At this stage of the sport, Overwatch gamers know what to anticipate: the annual Summer season Video games restricted time occasion in August preceded by a brand new playable character in July. However Blizzard is mixing issues up just a little bit this yr, in accordance with a brand new developer replace from sport director Jeff Kaplan. Overwatch’s Summer season Video games 2019 will happen barely earlier this yr, with the reveal of Hero 31 coming later.
Kaplan didn’t present a selected launch date for Summer season Video games 2019 — the occasion sometimes arrives the primary or second week of August — however did say that this yr’s occasion might be a bit completely different. Blizzard will run three weeklong challenges (a la the latest Baptiste “Reunion” problem) alongside Summer season Video games providing three unlockable epic skins.
As for Hero 31, Kaplan stated that “he is going to be awesome” — and he emphasised the “he” — however that the developer wants just a little extra time to make him “even more awesome.” The latest hero replace for Overwatch was Baptiste the assist character in March.
Immediately’s temporary developer replace additionally touches on anti-cheat measures. Kaplan says that new cheat detection strategies will shut down matches during which foul play is detected, however that no gamers on both facet of the match could have their talent ranking (SR) affected by suspected cheaters.