Overwatch

Blizzard's take on the first-person shooter sees a generosity of character accompanied by beautifully deep mechanics.

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You can change your BattleTag for free - but hurry

"As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same."

Overwatch's McCree will be renamed Cole Cassidy next week

Amid fallout from Activision Blizzard lawsuit.

Blizzard will rename Overwatch's McCree amid lawsuit fallout

"In-game characters will no longer be named after real employees."

You can change your BattleTag for free - but hurry

"As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same."

Overwatch's McCree will be renamed Cole Cassidy next week

Amid fallout from Activision Blizzard lawsuit.

Blizzard will rename Overwatch's McCree amid lawsuit fallout

"In-game characters will no longer be named after real employees."

Looks like a new Overwatch map reveal was pulled

Announcement likely delayed amid reports of sexual harassment at Blizzard.

Overwatch's new Tokyo-themed Kanezaka map is now live, complete with cat café

Plus, Kyōgisha Hanzo Skin up for grabs in new event.

Blizzard announces digital BlizzCon for February 2021

Aims to "channel the spirit" of real-world event.

Anti-cheat vigilante gets hired by Riot

"I am grateful to have been given a second chance in life."

Feature | As Riot bids to take on Blizzard and Valve, the studio faces challenges of its own making

"There are no limits" co-founder Marc Merrill tells us, as a new world order emerges.

Activision's deal with YouTube is reportedly valued at $160m - almost doubling its prior deal with Twitch

The agreement is thought to have included "significant incentive clauses for ad sales and viewership targets".

Feature | Everything we learned about Overwatch 2 at this year's BlizzCon

Story missions, character talents, Overwatch 1 compatibility, hands-on and more.

Blizzard apology does not silence protestors at BlizzCon 2019

"It seems like they've forgotten their values."

(Over)Watch BlizzCon 2019's opening ceremony here

Diablo 4! Overwatch 2! Protests! Probably.

Report: Overwatch 2's new "PvE features" will be revealed at BlizzCon next week

Leaked document says Hero talents and in-game items are coming to Overwatch 2 PvE.

Former Xbox exec Mike Ybarra announces move to Blizzard

As executive vice president and general manager.

Digital Foundry | Overwatch on Switch: an overly compromised conversion?

It's playable, it works, but do the cut-backs go too far?

New Overwatch YA novel, The Hero of Numbani, set to release next year

"All-new, original story" will focus on Efi Oladele.

Jelly Deals | Get Overwatch Legendary Edition on Switch for under £25

Includes three months' Switch Online membership.

Feature | Overwatch is coming to Switch, but cross-platform progression doesn't sound likely

"We're just not in a place yet from a technical or a business side."

Overwatch is officially putting an end to the GOATS meta

UPDATE: 2-2-2 role lock and role queue confirmed.

Overwatch's Anniversary event returns this week

Week-long free trial kicks off on Tuesday 21st May.

BlizzCon 2019 dates and collectibles announced

Won't be able to get there on footman.

Here's what Baptiste, Overwatch's new hero, can do

Blizzard gives its new combat medic the full reveal.

Another central Overwatch character has an LGBT backstory

UDPATE: Ana's short-story skin released as part of special new challenge.

Overwatch team discovers female player was an imposter

UPDATE: Blizzard issues warning to potential copycats.

Feature | The big Overwatch BlizzCon interview with Jeff Kaplan

"We have our next six heroes planned out right now."

Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Statements mention "several new games" in development.

Esport "killer games" aren't right for Olympics, says IOC

"We cannot have ... a game which is promoting violence."

Overwatch is having another free weekend on PC

Get your Hanzo-n it this Thursday.

Blizzard says Overwatch's new systems are already improving in-game behaviour

But we're not sure of the impact in Europe just yet.

Overwatch's new hero is a hamster

UPDATE: Wrecking Ball rolls out next week.

Overwatch pro team manager reveals brutal, 72-hours a week training regime

And now people are worried for the players' health.

Overwatch's second anniversary brings back Seasonal Brawls

I wish it could be Christmas everyday (for about four weeks).

Overwatch League takes disciplinary action against four players

UPDATE: Dallas Fuel has let Félix "xQc" Lengyel go.

New Overwatch hero looks like one of our heroes, says Paladins maker

"Would that make me the pot calling the kettle black?"

Overwatch hero 27 in the spotlight as the teasing begins

UPDATE: Schematic of shield and... jetpack cat tweeted.

The Overwatch League has its first female player

"World's Best Zarya" Geguri joins Shanghai Dragons.

Digital Foundry | Overwatch on Xbox One X: does its dynamic 4K scaler hold up?

A big upgrade over the standard console - and PS4 Pro.

Overwatch League launches with a bang and dominates Twitch viewing figures

UPDATE: More than 10 million viewers during opening week.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes investigated by Belgian Gaming Commission

UPDATE: EA says Battlefront 2's loot crates “are not gambling”.

What we learnt from Blizzcon's Overwatch Archives panel

Including the Jetpack Cat that never was.

Video | Watch: Blizzcon reacts to Overwatch's sexism problem

"I've learned over the years to just not talk in games."

Blimey it's a new Overwatch map, hero and animated short

Support healer Moira and new map Blizzard World.

Feature | Letter from the meta: This week's top Hearthstone decks

Along with all the latest news from Metabomb.

World of Warcraft dominates BlizzCon 2017 schedule, wink wink nudge nudge

But there will be no Diablo announcements this year.

Overwatch's new escort map Junkertown is now live on all platforms

Along with all the changes to Mercy and D.Va.

Blizzard lays down the law on Overwatch toxic behaviour

"It really bums us out to spend so much time punishing people for being bad sports."

Overwatch update to let Mercy resurrect players as a regular move

But only resuscitate one at a time with a 30 second cooldown.

Blizzard to livestream Gamescom "Reveal Ceremony" on Wednesday

Overwatch animated short confirmed. May be time for a new WoW expansion too.

Why Overwatch on console is in desperate need of a report button

UPDATE: Blizzard says console reporting feature still on the way.

Battle.net renamed Blizzard Battle.net

Bigger name change rejected, new logo erected.

New Overwatch patch "drastically" reduces amount of duplicates

The best things in life come in small packages.

Overwatch is decreasing duplicate loot and adding new highlight options

"We think this will be immediately evident and extremely significant."

Overwatch's Horizon Lunar Colony moon map goes live

Alongside notable Reaper, Roadhog and McCree changes.

The next Overwatch map takes us to the moon

"Through the miracle of science!"

Overwatch Anniversary event this coming Tuesday

UPDATE: Blizzard shares glimpse of new Arena maps.

Overwatch Insurrection trailer leaks, shows today's new PvE mode

UPDATE: New co-op mode now live through 1st May.

Feature | Jeff Kaplan on the pressures of being Overwatch's game director

"Literally all night, every night, I'm thinking about the game."

Feature | Say it in less

On the joy of leaving your mic off in multiplayer.

Blizzard says cheerio to Battle.net branding

Remember when it launched with Diablo 20 years ago?

New Overwatch tank hero Orisa goes live today

UPDATE: Significant Lucio changes revealed.

Bastion is "too powerful right now", says Overwatch director

"Balance changes can be very difficult to make when emotions run so high."

Overwatch game director talks diversity, inclusivity and Tracer's sexuality

"It's important to show normal things as normal..."

Metabomb is hiring a Staff Writer!

The world could always use more heroes.

D. Va bunny flag and stickers spotted at South Korean Women's March

UPDATE: The National D. Va Association has been in touch.

Overwatch celebrates Chinese New Year with new Mei, D. Va skins

UPDATE: The Year of the Rooster is now live!

Blizzard teases Overwatch plans for 2017

New heroes! Maps! A custom server browser! More!

Feature | Eurogamer's game of the year 2016

This old dog still knows a few tricks.

Blizzard apologises for Mei's divisive winter wardrobe

"Our 'cool meter' was off from yours on this one."

Feature | Overwatch has become my favourite tawdry soap opera

On the family squabbles, romances and gags that make a great shooter feel special.

Overwatch's Winter Wonderland seasonal content is now live

Adds new mode: Mei's Snowball Offensive.

Overwatch's Symmetra is getting a choice of two ultimates

UPDATE: We take a look at her new photon barrier in action (it's brilliant).

Overwatch: First Strike graphic novel cancelled

"We've ultimately decided to take the story in a different direction."

Chris Metzen on why he needed to leave Blizzard

"I started having panic attacks left and right."

Video | Watch: Johnny plays Overwatch live

Arcade mode and Sombra from 3pm.

Overwatch will be free to play during next weekend

But it requires PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold.

Video | Watch: Hands-on with Overwatch's Sombra

ARG, no direct capture allowed!

Blizzcon 2016 live report

Imagine if they don't actually reveal Sombra.

Overwatch's D.Va to be an announcer in Starcraft 2

D.Va and Kerrigan in the same game? Is this a crossover episode?

Anti-Trump ad alleges candidate "mains Hanzo" in Overwatch

"And complains about about team comp in chat."

The Overwatch kid who challenged ageist stereotypes

"We tend to say sorry about our squeaky voices..."

What we expect from Blizzcon 2016

Sombra? Hearthstone expansion? More?

Overwatch team working on two new heroes and six maps

And significant changes to Symmetra.

Blizzard story overlord Chris Metzen retires aged 42

"I won't lie - it's going to be really hard stepping away."

Overwatch guide: heroes, maps, mechanics and more!

Every gameplay guide you could possibly want for Blizzard's first shooter.

Overwatch will be free to play next weekend on console

Requires Xbox Live Gold, but not PlayStation Plus.

Blizzard changes Overwatch "gg ez" messages into something very different

"Mommy says people my age shouldn't suck their thumbs."

Video | Watch: What's next for Overwatch?

Chris interviews the game's Principal Designer, and makes hearts at him.

Looks like Blizzard silently improved Overwatch server tick rate

UPDATE: Confirmed. Apparently now more responsive than CS:GO. Being "explored" on consoles.

Overwatch "taking action" against Lucio Ball exploiters

Plus: Competitive play season one pay-outs divulged.

Overwatch has over 15m players worldwide

It's been played half a billion hours.

Overwatch players divided over Summer Games loot boxes

"We actually don't expect all players will get all Summer Games items."

Overwatch Olympic Games Rio loot boxes spotted with limited edition skins

UPDATE: Blizzard announces, releases new game mode Lúcioball.

"ARE THEY GONNA BAN ME FOR USING PAINT NOW TOO"

Oh the things banned Overwatch cheats say.

Feature | Feast your eyes on the best Overwatch fan art around

A huge collection of our favourite pieces.

Overwatch Competitive Play to forbid doubling up on heroes

UPDATE: PTR patch notes reveal upcoming hero changes.

Feature | I've got a theory about those unnamed Overwatch heroes in Ana's origin video

UPDATE: Two secret codes were found, and they point towards Sombra.

Our first look at Overwatch's new hero, Ana

UPDATE: Watch Bratt play her on the PTR.

Overwatch updated to address Competitive Play skill rating issues when people leave games

UPDATE: Change definitely live but Blizzard concerned calculations "don't make sense" to players.

Overwatch patch fixes Zarya, Winston and Mercy bugs

Shortens Competitive Play Sudden Death timers.

Overwatch teases its next hero, probably a support sniper

UPDATE: Will be revealed within the next two weeks.

Overwatch will remove the "avoid this player" feature

"The results were pretty disastrous, " says Kaplan.

Golden Overwatch weapons to be a reward for Competitive Play

UPDATE: Pictures of the golden weapons leak!

Digital Foundry | Overwatch PC performance graphics guide

The chase for 60fps, and the hardware required to get the job done.

Feature | Overwatch: Blizzard answers the big questions

Competitive play! Server tick rate! Balance! More!

Overwatch already has more than 7m players

It's been played for a combined total of 119m hours.

Digital Foundry | How does Overwatch run on budget PCs?

Digital Foundry targets 60fps on sub-£100 graphics cards.

Overwatch fastest-selling Blizzard game on console in UK

Take that, Diablo PSone, StarCraft 64 etc.

Is Blizzard scrubbing the internet of Overwatch porn?

Or is the publisher simply protecting its assets?

Podcast | The Eurogamer Podcast - Overwatch, Doom and Total War: Warhammer

This is a really good week to talk about video games.

Essential | Overwatch Review

O Kaplan! My Kaplan!

Overwatch fan with cerebral palsy thanks Blizzard for custom controls

"Because of you I made my first snipe in a video game today."

Shot standing behind a wall: why isn't Overwatch's tick rate higher?

The blemish on otherwise exemplary netcode performance.

Overwatch Competitive mode to return roughly end of June

UPDATE: Actually, it turns out it's back on for June.

Here's how much Overwatch's microtransactions cost in the UK

Loot boxes can all be obtained through play, only feature cosmetic items.

Feature | About that Sombra Overwatch character, and other things besides

An interview with senior gameplay designer Michael Chu.

Giant Overwatch action figures appear around the world

"Prices and participation will not vary. The figures are priceless, and participation is not possible."

Fans believe a new Overwatch hero called Sombra could be unveiled on Monday

She's maybe a support sniper, and maybe Pharah's mother.

Here's help with finding the perfect Overwatch group

Our sister site MetaBomb has teamed up with matchmaking tool The100.

Overwatch open beta had 9.7m players

Blizzard's biggest beta ever.

Digital Foundry | Face-Off: Overwatch

Highly polished on all platforms, with PC offering further refinement.

Overwatch open beta extended by a day

Still time to Winston games.

Feature | 15 tips to get you started in Overwatch

Pharah more enjoyable experience.

No Overwatch Competitive Play during open beta

UPDATE: Game won't change from now until launch, but a "TON" of content coming after.

Overwatch closed beta is ending next week

But the open beta will follow in early May.

Overwatch beta adds new season-spanning Competitive Play mode

Penalises players who bail too often mid-game.

Video | Watch: How does Overwatch play on consoles?

Hands-on with the Xbox One and PS4 versions.

Overwatch release date confirmed

UPDATE: Open beta for all platforms coming in early May.

Feature | Selling loot boxes and the trouble with ranked play - Blizzard on Overwatch

"I think players who claim they want competitive play are often not agreeing on what 'competitive play' actually means."

Podcast | The Eurogamer Podcast

We talk Overwatch, Firewatch, Homefront and Hitman.

Watch: Overwatch's progression system detailed

No level cap! Loads of Loot! Beta now live!

Overwatch closed beta returns next week

Adds a new game mode, two new maps, and AI matches.

Overwatch closed beta delayed until February

New game mode to be included.

Feature | Blizzard: why we won't sell Overwatch heroes

"I totally get why players had apprehension."

Overwatch's post-release heroes and maps will be free

"Hopefully that alleviates some concerns that people have."

Overwatch beta to go offline next week

Will return in "mid-to-late January".

Video | Watch: Hands-on with Overwatch's new heroes at Blizzcon

But will you have to buy new heroes after release?

Blizzard's Overwatch is a full-price game, not free-to-play

And yes, the console version is confirmed.

BlizzCon 2015 live report

Overwatch on console! New Hearthstone Adventure! Warcraft movie trailer debut! No Diablo. Sad face.

Overwatch: Origins Edition hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One spring 2016

Announcement expected at BlizzCon 2015 tonight.

Why everyone thinks Blizzard's Overwatch is coming to console

UPDATE: US retailer begins taking console pre-orders.

Overwatch beta now live in Europe and America

Qualifying players gain access to Blizzard's new game over the next 12 hours.

Overwatch closed beta begins this month (in the Americas)

Open beta weekends to follow shortly thereafter.

Overwatch's newest character is Soldier: 76

UPDATE: 10 minute gameplay video released.

Is Overwatch related to Blizzard's failed MMO Titan?

"There are things from Titan in Overwatch, but…"

Blizzard details Overwatch, its upcoming competitive first-person shooter

"We wanted to give players other things to do than put crosshairs on targets."