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Overwatch update – patch adds new emotes, map and balance changes

Blizzard has updated multiplayer shooter Overwatch with a selection of new emotes, map and balance changes to certain characters.

Overwatch has received frequent updates since launching in May 2016, adding new characters, skins and emotes to the game free of charge.

The most notable new addition this time around is ‘Gremlin D.Va’, a Mountain Dew-swigging, Doritos-chomping caricature of the Korean mech pilot born from memes on Tumblr.

In the emote, D.Va sits down in her mech before firing up a retro shooting game, tucking into some fizzy pop and snacks as she plays.

You can check out the full range of new emotes below, including D.Va’s legendary new stance:

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In addition to adding new emotes to Overwatch, Blizzard has also made a bunch of balance changes to different maps and characters.

Heroes such as Mercy, Mei, Lucio and Zenyatta have received updates that make their abilities more effective and fair in combat, addressing some player complaints.

Some maps, including Watchpoint Gibraltar and Hanamura, have received changes to their number of checkpoints and time limits for each round.

You can check out the full list of patch notes over at the Blizzard blog, or you can watch the trailer for Overwatch’s new Eichenwalde map below:
 

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