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Still haven’t played Overwatch? It’s free 9-12 September

I haven’t played enough Overwatch, what I have played, I loved. If you are one of those people who still hasn’t played it then this weekend is your chance. From the 9-12 September Overwatch is free to play on the Xbox One.

To get in on the action:

Step 1: Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account.

Step 2: Go to the Xbox One Store, select “Search.”
Step 3: In the search field, type in “Overwatch.”
Step 4: Select “Overwatch: Origins Edition” from the search results and then click “Free Trial.”
Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click “Launch” to begin!

You can thank us later! Let us know how you get on!

Overwatch gets its Rocket League on for Rio

Overwatch is getting into the spirit of the Olympics with special loot boxes that will allow your Overwatchians to done their best sports gear and get their Rio vibe on. There’s over 100 new items to collect, so pop your phones down and stop trying to catch all the Pokemon and get online to kill your mates instead.

Overwatch has also taken on a sporty theme with new mode Lúcioball – which is essentially Rocket League done Overwatch style.

Overwatch’s first seasonal event will run for the duration of the Olympics, concluding on August 22

 

Overwatch-ball

New Overwatch Hero confirmed – Ana Amari

It was only seven days ago that I was writing about a gun blueprint that was published on Overwatch’s official twitter feed clarifying the rumours of a new character coming to the game. Well the rumours and speculations are now over and Blizzard Entertainment would like to introduce us to Ana Amari.

This Bounty Hunter and former founding member of Overwatch uses her expert skills as a marksman to affect heroes all over the battlefield. Armed with her Biotic Rifle and Grenades she can heal allies and damage or impair enemies. She also carries around a sidearm armed with tranquilizers to subdue hostile targets and Nano Boosts to give her comrades considerable increases in power. Used at the correct time she is a lethal and effective member of the team.

Ana doesnt come without her scars though and let’s just say she is not great friends with Windowmaker who had supposedly killed her during a hostage rescue mission. You can check out Ana’s full background story in the clip below.

Ana is currently in the Overwatch PTR (Public Test Realm) so expect her to be joining the cast of Heroes in the game soon. For further information on Ana or Overwatch in general check out the Official Website.

Does gun blueprint reveal next character coming to Overwatch?

Overwatch is a game like Marmite, you either love it or hate it and this goes true for us at TiX. I personally love the game and therefore was excited to see a post by Blizzard yesterday on their twitter feed giving us potentially the most reliable clue to date on the next playable character for the game.

Overwatch Gun Blueprint

As you can see from the blueprint above there is a discussion around a Biotic Rifle that has Mercy’s Caduceus Staff and Soldier: 76’s Biotic Field healing ability incorporated in to it. This leads to the assumption that the weapon above will be used for healing at range but also poisoning perhaps if Mercy’s comments are anything to go by. So is this the infamous character called Sombra who is referenced by Reaper in one of his voice lines, “Where’s Sombra when you need her?” and who has also been discovered in hints that have been hidden in the Mexican Map Dorado.

So watch this space and let’s hope that Blizzard keep to their word when they stated that all new characters coming to Overwatch would be free.

Competitive Play mode coming to Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment has annouced that Overwatch is getting a new game mode: Competitive Play. It’s available right now on PC, and will be arriving soon on the Xbox One.

Competitive Play is designed for those who truly want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than Quick Play or Weekly Brawl! modes and because it’s for the serious gamers and to ensure that every player has a solid understanding of the game, the new mode, heroes and maps wont be unlocked until you reach level 25.

Before you start your competitive career, every new player will have to complete 10 placement matches in order to obtain their initial skill rating. This rating will be a number between 1 and 100, with higher values indicating a greater skill level. Skill ratings will be visible at the beginning of every match and as you compete, your rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players.

Overwatch_Competitive

Like other Competitive Play setups you will compete in four seasons, each lasting two and a half months. During that time, you can increase your skill rating and battle up the ranks before the stats are reset at the end of the season. This is followed by a two-week offseason, after which a new season will commence, beginning with a new set of placement matches.

In addition to the thrill of victory, players can earn new rewards that are only available through Competitive Play. At the end of a season, anyone who has completed the 10 placement matches will receive a special spray and player icon, with a new set of designs being released every season. On top of that as you win matches, you’ll earn Competitive Points. These points are based on your performance, and you’ll also receive a number of points at the end of each season. These Competitive Points can be exchanged for cosmetic Golden Weapons for your heroes.

Because of the more serious nature of the game mode, strict penalties will be in place to catch people leaving the game early or even stepping away from their console during the match, so ensure you make that all important toilet break. Players that continually suffer penalties due to inactive play or game infringements will see the Competitive Play mode locked for an increasing amount of time and could eventually be banned from the current season.

For more information on the new Competitve Play mode, check out the official site and while you are at it why dont you check out what we thought of the game in our review.

TiX Podcast: E3 Approaches

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens and Steve Peacock and for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast – episode 28 E3 Approaches.

In this episode the pair discuss Overwatch, recent reviews that have hit the TiX site, what they’d expect to see at E3, and they interview lead designer at Tuque Games, Kevin Neibert, about upcoming twin-stick coop shooter Livelock. (time stamp: 52.40) And of course the usual silly banter you’d expect.

https://soundcloud.com/thisisxboxpodcast/tix-podcast-e3-approaches

If you want to send us a question or topic for the topic discussion section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @stevetheblack

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

If you like the show and want to support it, please check out our Patreon page.

The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

Link Dump:

Livelock

Fallout 4 Far Harbor review

Overwatch review

One Piece Burning Blood review

Hard Reset Redux review

Technomancer

Dead Rising Watch Tower review

Dead Rising 4

Watch Dogs 2

Overwatch is live – get playing!

The wait is over, Overwtach is here.

Overwatch takes place on a near-future Earth, where teams of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities clash for control of key locations around the world, from serene castle grounds in Japan to mech-production facilities in the wintry heart of Russia. The game features a diverse cast of 21 unique heroes—including Tracer, the time-jumping adventurer; McCree, the outlaw gunslinger; and Winston, the brilliant gorilla scientist—each armed with signature weapons and awe-inspiring abilities. These extraordinary characters must team up and work together to complete critical objectives in a variety of unique play modes, including Assault, Escort, and Control. Players are able to swap heroes to adapt to the ever-changing situation on the battlefield.

Xbox One is having a beta time

There’s no shortage of beta opportunities on Xbox One at the moment with Doom, Gears of War 4, Overwatch and Battleborn all set to start their beta sessions soon – but when will each run and for how long? Major Nelson is on hand with what you need to know.

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Blizzard confirm Overwatch release date

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Following on from what appeared to be a slip of the release, Blizzard have now officially announced the release date for their multiplayer shooter, Overwatch.

Also announced is the opportunity to play the game extra early, during an open beta on the 3rd and 4th of May for you and a friend but only if one of you pre-orders the game here. You’ll need to have pre-purchased by the 29th of April to get this opportunity, however.

The all-access open beta will then run from the 5th to the 9th of May for all platforms, prior to the title’s full release on the 24th of May.

Overwatch is a first person shooter that will see you join the ranks of a force of legendary soldiers in a clash on the battlefields of a near-future Earth. Pick one of a diverse cast of 21 heroes, each with their own arsenal of weaponry and abilities as you employ teamwork to complete objectives and gain victory.