating system: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
Processor: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8 GHz
Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
Memory: 2 GB VRAM, 6 GB System RAM
Storage: 7200 RPM with 5 GB available HD space

Price

Base price on PC will be $40, consoles will be $60. There will also be a $60 version on PC that comes with additional cosmetic content for Overwatch and a single item for every Blizzard game. The $40 version on PC will be digital only.

Open Beta

If you preorder Overwatch, you will get early access on May 3rd-4th with an extra key for a friend to join you 2 days early. Open Beta will be fully open to the public from May 5th-9th on all platforms.

Game modes

Overwatch currently has three main game modes, with some maps featuring a hybrid of assault and payload:

Assault: The attacking team is tasked with capturing two target points on the map, while the defending team must stop them.
Escort: The attacking team is tasked with escorting a payload to a certain delivery point before time runs out, while the defending team must stop them. The payload vehicle moves along a fixed track when any player on the attacking team is close to it. In some escort maps (referred to as hybrid), the attacking team has to capture the payload first before actually escorting it.
Control: Each team tries to capture and maintain a control point until their capture percentage reaches 100%. This game mode is played in a best-of-three format.

Characters

Here is an introduction to all of the Overwatch characters and what to expect from each one.

Offense

Genji

Primary: Shuriken - Three shurikens fired with perfect accuracy one after the other in a burst.
Secondary: Shuriken Fan - Throws all three in a spread, meaning big damage on a single target up close or spread across medium range.
Shift: Swift Strike - A dashing attack that passes through enemies, dealing damage. Refreshes its cooldown when you get a kill.
E Ability: Deflect - Genji reflects all projectiles fired at him for a short duration, aiming them with the crosshair.
Ultimate: Dragonblade - Draws a katana that deals serious damage in a wide arc in front of him, but only at melee range. Deflect and Swift Strike are still usable.

McCree

Primary: Peacekeeper - Standard six-shooter revolver that packs a decent punch but has damage drop off at long range.
Secondary: Peacekeeper Rapid-Fire - Less accurate but faster firing version, where McCree unloads an entire clip in quick succession.
Shift: Combat Roll - A quick dodge that also reloads ammunition on the Peacekeeper.
E Ability: Flashbang - A short-range contact grenade that stuns everyone around its explosion for a short time.
Ultimate: Deadeye - McCree’s movement speed drops significantly as he draws a bead on each enemy in sight. Once he has one or more lined up, he can shoot to kill all of them. Higher health targets take longer to focus on, but can be shot early to just do a bit of damage.

Pharah

Primary: Rocket Launcher - It’s a rocket launcher, you do not need it explained. In Overwatch’s world of hit-scan, it’s not at its strongest, but good aim and leading the target will mean great damage.
Shift: Jump Jet - Launches Pharah high into the air, letting her reposition or get a tactical advantage.
E Ability: Concussive Blast - A wrist-mounted weapon that pushes enemies away from the impact point.
Ultimate: Barrage - Immobilizes Pharah wherever she is and fires a stream of rockets. Very good AoE damage and can be used in the air.

Reaper

Primary: Hellfire Shotguns - A pair of shotguns that do obscene damage at close range.
Shift: Wraith Form - Turns Reaper into a shadow for a short period, making him immune to damage and able to pass through enemies. He is not invisible and cannot use other abilities, however.
E Ability: Shadow Step - A long range teleport that allows Reaper to reappear at any location he can see after a short wind-up.
Ultimate: Death Blossom - Moves to a third-person camera as Reaper rapidly unloads his shotguns in every direction, dealing massive damage to anyone around him. Allows for movement but not use of other moves.

Soldier: 76

Primary: Heavy Pulse Rifle - A rapid-fire machine gun, accurate and damaging. Have you played an FPS? If so, you know what this is.
Secondary: Helix Rockets - An underslung rocket-launcher that fires three spiraling projectiles at once. Deals heavy damage.
Shift: Sprint - 76 can eschew his other abilities and shooting to move faster until cancelled.
E Ability: Biotic Field - Drops a device on the ground that produces a healing field for a short period. Effects allies.
Ultimate: Tactical Visor - 76 gains perfect auto-aim for a short time for anything in his vision. Effects both the primary and secondary fire modes.

Tracer

Primary: Pulse Pistols - Two rapid-fire, short range pistols that do heavy damage.
Shift: Blink - Tracer teleports a short distance in the direction she’s moving. Cannot gain height.
E Ability: Recall - Tracer time travels a few seconds backwards, returning to her position and health at that time.
Ultimate: Pulse Bomb - A high-power sticky bomb that detonates after a short moment. Will stick to enemies as well as floors or walls.

Defense

Bastion

Primary: Configuration: Recon - Bastion’s normal mode, where he is equipped with a sub-machine gun.
Secondary: Configuration: Sentry - A stationary mode that increases Bastion’s firepower dramatically and gives him some armour, as well as a weak-spot on his back.
Shift: Reconfigure - Switches between the primary and secondary mode.
E Ability: Self-Repair - A channelled heal that lasts as long as you like. Bastion cannot move or fire during it.
Ultimate: Configuration: Tank - A timed mode that turns you into a tank. Gives a long range explosive cannon. Obscene damage.

Hanzo

Primary: Storm Bow - Fires fast-moving arrows that are affected by gravity. Can be charged for more power.
Shift: Sonic Arrow - An alternate fire mode that lodges the arrow in a wall and emits a pulse that marks nearby enemies, even those not in line of sight.
E Ability: Scatter Arrow - This arrow fractures when it hits, ricocheting off surfaces and creating a death zone inside any small room.
Ultimate: Dragonstrike - a charged shot that comes out as two massive dragon heads, passing through walls and enemies on its way. Deals heavy damage across its area of effect.

Junkrat

Primary: Frag Launcher - Fires explosive, bouncing grenades that detonate on impact with an enemy or after a short time.
Shift: Concussion Mine - Places a remote detonated mine that flings whoever’s hit by the explosion high into the air. Useful for reaching out of the way places as well as killing or moving enemies.
Secondary: Detonate Concussion Mine
E Ability: Steel Trap - Throws out a bear trap that will briefly immobilise and deal small damage to the first enemy to run over it.
Ultimate: RIP-Tire - After a short wind-up, gives control over to a 10-second fuse remote explosive that rolls along the ground. Can be detonated but has a relatively small health pool that causes it to disintegrate without effect.

Mei

Primary: Endothermic Blaster - A freeze beam that slows and eventually stuns a target if it can be continuously hit.
Secondary: Endothermic Icicle - Heavy damage, slow firing projectile that has damage drop-off at long range.
Shift: Cryo-Freeze - Stuns Mei and makes her immune to all damage inside an ice crystal that regenerates her to full health over 4 seconds. Can be cancelled early.
E Ability: Ice Wall - Raises a large wall of ice at a target location, blocking vision, shots and movement for everyone.
Ultimate: Blizzard - Throws Mei’s small robot ball friend to a location, who then constantly emits a freezing field with the same properties as her blaster.

Torbjörn

Primary: Rivet Gun - Long range bolts of fire that travel slowly and are effected by gravity.
Secondary: Rivet Blast - A shot-gun varient on the above, spraying molten death in front of Torbjörn.
Shift: Build Turret - Places an upgradable turret that puts out a high amount of damage and can be repaired.
E Ability: Armor Pack - Throws out a collectable armor shard that can be picked up by team-mates, giving them some additional protection.
Ultimate: Molten Core - A significant self-buff that gives Torbjörn faster attack and build speed, as well as making his turret more deadly.

Widowmaker

Primary: Widow’s Kiss - A fast-firing machine gun that’s deadly up to medium range.
Secondary: Widow’s Sniper - Widowmaker aims down the site of her rifle, transforming it into a high-powered sniper weapon.
Shift: Grappling Hook - Latches onto ledges and pulls Widowmaker up to them, allowing quick vertical traversal.
E Ability: Venom Mine - Fires a mine that sticks to any surface and explodes on proximity to an enemy, poisoning them and anyone else nearby for a time.
Ultimate: Infra-Sight - Gives Widowmaker, and her allies, the ability to see enemy heat-signatures through walls and other obstructions.

Tank

D.Va

Primary: Fusion Cannons - Close-range rotary shotguns that never need to be reloaded.
Primary (Human Form): Light Gun - Fast firing and reasonably damaging pistol with long-range.
Shift: Boosters - Allows D.Va’s mech to move at increased speed and fly for a couple of seconds.
E Ability: Defense Matrix - A cancellable projected cone that destroys all projectiles that enter it, including ultimates.
Ultimate: Self-Destruct - Detonates D.Va’s mech, putting her into human form. Explodes after a long, obvious wind-up but does incredible damage.
Ultimate (Human Form): Call Mech - Drops a mech in front of D.Va which she climbs inside. The calldown does light damage and push back.

Reinhardt

Primary: Rocket Hammer - A wide-swinging melee attack that does heavy damage and knocks enemies back.
Secondary: Shield - Projects a large barrier in front of Reinhardt that moves with him and takes a lot of damage to break. Allies can hide behind it for cover.
Shift: Charge - Reinhardt powers forward in a straight line, grabbing enemies he hits. If he hits a wall, they take extra damage and are usually killed.
E Ability: Fire Strike - His only ranged attack, Reinhardt swings his hammer letting out a jet of fire that can hit multiple enemies in a row.
Ultimate: Earthshatter - Hitting the ground with the hammer, a wave of force is let out that knocks down and damages all enemies in a cone.

Roadhog

Primary: Scrap Gun - A short-range, wide-spread shotgun blast.
Secondary: Scrap Gun Ball - Fires a ball that travels a short distance before releasing a shotgun blast in the direction it was fired.
Shift: Chain Hook - Throws out a hook that latches onto opponents, dragging them towards Roadhog and dealing a bit of damage.
E Ability: Take A Breather - Roadhog sucks on some gas for a short time, self-healing for half HP.
Ultimate: Whole Hog - A stream of shrapnel fires constantly for a few seconds, knocking enemies back and doing damage.

Winston

Primary: Tesla Cannon - A short-range, conal attack in front of Winston.
Shift: Jump Pack - Leaping into the air, Winston can reposition to higher surfaces. Also damages and staggers all enemies near the impact point.
E Ability: Shield Projector - Throws out a device that extends a large protective bubble around an area. Team mates can shoot through it.
Ultimate: Primal Rage - Increases Winston’s melee attack speed and damage, as well as buffing his damage resistance and health. Even gives Jump Pack a shorter cooldown while active.

Zarya

Primary: Particle Cannon - A constant beam of energy with medium range, law damage but a good option.
Secondary: Particle Grenade - A long-range, arcing ball of energy that explodes on impact.
Shift: Particle Barrier - Places a shield around Zarya that absorbs a decent amount of damage before dissipating, each bit of absorbed damage powering up her main weapon.
E Ability: Projected Barrier - Puts the barrier on a targeted ally.
Ultimate: Graviton Surge - A powerful grenade that drags in all enemies around it for a few seconds upon detonation.

Support

Lúcio

Primary: Sonic Amplifier - A three round burst of energy shots.
Secondary: Soundwave - A conal blast that knocks all enemies in front of Lúcio back.
Shift: Crossfade - Toggles between two buff auras around Lúcio, one granting movement speed and the other for healing.
E Ability: Amp It Up - Increases the power of the currently active aura for a short time.
Ultimate: Sound Barrier - Gives Lúcio and everyone around him a powerful shield that dissipates quickly.

Mercy

Primary: Caduceus Staff - A healing weapon that fires a constant beam of regeneration at an ally.
Secondary: Caduceus Damage - Utilising the same staff, this boosts the damage of an ally rather than healing them.
Shift: Guardian Angel - Flies towards a targeted ally at great speed.
Ultimate: Resurrect - Brings all nearby dead allies back to life at full health.

Symmetra

Primary: Photon Projector - A beam of energy that will latch onto a target, damaging them until they leave its range.
Secondary: Photon Ball - A charged ball that deals big damage as it travels and passes through enemies plus projected barriers.
Shift: Sentry Turret - Places an immobile turret that lasers any enemies that come within range. Can place multiples.
E Ability: Photon Shield - Gives an ally 50 HP of shields that only dissipate when they die, regenerating otherwise.
Ultimate: Teleporter - Symmetra places a teleporter exit connected to an auto-built entrance at her team’s spawnpoint.

Zenyatta

Primary: Orb of Destruction - Rapid firing projectiles from Zenyatta’s necklace.
Secondary: Charged Orbs - Gathering all his orbs around him, Zenyatta projects five of them out at once for big damage.
Shift: Orb of Harmony - An orb attachs to a nearby ally and continues to heal them for as long as Zenyatta is alive and they are within line-of-sight.
E Ability: Orb of Discord - Attaches to an enemy, increasing the amount of damage they take from all sources so long as they remain within line-of-sight.
Ultimate: Transcendence - Transforms Zenyatta into a healing beacon, making him immune to damage but unable to use other abilities until it finishes. He also constantly heals himself and those around him.

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MEGA is right! Nice.

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I’m really looking forward to this one. I’ll be picking it up on PS4. Some of the skins you can get from drops are pretty neat

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It’s not technically a “drop”. Every time you level up you get a box which contains 4 items in it. Those items can be skins, sprays, voice lines, things like that. You can also receive currency to buy the items you would like. In addition, if you ever receive a duplicate item from a box it is automatically converted to currency.

Edit - Also, since achievements were added a few weeks ago, you also gain items by completing achievements. But it seems like those are mostly sprays.

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I’ll be getting on PC. My boys and I are starting a team if any of you guys have the skills to pay the bills!!

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Ah okay! Thanks for clearing that up for me. Can’t wait for this one

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Great post! I’m getting stoked!

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$80 in Canada!?! :cry:

That 30% bump due to the exchange rate really hurts a guys wallet. Especially when his wife doesn’t feel video games are a necessity of life.

Long live the Queen.

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It’s Canadia’s own fault for not taking its money seriously; how did they think looney was a good name for it? The exchange rate is simply a silly name tax :wink:

So what you’re saying is that the cost of a loonie is a twonie?

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Those that were fortunate enough to get into the final closed beta, how is it? :smiley:

I just looked and I got invited to the Beta!

You and me both. Now how can I justify playing when I have a big exam Monday; any ideas?

Every 2 hours of studying, reward yourself with an hour of gaming. :wink:

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I wish i got in :frowning: I’m tilted now

FTFY :wink:

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Tried out the beta last weekend. Not sure it really has $40 worth of content on launch but apparently they plan to release more content overtime for free.

Some characters feel a bit simple like McCree or Lucio but others have plenty of options like Genji. There are also some interactions that are less obvious like Pharah’s E totally works on herself which can used for as a last ditch escape/dodge or other pretty neat moves. http://gfycat.com/SnivelingUnselfishHarpyeagle

Totally had a Roadhog hook my self-destructing D.Va mech for a triple kill once so that was pretty neat.

I’m still on the fence whether I want it or not. Potential for some neat plays but concerned that without new content, the matches might stagnate. Gamers are pretty good at min/maxing competitive games to a limited number of options (looking at Counter-Strike for one).

I also spent some quality time in Overwatch this weekend. I actually think that $40 is going to be a great price point for it. I would probably shy away from a $60 price tag (though I won’t judge anyone who buys the Origins Edition) if it were the standard fair, but I see a lot of potential in the game: 21 unique heroes and 12 maps at launch isn’t bad at all (especially since they’ve said future content won’t be paid DLC).

I’m honestly not worried about this at all. When you look at how many people play games like Team Fortress 2 (a title that obviously had some influence on Overwatch’s design) and Counterstrike: Global Offensive (since you mentioned it specifically) I think it’s indicative of player’s willingness to play games that aren’t extremely deep in terms of build/character complexity/variety.

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To be fair, TF2 has been getting new content consistently. Like, I would have gotten bored of release TF2 if they didn’t also add stuff like the flaregun or stuff so my Demoman is a crazed sword-weilding maniac. Additionally, TF2 was an arena shooter that eventually became F2P. Not saying TF2 is a direct indicator of what’ll happen to Overwatch but its history is still on my mind.

As for Counter-Strike, I feel you get to make way more individual decisions in Counter Strike than playing as some of the simpler characters. Like McCree has an incredibly simple decision tree. Far away? Single shot. In range of flashbang? Flashbang and fan your revolver. Roll to not die or occasionally to attack. Try to not ult in a very obvious position.

In Counter Strike, you have a primary weapon, secondary weapon, knife, and 3-4 types of grenades. Plenty of different ways to breach a room just from nade options alone. Primary out of ammo? You can use your secondary, nades, crouch-jump out of the window, throw your empty weapon/pick something off of the ground, etc. Admittedly, I am way more familiar with Counter Strike than Overwatch so that might be a bias.

Plus, mods often kept the game options pretty diverse. Arms Race is basically gun game which started as a mod. I admit that I’m not sure how the modding community is for CS:GO or whether it is even possible.

The $40 price point is actually a nice surprise from this thread. I totally thought it was $60 across the board. I plan to see how the release goes before I decide but I think I might just be a worrier by nature. Like, the game definitely can be something great. I’m just not sure it is quite there yet.

While I admit there are a decent number of weapon/grenade combinations available in CS, the competitive scene you referenced it for is far less diverse than the available build possibilities. You pretty well want an AWP or an M4/AK-47 (depending on team) and a decent spread of smoke/flash/frag across your team. There are some outlying scenarios where other things happen based on individual/team finances (like pistol rounds), but that represents the bulk of the population’s ideal loadouts; speaking as a CS player since 2003, the overwhelming-majority of the customization options are ignored.

With Overwatch, when you start talking about breaching options, there are a ton based on the characters chosen as well. As an example, D.Va, Widowmaker, Mercy, and Genji (to name a few) can cut corners and traverse terrain or gaps that other characters can’t through various ability use; on Hanamura this allows for all manner of flanking shenanigans. Need to clear a point? Use a D.Va, Reaper, or Mei Q ability to create area denial or send the whole team in guns blazing and follow up with a Mercy Q to reestablish dominance. I’m not saying it’s the deepest title on the market, but there’s a lot of neat tricks I discovered just playing a handful of matches over a few hours on the limited maps we had this weekend; I’m certain a great deal more will be found after release.

Those more simplistic characters (Roadhog is another one to list next to McCree, IMO) I think are a way for Blizzard to ensure there are some characters that reward basic FPS mechanics for players just getting started in the title, but they can also be game-changers when played well. McCree is brutal if his player can hit headshots and Roadhog is next to impossible to force off a point if you can’t spike him thanks to his self-heal. I also think there are more decisions to be made on some of these less-complex characters than a flow chart of close/medium/long range. Target selection is huge (regardless of the character you’re playing as) when you have defined characters/roles like support or offense, and the maps allow for some interesting positioning decisions as well. Plus, the added benefit of being able to swap characters on death can make for some great counter-plays or allow for strategic advantage depending on the map/situation (this, more than anything, is something too many people aren’t doing; they seem to glue themselves to a character before the match starts and just cling to it like it’s their only option rather than mixing it up to achieve something other than the defeat they currently face).

It’s true Blizzard probably won’t allow for mods and such, but they already have a weekly rotating game mode called Brawls that they’re working on (here’s a video of one that came up in the CBT), so it’s safe to assume they’re working to ensure that there’s always something fresh to do in the game.

I think what’s going to be most interesting is how Overwatch stacks up to the other hero shooters that are coming out around the same time. It’s the least-complicated in terms of level objectives and character customization but also seems to be the most fast-paced and have better overall level design; I’m curious to see how it does against its genre competition.

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