Overwatch latest news, hero info, patch notes, seasonal events and more

Blizzard Entertainment’s hero shooter is one of the biggest games in the world. That’s for good reason, with the colourful title receiving consistent updates that provide players with new heroes, maps, seasonal events and more.

We’re always hungry for more Overwatch here at Trusted Reviews so we’ve compiled all the latest news and updates.

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Overwatch News – What’s the latest?

According to a recent job listing, the Overwatch universe could be set to expand with new locations and characters. Blizzard is looking for a “talented and experienced creative writer to join the Overwatch team who can quickly iterate upon the existing world”.

This could be Blizzard preparing for an upcoming, lore-heavy seasonal event or perhaps just expanding upon the existing story elements found in Overwatch. Either way, we’re eager to see more of it.

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Overwatch Patch Notes – What are the latest changes?

Year of the Dog is now in full-swing and Blizzard has taken the opportunity to make some big changes to its roster of heroes amongst the festivities. Many of the new alterations are related to Capture The Flag, which has taken the spotlight once again due to Lunar New Year.

Lucio can no longer wall-ride while holding the flag, which Blizzard hopes will improve balance and prevent him from hopping up to “unintended places.” Winston has also seen some changes in the use of his leap/jump pack ability now resulting in a dropped flag. Capture the Flag has always been in favour of more mobile heroes, so hopefully, this has a positive impact.

You can check out the full list of latest patch notes on the official website.

Overwatch Events – Year of the Dog

Overwatch is currently celebrating Lunar New Year with its Year of the Dog seasonal event. Taking place across PS4, Xbox One and PC until March 5, players can earn a bunch of unique cosmetic items exclusive to the event. Capture The Rooster has also returned with Ayutthaya, a new map built specifically for the game mode.

Some of the temporary event’s highlights include gorgeous new skins for Widowmaker, Genji, Zarya, and Mercy. These are all available through loot boxes or for 3000 in-game credits. Cosmetics from last year have been reduced in price, so if you missed out on anything in 2017 now’s your chance!

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Overwatch Characters – What’s the current roster?

At the time of writing, Overwatch has a roster of 26 playable heroes split into four distinct classes. You can find a list of them all below:

Assault

  • Genji
  • Tracer
  • Doomfist
  • Sombra
  • McCree
  • Reaper
  • Pharah
  • Soldier 76

Defense

  • Torbjorn
  • Bastion
  • Hanzo
  • Widowmaker
  • Mei
  • Junkrat

Tank

  • D.Va
  • Orisa
  • Reinhardt
  • Roadhog
  • Winston
  • Zarya

Support

  • Mercy
  • Lucio
  • Moira
  • Symmetra
  • Zenyatta
  • Ana

We’ll be sure to update this list whenever a new hero is added to Overwatch. The latest came in the form of Moira who saw a spectacular reveal at BlizzCon 2017

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Overwatch Free Weekend – When is the next one?

The last free weekend for Overwatch has just ended on February 19 across all platforms. Such trials have become a regular occurrence for Blizzard’s shooter alongside discounts, so we’ll be sure to update this page when the next rolls around.

Overwatch Competitive – When does the next season start?

The eighth competitive season in Overwatch will come to a conclusion on February 25, so players only have a few more days to grind their way to the top of the global ladder. Those waiting for the next season to roll around don’t have long to wait, either. The ninth competitive season will begin on February 28. Like always, completing ten placement games will earn you a rank and cosmetic awards for competing.

Competitive Points will be handed out depending on your rank, and you can find a full breakdown of the system below:

  • SR 1-1499 (Bronze): 65 CP
  • SR 1500-1999 (Silver): 125 CP
  • SR 2000-2499 (Gold): 250 CP
  • SR 2500-2999 (Platinum): 500 CP
  • SR 3000-3499 (Diamond): 750 CP
  • SR 3500-3999 (Master): 1200 CP
  • SR 4000-5000 (Grandmaster): 1750 CP

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