Overwatch: Latest news and announcements

Blizzard’s hero shooter is one of the biggest 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.

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Overwatch Latest News – Brigitte Skins revealed

All of Brigitte Lindholm’s cosmetic offerings are now available to view on the PTR servers. This includes her skins, sprays, emotes and victory poses. We’ve compiled some of our favourites below:

You’ve also got a collection of adorable sprays, including this masterpiece. LOOK AT ALL THE CATS!

Widowmaker also has a new skin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Starcraft. It’s free so just log into the game and you’ll have a Kerrigan outfit to wear while sniping!

Overwatch Latest News – Brigitte Lindholm

Brigitte Lindholm has been introduced as the newest hero coming to Overwatch!

She is the youngest daughter of Torbjorn, an existing character in Blizzard’s beloved universe. Much like Ana and Pharah Amari, this isn’t the first family connection we’ve seen in Overwatch when it comes to playable heroes.

Acting as a support hero that shares more than a few similarities with tanks such as Reinhardt and Orisa, her outfit is also unbelievably fabulous.

“Brigitte spent much of her spare time in her father’s workshop, learning the trade and honing her skills. Her aptitude for engineering mirrored that of her father’s, but Brigitte’s primary interest was in armor fabrication and defensive systems, unlike Torbjörn, who was world renowned (and perhaps infamous) for the weapons he created,” reads the official website’s overview.

Now available in the public-test realm servers on PC, Brigitte will likely be coming to PS4 and Xbox One in the next week or two.

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Brigitte’s repertoire of abilities sound like incredible fun, and we’re very eager to try them out ourselves. You can check them all out below:

  • Rocket Flail – Brigitte’s melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.
  • Repair Pack  Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armor instead.
  • Whip Shot – Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.
  • Barrier Shield – Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.
  • Shield Bash – Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.
  • Rally – Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armor that lasts until it’s removed by damage.

development update video featuring Creative Director Jeff Kaplan has also been released that goes into Brigitte’s abilities in further detail.

Overwatch Patch Notes – What are the latest changes?

The February 27 update for Overwatch introduces new changes for Sombra, Mei and Doomfist, all of which come in the form of buffs to their myriad abilities. We’ve compiled each individual character’s major adjustments below:

Sombra – 

  • Her EMP ability is no longer blocked by small objects in the environment such as signposts and debris.
  • Machine Pistol spread has been reduced to 2.7 from 3.0.
  • Enemy health bars now appear after any damage is taken. Previously this passive ability only emerged after 50%.
  • Translocator duration time has been increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds.
  • Hack has received a number of changes in that hacking health packs no longer charges Sombra’s ultimate while the cast time has been also been reduced.

Mei – 

  • Mei’s Endothermic Blaster has been made more powerful thanks to an increased enemy freeze duration from 1.0 seconds to 1.5 alongside a boost in ammo count for her secondary fire.

Doomfist – 

  • Hand Cannon ammo recovery rate has increased from .8 seconds to .65 seconds per bullet, making his projectile fire far more efficient.

Other changes include adjustments to Blizzard World and Mercy’s user interface when Valkyrie is activated. Blizzard has said this is to make the overall experience less cluttered for players.

Overwatch Events – Year of the Dog

Year of the Dog has now concluded after taking place over the past four weeks. The next event will be the Summer Games, which we imagine will arrive ahead of Summer 2018. Watch this space for more information!

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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:


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


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


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


  • 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. 

Overwatch Developer Update – Watch it below

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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 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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