Overwatch latest news and announcements: Retribution rolls on

Blizzard’s hero shooter is one of the biggest and best games in the world. 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 including info on the upcoming Uprising event.

Overwatch News – Any big announcements?

The Overwatch Archives are now live across PS4, Xbox One and PC, bringing with it an all-new PvE event known as Retribution.

Available from April 10 – 30, players have the opportunity to gain a variety of new cosmetics for their favourite heroes. There are some great ones on offer, too.

Retribution follows McCree, Moira, Reaper and Soldier 76 as they infiltrate a Talon facility in Rialto, a new map based in Venice. During the mission, you’ll have to take on a variety of Talon units including deadly snipers and assassins. You’ll also have the option to tackle things using whatever hero you like.

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Overwatch Patch Notes – All the latest changes

The new update for Overwatch arrives alongside the Retribution seasonal event which gives the team-based shooter a temporary makeover.

A selection of heroes have also received some changes. Sadly, a nerf or two has been implemented to some of our favourite heroes.

D.VA is first on the chopping block with her Micro Missile damage being reduced from 6 to 4. Booster impact damage has been reduced from 10 to 25. According to Blizzard, she was simply causing too much damage in her past condition.

“Burst potential is a bit too high, so we’re reducing the damage of her Micro Missiles and Boosters impact,” Blizzard explained in the patch notes. “Prior to this change, each missile dealt 3 impact damage and 6 explosive damage. We’re reducing explosive damage from 6 to 4 but leaving the impact damage the same, the net result is 21% damage reduction.”

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Reaper has undergone some more positive changes with his Death Blossom now reloading his shotguns, saving you a precious couple of seconds. The speed of Wraith Form has been increased by 25%. “These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets,” Blizzard said.

The last big update comes to Mei, with the climatologist’s Endothermic Blaster now able to pierce through enemies, although it’s still unable to penetrate shields and barriers. “This change helps Mei combat multiple targets that are clumped up and makes it easier for her to keep freezing a specific target if another enemy gets in the way. This change also helps her ultimate more consistently freeze enemy targets, especially if they are near each other.”

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
  • Brigitte

We’ll be sure to update this list whenever a new hero is added to Overwatch. The latest came in the form of Brigitte Lindholm in March 2018. 

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Overwatch Maps – Any new additions? 

  • Hanamura
  • Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Temple of Anubis
  • Volskaya Industries
  • Dorado
  • Junkertown
  • Rialto
  • Route 66
  • Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Blizzard World
  • Eichenwalde
  • Hollywood
  • King’s Row
  • Numbani
  • Ilios
  • Ljiang Tower
  • Nepal
  • Oasis

Overwatch Free Weekend – When is the next one?

The last free weekend for Overwatch 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 ninth competitive season in Overwatch has now begun! It’s time to grind through your placement games and see how things turn out. Remember, you’ll gain an exclusive spray and player icon for completing all ten.

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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