FIFA 18 Goals of the Month December 2017 – EA SPORTS – Official Site on gamesread

Posted January 11th at 12:00am.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month compilation highlights the best goals that were selected in that month’s Goals of the Week videos. While there were plenty of excellent strikes to choose from, a few stood out above the rest. 

 

December 2017 had goals that provided a fresh look at El Tornado, as well as a few mazy, dribbling runs that produced finishes almost as exciting and inventive. The selections below earned their place at the very top by being as fresh, creative, and impressive as possible. 

El Tornado Master: Marc-Andre Dachs, Cristiano Ronaldo

Since El Tornado was released along with FIFA 18, players have been utilizing the new skill move in some incredible and inventive ways. This month’s best submission featured the master of the move. Ronaldo uses El Tornado and a subsequent touch to open a huge chunk of space in front of himself, then strikes the ball with a scissor kick near the edge of the box for a finish even more extraordinary than the moves he used to create the chance. 

 

 

Skiller Award: Jonny Howson, Raheem Sterling

For the second month in a row, a player has used Manchester City winger Sterling to produce the most technically notable goal. Sterling makes use of a nice variety of the skill moves at his disposal, beating a total of five defenders on route to a solid close-range finish past the goalkeeper. 

 

 

Set Piece Specialist: Hardik Tara, Cristiano Ronaldo

The only free kick to be included in this month’s selections, Ronaldo simply produces a clean, swerving finish from the set piece a few yards outside the penalty box. While relatively simple compared to some goals on the list, this free kick gets the nod simply because such goals are not easily scored in FIFA 18. 

 

 

Like Riding A Bike: NathanArmy2003, Isco

After a solid delivery from teammate Gareth Bale, Isco produces a fine bicycle kick (always a crowd pleaser) at the tightest of angles that takes advantage of the goalkeeper’s poor positioning and drops the ball perfectly into the corner of the net. 

 

 

Epic Volley Award: Porcupine, Toni Kroos

Many of this month’s goals were selected based on the epic quality of the buildup or chance creation, not purely because of how they were finished. But this one-time volley from Toni Kroos was not only inch-perfect — it was from a distance few players can score from consistently. After solid if uninspired attacking from his teammates, the goalkeeper pushes the shot away only for it to deflect off a defender’s head and loop out of the box and right to Kroos with plenty of space in front of him. Without taking any extra touches, Kroos produces a left-footed volley that soars majestically over defenders right into the upper left corner of the net, far from the goalkeeper’s reach. 

 


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FUT Champions Weekend League Update – gamesread.com

Posted January 24th at 2:30pm.

Hey FUT Players,

Quick intro, my name is Tyler Blair and I’m a Senior Game Designer on FIFA Ultimate Team. I started at EA in 2004 and have worked on FUT since it was just a concept in 2008. As a Designer, I’m part of the team that shapes and decides the direction of FUT features through production, and partners with the rest of the development team to bring features and modes to life when the game launches.

 
Today I wanted to tell you about a change we are making to the Weekend League, starting in February, and also give you a bit more context on changes already made in the January FIFA 18 Title Update.   

Silver 2 Qualification from February

When we added qualification to the prizes at Gold 3 and above, we did so with the intent of making continued participation in the Weekend League easier. We looked at the effects of this change and found that it encouraged some players to play more games per weekend, which was not our intent.

 

To reach Gold 3, it takes 18 wins and data shows that a big group of players stop playing when they get there. It also shows that it takes most players approximately 31 games to achieve this rank. We understand the rewards are a big driver as to why people try to get as many wins as possible, but the disproportionate population of players who stop at this line signals an opportunity for improvement. So, with that in mind we’re making a change at the start of February.

FUT Champions rewards of Silver 2 and above will now grant access to the next Weekend League. The new number of wins required to gain the qualification reward will be 11 wins and above. By moving the benchmark to Silver 2, we will grow the overall size of the weekend league slightly and enable an earlier stop-point for players wanting to earn requalification. The stats show that a high percentage of players will find themselves qualified to the next Weekend League after 20-23 games and many much faster than that.

This change retains the structure we have in place to find the best FUT players in the world, while keeping competitive play available and accessible for all FUT players.

 
Review of Pre-Match Information

In this Title Update, we improved the pre-game experience and game setup flow.

  • In the team select screen we changed the way Home and Away are displayed – you will now see ‘My Squad’ and ‘Opponent Squad’. 

  • We also removed the option of playing in specific stadiums with varied camera angles or shadow patterns. To provide a consistent experience for everyone, all FUT Champions matches will take place in the FeWC Stadium, Time of Day will always be set to Night and Weather always be set to Clear.
  • We have changed the way that kit selection works. You will now control which kits you see for both your own team, and your opponent’s team. You will choose whether to assign your Home or Away kit to your team, while your opponent’s team will be assigned the other. In gameplay, each player will see only the kits they selected, and will not see the kits that their opponent selected. With this in mind, we suggest that you review your Active kits.

I hope that this gives you better insight into the changes we made. Thank you for playing and see you in the Weekend League!

Tyler Blair and the FUT Development Team

 


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How DhTekKz Won the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Global Series FUT Champions Cup – gamesread.com

Posted February 2nd at 6:00pm.

Donovan “DhTekKz” Hunt was a name that few people knew a week ago. The 16-year-old from Exeter was ranked 55th on the Xbox One leaderboards based on his November 2017 Weekend League results, meaning that he barely squeaked into the tournament at all. He had less than 1,000 Twitter followers when the weekend began. But by Sunday evening, DhTekKz would be a legend.

One by One, Tournament Favorites Fall Short

When the FUT Champions Cup Barcelona last weekend started the FIFA 18 Global Series Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup, many of the biggest names in FIFA competitive gaming were present. Players like last year’s FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Championship Series winner Corentin “Vitality Rocky” Chevrey and top Xbox One seed Michael “MegaBit” Bittner. But those heavyweights, along with many others, were left in the wake of possibly the greatest narrative in competitive FIFA history.

Many of the FIFA players in Barcelona had all the marks of a professional. Some (and their FUT squads) bore the jerseys of real-life club sponsors. Some changed their gamer tags to include the gaming organizations to which they were signed. Many brought coaches with them who barked orders in headsets and brought out notebooks at halftime to go over tactics.

An Exeter Underdog

DhTekKz wasn’t signed to a professional club, and he didn’t come to Barcelona with a coach in tow. His squad often bore the jerseys of his favorite team, Liverpool Football Club. He chose the crest of Exeter City Football Club, to represent his hometown on the global stage. His parents accompanied him and cheered him on throughout the tournament, but only in the later rounds did he have a coach, when professional Roma pro Sam “Roma Poacher” Carmody volunteered to help after his own exit from the tournament. In a room surrounded by professionals, DhTekKz’s amateur status kept him under the radar. 

The FUT Champions Cup group stage used a Swiss-style format, meaning all matches in the stage were between players with identical records. DhTekKz started slowly, losing two of his first three rounds in the group stage. But that round 3 loss would be his last. His journey through the group stage was highlighted with a 7-2 aggregate win over Vitality Rocky, who wouldn’t make it out of the stage. The teenage DhTekKz qualified for the knockout stage with a respectable 5-2 record, keeping company with tournament favorites—making commentators give him a second look.

Hints of Greatness

DhTekKz said after the group stage that he felt everything was going against him, considering the ridiculously difficult matchups he’d had thus far. “Beating Rocky, I was just happy. I don’t know what to say, I’m speechless.” Despite having a mountain to climb, he remained confident, saying, “I believe in myself, I think I can go on and win, but that’s just how it is. It’s good that I played those players, so I can prove myself.”

With so much talent, the competition was intense in both console brackets. No player had an “easy” run in this tournament, but the path DhTekKz took makes his surprise victory even more impressive. He was challenged quickly, facing the self-proclaimed “best FIFA player in the world” and tenth Xbox One seed kurt0411. DhTekKz dispatched kurt0411 with a 5-1 aggregate win, finally turning heads in Barcelona and around the world.

This made DhTekKz’s play style and tactical choices a hot topic for the tournament’s commentators. He used a lot of skill moves during matches, a choice that some saw as showboating—but others considered a fresh approach to the competitive game. The margins in competitive FUT are often thin, so skill moves (especially in dangerous areas of the pitch) are used sparingly when there is a lot at stake. But DhTekKz found a way to incorporate flashy skills into his game without sacrificing too much, and it was clearly paying off. 

 

Bucking the Tactical Trends

Tactically, DhTekKz played a bit of a different style in some matches, picking a 4-2-3-1 formation rather than the more popular formations, like the 4-1-2-1-2 narrow diamond and traditional 4-4-2. Using 4-2-3-1, DhTekKz said, provided a counter-attacking strategy that had served him well in qualification. “I’ve got two styles, I’ll either do possession or just counter-attack. Against Gorilla I decided to go counter-attack and it worked well. I tried to match Rocky at his own game. I feel like I can take anyone on in their own style.” This isn’t a single tactic that he employed, but rather a style of play that relied on understanding FIFA on a level that allows him to tweak his game to suit any opponent.

Bold tactical choices and a keen understanding of skill moves are just part of DhTekKz’s exceptional style of play. Tournament commentator Richard Buckley said “what makes [DhTekKz] special is that he is unpredictable in his gameplay, he does things that other pros don’t. This includes skill moves and long shots, which others just don’t expect him to do.” 

DhTekKz had a slightly tougher match in the console quarterfinals, but finished off another big name in Hashtag United pro Ryan “Hashtag Ryan” Pessoa with a tight 3-1 win. With two top-ranked players in his wake, DhTekKz was riding a wave of hype. But his opponent was VfL Bochum 1848 e-Sports pro and the highest-ranked Xbox One player in the world, Michael “MegaBit” Bittner. Would he be able to hang with Megabit, the only player that went undefeated in the November Weekend League? 

This matchup ended up being one of the tournament’s best, as DhTekKz and Megabit provided an end-to-end, 16-goal thriller over the two-game semifinal. The hype train for DhTekKz was going full speed, and it seemed like the entire competitive FIFA world was buying tickets. Buckley referred to this match as DhTekKz’s most impressive performance of the entire tournament. 

Glory Is Within His Reach

Two more opponents and four games stood between DhTekKz and competitive FIFA history. His console final opponent, Germany’s Niklas “NRaseck7” Raseck, might have only been the 35th-ranked player, but he wasn’t a pushover. DhTekKz came out swinging and easily finished the first leg with a 4-1 advantage that included a second-half penalty kick. But it was NRaseck7 who jumped to an early second leg lead, bringing the aggregate score up to 4-2 in the opening minutes. The German turned the screws again, scoring a fantastic goal in the 31st minute with Cristiano Ronaldo to inch closer to DhTekKz’s lead. DhTekKz looked rattled, but, he kept his nerve, getting an insurance goal near the end of the game and preserveing his and a place in the Grand Final.

Despite his age, this was a recurring theme in this competition for DhTekKz—keeping his nerve. Surrounded by players with far more experience at the competitive level than him, DhTekKz never looked like he’d fold under pressure. Buckley said that he noticed it multiple times over the course of the tournament. “The most impressive part of the victory was that, given his age, he didn’t let the pressure of the tournament affect his gameplay or the way that he kept his composure throughout the three days.”

The Final Showdown

While not as unknown as DhTekKz, PlayStation 4 bracket champion Nicolas “nicolas99fc” Villalba quietly racked up an impressive tournament after ranking sixth in the world to qualify. Starting with a tight win over August “Hashtag Agge” Rosenmeier in the round of 32 and ending with a decisive win in the console finals over FC Basel pro Tim “TheStrxngeR” Katnawatos, nicolas99fc put together a solid resume ahead of the event Grand Final.

But there could be only one champion. While nicolas99fc certainly had his fans—especially from his home country of Argentina—the real buzz surrounding the Grand Final concerned DhTekKz. Fans around the world flocked to the live stream, eager to see if the Exeter teenager would complete his underdog story.  

The entertainment began almost immediately. DhTekKz started with a bang, scoring his first goal after a few seconds. Even though nicolas99fc put up a valiant effort, his young opponent was simply too much. The first leg ended with a tight 3-2 scoreline, but DhTekKz ran away with the title and secured a 9-3 aggregate score in the event Grand Final to lift his first major trophy.

Within a matter of days, DhTekKz went from being a mostly-anonymous, low-ranked player that squeaked into the first FUT Champions Cup event of the season to one of the biggest names in competitive gaming. His Twitter account grew exponentially, ending the weekend with over 50,000 followers. 

Seconds after his victory, DhTekKz showed a maturity and humility beyond his years when talking about his history-making weekend. “I don’t know what to say. I came into the tournament to do well. I got hard matchups, came through it, and believed I could win.” Even going down 3-2 at the end of the first game of the Grand Final, DhTekKz said his confidence didn’t waver. “I had a couple big leads in the earlier rounds. When he got it back to 3-2, I knew this had happened before, and I had gone on and won. I was worried, but I believed in myself to come out on top.”

If his calm, yet confident approach to FIFA showed the young man’s mature side, DhTekKz’s emotional words after the tournament reminded us that he’s just 16. His advice for aspiring professional FIFA players was unexpected: “Tell your mum about FIFA, she’ll be your inspiration. [Mine has] helped me a lot along the way.” When asked about what he would do with the prize money, DhTekKz‘s answer was one only someone with their entire adult life ahead of them could give: “I’m more worried about the trophy,” he said. “I don’t know where to put it.”

 

-Spenser Davis


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EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month — January 2018 – gamesread.com

Posted February 5th at 3:30pm.

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Goals of the Month compilation highlights the best goals selected from that month’s Goals of the Week videos. While there were plenty of excellent strikes to choose from, a few stood out above the rest. 

El Tornado Master: Parch98, Antoine Griezmann

El Tornado is the definition of “easy to learn, hard to master” in regard to skill moves. The actual game mechanics behind the move are relatively simple. But first, you have to have a player capable of doing the move in-game. French winger/forward Griezmann is one of those players, and he executed El Tornado perfectly in scoring this goal by fooling two defenders and opening a ton of space for himself. On top of that, he takes a first-time volley to fire the ball over the rest of the defense and in the corner of the net, beyond the reach of the goalkeeper. 

 

Skiller Award: Dautze9, Paul Pogba

There are so many ways to implement skills into your FIFA 18 game that it’s hard to objectively say what type of skill is better or more impressive. This month’s top skillful goal is based on Pogba’s remarkable close control of the ball. He uses four different skill moves to beat four different defenders, most of them inside the box. The most impressive of those moves is the very first one Pogba uses as the ball is passed to him; he deploys excellent control with his first touch to roll the ball away from the incoming slide tackle. After deceiving every last defender, Pogba smashes the ball past the helpless goalkeeper once opening up a huge pocket of space right in front of goal. 

 

Set Piece Specialist: RCastelo, Dani Alves

Rarely does a free kick goal get scored in FIFA 18 that is truly breathtaking in its execution. We mostly see short-range curlers over the wall that take a lucky deflection or trick the goalkeeper into moving the wrong way. So any long-range free kick is impressive, but this one scored by Alves is sensational. Taking a page out of another famous fullback’s notebook, Alves pulled off an amazing version of Roberto Carlos’ “banana” kick with the outside of his boot. As Alves strikes the ball, it curls wide of the wall and appears to soar out of bounds. But as it approaches the goal line, it spins itself back towards goal and squeaks into the top corner as the goalkeeper makes a futile dive for it. 

 

Cheekiest Finisher: Donato Moramarco, Leonardo Bonucci

You won’t see tons of goals from center backs on these lists, because they’re usually towering headers from set pieces or scrappy goalmouth scrambles that aren’t particularly interesting or unique. But Bonucci makes it for his absolutely audacious finish that is even more impressive considering his position. The buildup is simple: it’s a corner kick. The taker aims it short, just outside the the six-yard box. Bonucci drifts away from his marker towards the flight of the ball, moving away from goal. It appears that he’s mis-timed his run, but as the delivery comes in he kicks his foot out and behind, punching the ball into the net with the bottom of his boot. It doesn’t get much cheekier than that. 

 

Epic Volley Award: RPWPA, Kevin De Bruyne

Everything about this goal is pretty much perfect. The initial ball forward is headed expertly by Alexis Sanchez to De Bruyne, who volleys in a rocket from about 35 yards out. The ball thunders into the bottom of the crossbar and, at first, looks like it might not have crossed the line. But upon closer inspection, the ball crossed the line completely to finish off a terrific effort from every player involved. 

 


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EA SPORTS FIFA 18 FUT Champions Cup Barcelona Photo Gallery on gamesread

Posted February 6th at 3:30pm.

128 competitive FIFA 18 players came into this tournament after qualifying through their Weekend League standings in November 2017. Eight players from each console would earn progression to the Global Series Playoffs, but only one champion would reign supreme. Despite the presence of many of the best competitive FIFA players in the world, the trophy would go to 16-year-old newcomer Donovan “DhTekKz” Hunt. After barely qualifying for the tournament as the 55th-ranked Xbox One player, the young man from Exeter was truly an underdog in Barcelona. But once he shook off two early group stage losses, DhTekKz turned things around and dominated most of his matches en route to securing the trophy with a whopping 9-3 aggregate score in the event’s final round. 

Enjoy this selection of photos that capture the intense emotion and excitement that FUT Champions Cup Barcelona provided. 

Fans lined up to watch FUT Champions Cup Barcelona.

The tournament was held at Paulau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.

A fan observes the crowd gathering in the arena.

A competitor is consoled after a tough loss in the tournament’s group stage. 

The magnificent FUT Champions Cup trophy sits on a pedestal in the middle of the arena. The trophy was built by the same company that makes the English Premier League winners’ trophy. 

Donovan “DhTekKz” Hunt chats with impromptu coach, eliminated competitor Sam "Roma Poacher" Carmody.

FUT Champions Cup host Chu “Chuboi” Morah talks about Cristiano Ronaldo’s Team of the Year player item. 

FIFA 17 FIFA Interactive World Cup winner Spencer "Gorilla Unilad" Ealing during the knockout stages.

Niklas "NRaseck7" Raseck celebrates during the knockout stages. 

Hosts (L-R) Jimmy Conrad, Mavric, Spencer Owen, Wolfy, and Chuboi chat on the community couch during the broadcast.

Harry "Hashtag Harry" Hesketh and his teammate Ryan "Hashtag Ryan" Pessoa play a 2v2 friendly match against Shaun “Shellz Unilad” Springette and Tassal "Faze Tass" Rushan that was streamed on Twitch during a break in competitive play at the FUT Champions Cup Barcelona.

Finalists DhTekKz and nicolas99fc are presented before the tournament’s big finale in Barcelona. 

Fans observe the tense final between DhTekKz and Nicolas "nicolas99fc" Villalba. 

16-year-old FUT Champions Cup winner DhTekKz hoists the trophy after defeating nicolas99fc by a 9-3 aggregate scoreline. 

DhTekKz meets and signs autographs for fans after the trophy presentation. 


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Warmane: Battle for Azeroth Alpha to Guides

Battle for Azeroth is WoW’s subsequent expansion following Legion, revealed during the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony. WoW’s seventh expansion options Allied Races, the Heart of Azeroth, Islands, and Warfronts. Players level to 120 within the zones of Kul Tiras and Zandalar. We’ve got articles rounding up all of the expansion facts also as hyperlinks to our early alpha data mining.

The Battle for Azeroth playable alpha now resides! This post will cover UI alterations in the alpha such as new zone maps, new Friendly Nameplates, Heart of Azeroth, AAzerite and much more!
You’ll be able to examine the two base UIs under. Click on the images to enlarge.

New Zone Maps
Zandalar could be the Horde leveling zone.

Zandalar

Zandalar – Vol’dun

Zandalar – Nazmir

Zandalar – Zuldazar

Kul Tiras may be the Alliance leveling zone.

Kul Tiras

Stormsong Valley

Drustvar

Tiragarde

Friendly Nameplates
The base friendly nameplates have been updated to appear quite a bit sharper and much more similar for the base enemy nameplates.

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Action Bars and Game Menu
When picking out the extra action bars “Bottom Left Bar” and “Bottom Ideal Bar”, it now adds six slots to both the leading and bottom bars instead of 12 bars for the best. In addition, The Game Menu with buttons like Character Information, Spellbook, Skills, and so on. and effectively because the Bag has been moved towards the bottom ideal on the screen.]
computer.

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Heart of Azeroth
Every premade character begins using the Heart of Azeroth neck which provides a base volume of a secondary stat to each character. Azerite, the new Artifact Energy of Battle for Azeroth, empowers the neck permitting it to level up.

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Overwatch’s next hero is being tested, says Blizzard on gamesread

Overwatch’s next hero is being tested, says Blizzard on gamesread

Overwatch, aka The Shooter You Proposed To In A Fit Of Passionate Desperation And Who Rejected You, has had its 2018 plans roughly drawn onto a napkin by game director Jeff Kaplan. By that I mean there’s been another developer update video. The 27th hero is going through “internal testing”, he says, but we are to receive no more information about this shooty man/woman/robot just yet, nor are we told when to expect the new hero. “The release date is less important to us than getting the hero right,” he says.

Here’s the update in full. It’s more or less a round-up of last year’s additions (like the introduction of heroes Doomfist, Orisa and Moira) along with a reassurance that, yes, they are still pressing buttons on their Overwatch machines.

All that’s said of the new fighter is that they are “very needed”. I have been absent from Overwatch too long to know what gaps exist in the fiery cocktail of stratagems and team compositions but perhaps they are making a hero that dissolves the mouse and keyboard of any player who selects Genji. That could work.

They’re also looking at future heroes, beyond this one, says Kaplan, as well as working on their esports scene. Blizzard set up the Overwatch League in the summer of last year, introducing teams from the US and Asia as well as London.

More animated shorts and comics are also coming up, he says, which is no great surprise. Likewise, there’s going to be another event for the Lunar New Year. Last year it was the Year of the Rooster and this time it’s the Year of the Dog. There’ll be other events too, as expected, including some continuation of last year’s PvE Uprising do-dad. A lot of previous events will be repeated too, giving players another chance to get any time-limited skins they missed.

In other words, it’s a vague round-up vlog with no concrete news. But you were just sitting there rocking back and forth wondering why Jeff hadn’t said hello to you for three whole weeks, so I thought I should put you out of your misery.

gamesread | Overwatch launches $5 Overwatch League team kits

gamesread | Overwatch launches $5 Overwatch League team kits

Blizzard’s swanky Overwatch League kicks off on Wednesday, with 12 teams representing cities across the globe, and what sport would be complete without flogging expensive merch? Blizzard today launch “jersey” skins, letting Overwatch characters wear your favourite team’s clobber for $5 each. Five dollars! If you just like pretty skins, hey, Blizzard are letting all players buy one outfit for free so pick yourself something nice. Just remember: no team colours allowed in pubs on match day.

The Overwatch League’s first season will start at 4pm PST tomorrow (that’s midnight in the UK) with San Francisco Shock playing Los Angeles Valiant, followed by Shanghai Dragons vs. Los Angeles Gladiators then Dallas Fuel vs. Seoul Dynasty.

Yes, the team names are weird. But good grief, the UK’s only team is the London Spitfires, a name almost as shocking as Tracer’s accent.

Here, have a look (apols. for the Twitter embed, it’s not on YouTube grumble grumble):

The new team skins are bought with a new microtransaction currency, League Tokens. Blizzard are giving everyone 100 Tokens to get started, which is enough to buy one kit for one character (yes, they’re per-character) and would usually cost $5. You’ve got until February 13th to grab those free points. Some money from skin sales will go to teams, at least, as Dota 2 and some other digital sports have done.

The Overwatch League kits and offer are live, arriving in today’s patch. I don’t believe they’re live in Europe yet, as our patches launch a day late, but I don’t own Overwatch to check. [and that’s why you’re wrong, fool -ed.]

League games will be streamed on Twitch.

Oh goodness me I’ve just discovered you actually can buy real Overwatch League shirts.

gamesread | Overwatch is off to Blizzard World next week

gamesread | Overwatch is off to Blizzard World next week

The next Overwatch map will launch on January 23rd, Blizzard World have confirmed. It’s taking the gang to the magical kingdom of Blizzard World, a theme park based on Blizzard’s other games, from the StarCraft rollercoaster ‘Journey to Aiur’ to the ‘Snaxxramas’ restaurant. Us, nah we’re not having fun, we’re going there to shove a payload around. After a stretch on the test servers, Blizzard are now confident that they’ve jacked the saltiness of fries high enough that people will become parched and need to buy a drink but not high enough to vomit, so they’ll set the map live on the main servers next Tuesday. New costumes based on characters from other Blizzard games are coming too.

Blizzard World is an Assault/Escort hybrid map, where attackers need to capture a point then escort a payload through the park. It’s jammed full of Blizzard bits, as you would expect from a Blizzard theme park, all references and in-jokes and whatnot.

Leaning into that, some of the new skins Blizzard are adding will let players dress up as other Blizzard characters. Disappointingly this doesn’t include a job wandering around the park, waving at children and goofing off. You could appoint yourself that job, I suppose, though your teamies might prefer you get on the damn payload oh my god Nova.

Overwatch enters Blizzard World, grabs souvenirs – gamesread.com

Overwatch enters Blizzard World, grabs souvenirs - gamesread.com

Ah, Blizzard World! Take the family, shove the kids in front of someone in a plush orc costume, get hammered on spacegrog and ride the coasters until you hurl, then visit the gift shop on the way out. Overwatch‘s new theme park level has finally arrived in the main version of the game, following a stretch on the test servers, and a whole load of new costumes and other cosmetic bits have arrived alongside it. Some characters’ new skins are getting into the Blizzard World spirit by dressing as characters from other Blizzard games while others, like D.Va ↑ up there, just like being fancy.

First, Blizzard World itself. It’s a theme park smooshing together Blizzard’s worlds of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft, a trip across fandom (Blizzard do exist in the game’s world, because D.Va was a StarCraft 2 pro). It’s an Assault/Escort hybrid map, with an offensive push to capture a point leading into escorting a payload through the park.

The opening of Blizzard World last night was accompanied by long queue times, which sounds like a theme park opening to me.

Holidays are nice but souvenirs last forever. Alongside the new map, Blizzard have added over 100 cosmetic items to the standard crates – skins, emotes, highlight intros, sprays, and icons. You can see new skins in the trailer below, and Blizzard’s blog post shows other new bits.