Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Woohoo a new Overwatch digital comic.

Overwatch: Uprising explores the promise of a young Lena Oxton (Tracer), just coming to terms with her temporal abilities, and an aged Jack Morrison (Soldier 76) in conflict with doing what is right or doing what is legal.

I'd embed it if I could, but you can only read it here (for free!) on Madefire which I have just now heard of.  It's pretty cool!  Young Lena is totes adorbs, young Reyes (Reaper) is sassy and sarcastic, and the whole thing has music and a little bit of animation as you click through it.

Most importantly, though, everyone suspects this is laying the narrative groundwork for the game's next event, which was teased last week and - like the comic - involves the history of the Overwatch organization, and the King's Row locale in London.  Did I ever post that tweet announcing/teasing the event?  If not, here we go.

Tuesday can't come soon enough.  I got a $50 PSN card just rarin' to go!

Oh, and while we're on the Oversubject, team head Jeff Kaplan gave an excellent interview with - of all places - GameSpot yesterday.  Here's the best bits:

Jeff Kaplan: "[Fans of Overwatch] point to the pick percentages in the pro scene, which is a very unrealistic way to look at the entire game because it only represents a very small percentage, and their hero used to be picked 60 percent of the time and now it's down to 40 percent. They were up in arms saying, "Look at that, we're down to 40 percent."

I never said this, but I kind of wanted to hint at, really if everything was equally balanced your hero would be picked less than five percent of the time so, let's not make up these weird rules for ourselves about how balance should work."
Jeff, you nerf Tracer and I am comin' for you.

GameSpot: "Did you hear the story about the girl who called another kid a "Hanzo Main"?"

JK: "I did, yes." 

GS: "Do you endorse calling people a "Hanzo Main" as a way to dunk on them?" 

JK: "Not as a derogatory way. We need to love and respect all mains, including Hanzo mains [Laughs]. It's a funny story, we actually reached out to the girl and her family, we sent them a note. The parents sent back this lovely letter to us and said, "We appreciate it so much that you guys reached out. We've been talking to our daughter about not making fun of somebody for maining a certain hero." I think the whole community learned a little lesson in there. "
Preach, brother.  I met an awesome Hanzo main on Hollywood the other day and I really hope I remember to tell that story on the podcast today.

One thing I absolutely love in this interview is how Jeff responds when (anticipated new hero) Doomfist is brought up:
GS: "The community worked itself up into a bit of a frenzy around Doomfist but we got Orisa. Will Doomfist have his moment to shine in the future?"

JK: "I am actually fascinated by Doomfist in the sense that … We know when we talked about Sombra we did some things incorrectly. We got people excited too early and in the wrong ways, and we've tried to express our sincere apologies to the community on how we handled the Sombra situation. But Doomfist we've literally not hyped at all. The community has just decided to get themselves excited for Doomfist.

Obviously, from the very first announcement cinematic, Doomfist was a character in our world. We've learned more about him now with Orisa. But we'll leave it at that for now. The community will continue to ramp itself up over this character though."
Holy shit my boy is coy as fuck.  And the fact that he really owns up to how much they screwed up the Sombra reveal is very... mollifying.

Finally, once upon a time - back in the concept stage - Overwatch had a hero that was a cat laying on a jetback, just kinda' randomly pawing at the controls like it was playing with a bit of string.
JK: "...there was this one hero that was a huge internal debate on the team because we just loved it so much but it didn't make it. It was this jetpack and it had this cat that laid in it, like a cat does. Then every once in awhile it would paw at the controls. It was a cat in a jetpack.

That was one of those moments that helped define Overwatch. We just went, "Yeah that's probably too far." But yes. We had a cat hero."
But yeah.  Love that Doomfist response.  Hows about some sexy Overwatch boys?  S'okay.  I know what you like.

Everyone's ripped like Brad Pitt in Fight Club under those outfits.  Dayum.

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